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How does a cold affect my sinuses?

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A cold virus can attack the membranes of your nasal passages and your sinuses, which makes them swell up and sends mucus production into overdrive. That clogs up your sinuses, which causes sinus pain and pressure.

From: Why a Cold Makes Your Sinuses Throb WebMD Medical Reference

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CDC.

Simasek, M. , February 2007; vol 75: pp 515-520.  American Family Physician

Rabago, D. , November 2009; vol 80: pp 1117-1119.  American Family Physician

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?"

American Academy of Family Physicians. "Sinusitis."

Merck Manual. "Sinusitis."

Cleveland Clinic. "Sinusitis." 

Ryan, M. , September 2010; vol 94: pp 881-890. Medical Clinics of North America

U.S. National Library of Medicine. "Oxymetazoline Nasal Spray." 

U.S. National Library of Medicine. "Phenylephrine."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 22, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC.

Simasek, M. , February 2007; vol 75: pp 515-520.  American Family Physician

Rabago, D. , November 2009; vol 80: pp 1117-1119.  American Family Physician

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?"

American Academy of Family Physicians. "Sinusitis."

Merck Manual. "Sinusitis."

Cleveland Clinic. "Sinusitis." 

Ryan, M. , September 2010; vol 94: pp 881-890. Medical Clinics of North America

U.S. National Library of Medicine. "Oxymetazoline Nasal Spray." 

U.S. National Library of Medicine. "Phenylephrine."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 22, 2018

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