Why Do Humans Get So Many Sinus Infections?


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Sinus infections are incredibly common, and it could be linked to our evolution on this planet. In the season 2 premiere of Human, Patrick explains why humans are so prone to these painful infections.
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While it’s natural to worry if your symptoms of a sinus infection might mean you’re positive for COVID-19, we’re here to tell you not to panic. Having a sinus infection can be a sign of the evolutionary process in action.

Viruses cause the majority of sinus infections, but bacteria can trigger them as well. When you do get a sinus infection, that wet mucus gets thicker and more viscous, which causes the typical symptoms — congestion, headache, and difficulty breathing. And those symptoms might be made worse by the plumbing of our sinuses.

Each sinus has a mucous collection duct, or what are called ostia, to shuttle its discarded mucous to the nose and throat. It’s basically plumbing for snot.

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