… is a swelling of one or more nasal sinuses. It may be a complication of an upper respiratory infection, dental infection, allergy, a change in atmosphere, as in air travel or underwater swimming, or a defect of the nose. With swelling of nasal mucus membranes the openings from sinuses to the nose may be blocked, causing pressure, pain, headache, fever, and local tenderness. Complications include spread of infection to bone, brain, or meninges.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal sinuses that accompanies upper respiratory infection. More than 50% of all cases of sinusitis are caused by bacteria. The sinuses affected by this infection include those above the eyes, inside each cheekbone, behind the bridge of the nose and in the upper nose.
Symptoms of sinusitis include headache, earache, toothache, facial pain, cranial pressure, loss of sense of smell, tenderness over the forehead and cheekbones, and occasionally a high fever. The throat may be affected by problems originating in the lungs, the nose, or the sinuses. A sore throat may take the form of tonsillitis, pharyngitis, or laryngitis. Sometimes sinusitis produces a swollen face followed by a stuffy nose and thick discharge of mucus. If the mucus is clear after a week you probably do not have an infection. If mucus is greenish or yellowish, you do. If the mucus is clear without a cold, you probably have allergies.
Acute sinusitis is frequently caused by colds or bacterial and viral infections of the nose, throat and upper respiratory tract and can be extremely painful with headaches so severe that it is impossible to move the head without pain. Chronic sinusitis problems which give rise to dull pain in the forehead may be caused by small growth in the nose or injury to nasal bones.
The use of essential oils at the onset of a cold can often prevent the infection from spreading to the sinuses.
Special techniques for facial massage can be used to encourage the drainage of mucus from the nose and sinuses. The techniques may be too uncomfortable to perform during a severe attack. Massage may be introduced after a day or two, or whenever a steam inhalation has reduced the congestion enough for massage to be tolerable.
- Herbs that are considered effective for relieving the symptoms of sinusitis include fenugreek, elder flowers, eyebright, golden seal, marshmallow, and echinacea.
- Garlic is a valuable immune stimulant and natural antibiotic that keeps infections in check.
- Bee pollen increases immunity and speeds healing so a small daily supplement of bee pollen is recommended, if you’re not allergic to it.
- A diet of 75% raw foods is recommended.
- Do not eat dairy foods because they increase mucus formation. Soured diary products such as yogurt and cottage cheese, however, do not.
- Vitamin C should be taken to increase immunity against infection and reduce mucus.
- Vitamin A increases the health of epithelial issue lining of the sinuses.
- Acupuncture and acupressure are very effective therapies for sinusitis and can be used alongside aromatherapy. The acupressure points commonly suggested for the treatment of sinuses are LI4 and BI2 is located at the bridge of the nose and is helpful for frontal headaches and sinus conditions, while LI 20 and St 3, on the face, are the best points for healing it with the maxillary sinuses located in the cheek area.
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The Mosby Medical Encyclopedia, Revised Edition
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Salvatore Battaglia