According to Wikipedia, a number of possible functions has been proposed:
- Decreasing the relative weight of the front of the skull, and especially the bones of the face. The shape of the facial bones is important, as a point of origin and insertion for the muscles of facial expression.
- Increasing resonance of the voice.
- Providing a buffer against blows to the face.
- Insulating sensitive structures like dental roots and eyes from rapid temperature fluctuations in the nasal cavity.
- Humidifying and heating of inhaled air because of slow air turnover in this region.
I was pretty sure my interpretation of these most recent symptoms was correct. I wanted to be certain before I began my Sudafed regimen or, as a last resort, went to a doctor. I mean, unsteady on the feet, feeling disoriented, acting bizaare -- those could all be related to other things.
So I poured myself a Scotch - Chivas Regal this go around.
Yep. I experienced an increase of the identical symptoms.
The next morning, after a couple cups of coffee, I started on the Sudafed.
If it isn't the Scotch then its a sinus infection.
Now if only all life could be that simple.