Natural Remedies for Sinusitis
I have been asked to write about sinusitis and what are the best natural remedies for Sinusitis. Sinusitis pain and face ache across your cheekbone and up into your eyes and forehead is a very common condition, most people have experienced these symptoms at some point in their live. Best not to rely on medication, there are natural remedies for Sinusitis.
Causes of Sinusitis
Sinusitis can be caused by:
*Nasal polyps tissue which grows in your nasal passage or sinuses
*Deviated nasal septum. Located in the wall between the nostrils,known to restrict or block nasal passages.
*Medical condition. Respiratory tract infection- the common cold-causing inflammation and thickening of the sinus membrane which blocks mucus drainage. Sinus Infections can be bacterial, viral or fungal. You can read more about Sinusitis here.
* Allergies. Like hay fever, causing inflammation blocking the sinuses.
What are Sinuses?
Sinuses are hollow pockets inside the bones that surround the nose. Sinuses produce mucus, mucus drain the nasal passage, if the nose becomes swollen because of inflammation it will result in a blockage of the sinuses leading to pain, congestion, cough, post-natal drip, cough and face pain.
According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases should the Sinusitis become acute it can last for anywhere up to four weeks. Chronic Sinusitis can occur after a cold.
Sinusitis Risk factors
Nasal passage abnormality- like nasal polyps or deviated nasal septum
Asthma- connected with chronic sinusitis
Sensitivity to Aspirin-can cause respiratory problems
A disorder (Auto-immune)- like cystic fibrosis or HIV
Exposure to cigarette smoke or other pollutants
Chronic Sinusitis Complications
- Meningitis. Meningitis can cause inflammation of the fluid and membranes around your brain and spinal cords.
- Infections. Infections of the bone or the skin can cause complications however this is rare.
- Loss of smell. Inflammation and nasal obstruction can cause temporary or permanent loss of smell to the olfactory nerve.
- Vision. Infection in the eye socket causes a reduction in vision.
Other Sinusitis Symptoms
- Decreased sense of smell
- Difficulty breathing
- Other Sinusitis symptoms
- Broken Sleep
- Pain in the top teeth on both sides of the mouth
- Pressure or pain behind the eyes
- Cheeks pain or pressure
- Post-nasal drip, but with yellow or green phlegm
- Stuffed nose, with green or yellow discharge
- Dry mouth, tongue, and lips due to breathing through the mouth at night
Chronic Sinusitis Diagnosis
Your doctor will do a face and nose examination to look for any tenderness.
Nasal passage endoscopy.
A fibre-optic flexible tube is inserted up the nasal passage which allows the doctor to see what’s going on inside the sinuses also known as Rhinoscopy.
- CT or MRI Scan
- An image is taken using a CT or MRI scan, this shows greater detail of the sinuses and nasal passage. This is especially useful in detecting deep inflammation or obstruction otherwise invisible using an endoscope.
- Sinus and nasal cultures in general are unnecessary to diagnose chronic sinusitis, however if the condition is worsening or fails to respond tissue cultures may help to determine if the cause is bacteria or fungi related.
- Allergy test
Allergy testing can be used if the doctor suspects that the Sinusitis may have been triggered by an allergy of some sort, if a skin allergy is suspected the doctor may order a skin allergy test.
Top 10 ways to relieve Sinusitis pain
I have long been an advocate of using natural ways or natural products to help with inflammation as many diseases are caused by inflammation so everybody has a choice, so here is a list of ten ways (some natural and some medical remedies to relieve Sinusitis)
1.My top tip is Serrapeptase (Serratiopeptidase). Serrapeptase has been used for over 30 years primarily to break up mucus and reduce inflammation, it is a natural remedy for Sinusitis and has been proven to get rid of Sinusitis, (My wife suffered for many years with face and head pain from blocked Sinuses, the Serrapeptase has helped her immensely) you can read more about Serrapeptase HERE.
This is what this customer said about Serrapeptase and Sinusitis
“Sinuses and nose feel completely clear!”
Hope all’s well and thanks for your help so far. You’ve been far more help than even my ENT consultant/surgeon so far to be honest. ? Well here I am 2 weeks in and report as follows:-
Sinuses and nose feel completely clear almost as if there was never anything wrong with them. I’ve lost a good half stone in body fat or thereabouts, my smell and taste are back to normal too it feels great!” Thanks for recommending Serrapeptase.
2.Nasal irrigation using Saline. Nasal sprays or solutions helps to reduce drainage and washes away allergies and irritants.
3. Anti-biotics. If you Sinusitis is caused by a bacterial infection it may be necessary to use anti-biotics to clear up the infection.
4.Immunotherapy Immunotherapy or allergy shots may be used to reduce your bodies reaction to certain allergies that are contributing to your Sinusitis.
5.Steam bath or shower.
Try using a hot water vapor to moisten your Sinuses, get some eucalyptus oil or menthol oil, sprinkle a few drops in your shower or before having a hot steamy bath, this will assist to loosen up the debris and mucus build up inside your nose, or fill a pot or deep bowl with steaming water put a towel over your head and place your face into the bowl,breathe in the steam for about 10-15 minutes.
.6. Spicy foods
Some people swear that by using spicy foods it can help to clear the nasal passage,spicy foods like curry, horseradish, and mustard.
7. Corticosteroids (Oral or injected) These medications are recommended to relieve the inflammation caused by severe Sinusitis where nasal polyps are present. These corticosteroids are only used to treat extreme cases, they have serious side-effects when used over a long period.
8. Drink lots of Water.
Keeping your body hydrated helps because your sinuses will be kept moist, drink lot’s of water throughout the day avoid drinking coffee or alcohol as these can trigger the sinuses.
9. Surgery. In a case where every other treatment doesn’t seem to provide pain relief an option would be endoscopic surgery. During this procedure the doctor will use a flexible thin tube with a light (endoscope) attached to take a good look at your sinus passage. Depending on what is found e.g.: a polyp or tissue that is causing the blockage the doctor may enlarge the sinus opening to help with the mucus drainage.
10. Neti pots. I’m not a big fan of these because they don’t really clear the sinuses, Neti pots use water which just loosens dry mucus at the sinus opening, many of them have chemicals which may make the inflammation worse.