Sinus infection, is also called sinusitis, is a swelling of the inner wall of the sinuses. Sinuses are spaces in the skull that contain air and make a connection with the nose. In case of sinusitis, these openings clog in the sinuses, so that the mucus can no longer go away. There are different types of sinuses such as jaw cavities, forehead cavities, and so on. The symptoms of sinusitis are very often a stuffy nose or a runny nose, possibly accompanied by headaches. Sinusitis is a temporary phenomenon and can be treated perfectly with medicines.
What are sinuses and what is sinusitis?
Sinuses, or also called paranasal sinuses, contain air and are in direct connection with the nose. These sinuses ensure that the head does not become unnecessarily heavy. Sinuses contain a mucous membrane that is specific to the airways. If people get a cold, then this mucous membrane starts to swell and produce mucus (snot). Also in the case of a cold, the cilia – which have to drift away moisture – will function less well. Because of these causes the sinus cavities can get clogged. The abundant mucus is of course an excellent breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria. If the bacteria can develop strongly, they will fill the sinuses with snot and then cause inflammation. This what known as sinus inflammation, better known as sinusitis.
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Different forms of sinusitis
Acute sinusitis : this form of sinusitis lasts no longer than four weeks. A stuffy nose, sinus pain and a cough are the most common symptoms. With the right medication, this acute form quickly passes over and chronic sinusitis is avoided.
Chronic sinusitis: this form of sinusitis lasts longer than six months. The mucous membranes of the sinuses are very affected, so you will be permanently affected by them. In fact, the inflammation is always present, and will occasionally give off a lot. In many cases this is the result of a crooked nasal septum, nasal polyps, a chronic respiratory disease or asthma.
Causes of sinusitis
Sinusitis usually occurs as a result of simple cold. However, there may be other reasons why mucus will accumulate and then lead to inflammation. These other causes are for example polyps in the nose, all kinds of allergies, a tooth abscess, a swelling or a general damage to the cilia.
The first symptoms are very often the traditional ailments of a cold such as a stuffy nose or a runny nose. In the case of sinusitis, the snot has a yellow color and the snot is often somewhat thicker. If the snot then runs from the nose to the throat, an irritating cough may develop. There are also many complaints about pain in the face and headaches. The pain in the face is often already present in the morning. Depending on the site of the inflammation, pain will be felt at that location. It can be compared to a dull, throbbing pain at the height of the inflamed sinuses. If there is a severe inflammation, other symptoms can be observed such as a feverish feeling, general malaise and a total lack of appetite.
Pay particular attention to the symptoms that are not normal for a common cold or normal tension headache. If you do not recognize the right symptoms in time, and therefore do not take any action, a normal sinus inflammation can become chronic and ultimately be the cause of permanent health problems.
The treatment of sinusitis
Depending on the severity of the inflammation, there are different treatment methods. Most complaints – in case of an acute ulcer infection – disappear automatically after one to three weeks. In case of infection, a doctor can prescribe antibiotics. Intolerant or steroid nasal sprays will reduce the swelling of the mucous membrane, but should not be used too long. Rinsing with a saline solution is also possible and can be done without a prescription from the doctor. Saline cleans the nose after all and this makes the mucus thinner. Rinsing with saline is efficient and very simple. In certain cases, the only solution can be an operation.
If you do want to get rid of the disease very quickly, but you are not a fan of antibiotics, or you do not care about regular medicines for any other reason, you can call on a Homeopath. A homeopath goes much further than just ‘just’ solving the problem.
As per Homeopathic methodology, the therapist assumes that there is always an underlying cause. Inflammation does not just occur. Often it has something to do with reduced resistance, a less efficient or poorly functioning immune system. The medication for pain and blockages in the sinuses, especially the forehead cavities, is potassium.
Can sinusitis occur in children?
In principle, children are less likely to contract sinusitis than adults. If children are involved, the symptoms are less pronounced and inflammation can disappear. A swelling around the eyes can be a symptom of sinusitis. A child is less affected by sinusitis for the following two reasons. On the one hand the openings are larger than in adults and on the other hand the sinuses of the children are not yet fully grown. The formation of the sinuses has been completed in children at the age of twelve and at that time the sinus cavities have matured. Steaming is not recommended in children under the age of six. One should be careful with using nasal drops. Children may get relief from pediatric nasal drops if they are severely affected by the blockage, when a salt solution does not bring any relief.
Sinus infections are quite common, and in most cases the problem resolves itself. But if you do not have the time or the patience to solve this in a natural way, you may tend to use some antibiotics. A thorough study on Sinusitis has indicated that an antibiotic has absolutely no value in the treating the problem. It is therefore completely unclear as to why this is still being pursued, and also in view of the recent problems regarding the increasing resistance of bacteria to various antibiotics.