Natural Remedies for sinusitis
Sinusitis is an infection that causes an inflammation to the mucous membranes lining the paranasal sinuses. As per the 2011 report of Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 million adults were diagnosed with sinusitis says NIH, National Institute of Health.
What is a Sinus? Sinuses are air filled spaces located below our eyes and behind the noses. These sinuses are lined with mucus producing membranes, but if these membranes get infected or inflamed, the space that was filled with air, gets filled with thick mucus causing sinusitis.
Sinusitis is usually classified under four types: acute, sub-acute, chronic and recurrent sinusitis. Acute sinusitis lasts for up to four weeks; sub-acute continues from four to twelve weeks; chronic lasts for more than twelve weeks, and the last category recurrent sinusitis as the name implies, repeat several times the same year. Now let’s see some of its symptoms!
- 1. Localized headache
- 2. Pain in the facial muscles
- 3. Greenish Nasal discharge with pus or blood
- 4. Toothache
- 5. Infection of eyes and bones is possible in severe cases
- 6. Loss of smell
- 7. Cough and congestion
- 8. Bad breath
There are several factors causing sinusitis. Common cold make the mucous membranes inside the nose swell up; this or the blocking of the drainage ducts can cause sinusitis. There are some, born with narrow drainage ducts which can also cause sinusitis. Another factor causing sinusitis is Nasal polyps – a non-cancerous growth occurring in either or both nostrils capable of blocking the sinuses. Other than that; those with poor immune system, children and smokers are all at risk for sinusitis.
a. Reduce the consumption of dairy products such as cheese, ice cream and yogurt, as dairy is a primary allergen, creating additional mucus in the affectedsystem.
b. Environmental allergies cause sinusitis. How do you control it? Make sure you clean the heaters/change the filters, vacuum the carpets and avoid toxic releasing items.
c. The toxic formaldehyde vapors is found in antiperspirants, mouthwashes, shampoos, styling gels, oils, polishes and many more items. It is better for those suffering from sinusitis to avoid such products with formaldehyde.
d. Reduce sugars from your diet and avoid smoking and tobacco.
e. Drink plenty of water and unsweetened apple or grape juices every day. This will help to flush out the mucus.
f. Keep your nose moist using saline sprays and washes.
g. Avoid swimming and diving, to avoid chlorine as well as the chances of forcing water into the sinuses.
h. Nutritional supplements such as Vitamins C, A, E and minerals like zinc andselenium helps to strengthen your immune system and fight sinusitis better.
i. Herbs and roots such as Licorice, Mullein, Osha, golden seal and Echinacea are effective natural remedies to treat sinusitis.
Most sinuses may be treated with antibiotics, pain killers and decongestants. But it always helps if we can take some precautionary steps to avoid allergies/infections and build better immunity.