Sinusitis - Overview

What is Sinusitis?

A lingering or neglected cold / allergy can easily develop into something more difficult such as sinusitis. When you have been suffering from symptoms of a cold for longer than 8 to 10 days and experience constant stuffiness of nose, headache and pressure in your head and face, you may well be suffering from sinusitis.

Sinusitis is the term used for inflammation or infection of one of the paranasal sinuses. Sinuses can be described as small, air-filled spaces (cavities) in the skull around the nose and eyes. Thus affection of the sinuses causes pain in the region of the cheekbones and forehead besides many other symptoms such as nasal obstruction, impaired breathing, fever, etc.

You may have often heard one of your family or friends saying 'I'm having a sinus attack'. What exactly is this sinus attack or sinusitis? Let us start by first understanding what a 'sinus' is.

Sinuses are four pairs of air-filled cavities/spaces located in the skull in the region around the nose and the eyes. Being located around the nose, they are also called as paranasal sinuses. When we breathe in, air enters the sinuses through the nose and this helps to moisten and warm the air that we breathe. Mucus produced normally by the sinuses drains into the nose. The four pairs of paranasal sinuses are:

Frontal sinuses: Located above the eyes, in the region of the eyebrows

Maxillary sinuses: These are situated in the cheekbone area

Ethmoid sinuses : Located between the eyes and behind the bridge of the nose

Sphenoid sinuses : These sinuses are located at a deeper level, behind the ethmoid sinuses


Causes of Sinusitis.

Numerous factors can trigger an attack of sinusitis in any given case. The commonest thing that can trigger it is infection:

> Viral infection: Sinusitis is most frequently caused by common cold viruses. The sinusitis attacks of this kind are generally acute in nature

> Bacterial infection: When the sinus blockage persists for longer than 7 to 10 days, bacteria tend to grow and multiply giving rise to yellowish or greenish discharge form the nose. This is generally seen in sub-acute, chronic or recurrent cases.

> Fungi: In rare cases, when the immunity of the patient has been compromised (such as in HIV, ongoing chemotherapy treatment, etc.), fungi may tend to thrive in the sinus secretions. Fungal infection of the sinuses tends to run a chronic course.


Homeopathic Treatment

Healing safely, gently and surely!

Homeopathy has been successfully used for the treatment of sinusitis for many years now and has clearly proved its efficacy in a number of cases as well as research studies conducted on the same. Time and again, homeopaths have saved a number of patients from surgery for sinusitis.

In one of the research studies conducted on chronic sinusitis patients in Berlin, Germany, it was concluded that the patients treated with classical homeopathy showed marked health and quality of life improvements that lasted for 8 years. Even other studies conducted over a period of years and clinical experience of homeopaths has shown that homeopathy medicines provide significant relief to sinusitis patients and that too without any adverse effects.

Regular treatment with Homeopathy can improve the immunity of individuals so that they do not fall prey to recurrent attacks of sinusitis. It can help in preventing the need for frequent antibiotics, decongestants, etc. that only tend to provide temporary relief. Homeopathy may also help in avoiding the need for endoscopic sinus surgery for sinusitis as far as possible. All in all, Homeopathy is strongly suggested for all sinusitis patients and the earlier they opt for treatment, the better the results.