Sinusitis – causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

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Sinusitis is the swelling of the sinuses, which is usually caused by an infection. It is a common illness and usually goes away on its own within two to three weeks. The sinuses are bony, air-filled cavities inside the face and skull. Sinusitis is caused by too much mucus, or a swelling of the lining of the sinuses and nose, which can block the narrow channels. It can occur during a cold, or may be due to allergy or irritation of the lining of the sinuses. Bacteria then grow inside the sinuses, causing pain, headache, and sometimes fever. Mucus from infected sinuses can be yellow or green in color.

There are several types of sinusitis: Acute, subacute, chronic, and recurrent. Acute sinusitis lasts up to four weeks; subacute sinusitis lasts for four to 12 weeks; chronic sinusitis lasts more than 12 weeks and can continue for months or even years; and recurrent sinusitis which attacks several times within a year.

Known symptoms of sinusitis

The main signs of sinusitis include facial pain and pressure, blocked nose, nasal discharge, reduced sense of smell, congestion, and cough. In more advanced cases, sinusitis causes fever, halitosis or bad breath, tiredness, toothache, and headache. In rare cases, a sinus infection may lead to other complications. The infection may spread to nearby areas, such as around an eye, into adjoining bones, into the blood, or into the brain.

Body systems harmed by sinusitis

The body systems harmed by sinusitis are the respiratory system and the immune system.

List of foods or nutrients that may prevent sinusitis

Foods that may help prevent sinusitis include pineapple, peppers, horseradish, garlic, probiotics, antioxidant-rich foods like citrus, kiwi, spinach, berries, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes, ginger, turmeric, and coconut oil.

Treatments, management plans for sinusitis

Conventional treatments for sinusitis use medications. Natural treatment plan for sinusitis involves the following:

  • Treating the symptoms:
    • Drinking plenty of water
    • Dissolving excess mucus
    • Pressure point activation
    • Inhaling steam
    • Rinsing with salt water solution
    • Consuming grapefruit seed extract, turmeric or ginger root, or apple cider vinegar
  • Boosting the immune system:
    • Taking vitamin C supplements
    • Consuming fermented cod liver oil
    • Adding a drop of oregano oil in water, juice, or tea
  • Eliminating possible causes, such as indoor and airborne allergens and dietary irritants

Where to learn more

Summary

Sinusitis is the swelling of the sinuses, which is usually caused by an infection.

Sinusitis causes facial pain and pressure, blocked nose, nasal discharge, reduced sense of smell, congestion, and cough.

Sinusitis may also cause fever, halitosis or bad breath, tiredness, toothache, and headache.

Sinusitis can be prevented with foods such as pineapple, peppers, horseradish, garlic, probiotics, antioxidant-rich foods like citrus, kiwi, spinach, berries, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes, ginger, turmeric, and coconut oil.

Sinusitis treatments focus on treating the symptoms, boosting the immune system, and eliminating possible causes.

Sources include:

NHS.uk

MedTronic.com

BetterHealth.VIC.gov.au

MedlinePlus.gov

MedicalNewsToday.com

Patient.info

SunWarrior.com.

NaturalLivingIdeas.com



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