By Neepa Sevak
Fall is a forthcoming season for sinus infections. Sinusitis is the retribution of a long-term cold or allergy, which can encumber proper nasal drainage. This clogging becomes a breeding floor for infection, which then irritates the sinus lining to become inflamed, fill with pus and form scarring. There are eight sinuses, or air spaces, in the facial bones and skull that are positioned behind the eyes, cheekbones, nose, and forehead. Each sinus is linked through a nasal passage to serve air exchange as well as to drain mucus. Sinuses also impart resonance to our tone when we speak. Sinusitis if not effectively treated, can advance to ear infections, bronchitis, or pneumonia.
Types of Sinuses
- Maxillary Sinuses: These are the largest sinuses that are situated beneath the eyes. They are linked to the nasal passage in a particular position that can make drainage difficult. Untreated cold and allergy can easily distress these sinuses especially in children, causing pressure below the eyes, pain in the cheeks, gums, teeth and upper jaw.
- Ethmoidal Sinuses: These sinuses are located between the eyes. When irritated these sinuses cause pain between and behind the eyes, with blockage of nose and sensitivity to light. Diving, swimming or riding in cold wind may provoke inflammation of these sinuses.
- Frontal Sinuses: These sinuses are positioned in the forehead. When inflamed they can get tender and trigger pain in the forehead with heaviness and puffiness above the eyes particularly in older people.
- Sphenoidal Sinuses: These sinuses are placed in the midline of the skull, behind the nose and on swelling can cause pain all over the head.
Causes of Sinusitis
- Frequent colds
- Rapid change in temperature
- Excessive blowing of the nose
- Change in pressure in an airplane or while swimming
- Nasal allergies
- Nasal Polyps
- Nasal septum deviation
- Large adenoids and tonsils
- Abscessed or inflamed tooth
- Fungal, viral or bacterial infections
- Injury to nose or facial bones
Symptoms of Sinusitis
- · Runny and stuffy nose
- · Pain and pressure in the face and head
- · Puffiness around the eyes
- · Yellow or green discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
- · Wet cough
- · Bad breath
- · Nasal speech
- · Fever
- · Toothache and jaw pain
- · Reduced sense of taste or smell
- · Fatigue and weakness
- · Neck stiffness
- · Depression
Homeopathic Approach to Sinusitis
Homeopathy is strongly indicated in all cases of sinusitis. Homeopathic treatment en routes for rejuvenating one’s immunity towards such attacks. A constitutional homeopathic treatment can completely cure the recurrence of this disease. Homeopathic remedies facilitate drainage of mucus relieving sinus congestion, reduces inflammation in the sinuses, relieve pain and pressure by clearing the infection. It also prevents the formation of scar tissue and avoids permanent damage to the tissues lining the nose and sinuses. The constitutional approach enhances the vitality of the patient and eliminates the entire allergic predisposition hence impeding recurrent infections. Homeopathic treatment is safe and effective for both children and adults. Homeopathy can be an exceptionally successful approach in decreasing susceptibility in acute and chronic infections, as well as in treating the infection itself. The homeopathic constitutional approach always considers the illness in the context of the whole person taking into account the mental, emotional, physical symptoms and the circumstances surrounding their lives. Its purpose is balance and harmony on all levels by enhancing the body’s own defenses. Homeopathic remedies are natural, gentle, safe and easy to take, are regulated by the FDA and prepared according to the homeopathic pharmacopeia of the United States.
Self Care Measures
- Manage your allergies and keep away from known allergens.
- Avoid exposure to cold air.
- Reduce stress.
- Steam inhalation.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Use appropriate hygiene measures and avoid contact with people who have colds and other viral upper respiratory infections.
- Avoid cigarette smoke in your home and workplace.
- Consider using a humidifier.
- Use saltwater nasal washes to help keep the nasal passages open and wash out mucus and bacteria.
- Warm salt water gargles.
- Avoid blowing your nose as this may force thick mucus back into your sinuses and block them.
- Walk in open air.
Hence, discover a natural way to cure sinus infection by considering homeopathy. Recuperate the radiance of good health and breathe freely through your nose again with the help of homeopathic treatment.