What Are the Sinuses?


What causes sinus allergies?

Sinus allergies, or allergic sinusitis, are caused by pollutants or irritants in the air. The most common culprits for sinus allergies include dust, pollen, animal dander, and smoke. Sinus allergies can often be managed through medication and lifestyle changes, or they can be treated with immunotherapy.

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What are the sinuses? I'm Dr. Manan Shah, I'm an ENT. I'm going to talk to you guys a little bit about what the sinuses are. So inside your nose, if your nose is like a hallway, they're actually rooms off of the hallway called the sinuses. These sinuses drain into the nose, and sometimes irritants like allergens or pollen or dust or bacteria can get inside the sinuses and swell them up.

And that leads to pain and pressure in your head and your cheeks. The way we treated is through antibiotics, surgery, and avoidance and things that cause it, like avoidance your allergies. Thanks so much.

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