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Why is sinus drainage important?
In order to answer the question why is sinus drainage important one must understand the causes for sinus drainage. Sinus drainage is a liquid substance that is secreted by the mucous glands. There are 2 types of sinus discharge, normal and abnormal. Normal sinus discharge is intended to maintain healthy nasal tissues, to moisturize, lubricate and to create a protective barrier in the nasal area. Sinus drainage is a natural body’s response to nasal irritants in the form of allergenic dust, pollen, chemical fumes, strong odors, bacteria and viruses in the form of colds and flu that attack our upper respiratory system every day. Sinus drainage liquid has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties necessary to flush irritants out and reduce inflammation caused by these foreign substances. Abnormal thick sinus discharge gets trapped in the nasal and sinus cavities sometimes causing various types of sinus infections. Dark, moist and warm areas of the nasal passages create perfect conditions for bacterial growth. Sinus infections could be very uncomfortable for people causing severe sinus headaches and a sense of fullness of the sinus cavities caused by the swelling of the tissues. Sometimes you might have to see your doctor to get a prescription for the antibiotics for sinus infection if your condition doesn’t improve over the course of one week. However, one must be advised that antibiotics for sinus infection can also eliminate “good bacteria” along with “bad ones” and lower your body’s natural immune response and should be taken as last resort per your doctors orders.
Without the proper work of the sinus drainage system, our bodies would be completely defenseless against the invasion of allergens, viruses, bacteria and other harmful substances.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Respiratory Problems20 Dec 2009|