Deal with Chronic Sinusitis
The sinuses are small cavities in the skull that are normally filled with air. They make mucus, which helps keep the nasal passages clear of allergens and pollutants.
Chronic sinusitis is a persisting inflammatory condition of one or more sinuses Chronic sinusitis can be caused by an infection, growths in the sinuses (nasal polyps) or by a deviated septum. Signs and symptoms may include nasal obstruction or congestion that causes difficulty breathing through your nose, and pain and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead.
Symptoms of chronic sinusitis:
At least two of the four primary signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis must be present with confirmation of nasal inflammation for a diagnosis of the condition. They are:
- Thick, discolored discharge from the nose or drainage down the back of the throat (postnasal drainage)
- Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose
- Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
- Reduced sense of smell and taste in adults or a cough in children
- Ear pain
- Aching in your upper jaw and teeth
- A cough that might worsen at night
- Sore throat
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Fatigue or irritability
Chronic sinusitis and acute sinusitis have similar signs and symptoms, but acute sinusitis is a temporary infection of the sinuses often associated with a cold. The signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis last longer and often cause more fatigue. Fever isn’t a common sign of chronic sinusitis, but you might have one with acute sinusitis.
Here are some tips to deal with sinus:-
- Block irritants: It is, therefore, advisable to cover your nose every time you step out and also keep your windows shut. Sinus is common among those who are prone to have respiratory problems. Spring time also happens to be a time when the process of pollination is in full swing, and as such the air is filled with pollens.
- Use fresh ginger: Ginger has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, from gastrointestinal upset to sinus problems. Sipping a warm cup of ginger tea may help alleviate the pressure and pain of sinus problems
- Avoid Dairy products: Dairy products – are known to cause sinus problems.You can include sardines, seaweed and leafy green vegetables which are much better sources of calcium.especially cheese, yogurt and ice cream, and chocolate should be avoided.
- Avoid cool drinks: To avoid dried mucus build-up that can potentially block the sinuses, one has to keep hydrated, but avoid cold or ice cold drinks regardless of their ingredients. The intake of cold liquids will stall cilia movement within the nose, making it difficult for nasal mucus to flow through the nasal passages.
- Use ghee: Desi ghee is known for its miraculous properties. An ancient practice is to instill a little warm ghee in each nostril once a day and sniff. You can use an eye-dropper or a clean finger dipped in ghee.
- Use garlic: Crush the raw clove, the antiviral, antifungal, and an antibacterial component known as allicin will be activated. It is essential for treating the sinus infection and its symptoms.
- Nasal wash: Nasal irrigation, or nasal lavage or nasal douche, is a personal hygiene practice in which the nasal cavity is washed to flush out mucus and debris from the nose and sinuses. The practice is generally well-tolerated and reported to be beneficial with only minor side effects. Nasal irrigation in a wider sense can also refer to the use of saline nasal spray or nebulizers to moisten the mucous membranes. You can also make a mild solution by dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 1/2 cup lukewarm water and instill 5 drops of the solution into each nostril with a dropper and then drain it.Another common practice is to inhale a little amount of water through one nostril and exhale it through the other nostril. It is tough to do this, but it proves to be good for the sinuses.