Today we’re going to talk about where sinus drainage comes from!

On occasion, you may wonder to yourself, where is all of this drainage coming from in my nose?  How to get there?  And why is there so much of it?  These are all really great questions, and they have answers.

The sinuses are spaces within the skull that are filled with air.  Ideally, we have four main families of sinuses in our own skull – the Frontal sinus, the Ethmoid sinus, the Maxillary sinus, and the Sphenoid sinus. >>> insert photo <<<

inside the nasal cavity we also have a special type of lining that generates mucus.  You can pick a mucus as the oil that lubricates the inside of the nose and sinuses.  It’s also very special, because it contains immune agents that help to keep you from getting infected.  This special lining however can go a little haywire and occasionally can leave us with more mucus than we actually want or need!

You already know several things that can cause us to have drainage in her nose and sinuses.  From personal experience you may have had difficulties with allergies, and infections.  Some of the lesser-known things that can cause drainage to be a nuisance can be things such as foreign bodies.  Not infrequently, small children will play something inside the nasal cavity and the nose will continue to run and run and run.  Also, polyps can cause patients to have a chronic runny nose as well.


Throughout a typical day while we are breathing, through her nose we may inhale as much as 20,000 L of air.  During this typical day some of it may cause problems because of the allergies, or viruses that may contain.  We generally secrete 1 to 1 ½ leaders of mucus a day.  But this can fluctuate based upon our locality, or help, and medications that we may be taking.


If you are having problems with feeling as though you’re making too much sinus drainage there are a few things that you can do.  Make sure that your allergies are under control.  Do a little research to see whether or not any of the OTC allergy medicines may help you.  Consider using a saline nasal rinse, or the OTC X-clear rinse is another great choice.  Finally, some individuals simply need an antihistamine and/or a decongestant to help him get through difficult times.  If you are finding that you are having hard time controlling the amount of sinus drainage that you’re having you may want to speak to your primary care provider as well.


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