What Is Sinusitis?

November 3, 2011

The sinus flooding kit can get you set for a sinus rinse.

It’s cold and flu season, and those respiratory illnesses can sometimes cause a secondary illness: sinusitis. Sinusitis (sinus infection) is an infection of the sinuses, the nasal passageways that start with your nose, and go along your cheeks and above your eyes.

Sinus symptoms can also be caused by allergies. Dead leaves left by autumn cause mold and other allergens to take to the air; the majority of sinus symptoms are caused by fungi, so it can be the perfect time of year for sinus symptoms to breed.

Sinus Symptoms:

  • Sinus Pain (gently touching your sinuses is painful, or there’s a dull throb)
  • Excessive Mucus, especially if it’s grey-green or yellow
  • Bad Breath
  • Headaches
  • Fever

Other Sinus Symptoms:

  • A Sore Throat (caused by a drip of mucus into the throat)
  • Cough
  • Nausea
  • Sinus Pressure, Tooth Ache

Additional Sinus Symptoms in Kids:

  • Mouth Breathing
  • Gagging


What is Sinusitis Treated By?

In some cases, bacteria may cause the sinus symptoms, and so a round of antibiotics may help. Unfortunately, in the majority of cases, a fungus or virus is causing the infection, and antibiotics won’t do anything (although antibiotic resistance will be increased).

So, what is sinusitis treated by? Rest, lots of liquids (especially soothing warm ones), and good nutrition.

Some people like to do a sinus rinse, since blowing your nose can be rough, especially following a bout of bronchitis. A sinus rinse is where you flood the nasal cavity, clearing out the mucus that causes so many sinus symptoms, as well as draining the sinus cavities so that it’s harder for pathogens to breed and spread.

It’s reported that a sinus rinse relieves sinus symptoms in many, but it’s not a cure. Doing it one to two times a day should be a part of your overall get-well routine.

What other sinus symptoms tips do you have?

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