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Sinusitis


Acute Sinusitis

What is acute sinusitis?
Acute sinusitis, also called acute rhinosinusitis does not last for more than 12 weeks and is inflammation of the sinuses due to a sinus infection.

What causes acute sinusitis?
The mucous membranes of the nasal passages become swollen and inflamed, the openings get blocked and proper sinus drainage is inhibited leading to a mucous build up. These blocked, inflamed sinuses create a moist environment that makes it easier for bacterial infection to occur and take hold. Usually a cold/flue or allergies cause the nasal congestion to occur.

What are the symptoms?
The symptoms include;

  • sinus/facial pain,
  • sinus/facial tenderness,
  • sinus/facial pressure
  • headaches
  • pain in teeth
  • pain in jaw
  • pain in ears
  • pain through and around eyes,
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • drainage of a thick yellow or green discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat (post nasal drip)
  • nasal congestion and difficulty breathing
  • reduced sense of smell and taste
  • cough (which may be worse at night)
  • nausea
  • sore throat and halitosis (bad breath).

How should you treat acute sinusitis?
A course or several courses of antibiotics is usually enough to get rid of the bacterial infection.

Chronic Sinusitis

What is chronic sinusitis?
Chronic sinusitis, also called chronic rhinosinusitis lasts longer than twelve weeks or keeps recurring and people have been known to suffer from it for over fifty years. It is inflammation of the sinuses due to a sinus infection and it can really have an adverse effect on the quality of people lives.

What causes chronic sinusitis?
The mucous membranes of the nasal membranes become swollen and inflamed, the openings get blocked and proper sinus drainage is inhibited leading to a mucous build up. These blocked, inflamed sinuses create a moist environment that makes it easier for bacterial infection to occur and take hold.

It is caused by;

  • recurring bouts of acute sinusitis combined with a low immune system.
  • allergies.
  • fungal infections.
  • nasal polyps (growth in the sinuses) or tumours.
  • deviated nasal septum.
  • trauma to the face (a fractured or broken bone may obstruct the sinuses).
  • Medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis, gastroesophageal reflux, HIV and other immune system diseases.
  • Immune system cells (with certain health conditions immune cells called eosinophils can cause inflammation).
  • Regular exposure to pollutants such as cigarette smoke.

What are the symptoms?
The symptoms include;

  • sinus/facial pain
  • sinus/facial tenderness,
  • sinus/facial pressure
  • headaches
  • pain in teeth
  • pain in jaw
  • pain in ears
  • pain through and around eyes
  • fatigue - worse than acute sinusitis
  • dizziness
  • drainage of a thick yellow or green discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat (post nasal drip)
  • nasal congestion and difficulty breathing
  • reduced sense of smell and taste,
  • cough (which may be worse at night)
  • nausea
  • sore throat and halitosis (bad breath)

How should you treat chronic sinusitis?

  • Kill the bacterial and/or fungal infection - Unfortunately bacteria become resistant to antibiotics due to their over use and fungal infections are not killed by antibiotics anyway. Therefore antibiotics are not the answer. SinuSoothe is a potent natural ant-bacterial and ant-fungal nasal spray and because it is topically applied in to the sinuses it is extremely effective at killing infections. This is the most important treatment of all those listed.
  • Natural anti-histamines - Chronic sinusitis caused by allergies would benefit from these. Quercetin and butterbur can be just as effective as over the counter anti-histamines but without their side effects. Your local health food store should be able to advise you on these and others. It usually takes about 4 weeks for these to start taking effect.
  • SinuSoothe 100% Natural Nasal Spray - Chronic sinusitis caused by allergies would benefit from using this. SinuSoothe reduces histamine therefore it relieves the symptoms of sinus allergies such as nasal congestion, runny nose etc. It also desensitizes the nasal passages to allergens therefore it provides a long term solution.
  • Reducing stress levels - Stress contributes to ill health and should be minimised whenever possible. It reduces immune function and causes 'flare ups'. Vitamin B complex assists the body during stressful times and magnesium, 5htp etc. can help to relax you. There are also plenty of other supplements that can relieve stress and help you to cope with it better. Pressure is healthy, stress is not.
  • Exercise - Exercise has been known to reduce chronic sinusitis symptoms since the endorphins released during exercise act as natural painkillers. It can also improve immune function provided it is not over strenuous.
  • Boosting immune system - Eating a balanced diet and supplementing with good quality vitamins etc. will improve immune system function and your ability to fight infection. Vitamin C, vitamin B complex, zinc,garlic and a multi-vitamin & mineral would help boost your immune system. Your local health food store should be able to advise you.
  • Natural anti-inflammatories - Since the symptoms of chronic sinusitis are caused by inflammation it follows that by reducing inflammation you will reduce the severity of the symptoms. Omega 3,6 &9 oils, vitamin C, turmeric and ginger are all excellent natural anti-inflammatories. There are plenty of others and your local health food store should be able to advise you on these. It usually takes about 4 weeks for these to start taking effect.
  • Allergen barriers - Sinubalm applied inside the nostrils can catch pollen, dust, mold, dander etc. before it enters the nasal passages thus relieving and even eliminating hay fever and other sinus allergy symptoms.

Please consult your doctor before undertaking new treatments.