Sinusitis

Free Flow Therapeutic OilSinusitis 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.

Clinical features

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.

Aetiology

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.

Aromatherapy treatment

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. Click here to buy Free Flow for Sinus Relief

Other treatments

  • 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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  1. Mucus is a normal protective layering around the airway, eye, nasal turbinate, and urogenital tract. Mucus is an adhesive viscoelastic gel produced in the airway by submucosal glands and goblet cells and is principally water. It also contains high-molecular weight mucous glycoproteins that form linear polymers.^,`,

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  2. Until the late 1970s, there were few tools to help pinpoint sinusitis, and treatment was difficult. Medications were limited, and surgery involved major incisions and a lengthy recovery time. In recent years, diagnosis and treatment have vastly improved. The course of sinusitis is better understood, and advances such as CT scans, minimally invasive procedures, and more powerful antibiotics are making even the balkiest cases more manageable.’*^.

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