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All Stuffed Up
We all know that miserable feeling: You're stuffed up and can't breathe through your nose. You may feel pain or pressure around your eyes, forehead, or cheekbones. It could be a sinus inflammation caused by allergies, a cold virus, bacteria, or another cause. How much do you know about your sinuses and treating sinus infections? Take this quiz to find out.


a. True. Sinuses make mucus, a fluid that filters the air you breathe. Tiny hairs called cilia sweep the mucus (and all of the germs, irritants, and particles caught in it) out of your sinuses so it gets flushed out of your body.


b. More than 37 million Americans suffer from at least one episode of acute sinusitis each year. The prevalence of sinusitis has gone up dramatically in the last decade, possibly due to more pollution, urban sprawl, and increased resistance to antibiotics.


b. False. Antibiotics can be effective in treating sinus infections caused by bacteria, but they don't work against infections caused by viruses. Decongestants, saline nasal sprays or nasal irrigation (using a neti pot), and steaming your sinuses to loosen mucus can all help relieve symptoms. Talk to your doctor about the best course of treatment for your illness.

People who suffer from chronic sinusitis have usually had symptoms for how long?

a. At least 4 weeks
b. At least 6 weeks
c. At least 9 weeks
d. At least 12 weeks


d. Sufferers of chronic sinusitis have had symptoms for 12 weeks or more. Acute sinusitis is usually preceded by a cold, and can last around four weeks. Call your doctor if your symptoms worsen after five days or persist after 10 days.


a. True. Bad breath and dental pain are both symptoms of acute and chronic sinusitis. Other symptoms include facial pain and/or pressure, nasal congestion with yellow or green discharge, reduced sense of smell, fever, and cough not due to asthma (in children).

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