Your sinuses are air-filled spaces in the bones of your face and head. They start forming before you are born, and some of them continue to grow until you are nearly 20 years old.
Your sinuses are found between and behind your eyes, at the back of your nasal cavity and on both sides of you nose in your cheeks. You have four pairs of sinuses, or a total of eight.
Your sinuses, like the inside of your nose, are lined with a thin, moist layer of tissue that is known as a mucous membrane. As you would guess, the mucous membrane produces mucous. This is the sticky, green stuff in your nose. Your mucous membranes also moisten air as you breathe it in.
Sinusitis, or sinus infection, is a disease where your nasal passages and sinuses become inflamed. Sinusitis can be either acute or chronic. Acute sinusitis refers to a sudden onset of the inflammation. Chronic sinusitis is when this infection is a long term, ongoing problem. This article will deal with this form of the disease.
Chronic sinusitis is a common problem in the United States. It is the fifth most common disease that is treated with antibiotics. Chronic sinusitis is a problem for about 32 million people in the United States each year. It is the reason for over 11.5 million doctor visits each year.
There are several, different signs and symptoms that you may have with chronic sinusitis. Some of these are:
- Aching in your teeth and upper jaw
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- A reduced sense of taste and smell
- Drainage of a thick, greenish or yellow discharge from your nose or that goes down the back of your throat
- Irritability or fatigue
- A problem with breathing through your nose because of congestion or nasal obstruction
- A cough that may be worse at night
- Sore throat
- Ear pain
- Tenderness, swelling and pain around your nose, forehead, eyes or cheeks
- A headache
- Throbbing facial pain.
You or a loved one may have chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with this disease may be why you are disabled and unable to work.
As a result, you may need help. You may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may have applied for financial help from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by chronic sinusitis and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with this disease. Were you or your loved one denied?
If you or your loved one appeals the denial by the Social Security Administration, always remember. People who have a disability lawyer are approved more often than people who do not have a disability attorney representing them.
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