Is There Anything That Cures Sinusitis? What Can Be Done?

Sinusitis is the term used to describe the inflamed air spaces in the facial bones. Maxillary sinuses are the natural air spaces found in the cheek bones immediately over the upper molar regions. The Frontal sinus is found in the frontal bone, or forehead. The Ethmoid and Sphenoid sinuses are smaller cavities which are located behind the nasal septum or bridge of the nose.

Upper-respiratory infections, allergies, fungal infections, nasal polyps, a deviated septum and tooth abscesses all contribute to the onset of sinusitis. This condition is generally underestimated and wrongly diagnosed. Some cases resist conventional treatment regimes. In these cases, patients should seek consultation and management from an Oral and Maxillo-facial surgeon or an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist.

There is no pain felt when a health care provider taps on a clear and healthy sinus area. This is called percussion. The sinuses glow when light is shone on them (called trans-illumination). X-Ray, CT scanning and MRI exams are non-invasive and non-painful and can demonstrate precisely any inflamed or thickened sinus walls.

Chronic symptoms last three months or more and include coughing, feeling fatigued, cheek and forehead pain, and headaches felt behind the eyes and face. Pain above the upper molars and thick, greenish mucus are also symptomatic of chronic inflammation and infection. Chronic sinusitis can permanently damage the sinus linings. Sinus infections that are left untreated and uncured can spread to the eyes, the spinal canal (meningitis), deteriorate the facial bones (osteomyelitis) and create brain abscesses.

Topical steroids such as nasal-sprays and non-prescription pills may provide temporary relief or a complete cure. Two or three week courses of antibiotics or anti-fungal medicine are often prescribed to try to eradicate the infection and to reduce the inflamed tissues. A chronic sinus condition will certainly respond well to deviated septum correction surgery or the surgical removal of any nasal obstruction. When advisable, endoscopy, (the use of fiber-optics), is an alternative to invasive surgery with excellent results.

High success rates ranging from short-term relief to overall cure are attained with natural treatments and homeopathy. A simple way to prevent and treat sinusitis symptoms is nasal irrigation. The pain experienced from chronic sinusitis can be relived by using a heated compress on the painful facial areas and by steam therapy. Preventative measures include drinking sufficient amounts of water and avoiding dry environments to keep the nasal passages well-irrigated. Alternating pressure with a thumb or forefinger on one nostril at a time using slow inhalations and exhalations is a yoga method of clearing nasal passages.

Garlic and horseradish as a dietary supplement and breathing pine-oil and eucalyptus and menthol vapors help symptoms diminish or disappear completely. Some people support a non-invasive, two-part measure as described in the next three sentences. Sinus drainage is reported to have diminished within a week by drinking organic apple-cider vinegar (one tablespoon) in eight ounces of water four times daily. It is recommend that one build slowly to this dosage. Bringing colloidal silver in direct contact with the mucosal lining is the second part of this procedure ..

It would be prudent to follow these warnings: chronic sinusitis can develop as a result of long-term decongestant use or home-remedy practice. It would be wise to seek the advice of health care professional when inflammation and drainage last longer than a couple of weeks.