Can You Identify These Common Symptoms of Sinusitis?

Sinusitis and home remedies

Stuffy nose causing sleepless nights? Constant runny nose got you distracted? These symptoms of sinusitis, aka sinus infections, often surface when there is an infection or inflammation in nasal cavities. Sinuses are air-filled, empty sacs situated on either side of the nasal cavity. Their primary function is to clean the air breathed in and lighten the bones in the head.

Common Causes of Sinus Infections and Pain

Clinically termed rhinosinusitis, sinus infections are usually caused by a virus, or by bacteria and fungus in comparatively fewer cases.  The infection can persist even after other upper respiratory symptoms disappear. Other conditions that contribute towards sinus symptoms and the resultant pain include allergies, tooth infections, and nasal polyps.

Types of Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis: It typically lasts for a short duration of up to 4 weeks. An acute sinus infection appears as part of flu symptoms or other respiratory illness.

Chronic sinusitis: When symptoms last beyond 12 weeks and continue to recur, the condition is regarded as chronic. While most of the symptoms remain the same as acute sinusitis, physicians cite chief symptoms as congestion, infected discharge from the nose, and facial pain.

Common Symptoms of Sinus Infection

Acute sinusitis symptoms:

  • Blocked or stuffy nose with thick nasal discharge
  • Runny nose
  • Cough and congestion
  • Fever and fatigue
  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Loss of smell
  • Bad breath
  • Dental pain

Chronic sinusitis symptoms:

  • Congestion
  • Headaches or a sense of heaviness in the head
  • Nasal block
  • Fever and fatigue
  • Runny nose
  • Pus or heavy discharge from the nose
  • Dental issues like bad breath or toothache

 

Natural Remedies for Sinus Infection

  1. Stay hydrated with plenty of non-sugary fluids including water, tea and juices.
  2. Incorporating spices such as pepper and turmeric with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties in your food can be good for you.
  3. Steam inhalation is a great way to find relief from sinus pain and discomfort. Add a couple of drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil for immediate relief.
  4. Apple cider vinegar can help thin out excessive mucus. Take a teaspoonful three times a day or add to hot water or tea.  
  5. There’s nothing like a warm cup of chicken or vegetable soup to make you feel better. Add some fresh herbs for aroma and you have the best comfort food when you are down!

The symptoms for both acute and chronic sinusitis are often similar and can be confused with those of flu symptoms as well. Make sure you take a doctor’s opinion before
reaching for your medicine box!
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Sources:
What Is Sinusitis? – WebMD
Home Remedies for Sinus – NDTV Food

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