13 sneaky causes of sinus trouble

  • New research shows antibiotics don't make a difference when treating sinus infections. CBS News medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the study, and why antibiotics are ineffective.

    Sinus infection relief

    Antibiotics not the answer for sinus infection: study (Health.com) Sinus infections, the cause of untold misery, strike about 37 million people in the U.S. each year.

    On the surface of things, the cause of sinus trouble is clear. Teeny holes that connect your nasal passages to your sinuses (basically a collection of hollow, moist cavities that lurk beneath your nose, eyes, and cheeks) get blocked. Then gunk builds up in your sinuses, germs may grow, and you feel, well, hideous.

    But the cause of the blockage is sometimes trickier to figure out. From Health.com, here are 13 things that can cause an acute sinus infection (the most common type) and, in some cases, lead to a chronic sinus infection.