An inner ear infection can be one of the most painful sinus drainage-related problems. Part of the inner ear is made up of an extensive series of small passages called the vestibular system. This system is responsible for helping you balance when walking or moving. The labyrinths of the inner ear can become inflamed due to infection or other causes. This condition is formally known as labyrinthitis. Continue reading
Recently, I had a chance to speak with an ENT about sinus drainage. In my experience, Dr. Walter Rao was unique because he suffers from chronic sinus problems himself. He was able to combine his medical knowledge with his own experience of actually suffering from chronic sinus issues to learn what works best. Here are five “secrets” he gave me for draining sinuses easily:
I’ve written about sinus drainage surgery a few times in the past. As I mentioned then, sinus surgery recovery depends on the type of surgery involved, any complications that arise, as well as a patient’s age and overall health. When considering sinus drainage surgery, it’s best to discuss potential complications, risks, and likely recovery time with your doctor. Here are a few details worth asking about: Continue reading
The sphenoid sinuses are usually the smallest sinus cavities. They’re located just behind the nasopharynx, the passage that connects the back of the nose to the back of your mouth. Sphenoid sinusitis is an inflammation of the sphenoid sinuses. It can result from a variety of causes—including bacterial or viral infections, allergies, or autoimmune issues.
Infections are by far the most common cause. Because of the location of the sphenoid sinuses, this type of sinusitis is often very difficult to diagnose and treat. It can also be very dangerous. Like other sinus issues, encouraging sinus drainage is critical.
If you’re suffering from a cold or a sinus infection, the post-nasal drip and runny nose can be excruciating. Finding some sinus drainage remedies that work for you is a great way to alleviate symptoms and even shorten the length of your sinus infection. Here are the remedies that work best.
If typical sinus remedies aren’t working well, your ENT may suggest sinus drainage surgery. Physicians typically suggest sinus surgery when there is an anatomical obstruction to your sinuses, like nasal polyps, cysts, or a deviated septum. There are several different types of sinus surgery, many of which have low risks and high success rates. It’s important to understand the differences between each before deciding what’s best for you.
The biggest sinus cavities are the maxillary sinuses. Your body has two maxillary sinuses, one located behind each cheek bone, running from beneath the eyes to right above the teeth on both sides of the nose. The maxillary sinuses drain into the nose through a passage located near the roof of the sinus. Because the drainage passage sits at the top of the sinus cavity, the maxillary sinuses drain poorly and are especially prone to infection. If you suffer to frequent sinus problems, ensuring maxillary sinus drainage is critical to treating sinus infections and preventing future ones.
One of the most common and aggravating symptoms of sinusitis is a sore throat. A sinus drainage sore throat is especially frustrating because the main cause—mucus draining from the sinuses into the throat—is hard to prevent. While decongestant medicines may help alleviate sinus pressure and congestion in the sinuses, they can often aggravate a sore throat by increasing the amount of mucus draining into the throat.
Since I’ve dealt with sinus issues for so long, people often ask me how to stop sinus drainage altogether. The answer is, it’s impossible! More important, it wouldn’t be helpful. The sinuses are one of the body’s key ways of fighting infections. But if you’re suffering from sinus issues, you CAN help your body return to normal levels of drainage.
Before trying to remedy common sinus problems, it’s important to understand what the sinuses are and how they work. If you already know all this, skip to the third section of this article.