Fighting sinusitis

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My sinusitis just gets worse and worse these days. Add the abrupt changes in the weather, plus my eating spree this past few weeks, and what do I get? A killer headache. If you are experiencing pain over the cheeks and upper teeth, pain in the forehead, above the eyebrow, behind the eyes, on top of the head, or in both temples, or pain around or behind the eyes then you may be suffering from sinusitis. There are several types of sinusitis, but the two main cases are: acute (caused by viral infection) and chronic (caused by bacterial or fungal infection).

I've been reading some articles about treatment for sinusitis. Here a few remedies I gathered from my readings:

  • Antibiotics. Antibiotics can help eliminate sinusitis caused by a bacterial infection.
  • Corticosteroids. Corticosteroids can reduce swelling if you have severe inflammation of your sinuses.
  • Decongestants and antihistamines. Taken orally or in the form of a nasal spray, decongestants or antihistamines can help dry up or shrink the backed-up mucus and give temporary relief by helping to drain the sinuses.
  • Moisture and humidification. Flushing the nasal cavity with saline nasal sprays can help loosen dried mucus. In dry climates, installing humidifiers in the home can promote nasal drainage.
  • Immunotherapy. If allergies are contributing to the sinusitis, stimulating the antibodies that block the body's reaction to specific allergens may help alleviate the condition.
  • Sinus surgery. This would be the last resort. But it needs to be considered as some sort of cure for severe cases of sinusitis.
There are also natural remedies for sinusitis, for people who don't really like to use drugs and other chemicals.
  • Drink lots of water, tea and other clear beverages
  • Stay away from dairy products. Some doctors believe that dairy products, like cheese, milk, ice cream, may cause more mucus to form.
  • Treat a cold as soon as possible.
  • Eat foods that have lots of antioxidants, e.g. red wine, soybeans, tomatoes, watermelon, leafy greens, and other citrus fruits
  • Steam inhalation helps clear out nasal passages and provides moisture for sinuses. You can also add apple cider vinegar or eucalyptus or peppermint extract to your steam.
There are millions of people (both young and old) who suffer from sinusitis. You can try out those methods of treatments that are natural or unnatural, whichever suits you. I hope this can help those who are suffering from sinusitis these days.

4 comments:

GONG May 21, 2008 at 5:41 PM  

It's quite funny to give advices regarding sinusitis specially when it comes from a guy having sinusitis. hehehe. However, this helped me a lot.

http://thepharaohgaijin.blogspot.com/2008/02/how-to-clean-your-sinus-simpliest-way.html

Its quite hard though.

shenzee May 21, 2008 at 8:19 PM  

i read ur post AND.. the first two steps i can do.. the third..?? ahmmm.... i have to master enough courage to do that.. hehehe thanx for that tip!! :)

GONG May 22, 2008 at 2:43 PM  

Third step...HOLD your breath definitely.

Apparently this method does not apply to folks who often the beach. Sea water is the best saline out there. Maka relate ka unsay feeling sa imo ilong kung masud-lan ug dagat while swimming...Di ba?
:)

GONG May 22, 2008 at 6:42 PM  

If you love the ocean....please do so. I would envy you. I havent been to any seawater for 3years. By the way, thanks for the post. My sweet sinus gives up on me sometimes.

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