Do you remember the time when you had to carry a hanky or tissues for the times when you had a cold? Does it happen every year?
I'm sure the answer to both question would be a 'yea'. And perhaps, one more word comes to mind: embarrassment. For most, if not for some!
And it's welcome to boogertown once again not unless you carry at least one of the aforementioned 'implements' with you, ready for an involuntary discharge of mucus that leaves its mark on your hanky, and there's nothing you can do about it.
Well, it happens to the best of us… Life's little moments where we wish we could run away and hide from the embarrassment circumstances we're thrown into, and it takes one with a sense of humor to turn the situation from a moment of embarrassment to one that is redeemed with self-deprecating humor, and lessens the pain of having to pronounce all words like 'naughty' as 'motty' or something like that.
Doctors call it 'nasal congestion', and you can be sure that this has something to do with your sinuses which are blocked. Again the medical term for this is sinus infection (or otherwise known as 'sinusitis'), and is classified into the acute and chronic types.
Sinusitis occurs when the nasal passages and the sinuses are inflamed for several reasons. These sinuses are hollow air-filled cavities and there are four major pairs of sinuses. All of them are connected to the spaces between the nasal passages and the nostrils.
Since the main function of these sinuses is to defend the body from viruses and bacteria, and if this function is disrupted, the bacteria then sticks to the lining cells causing 'sinusitis'.
Symptoms of Sinusitis
There are ways by which one can spot a sinus infection, and here they are:
2) Pressure in the eyes, cheek area, nose or one side of the head.
3) Cough that worsens at night
4) Runny nose or Nasal Congestion with thick nasal secretions
5) Bad breath
7) Common cold
8) Heaviness in the head when bending
9) Pain or tenderness in several locations in the head region
10) Tiredness or weakness
Sometimes these symptoms all come together, and much like all infections, require medical attention which works best in the cure of acute sinusitis.
When the right medicine is provided, this counters the damage done to the mucous lining of the sinuses as well as the surrounding bone of the skull. The time it normally takes for acute sinusitis to be cured is about 10 days or so, and occurs at least three times a year. On the other hand, chronic sinusitis occurs at least four times a year, and lasts for more than 20 days each time.
While one takes medication, it is also recommended that steam inhalation be taken in to soothe the sinus cavities along with just applying heat over the inflamed area.
There's one good thing about boogers though… it's an indication that your nose is ok, and the passage is clear, so get out that boogerboard and get ready to pick and flick it…