Your Sinus problems are caused by an inflamation of your sinus cavities. This inflamation is usually caused by bacteria breeding in these warm, moist cavities
There are many types of treatments, but few of them are effective at getting to the cause of the problem. A health practitioner can assess your ear, nose, throat and sinus condition and recommend treatments that match your constitution.
Have you ever had a cold or allergy attack that wouldn't go away? If so, there's a good chance you actually had Sinus problems. Experts estimate that 37 million people are afflicted with Sinus each year, making it one of the most common health conditions in America. That number may be significantly higher, since the symptoms of bacterial Sinus often mimic those of colds or allergies, and many sufferers never see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment with an antibiotic.
- What is Sinusitis?
Acute bacterial Sinuitis is an inflamation of the sinus cavities caused by bacteria. It usually is preceded by a cold, allergy attack, or irritation by environmental pollutants. Unlike a cold, or allergy, Doctors say that bacterial Sinus requires a physician's diagnosis and treatment with an antibiotic to cure the problem and prevent future complications. If this were true, why do most people treated with antibiotics, go on to repeated bouts of sinusitis?
- The truth is, that whilst in some cases antibiotics do work, most of the time they just provide temporary relief and weaken your immune system. The simple proven solution is to use a Sinus treatment that destroys sinus bacteria without damaging your immune system.
- Normally, mucus collecting in the sinuses drains into the nasal passages. When you have a cold or allergy attack, your sinuses become inflamed and are unable to drain. This can lead to congestion. Diagnosis of acute Sinus usually is based on a physical examination and a discussion of your symptoms. Your doctor also may use x-rays of your sinuses or obtain a sample of your nasal discharge to test for bacteria.
- When Acute Becomes Chronic
When you have frequent Sinus problems, or the condition lasts three months or more, it could be chronic.
- If antibiotics worked there would be no such thing as chronic Sinusitis.
- Symptoms of chronic Sinus may be less severe than those of acute; however, untreated chronic Sinus may cause damage to the sinuses and cheekbones that Doctors say sometimes requires surgery to repair.
- Treating Sinus
- Bacterial Sinus: Doctors imply that the only therapy for bacterial Sinus should include an appropriate antibiotic. If you have three or more symptoms of Sinus (see chart), you may have Sinus.
- In addition to an antibiotic, an oral or nasal spray or drop decongestant may be recommended by your Doctor to relieve congestion, although you should avoid prolonged use of nonprescription nasal sprays or drops. Inhaling steam or using saline nasal sprays or drops can help relieve sinus discomfort. The simple proven solution is to use a Sinus treatment that destroys sinus bacteria without damaging your immune system.
- Antibiotic Resistance
Antibiotic resistance means that some bacteria are immune to the effects of certain antibiotics prescribed by your doctor. Antibiotic resistance is making even common problems, such as Sinusitis, challenging to treat. You can help prevent antibiotic resistance. If the doctor prescribes an antibiotic, it is important that you take all of the medication just as your doctor instructs, even if your symptoms are gone before the medicine runs out. Better still, try an alternative Sinus treatment first.
- Chronic Sinusitis
If your doctor thinks you have chronic Sinus, intensive antibiotic therapy may be prescribed. Surgery is sometimes necessary to remove physical obstructions that may contribute to Sinus. Again, consider other treatments first.
- Preventing Sinusitis
As always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To avoid developing Sinusitis during a cold or allergy attack, keep your sinuses clear by using an oral or nasal decongestant. Ideally use one that also destroys sinus infesting bacteria.
- gently blowing your nose, blocking one nostril while blowing through the other
- drinking plenty of fluids to keep nasal discharge thin
- avoiding air travel. If you must fly, use a nasal spray decongestant before take-off to prevent blockage of the sinuses allowing mucus to drain
- If you have allergies, try to avoid contact with things that trigger attacks. If you cannot, use over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines and/or a prescription nasal spray to control allergy attacks.
- Allergy testing, followed by appropriate allergy treatments, may increase your tolerance of allergy-causing substances. If you believe you may have Sinus, see our tips for Sinus sufferers.
- When to See a Doctor
Because the symptoms of Sinus sometimes mimic those of colds and allergies, it is sometimes difficult to know what to do. If you suspect you have Sinus, review these signs and symptoms. If you suffer from three or more, you should try a proven sinus treatment, if that does not stop the pain, see your doctor.
- A Word about Children
Your child's sinuses are not fully developed until age 20. However, children can still suffer from sinus problems. Although small, the maxillary (behind the cheek) and ethmoid (between the eyes) sinuses are present at birth. Sinus is difficult to diagnose in children because respiratory conditions are more frequent, and symptoms can be subtle. Doctors suggest that unlike a cold or allergy, bacterial Sinusitis requires a physician's diagnosis and treatment with an antibiotic to prevent future complications. First you could consider using a simple proven solution, a Sinus treatment that destroys sinus bacteria without damaging your childs immune system.
- The following symptoms may indicate a sinus problem in your child:
- a "cold" lasting more than 10 to 14 days, sometimes with low-grade fever
- thick yellow-green nasal drainage
- post-nasal drip, sometimes leading to or exhibited as sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea and/or vomiting
- headache, usually not before age 6
- irritability or fatigue
- swelling around the eyes
If despite appropriate medical therapy or using a Sinus treatment, these symptoms persist, care should be taken to seek an underlying cause. The role of allergy and frequent upper respiratory inflamations should be considered. Sinus.
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