Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus passages.
There are four pairs of sinuses in the human skull that help circulate moist air throughout the nasal passages. The common cold is the most prevalent predisposing factor to sinusitis. Hay fever, other environmental triggers, food allergens, and dental infections can also lead to sinusitis.
Acute sinusitis typically causes symptoms of nasal congestion and a thick yellow or green discharge. Other symptoms include tenderness and pain over the sinuses, frontal headaches, and sometimes chills, fever, and pressure in the area of the sinuses. Chronic sinusitis differs slightly, in that symptoms can be milder and may only include postnasal drip, bad breath, and an irritating dry cough.
A warm salt-water solution poured through the nose may offer some relief from both allergic and infectious sinusitis. A ceramic pot, known as a “neti lota” pot, makes this procedure easy. Alternatively, a small watering pot with a tapered spout may be used. Fill the pot with warm water and add enough salt so the solution tastes like tears. Stand over a sink, tilt your head far to one side so your ear is parallel to the floor, and pour the solution into the upper nostril, allowing it to drain through the lower nostril. Repeat on the other side. This procedure may be performed two or three times a day.
Need to Know
Breathing is less of a chore when air can flow freely through your nasal passages. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.
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Elimination Diet Food allergy appears to play an important role in many cases of rhinitis, which is related to sinus congestion. In a study of children under one year of age with allergic rhinitis and/or asthma, 91% had a significant improvement in symptoms while following an allergy-elimination diet.1 In the experience of one group of doctors, food allergy was the most common cause of chronic rhinitis.2 Two other researchers have found food allergy to be a contributing factor to allergic rhinitis in 25%3 and 39%4 of cases, respectively. Food allergies are best identified by means of an allergy-elimination diet, which should be supervised by a doctor.
Supplement, Amount and Why
Bromelain 3,000 MCU three times per day
Bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple, appears to relieve symptoms of acute sinusitis.
CineoleTake an amount containing 200 mg of cineole three times daily
The main ingredient of eucalyptus oil, cineole, may help speed the healing of acute sinusitis.
Eucalyptus Refer to label instructions
Eucalyptus oil is often used in a steam inhalation to help clear nasal and sinus congestion. It acts on receptors in the nasal mucous membranes, leading to less stuffiness.
Gentian Root, Primrose Flowers, Sorrel Herb, Elder Flowers, and European VervainRefer to label instructions
An herbal combination of gentian root, primrose flowers, sorrel herb, elder flowers, and European vervain has been found to help promote mucus drainage from the sinuses.
Horseradish Refer to label instructions
Horseradish is an herb used traditionally as a mucus-dissolver.
Wood Betony 900 mg per day of diosmin and 100 mg per day of hesperidin
Wood betony is used in traditional European herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory remedy for people with sinusitis.
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