Sinusitis Mucus – the Role of Mucus


Here we are again, this time to discuss the role mucus plays in our sinus problems. Mucus, along with cilia forms a part of a great filtering process. It clears the nasal passages of debris formed by air particles which can include pollutants, dust and microbes. Mucus build up in the nasal tract leads to blockage of the sinus cavities. Because the three sinuses are located behind the nose, cheekbones and eyebrows, this buildup leads to facial swelling and pain.



More serious is when this excess fluid affects the proper functioning of the inner ear. The inner ear is responsible for collecting bodily signals from all the nerves and letting the brain know about the direction of movement we are making. When these signals get mixed up, it cannot coordinate the direction of movement any longer. This is one reason why people suffering from sinusitis also experience frequent nausea and dizziness.


Mucus, which itself is filled with bacteria collected from the nasal passages turns dangerous when it starts stagnating due to a blockage. Warm and humid environments in fact, encourage the bacteria and fungi to thrive resulting in aggravation, infection and inflammation. This infection is even more harmful when the body’s immune system is relatively weak. The bacteria, fungi or viral infections further infect the mucus linings causing it to swell – and that leads to further congestion in the already narrow nasal passages.


To keep all three of our sinuses healthy, we need to depend on our knowledge of herbal remedies and learn to use them religiously, or when nothing is improving, seek the help of our physician. The role of mucus is important and a healthy immune system keeps it working properly.


Esther Smith, author

Smith is a lifelong sufferer of sinus problems just like you. After years of dealing with doctors and meds, she researched sinusitis mucus, infections, and effective remedies. For more information on this subject go to: