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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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