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Patients with congested nasal passages often assume they have a sinus infection or 'sinusitis." Inflamed nasal passages actually can be caused by allergies or viral colds. Physicians, therefore, generally limit the definition of sinusitis to bacterial infection of the sinuses.
There is a one-in-three possibility of suffering from hearing loss.  If you are fortunate enough not to, most likely you know someone who does.  In the United States, experts estimate that approximately 30% of the population suffers from hearing impairment.  For those individuals over 65, nearly 40% have hearing loss.  Thus, the magnitude of the problem cannot be overstated.
Anything that obstructs sinus flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses, infection and inflammation. Sinuses are air-filled cavities within the facial skeleton. There are four sinuses on each side. Their precise purpose is unknown, but they do help filter and humidify the air we breathe, lighten the weight of the skull and provide a “crumple zone,” protecting the brain and eyes in case of severe facial trauma. Sinuses are covered with a mucus layer and cells that contain little hairs on their surfaces called cilia. These help trap and push out bacteria and pollutants. Each sinus has an opening (about the diameter of a straw) that allows mucus to drain. This drainage is essential to keeping you healthy and your sinuses working well.
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Cavatappi Pasta with Butternut Squash Béchamel Sauce

Cavatappi Pasta with Butternut Squash Béchamel Sauce

Looking for an upgraded mac and cheeses recipe?

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Shrimp Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella and Caramelized Vegetables

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Pizza is trendy! But skip the takeout and make your own signature (and better for-you!) pie! Simply think outside the pizza box when it comes to toppings. Load up with colorful veggies, trade traditional pepperoni for lean protein and top with a light sprinkle of flavorful cheese for a punch of fresh flavor.

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