Sinusitis is infective inflammation of the mucosal lining of one or more of the nasal sinuses. There is invariably associated changes in the lining tissue of the nose, hence the term rhinosinusitis. Swelling of the lining sinus mucosa leads to blocked drainage and ciliary malfunction which interferes with the transport of secretions. This leads to bacterial overgrowth and the production of yellow or green (purulent) mucus and an infective nasal discharge with nasal congestion. The cheek (maxillary) and front nasal bridge (anterior ethmoid) sinuses are commonly affected first, and often causes facial pressure and discomfort. An upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) and allergic rhinitis are common triggers.
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
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Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.