Pansinusitis And Paranasal Sinuses

By Patricia | September 23, 2009

Sinus Cavities

Normally sinusitis results in inflammation in one of the paranasal sinuses. However, pansinusitis is a type of sinusitis in which inflammation develops in all of the paranasal sinuses. The paranasal sinuses are air filled spaces that are situated in the areas of the face and skull. There are four paranasal sinuses which work together with the nasal cavities. The frontal sinuses are located behind the forehead and above the eyes. The maxillary sinuses are situated beneath the eyes, at the back of the cheekbones. The sinuses located in the ethmoid bone, in the tiny area between the eyes and nose, are called the ethmoid sinuses. The sphenoid sinuses are placed in the sphenoid bone in the centre of the skull base and just below the pituitary gland. Since all the sinuses are mainly centred on the head area, an inflammation in all of them creates a great deal of discomfort for the individual.


Pansinusitis may result either due to a fungal or a bacterial infection. The symptoms of pansinusitis are very similar to sinusitis, but are more intense and last for a longer period of time. The symptoms of pansinusitis include nasal discharge, soreness in the throat, nasal blockage, pressure in the face and head area, post nasal drip, headache, cough, swelling in the facial area, pain in the teeth and jaw areas, bad breath and fatigue. This type of chronic sinusitis can last for more than twelve weeks in severe cases. As the symptoms cause a great deal of pain and discomfort, this condition may affect daily functioning. It is important to seek medical help immediately on experiencing these symptoms so that the proper treatment can be administered.


For relief from pansinusitis, there are some natural remedies that you can try out at home. Inhalation works very well to loosen the congestion and provide immediate relief. You may heat water in a wide pan, and add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to it. Using a towel to cover your head, bend over the pan, and inhale the steam. Breathe in as deeply as you can for around ten minutes. This technique may be practiced many times a day. A saline spray may also be used in the nose. These are readily available over the counter and are known to be effective in reducing the discomfort associated with sinusitis. Having a warm bath or showering will also help to clear the nasal pathways. Drink plenty of water and fluids in order to keep the mucus thin. Consuming hot herbal teas will also help to calm the irritated nasal pathways and bring relief.

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