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Clearing up Sinusitis


Question: I AM a 33-year-old woman who has been suffering from a bad sinus condition for two years. I am on medication suggested by a doctor but my condition has not improved.

Answer : SINUSITIS is referred to as an inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines the sinus of the skull. The sinus is a cavity that is usually filled with air or blood. Sinuses are located near the nasal cavities and also the ears. Therefore, an infection of sinusitis can travel from the mouth, nose and throat along the mucous membrane lining. A person who is suffering from sinusitis may experience severe headaches over the affected sinus area and the nose may be blocked on the affected side. Other typical symptoms are bad breath, upper jaw pain and fatigue. Thick, colored mucous may flow from the nostrils and patient may also have fever, chills, cough and /or a sore throat.

Acute (short-lived) sinusitis is caused by nasal infection in which the sinuses become blocked due to the common cold or by an feverish respiratory illness such as influenza. Other than that, acute sinusitis may also be caused by a dental abscess, a fracture of a bone in the face or a sudden change in pressure. Viruses, bacteria and fungi can also cause acute sinusitis.

The nose reacts to an invasion of viruses by producing mucus and sending white blood cells to the lining of the nose causing the nasal passage to swell. When this swelling involves the adjacent mucous membranes of the sinuses, air and mucus are trapped behind the narrowed openings of the sinuses, which resist the flow of the mucus. This condition can promote bacteria, which are normally present in the respiratory tract, to start multiplying.

Allergies, repeated attacks of acute sinusitis or inadequate treatment of acute sinusitis combined with nasal obstruction can cause chronic sinusitis.

Good immunity is fundamental for fighting ailments and also diseases, including sinusitis. Consider taking a zinc supplement containing vitamin C as they are useful in boosting or strengthening the immune system.

Echinacea is a herb which is known to enhance the immune system by stimulating the body's natural defense mechanisms. It stimulates the production of macrophages, the white blood cells that eat foreign particles. It also has anti-viral and natural antibiotic properties.

To ease your sinus symptoms, opt for horseradish. It is effective in treating throat and upper respiratory tract infections. Horseradish produces a volatile oil that works as a nasal and bronchial dilator. Simultaneously, it helps to clear a stuffy nose or sinuses. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.

You should avoid common food allergens such as milk, eggs, corn and peanut butter. Drink plenty of water; avoid caffeinate drinks and sugared drinks. Also, try to ensure your environment is dust-free and clean.

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