Glossary On What is Sinusitis?

You may have often heard one of your family or friends saying 'I'm having a sinus attack'. What exactly is this sinus attack or sinusitis? Let us start by first understanding what a 'sinus' is.

Sinuses are four pairs of air-filled cavities/spaces located in the skull in the region around the nose and the eyes. Being located around the nose, they are also called as paranasal sinuses. When we breathe in, air enters the sinuses through the nose and this helps to moisten and warm the air that we breathe. Mucus produced normally by the sinuses drains into the nose. The four pairs of paranasal sinuses are:

  • Frontal sinuses: Located above the eyes, in the region of the eyebrows
  • Maxillary sinuses: These are situated in the cheekbone area
  • Ethmoid sinuses: Located between the eyes and behind the bridge of the nose
  • Sphenoid sinuses: These sinuses are located at a deeper level, behind the ethmoid sinuses

Sinusitis involves inflammation or infection of any of these four pairs of sinuses. When this happens, the sinuses get swollen and mucus secretion gets blocked inside the sinuses. The blocked secretions can become infected due to growth of bacteria, fungi, etc. giving rise to the symptoms of the disease.

    Sinusitis can be classified as follows based on the duration of the complaints:

  • Acute sinusitis: Lasts 4 weeks or lesser
  • Sub-acute sinusitis: Last 4 to 12 weeks
  • Chronic sinusitis: Lasts more than 12 weeks. This may go on for months or even years
  • Recurrent sinusitis: In this case, patient suffers from several attacks throughout the year. He remains perfectly fine in between the attacks.

Almost 15% of people across USA and close to 12-15% of the people globally suffer from sinusitis. Every year, billions of dollars are spent on the treatment and related healthcare costs for sinusitis globally. It is amongst the leading causes of absenteeism from work leading to an additional burden on the world economy. But there is good news and it is that Homeopathy has an effective and a safe answer to this problem. Homeopathy treats sinusitis gently and effectively, and that too without any side effects.