Relieve Sinusitis Symptoms
With Hot Wet Towels
Sinusitis symptoms cannot be cured by antibiotics. In fact, continued use of antibiotics can create antibiotic resistance and cause bacteria resistance.
To really understand how these symptoms occur in order to tackle it with natural remedies, it will be best to first find out what causes this painful condition.
What Is Sinusitis
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the lining of the sinus membranes. The sinuses are cavities in the bones around the nose, the cheeks and the eyes. These cavities are lined with membranes that produce mucus which serves a protective purpose. The sinuses help warm and moisten the air we breathe in before it travels to the windpipe and lungs.
Under normal circumstances, the mucus produced by the sinus membranes drains through narrow ducts into the nasal cavity. When the sinuses can’t drain properly, the mucus accumulates and becomes stagnant, creating a fertile ground for infection.
The sinus lining then begins to swell and block the nasal passages, which results in a stuffed-up feeling, clogged noses, thick drainage outpour, and a dull headache which tends to worsen and cause heavy pressure on your cheekbones and eyes when you bend over. This is a typical diagnosis of sinusitis, which really is the name for an infection of the sinus cavities.
This problem occurs mostly after a bout of cold, or in people who suffer from allergies involving the nasal passages. Sinusitis regardless, is the result of a viral, bacterial or fungal infection.
Severe and prolonged cases of sinusitis can lead to pneumonia or meningitis so if you have an intense sinus pain, consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis before you begin treatment. The following are typical symptoms you might experience.
* Severe pain and pressure around the cheekbones and eyes
* Clogged nasal passages
* No sense of smell or taste
* Thick yellow or green nasal discharge
Natural Remedies For Sinusitis
About 40 million people in the United States alone are plagued with sinus problems, and despite the fact that these people frequent their doctor’s office every year for a solution to this painful condition, a lot of them are still experiencing sinusitis symptoms so they have resolved that there probably is no cure and have learnt to accept and live with the problem.
But the truth of the matter is that these sufferers don’t have to compromise their quality of life for this condition. A lot of people have been cured and continue to be cured from sinusitis symptoms.
The first and most important thing to know is that antibiotics do not help in resolving a sinus infection. Numerous studies and researches conducted on patients with chronic sinusitis showed that antibiotics offer little benefit and even creates bacterial resistance, which further causes chronic sinusitis.
The conclusion reached by most medical researchers is that supplements can help prevent, treat and reverse sinusitis in several ways. For a faster or emergency relief, cover your face with a hot, wet towel to promote sinus drainage and increase blood flow to the area. Steam inhalation promotes drainage and relieves pressure on the sinuses.
If you suffer from sinusitis due to allergies or recurring colds, adhering to and making some changes in your diet may help. In a study where patients with chronic sinusitis were asked to eliminate milk products from their diet, significant improvements were reported after the elimination of this dairy product. The following are dietary changes and supplements you can use to alleviate the problem.
Increase your intake of fluids. One of the best therapies for acute respiratory infections is flooding your system with fluids. Try drinking a glass of water every two hours. Also be sure to consume lots of herbal teas, vegetable juices and broths.
Consume foods that produce little or no mucus. Foods such as whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits, raw nuts and seeds and cold pressed oils are known to suppress formation of mucus. Eat these foods daily to prevent too much mucus from forming in your sinuses.
Eat foods that help drain your sinuses. Some foods act as decongestants and help drain your sinuses to ease pressure. Eat foods such as garlic, onions, chilies and horseradish. Spices such as ginger, thyme, cumin, cloves and cinnamon are also good decongestant foods.
Reduce inflammation of the sinus. Flaxseeds or flaxseed oils can help reduce inflammation. Take a teaspoon of the oil every day during an infection, or add some flaxseeds to cereals or salads. Vitamin E also has anti-inflammatory benefits and supports the immune system. Grape seed extract can also reduce inflammation of the sinus. Recommended dosage is 300 mg. daily for chronic sinusitis symptoms.
Increase your intake of vitamin C. One of the vitamins that have great immune enhancing effects is Vitamin C. This vitamin also possesses anti-allergy effects and is very effective in the treatment and prevention of colds and sinus infections. Recommended dosage is 1,000 mg. taken four times a day. Reduce dosage if you experience diarrhea.
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