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What is sinusitis?

Manan Shah, MD, ENT

Wyndly co-founder & Chief Medical Officer. Dedicated to personalizing care and making allergies a thing of the past.

Updated on Nov 17, 2021


This article is a transcript.

What is sinusitis? I'm Dr. Manan Shah. I'm an ENT with Wyndly Health. Sinusitis is the medical term for inflammation of your sinus cavities. But what are the sinuses? Well, I like to think of the nose as a hallway. Air can flow down this hallway and in to your lungs, but off of this hallway are rooms. And you can see them here.

You actually have sinuses in your cheeks. You have sinuses in your forehead. You have some between your eyes and you have some deep in the back of your head, which you can see here. When the tissue inside of these rooms, or these sinuses gets inflamed, we call it sinusitis. And what patients experience is they'll feel pain and pressure and will sometimes feel like their nose is stuffy and clogged.

They'll get drainage. And sometimes they'll just feel overall sick. There's a lot of ways to treat it. And we always recommend, if you think you have sinusitis, you should be checked out by a doctor. If you have any questions, please let us know.


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