Sinusitis


Have you ever experienced a cold that wouldn’t go away? If symptoms of nasal drainage and blockage persist for more than 10 days or worsen after they start getting better, there’s a high possibility you have sinusitis, an infection or inflammation of the sinuses.

Sinuses are hollow spaces around the nose that connects to nose through narrow channels. Sinusitis is a common condition where the sinuses (cavities) around nasal passages become inflamed and swollen associated with a severe headache. 

Sinusitis, also called rhinosinusitis on the grounds that the symptoms involve both the nose and the sinuses. The inflammation develops when viruses or bacteria infect the sinuses (often during a cold) and begin to multiply. This causes the sinus lining to swell, blocking the channels that drain the sinuses. The mucus and pus get accumulated in the nose and sinus cavities. For others, the inflammation may be due to the body’s reaction to other happenings in the environment but, not be an infection.

Types of Sinusitis

Acute Sinusitis: When the symptoms occur for less than four weeks, then the condition is acute.

Chronic Sinusitis: Chronic sinusitis requires the symptoms to last longer than 12 weeks.

The Doctor helps to sort out what type of sinusitis you are affected with. Recurrent acute sinusitis is when a person has four or more sinus infections (acute sinusitis) in one year but does not exhibit symptoms in between those infections.

What are The Main Causes of Sinusitis?

  • Viruses: 90 percent of cases of sinusitis result from a virus
  • Bacteria: 1 case in 10 in adults is caused by bacteria
  • Pollutants: Chemicals or irritants in the air can trigger a build-up of mucus

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Sinusitis?

  • Thick, discolored discharge from the nose or drainage down the back of the throat (postnasal drainage)
  • Nasal obstruction resulting difficulty in breathing through your nose
  • Tenderness around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead along with swelling those parts.
  • A diminished sense of smell and taste 
  • Cough is a common associated symptom for children.

Other signs and symptoms can include:

  • Ear pain
  • Aching in your upper jaw and teeth
  • Cough that might worsen at night
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Fatigue or irritability
  • Nausea

Home Remedies For Sinusitis - How to Get Rid of a Sinus Infection

1. STEAM INHALATION WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Boil the water and add essential oils like Eucalyptus oil, Tea tree oil, Peppermint Oil, etc. This helps to liquefy obstructed phlegm and clears the passage.

2.  GINGER COMPRESS

Boil ginger in water and let it simmer 15 minutes. Putting this can lessen the pain and reduce the pressure from sinuses.

3.  SLEEP WITH HEAD ELEVATED

Mix the lemon juice with honey and consume. This can be ingested twice daily. 

Honey is a potent antimicrobial agent which fight against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It also has the ability to sooth the nasal pathway, which is inflamed during sinus infections. 

4. COCONUT OIL PULLING 
Warm the coconut oil and swish it warm around the mouth like a mouthwash. Keep it at least for 5 -20mins. Spit out the oil and cleanse the mouth with Luke warm water. Continue practicing every day until the sinuses are clear. 
Oil pulling is one among the treatments mentioned in Ayurveda to cleans the toxins from the oral cavity. It also helps to remove excess phlegm which is located in the upper part of the body (above the neck). This helps to clear the congestion and excess mucous in the region.

5. HONEY WITH LEMON JUICE
Mix the lemon juice with honey and consume. This can be ingested twice daily. 
Honey is a potent antimicrobial agent which fight against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It also has the ability to sooth the nasal pathway, which is inflamed during sinus infections.