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Natural Health Remedies for Sinusitis
by Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, HHP, CH(The Best Years in Life) The sinuses are cavities within the bone structure of the face that are normally filled with air and play an integral role in your nasal system. When operating normally, the sinuses employ tiny hairs called cilia and naturally occurring mucous to keep the nasal passages clear and operating efficiently so they can cleanse and filter the air we breathe. Sinusitis (meaning “inflammation of the sinuses”) occurs when the sinuses become irritated, swollen, or infected, and this can occur due to various causes.
Sinusitis can be acute (often associated with a cold or other respiratory infection) or chronic (often caused by allergies or other environmental conditions related to yeast, mold, or fungi in the atmosphere).
Possible symptoms of sinusitis include:
If you have a bad cold and are not sure if it has changed into sinusitis, there are a couple of simple tests you can perform. Mucous (from bacterial or viral infections) will often fill up sinus cavities if sinusitis is present. Tapping on the sinus cavities can help tell if they are backed up or not. Also, try shining a flashlight on the facial skin outside sinus cavities. Light will be visible inside the mouth if they are not clogged. Your health care provider can perform these tests, or a friend or family member who is knowledgeable about sinus cavity locations.
Major Causes of Sinusitis
How to Naturally Treat and Prevent Sinusitis
There are several steps you can take to prevent yourself from ever getting sinusitis or to deal with it effectively if it should occur.
Avoiding the use of antibiotic drugs is one of the best tips. Often, the first thing many doctors will do is to prescribe antibiotics for a bad cold or suspected sinusitis. Typically, these are viral infections and antibiotics will have no effect anyway. But in addition, if your body is inundated with antibiotics, true bacterial infections will become immune to these drugs. This only increases your risk for sinusitis and other infections. Here are some other practical sinusitis fighting techniques:
This article was originally published at http://www.oasisadvancedwellness.com/health-articles/2010/06/7-secrets-for-younger-looking-skin.html#more-666
About the Author:
Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, CH, HHP is a Naturopathic Practitioner, Clinical Nutritionist, Clinical Herbalist and Holistic Health Practitioner as well as Founder/CEO of Oasis Advanced Wellness. As a stage III cancer survivor since 2000, she understands the necessity of providing the body with what it needs to repair and heal. Loretta is dedicated to helping people create lasting changes in their health and well-being through whole body nutritional balancing, physician strength supplementation and up-to-date natural health education and modalities. Loretta is Editor and contributor to the worldwide e-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness and her new health and wellness blog Exhibit Health. She is also a co-moderator of our Yahoo Health Group focused on cancer, Oleandersoup.
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