The nose and sinuses play a key role in keeping the respiratory system running smoothly.
The sinuses–air-filled spaces in the skull that connect to the nasal cavity– are lined with a tissue layer called the mucosa. The mucosa produces and transports a protective, moist substance (mucus). When the sinuses are healthy and functioning well, the mucus is able to move and drain normally. However, if the sinuses become blocked, the cavities can become filled with fluid and microbes, resulting in infection and inflammation.
A sinus condition can produce serious discomfort, including facial tenderness and obstructed breathing. Swollen sinuses can disrupt sleep, diminish the senses of taste and smell, and cause bad breath. Under some circumstances, a sinus infection can lead to problems with the molars (the maxillary posterior teeth). In short, the health of the sinuses can greatly affect the quality of life.
Many of us have experienced the displeasure of a sinus infection. The duration and severity of a sinus problem can vary. The common categories of sinus infections are:
In extreme cases, a sinusitis condition can become chronic and recurring.
A healthy respiratory system can help keep your sinuses in balance. Here are a few tips to prevent sinus problems:
Whether you are experiencing a sinus infection for the first time or are seeking relief for a chronic problem, Dr. Alexis D. Furze can recommend an appropriate course of action. A California board-certified head & neck and facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Furze is an expert in diagnosing and treating sinus problems. Contact his Newport Beach office to schedule your consultation.