The Achy Stuffy Sinus Quiz
by Staff
Sinuses! They ache when the weather changes, stuff up when you have a cold and go completely haywire during allergy season. What are they even for, anyway?

True or false: Babies don’t have sinuses.

  • true
  • false

Your sinuses are lined with:

  • mucous membranes
  • serious membranes
  • synovial membranes

What's going on when your sinuses get congested?

  • There's too much mucous production.
  • The mucous can't drain into your nasal cavity properly.
  • Either (or both) of these.

In yoga class, your downward-facing dog brings on an ache in your forehead. Which sinuses need to chill?

  • frontal
  • ethmoid
  • sphenoid

Sinus pressure tends to be worse:

  • when you wake up
  • after a shower
  • at bedtime

You've had a sinus headache all day. Which dinner will be the most comforting?

  • an entire thing of ice cream
  • spicy chicken soup
  • mac and cheese

You're going on vacation! Which of these can trigger sinus trouble on your trip?

  • the plane ride
  • the weather
  • swimming
  • going mountain climbing
  • getting a massage
  • all of the above

What's your best bet for over-the-counter treatment of sinus stuffiness?

  • an expectorant
  • a decongestant
  • an antacid

You can prevent some sinus trouble by:

  • keeping your allergies under control
  • eating lots of kale
  • doing headstands

You should use distilled or boiled (and cooled) water when irrigating your sinuses with saltwater because:

  • Tap water leaves a bad smell in your sinuses.
  • Water that's safe to drink isn't necessarily safe for your sinuses.
  • The salt will dissolve better.

If your sinuses give you trouble when you wake up in the morning, you can try:

  • sleeping with a fan on you
  • using only down pillows
  • elevating the head of your bed

True or false: A hot shower can help relieve stuffy sinuses.

  • true
  • false

How many sinuses does a typical adult have?

  • one pair
  • two pairs
  • four pairs

Your cheekbones hurt! Which sinuses are probably the culprit?

  • frontal
  • maxillary
  • ethmoid