What measures can be taken at home to relieve sinus pain?
A Warm moist air may alleviate sinus congestion. For facial pain, we should use warm, damp towels around your nose, cheeks and eyes and take a warm steam inhalation to get relief from your blocked sinuses. To improve our drainage of sinuses we should sleep with head elevated. Thus by changing our lifestyles we can get relief from sinusitis.
My child is having deviated nasal septum, so can it lead to Sinusitis?
The septum is the bone and cartilage which separates the two sides of the nose. A deviated septum is said to be a crooked septum. A deviated septum can exacerbate chronic sinusitis as it produces obstruction of drainage from the sinuses. People with deviated nasal septum will often complain of difficulty in breathing through nose with nasal blockage in the night. If this causes problem for shorter period of time, then medications are indicated but for long term obstruction, a sinus surgery is recommended.
Can surgery help in relieving the symptoms of sinusitis?
Those patients who do not experience sufficient relief from medication and those who suffer from chronic and recurrent episodes of sinusitis, a sinus surgery can be recommended. However sometimes surgery can cause some side effects to certain people.
Can this disease be avoidable? / What are the various ways and means to avoid sinusitis?
Yes, it needs to be avoided as far as possible to live a healthy life. We should try to limit our contacts with infected persons and avoid exposure to ill polluted environment. Smoking should be prohibited and artificial colored drinks should be avoided.
To know more about factors in detail, read Do's and Don'ts of sinusitis
Hey, my 15 year old child is suffering from Sinusitis, is there any particular diet that I need to follow for him?
Yes, you can follow simple dietary advice to clear your sinuses. For proper drainage of mucus and to clear our nasal congestion, foods rich in vitamin C like grapefruit, oranges, garlic can be useful.
Consuming a mixture of mint leaves and garlic can be helpful to relieve from nasal block.
To get more information about the other dietary advice in detail, please click on Diet and Nutrition for sinusitis
My child gets frequent attacks of sinusitis in winters, how will homeopathy help him to get rid of this?
Homeopathy can be a boon for all those who are more prone to have problems in the winters and often develop respiratory ailments due to sensitivity to cold and allergies.
It helps to strengthen the patient's constitution and tries to eradicate the underlying conditions from the deeper level and prevent it chronicity of complaints.
To read more about the efficacy of homeopathy in treating sinusitis in detail, then click Homeopathic treatment of sinusitis
How do I get permanent relief from my sinus pain, Is there any other mode of treatment for sinusitis?
Well yes, for complete healing of sinus from its root and to prevent its recurrent attack; Homeopathy can indeed be a better choice for treatment. Homeopathic medicines lead to a significant reduction in the frequency and intensity of sinusitis and can often even lead to a total elimination of recurrence.
To know the effectiveness of Homeopathy in Sinusitis, please click on Homeopathic treatment of sinusitis
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Can sinusitis be treated by conventional medicines?
The main aim of treatment of Sinusitis is to reduce the inflammation and improve sinus drainage. Mostly a short course of antibiotics is required in treatment of sinusitis.
When someone has recurring acute sinus infections within a few years, or a longstanding chronic sinusitis which does not improve completely with antibiotics, at that time surgery or other procedures may help. However this treatment can cause side effects and doesn't cause permanent relief.
To know about the treatment please click on Treatment of sinusitis
If I ignore sinusitis, then can it lead to any serious health issues? What are the consequences of not treating infected sinuses?
Usually acute sinusitis resolves within few days but if bacteria get invade in it and if not treated then it can produce terrible pain and discomfort. Those suffering from chronic sinusitis can sometimes cause disturbances in their daily activities and work performance.
As maxillary sinuses are close in connection to brain and if not treated then it can produce an abscess or meningitis. Also acute bacterial infection from eyes can spread to adjacent sinuses leading to orbital cellulitis.
To know about the further adverse effect in detail please click, Complications
Are there any test to diagnose sinusitis?
Sinusitis can be easily diagnosed on the basis of case history and physical examination. In cases where symptoms last for less than 4 weeks then it is considered as viral and in those where infection last for more than 12 weeks it is bacterial. In case of chronic sinusitis, nasal endoscopy or CT scan or MRI will be helpful for the diagnosis.
To know more about the diagnostic test in detail please refer Tests and Diagnosis
How will I know that I am suffering from sinusitis?
If you have been suffering from headache or pain over head, cheeks or above eyes with nasal blockage and difficulty in breathing then you may be suffering from sinusitis.
Other less common symptoms include-
- Ear pain/Toothache
- Cough, which may be worse at night
- Sore throat
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Fatigue or irritability
To know about this symptoms in detail, please click Symptoms