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A 38-year-old member asked:

what exactly do the cavernous sinuses do?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Big blood vessel: The cavernous sinuses are actually not the stereotypical sinuses that most people talk about. If you have sinusitis, you will have inflammation of your paranasal sinuses. The cavernous sinus is a collection of veins just outside your brain. It is associated with important nerves and the carotid artery. In general it collects blood from the brain and helps send it back to the heart.
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Cavernous sinus: The cavernous sinuses are at the base of the skull and are a space where the brain drains venous blood plus nerves that control your eye movements also travel through.

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A 76-year-old member asked:

Is there any natural remedy for sinusis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Nasal rinse may help: Sinusitis is an infection in the hollow spaces inside the face bones, and is treated with antibiotics to kill the bacteria while allowing the trapped pus or mucus to gradually flow out through the nose. To help mucus clear out of the nose, whether due to infections or allergies, one can try over-the-counter salt-water (saline) rinses. They are sold as a squeeze bottle and little salt packets.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Both of my sinuses or whatever are called , are swollen.Is that normal?What can I take to get better?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Swollen Sinus: Swelling of the sinus cavities is not normal. It is necessary to have a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of the swelling and then your doctor can treat you properly for that condition. For example if your sinus cavities are swelling due to allergies, then proper treatment for the allergies can be started to help you.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Whats good for sinuses?

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Dr. David Rosen
Dr. David Rosenanswered
Medical Oncology 30 years experience
Nasal steroids: Nasal steroids are generally a good place to start, as the treat all kinds of inflammatory sinus disease(allergic and non-allergic). Antihistamines help if there is an allergic component, as do oral decongestants. An evaluation by an otolaryngologist is always helpful to look for causes.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dr. Kevin Owoc commented
Prosthodontics 19 years experience
Additionally, a simple saline nasal spray may be very effective.
Sep 4, 2013
A 38-year-old member asked:

Do sinuses every get too dry?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice 33 years experience
Yes: Antihistamine medications can dry up the sinuses. Also hot dry environments may cause the mucus membranes the line the sinuses to dry up. (ie. Produce less water filled mucus material).
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Get a Humidifier for your bedroom (remember to change water and KEEP CLEAN) "Cold Vapor" only!
Dec 20, 2014
A 39-year-old member asked:

My sinuses are killing me..I have went to the doctors and received a shot.. I am still hurting. What should I do next?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 36 years experience
See a specialist: If your sinusitis pain persists despite antibiotic injection, see an ENT doctor.

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