sinuses (sy-nuhs-is) are, well, holes in your head and they begin
What Do Sinuses Do?
have a few jobs, but one very important job is to Ö lighten your head!
Thatís right! Between that thick skull and all those brains, you'd have
a heavy head without
In the event of an accident,
sinus bones will break before your skull, greatly reducing the risk of
sharp bone fragments getting lodged in your brain.
That Can Happen to Your Sinuses
can sinuses get infected? Imagine
a germ as it tickles a delicate spot in the sinuses. Suddenly the
close, mucus collects, and at a rapid rate germs come in by the tons - and
presto chango Ö you have an irritation. What is an infection
called? Itís called sinusitis, and you may have it if you have a cold
that lasts more than 10-14 days and a low-grade fever.
Types of Sinusitis
are 3 types of sinusitis; they and their symptoms are listed below.
Importantly, sinusitis can be caused by bacteria, whereas colds cannot. Bacteria need to be treated with antibiotics. Normally the doctor will examine your ears and throat, look in your nose, check spots on your face for soreness, and will prescribe medicine as needed.
The Nemours Foundation. "KidsHealth for Kids" 1995-2004. <http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/> (January-February, 2004).
Images of nose and person with headache from "Microsoft Office Online" <http://office.microsoft.com/clipart/default.aspx?cag=1> Images free for non-profit and personal use. (October-February, 2003-2004).
Bernstein, Joanne E. and Paul Cohen. Dizzy Doctor Riddles. Niles, Illinois: Albert Whitman & Company. 1989.
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