Naturally occurring cavities in the bones of the face is called as sinuses. There are four pairs of sinuses, which are connected to the nasal cavities by small openings. The lining of the sinuses normally secretes a thin mucus that drains into the nose. Sinus problems occur when the lining in these cavities becomes inflamed and swollen, blocking the drainage of fluid. As the sinuses secrete more mucus, the trapped fluid causes increasing pressure and pain in the sinuses. If the fluid in the sinuses then becomes infected, it will thicken and take on a yellow to green color. The two most common causes of sinus problems are cold and allergies, but other things can irritate the sinuses as well.
Signs and Symptoms
Difficulty breathing through nose after 10 days of self-care.
Pain around eyes or cheeks with or without a fever.
Sinus – Self Care
Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the secretions and sinuses to drain more easily.
Stand in a steamy shower to help open sinuses and decrease pressure.
Take acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra or a generic) to reduce the sinus pain.
Avoid bending over with your head down.
Sleep with extra pillows to elevate the angle of your head and reduce sinus pain.