What Are the Functions of the Nose & Sinus?

The nose and sinuses are part of the respiratory system that allows us to breathe and exchange gases. There are four pairs of sinuses in our nose, and they are air-filled pockets that are connected to our nasal cavities. Sinuses produce the mucus that keeps our noses moist.

The primary roles of the nose and sinuses include:

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Dr Chin Chao-Wu David

Senior Consultant Ear Nose Throat Surgeon

Dr Eng Soh Ping Elliot

Senior Consultant Ear Nose Throat Surgeon

Dr Leong Jern-Lin

Senior Consultant Ear Nose Throat Surgeon

Dr Mark Hon Wah Ignatius

Senior Consultant Ear Nose Throat Surgeon

Dr Valerie Tay Su-Lin

Senior Consultant Ear Nose Throat Surgeon

Dr Huang Xinyong

Senior Consultant Ear Nose Throat Surgeon

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Certain ENT procedures are claimable under Medisave, and the exact amount would depend on the procedure. For more information, please speak to our friendly clinic staff about using your insurance plan, Integrated Shield Plan, or Medisave.

When Should You See An ENT Specialist In Singapore??

  • Any Ear, Nose or Throat symptoms that you are troubled with or concerned of
  • Persistent blocked nose with mouth breathing or snoring

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Are nasal and sinus conditions serious? When should I visit a doctor?

    Most nasal and sinus conditions such as sinusitis and nosebleed are typically not serious. However, in some cases, these conditions and symptoms may indicate a more serious underlying medical condition that requires proper care and treatment.

    You should seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms worsen or if you are uncertain about your symptoms or conditions.

    What increases the risks of nasal and sinus conditions?
    • Family history and genetics
    • Excessive smoking
    • Exposure to pollutants and particles such as dust, smoke or pollen
    • Immune system disorders
    • Age
    • Structural abnormalities in your nasal passage
    • Frequent nose picking
    • Side effects of certain medications
    • Asthma
    How to prevent nasal and sinus conditions?
    • Adopt good personal hygiene by washing or sanitising your hands regularly
    • Avoid things that you are allergic to
    • Avoid smoking
    • Use a humidifier
    • Eat a well-balanced diet
    • Exercise regularly
    • Avoid picking or rubbing your nose too hard
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Get adequate rest