What Are Sinuses?


Every year more than 30 million Americans suffer from headaches, facial pressure and congestion due to our sinuses.  And when this occurs, it can put a damper on our daily tasks. Our sinuses are a connected system of hollow cavities in the skull and include the:

  • Maxillary sinuses
  • Frontal sinuses
  • Ethmoid sinuses
  • Sphenoid sinuses

Inside the sinuses are ridges called turbinates, which work to humidify and filter the air we breathe.  While our sinuses function as one of our main senses, they can also cause severe complications for us.  From allergies to sinusitis, our sinuses can help us breathe and smell, but they can also cause us more problems than we would like.

Some sinus conditions that you might experience include acute sinusitis, chronic sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, deviated septum and nasal polyps. When any of these conditions occur, it is important to visit your ENT doctor for further diagnosis and treatment planning.

Finding Sinus Relief

If chronic sinus complications are troubling you, you are not alone.  A sinus problem typically beings with a viral head cold, in which congestion in your nose blocks the drainage of your sinuses that can lead to acute sinusitis.  Both your nose and your sinuses are lined by moisturizing mucus membranes, so when mucus can’t get out of the sinuses, bacteria begin to grow and that causes sinus infections. And when you can’t breathe, visiting our office for sinus relief is vital—whether you receive medication or sinus surgery.

We will work with each patient for sinus relief so that he or she can continue with their daily activities without complications.  After all, if you can’t breathe properly it can take a toll on your day.

Want to learn more about sinuses from Richard Nass, MD?
Call our Manhattan, NY office at (212) 734-4515 for more information.

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