If you have suffered a sinus infection before, the thought of it will make you cringe with pain. Headaches, tenderness and watering from eyes; pain over face especially cheeks; earache and incessant sneezing with runny nose are the main features of sinusitis.
A lot of people get frequent attacks of sinusitis. They wake up to recurrent sneezing, dull and heavy feeling in the head, a nose block and an irritation in the throat on at least 15 days a month. And some are lucky enough to get sinusitis only once in a while. Not only are sinus infections painful, they are also notoriously long-lived and difficult to clear up.
Let us understand what Sinusitis actually is:
Sinuses are air filled cavities in your forehead and cheeks and behind the bridge of your nose. Sinuses produce thin mucus which drains in to the nasal cavities through narrow ducts. Because of their many delicate blood vessels, sinuses are particularly vulnerable to inflammation. Sinusitis or sinus infection is the inflammation or swelling of these air cavities. It could be acute (episodic) or recurrent (chronic).
What causes Sinusitis?
Acute Sinusitis is often precipitated by a cold or any upper respiratory tract infection. When congestion builds up and the mucus does not get drained completely, it gets infected with bacteria or viruses – leading to a full blown sinusitis infection.
Apart from the above factors, one can get an attack of acute sinusitis due to irritation of nasal passages by chemical fumes, cigarette smoke (both active and passive smoking) and rarely a tooth infection as well.
A person is said to have chronic or recurrent sinusitis if the symptoms last longer than three months. Allergies are the commonest cause of long-standing sinusitis.
What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms include
- Dull aching pain over the affected sinuses
- Nasal congestion
- Cold and sneezing
- Nasal Blockage
- Difficulty in breathing
- Fever may also be present
Long-standing sinusitis can also make you get
- Obstinate nose block
- Recurrent sneezing
- Thick nasal discharge that is yellow or green in color
- Localized dull headache
- People can also get toothache
- The pain in sinuses is often worse on tilting the head forwards and by blowing the nose
- Poor sense of smell
- Post nasal drip causing irritation in the throat. The person has to clear his throat often
- People with chronic sinusitis can also suffer from vertigo, lightheadedness and disturbances of vision
- Halitosis or bad breath is also a common feature
Having recurrent sinusitis can also complicate and aggravate any other underlying respiratory disorder like Asthma, also as the sinuses are close to the brain it can lead to Meningitis i.e. swelling of the meanings or the protective membrane of the brain.
What treatment options does Modern Medicine Provide?
Antibiotic therapy is recommended for both acute as well as chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis may require a longer course of the antibiotics. If an underlying allergic disposition is the cause behind your sinus attack, then anti-allergen is often prescribed. Steroid nasal sprays too are used to relieve nose block and swelling of the nasal passages.
Why choose Homoeopathy over other forms of treatment for Sinusitis?
Homoeopathic treatment is a safe and effective mode of treatment for both children as well as adults. Homoeopathy strengthens the patient’s immunity and corrects the underlying allergies and sensitivities. Holistic treatment for sinusitis prevents recurrence by eradicating the allergic predisposition of the patient.
Homoeopathy treats the patient as a whole; it takes into consideration the symptoms peculiar to each individual patient. Every patient suffering from sinusitis may not have the same symptoms or may not have the same trigger factors. Your Homoeopath takes every symptom in detail and takes note of these differentiating symptoms that you may have.
There are more than 100 remedies in Homoeopathy that can be utilized for the treatment of sinusitis depending upon the need of the case.
Homoeopathic treatment is a boon to patients who suffer from sinusitis during seasonal changes especially during winters.
While allopathy can only offer temporary symptomatic relief, Homoeopathy not only controls the acute attack but also manages relapse and chronic symptoms with the same efficiency.
Choose homoeopathy, and let it take you towards better health and happiness!
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