Sinus infections, the cause of untold misery, strike about 37 million people in the . each year.
On the surface of things, the cause of sinus trouble is clear. Teeny holes that connect your nasal passages to your sinuses (basically a collection of hollow, moist cavities that lurk beneath your nose, eyes, and cheeks) get blocked. Then gunk builds up in your sinuses, germs may grow, and you feel, well, hideous.
But the cause of the blockage is sometimes trickier to figure out. Here are 13 things that can cause an acute sinus infection (the most common type) and, in some cases, lead to a chronic sinus infection.
Severe complications following FESS are very rare. More common complications include short-term bleeding , inflammation , bruising and an impaired sense of smell . According to various estimates, between 5 and 15 out of 100 people can expect these kinds of temporary side effects following surgery . Your nose is often stuffed up for several days after the procedure and scabs may form, but this gets better quickly. It may take several weeks until the wounds in the sinuses have completely healed, though. That is why it is important to have regular check-ups for several weeks, and to rinse your nose with a saline solution. Your doctor will also remove wound secretions from your nose at several different appointments.