“You’re coughing and sneezing,
tired and exhausted. You think that you might be getting
a cold. Later, when the medicines you’ve been
taking to relieve the sufferings of common cold are
not working and you’ve now got a terrible unyielding
headache, you finally drag yourself to the Homoeopathic
After listening to your history of symptoms,
examining your face and forehead and perhaps after
an X-ray of Para nasal sinuses, the doctor says you
have sinusitis. Sinusitis is a common problem all
over the world nowadays.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis simply mean the inflammation of the sinuses.
Sinusitis occurs when there is an undrained collection
of pus in one or more of the sinuses. Sinuses are
hollow air spaces. When people say, "I'm having
a sinus attack," they usually are referring to
symptoms in one or more of four pairs of cavities
or spaces known as Para nasal sinuses.
These cavities are located within the
skull or bones of the head surrounding the nose. They
include the frontal sinuses over the eyes, in the
brow area; then maxillary sinuses inside each cheekbone.
The ethmoids are just behind the bridge of the nose
and between the eyes. And behind them the sphenoids
in the upper region of the nose and behind the eyes.
Each sinus has an opening into
the nose for the free exchange of air and
mucus, and each of this is joined with the
nasal passages by a continuous mucous membrane
lining. Therefore, anything that causes a
swelling in the nose can affect the sinuses.
Air trapped within an obstructed
sinus, along with pus or other secretions
may cause pressure on the sinus wall. The
result is the intense pain of a sinus attack.
Similarly, when air is prevented from entering
a para nasal sinus by a swollen membrane at
the opening, a vacuum can be created that
Sinusitis usually precedes respiratory
infections such as cold either in the form
of an allergy or Infection. The long-lasting
cold causes swelling of the membranes of the
nose. The inflammation often leads to formation
of Nasal polyps. But they are not true polyps
but rather fluid-filled sacs. They look like
peeled grapes. They can be found anywhere
in the sinuses or nose and are commonly associated
with sinus infections. They can cause a blockage
of the drainage holes from the sinuses, causing
stagnation of mucus in the sinuses. Nasal
polyps causes nasal block and nasal voice!
Deviated nasal septum
or other obstruction of the nose may also
trap fluid in a sinus. The septum is the bone
and cartilage, which separates the two sides
or nostrils of the nose. A deviated septum
is simply a crooked septum. A deviated septum
commonly can cause or exacerbate chronic sinusitis
by causing a blockage of the nose and also
of the drainage area from the sinuses. Most
people have somewhat deviated septum. Just
because your septum is deviated, it doesn't
mean that it is causing a pblem, but it does
needs to be evaluated.
such as tooth abscess and
spread and get trapped into
the sinus and infect it directly. They may
spread to the middle ear, which would
make the victim giddy and cause ear
Sinusitis has its own localised pain signals, depending
upon the type of sinus affected. Headache while rising
up in the morning and on stooping is characteristic
of sinus involvement. When there is pain over the
forehead, when the frontal sinuses is touched it may
indicate inflammation of the frontal sinuses.
Infection in the maxillary sinuses can cause the upper
jaw and teeth to ache and the cheeks become tender
to touch. Since the ethmoid sinuses are near the tear
ducts in the corner of the eyes, inflammation of these
cavities often causes swelling of the eyelids and
tissues around the eyes and pain between the eyes.
Ethmoid inflammation also can cause tenderness, it
can be felt when the sides of the nose are touched,
a loss of smell and a stuffy nose is also noticed.
Although the sphenoid sinuses are less frequently
affected, infection in this area can cause ear aches,
neck pain and deep aching at the top of the head.
Drainage of mucus from the sphenoids and other sinuses
flow down to the posterior of throat as post nasal
drip, that cause a sore throat and irritate the membranes
lining the larynx enabling hoarseness of voice.
However, most patients with sinusitis
have pain or tenderness in several locations and symptoms
usually do not clearly define the sinuses, which are
inflamed. Other symptoms of sinusitis can include
fever, weakness, tiredness, a cough that may be more
severe at night and running nose or nasal congestion.
While sleeping, patients will often breathe through
their mouth, not able to clear the mucus from the
nose and drip down the lungs. As a result, mucus is
often pooled in the back of the nose and throat causing
irritation. Loss of smell and bad odour are common
|How to Diagnose?
Sinusitis is well diagnosed with the
clinical features. Percussion over a sinus shows tenderness.
Transillumination – an examination by throwing
light with a torch against the sinus may indicate
sinusitis. Normal blood study shows elevated White
blood cell count and Eosinophil count, which differentiate
allergy and infection. A sinus or head X-ray, cranial
CT scan or cranial MRI shows sinusitis or thickening
of the membranes of the sinus.
Avoid Infections and Allergens
You can avoid cold or bacterial infections, and thus
reduce the frequency and severity of the attacks and
possibly prevent sinusitis from becoming chronic.
If you have Allergic Rhinitis try to eliminate the
“Allergic triggers” and "Allergic
Foods." Drink boiled water always! Prepare every
thing hot! Be careful about infections and allergens
by wearing a mask.
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
You should avoid cigarette smoking and other air pollutants.
Inflammation in the nose caused by allergies, cigarette
smoke destroy the tiny hairs which move mucus out
of the sinuses. It also causes irritation and inflammation
in the nose and respiratory tract. Drinking alcohol
also causes the nasal sinus membranes to swell.
Sinusitis is most often
the revenge of a lingering infection or allergy, which
can impede proper nasal drainage. This congestion
becomes a breeding ground for more and more infections
which then cause the lining in the sinuses to become
inflamed and swollen. Other problems that can create
congestion leading to sinusitis are polyps, a deviated
septum, large or inflamed adenoids, a tooth abscess
or inflamed tooth, tonsillitis or a change in air
pressure from flying or swimming,
“ Every sinusitis patient gets
bored with the allopathic medicines as they give a
temporary relief. The antibiotics, antihistamines
and steroids give them a definite relief until their
concentration exist in the blood. The results are
only temporary with plenty of side-effects! Then the
patients may prepare for decongestant nasal drops
and sprays, which however, should not be used daily.
When used for longer periods, these drugs can even
lead to more congestion and swelling of the nasal
passages. Next move is seeking surgery, which make
them puzzle with the results as they give a short
time relief. Surgical removal doesn't mean that they
won't occur again. However, it cannot be neglected
in severity and complications!” .
move is all types of alternative therapies. Patients
enter the homoeopathic clinic with huge case files
if treatment undergone so far! Sinusitis can be treated
without surgery. This could be possible in two-way
Eradication of Allergic tendency.
could be possible by constitutional therapy, which
means individual study of the patient
treat this to eradicate the allergic diathesis as
we do for allergic rhinitis and asthma cases. We develop
immunity and the natural mechanisms to fight against
the Infections. We consider this ailment and other
allied diseases as a whole to bring them to the normal
harmony of life! Some patients respond very quickly
to the treatment. Most of the sinusitis are allergy-based
rather than Infection. Homoeopathy gives you a positive
treatment for sinusitis by improving immunity against
all allergens and infections
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