Have you ever seen a picture of the human sinus cavities? I made a Youtube video to help people find this site, and I think it's worth sharing here just for the diagrams of the sinuses - it's amazing how much empty space is in there!
I'd also like to share some images of my maxillary sinuses. This CT scan image was taken before I had sinus surgery, and it shows just how much buildup had accumulated in my sinuses. (If only I had known more about how to properly care for my sinuses! I probably could have avoided getting to the point where I needed surgery.) The image on the left is the original image, and on the right I've colored in the inflamed areas that needed to be surgically removed. My doctor told me that these areas were the result of many sinus infections, and mucus that just thickens, builds up, and becomes impossible for the body to break down or remove on its own. The arrow on the left of the image points to a large polyp full of infected fluid that antibiotics weren't able to reach.
Pretty awful, huh? Sinus surgery is usually a last resort, and isn't usually necessary if you've been taking proper care of your sinuses and cleaning out the mucus that builds up. I've learned my lesson, and I do a number of things to get rid of the mucus in my nasal passages and sinuses. I'll be sharing them in my next post - stay tuned!