Expert Author: Ryan G. Wilkins
So you've just gotten over a nasty cold and are excited about getting back to life and back to work. You head to bed, but wake up the next morning and realize that it could be coming back. Nasal congestion, a sore throat and a throbbing headache welcome you to a new day and you realize that you may have an acute sinus infection. Chances are you've gone through something like that, as it is how most acute sinus infections form, shortly after you recover from a cold or the flu. Acute sinus infection symptoms can be annoying and aggravating, but luckily they are easily treated with easy home remedies.
A sinus infection can be classified as acute sinusitis or chronic sinusitis. Acute sinusitis lasts for less than 4 weeks, while a chronic condition lasts for more than 12 weeks or ever longer. So whether it is acute or chronic, for summer lovers and beach combers, a two-week vacation filled with sinus troubles is definitely the most miserable thing.
Health professionals advise allergy-prone patients to always clean their surroundings and living areas to prevent mold spores, dust, and pollen from accumulating. Doctors have also prescribed medicated sinus irrigation to allergy and rhinitis patients. This successfully flushes out airborne particles and debris from the nose.
Nowadays, there are already different ways to deal with a sinus infection. Some people go for home treatment. In general, this involves doing measures at home to treat the symptoms. Usually this can be done through diet modifications. For one, experts recommend keeping off from milk and other dairy products. Milk has protein content that can apparently thicken nasal secretions. This can worsen the existing problem of nasal congestion because the production of mucus is dramatically increased in sinusitis.
For a lot of people, the word 'sinus' brings to mind the air-filled cavities found in the skull. Humans have eight of them located behind the eyes, cheeks and forehead. When one or more of these sinuses become inflamed, a condition called sinusitis results. Among the manifestations of sinusitis include nasal congestion, headaches and facial pain; but normally not an increase in heart rate (medically called as tachycardia). So why the term sinus tachycardia then?
Scientists and researchers in the field of medicine continue to spend time and resources to revolutionize treatment modalities for the many ailments and diseases that scourge people worldwide. Among others, treatment for sinus infection has become an interesting subject for these research endeavors because sinus infections are among the most common types of infections.
A nasal infection often starts as an inflammation of nasal passages. However, unless it is immediately treated successfully, nasal infections often progress to involve even the paranasal sinuses. This condition involving the infection of both the nasal areas and paranasal sinuses is called as rhinosinusitis. Depending on its onset, it may be classified as acute or chronic. Acute infections occur suddenly, while chronic are long-term or recurring.
Many people suffer from sinus infections. For most, symptoms are mild and manageable, allowing people to go on with their lives normally. But for some unlucky few, sinusitis can be so severe it actually interferes with their daily routine. Because of the prevalence of this condition, many treatments were developed, as well as home remedies to fight the infection. However, these methods often do not offer a guarantee of a life free from sinusitis.
Humans have four pairs of paranasal sinuses. These air-filled hollow cavities are located in several areas of the skull. They are lined by a mucous membrane and have orifices known as ostia that open into the nasal cavity. Each pair of sinus has its own name. The frontal sinuses are found above the eyes, in the forehead bone. The maxillary sinuses are situated in the cheekbones, under the eyes. On the other hand, the ethmoid sinuses are located between the eyes and the nose. Finally, there are the sphenoid sinuses which can be seen in the center of the skull, behind the nose and the eyes.
Simply put, sinus irrigation is done by positioning the head sideways and then allowing water to enter one nostril and out of the other. In the process, debris, irritants, bacteria and other unwanted particles are washed away. This can be done by directly snorting plain water or saline water. Alternatively, needle-less bulb syringes or spray bottles can also be employed to deliver the irrigating solution into the sinuses.
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