November 1, 2018
A persistent cold that has troubled you for too long may be sinusitis. Read on to get more information about this respiratory illness, and what steps you can take to alleviate the agony Sinusitis brings along with it.
Underneath your face, a set of voids known, as sinuses, flank the nose and generate mucus. Mucus, an essential body fluid, acts as a protective agent and inhibits allergens and pathogens from invading the body. It also helps in keeping parts of the body like the mouth, nose, throat, GI tract, and lungs moist. In a healthy body, the mucus flows easily into the nasal cavity, keeping the airways clear. Unfortunately, when the same mucus starts blocking the airways due to inflamed sinuses, it leads to symptoms like headaches, facial pain, and breathing troubles. An excess of mucus creates an environment that is perfect for bacteria and viruses to thrive. There are numerous things that can lead to such a situation including a bout of cold, allergies, or deformities like nasal polyps.
Even though sinusitis is not taken very seriously by many, its symptoms can pose as a major hindrance to normal daily functioning. It also negatively impacts your ability to achieve optimum efficiency. Here are some things you can do to deter a common cold from exploding into full-blown sinusitis:
Cleanse Nasal Passageways Twice a Day – Nasal Irrigation is an excellent way to keep the nasal lining lubricated. Saline water also helps drain out the pathogens.
Add Immunity-Enhancing Foods to Your Diet – Certain foods are known to fortify the body’s immune system. Some examples are turmeric, onions, ginger, green tea, and cloves.
Try Steam Therapy – Steam inhalation can help the ease the phlegm, hydrate the sinuses and, therefore, decrease the pressure
Stay Away from Anti-Histamines – Unless your condition has allergic roots, steer clear of anti-histamines. These drugs can thicken the mucus and make it all the more difficult to drain.
Prop Your Head Up When Sleeping – Keeping your head elevated, by making use of pillows, is helpful in preventing your mucus from accumulating in the sinuses.
Be Easy on Your Nose – Don’t be too harsh on your nose by blowing it too hard. Not only will such an action agitate the delicate interiors of your nose, but it will also move the pathogens deeper.
If you are unable to resolve your problem by doing any of these things and it keeps coming back again and again, consult a doctor because there could be an anatomical discrepancy that might need surgical intervention.
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