| Sinuses are air-containing cavities in certain bones of the skull. Inflammation of the lining of the sinuses is termed ‘sinusitis’.
Signs & symptoms
Headache and /or pain over the upper jaw aggravated on coughing or chewing.
Feeling of heaviness all over the face
Purulent discharge trickling into the throat leading to cough.
Common causes leading to sinusitis are nasal infection,
Swimming in infected water can enter the sinuses through their opening.
Dental infections(molar or premolar tooth infection or dental extraction)
People who have a deviated nasal septum are predisposed to developing sinusitis.
Pollution dust smoke & overcrowding also predispose to sinus infection.
Treatment is directed at relieving the congestion and treating the infection.
Analgesics may be prescribed
Steam inhalation and hot fomentation are quite useful in providing symptomatic relief.
Tips for combating Sinus
Indian women often have a problem with sinus. But the saving grace is that home remedies very often cure the problem. An early sign of sinusitis requires immediate attention to reduce nasal congestion.
A humidifier in your bedroom will release moisture in the atmosphere; this will reduce mucous drainage and promote nasal relief while sleeping.
Clean your humidifier frequently to prevent contamination and the spread of fungi.
Inhaling steam, regularly, will help relieve the drainage secretion.
The body requires plenty of liquids, to increase its moisture levels, and rest and relaxation. Drink a lot of fluids, such as water, vitamin-rich fruit drinks etc.
Try some honey (a natural antiseptic) and lemon (a natural source of Vitamin C) dissolved in hot water or herbal and fruit tea as an alternative to normal tea.
Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, such as, coffee, tea, cola and other fizzy drinks as these are diuretics, which could cause further dehydration.
Eat healthy food, such as fruits and vegetables.
Chicken soup is believed to be a good food for colds - it relieves infections of the upper respiratory tract.
Keep the room temperature comfortably warm and open the bedroom window a little so fresh air can circulate.
Humidity may help ease cough and congestion. A vaporiser can be used to bring some relief or better still, place a bowl of water near the radiator in your bedroom.
Get as much rest as you can. If you are well enough to go into work, make sure you have early nights.
If you are suffering from a blocked nose, prop yourself up in bed with pillows to help ease your breathing at night.