Your Sinusitis Guide

The paranasal sinuses are air-filled cavities inside the bones of the skull. They are located on either side of the nose, behind and between the eyes, and in the forehead; there is also one further back in the head. They probably function to reduce skull weight and to enhance vocal resonance. They also have a protective function. However, they may become infected, leading to sinusitis (sinus infection) with symptoms such as a blocked nose, post-nasal drip and even sinus headaches. But sinusitis can also be caused by allergens and is often associated with other respiratory conditions.

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Dr Gary Kroukamp MBCHB, FCORL(SA) is an ENT Specialist, practising from rooms at Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont, Cape Town. He also has a teaching sessional appointment as an ENT Consultant at the Tygerberg Hospital. He is a member of the ENT Society of South Africa and the South African Cochlear Implantation Group. His interests in the ENT field include sinusitis and sinus surgery, nasal allergy and ENT conditions in children.

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