Sinusitis is an inflammation or infection of the sinuses. The sinuses are hollow spaces in the head that are lined with mucous membranes. The sinuses usually drain easily unless inflammation or infection is present. Sinusitis most often follows a cold or a flu and may also be associated with allergies, an infected tooth (dental abscess), or air pollution. Sinusitis can occur in children, but it is more common in adults.
The Key symptom of sinusitis is pain over the cheekbones and upper teeth; in the forehead over the eyebrows; or around and behind the eyes. There may be also headache, swelling around the eyes, fever, stuffy nose, coughing, or mucus draining down the back of the throat (postnasal drip). In children, coughing, nasal congestion and discharge that last more than 7 to 10 days along with complaints of headache and facial pain are good signs that the problem is sinusitis, not just a cold or flu.
If the symptoms are severe or continue for more than 10 to 14 days, seeking medical help is necessary, taking antibiotics may be needed. A sinus infection can lead to chronic sinusitis if it is not treated properly or if it is not treated at all.
Healthy Ping’s remedies and Suggestions:
Vitamin B2 supports a wide-spectrum of health benefits, such as it is essential for healthy vision, tissue repair and the protection of the skin and mucosa. Taking vitamin B2 100mg daily can improve sinusitis and allergic symptoms in about a week.
Vitamin C boost their immune system, anti-inflammation and infection and reduce recurrence of sinusitis. Take vitamin C 500 mg once a day with a meal.
Zinc is required to store histamine. If zinc deficient, more histamine will be released into the surrounding tissue fluids. Excess histamine can cause many common allergic symptoms such as running nose, sneezing, hives and skin rashes etc. Taking 10 mg of zinc daily can help the symptoms of allergic sinusitis.
Papaya & Pineapple enzymes: Help completely digest protein and fiber, clean allergic antigens in the gut, reduce leaky gut syndrome and relieve sinus inflammation.
Probiotics: Friendly bacteria helps regular immune response, prevents allergies; helps eliminate harmful viruses, yeast and bacteria; reduces inflammation and increases resistance to infection.
Nasal rinse: daily nasal hygiene such as Sinus Rinse with a baking soda solution to wash off the excessive mucus or allergens, moisturize and subside the irritation of inflamed membranes in the nose, sinuses and throat. It also helps relieve sinus congestion and hay fever symptoms. Most of our patients suffering from sinusitis get good results from using the Sinus Rinse. Important: 1) To make a baking soda solution: add 1/3 teaspoon of baking soda into 8 oz of cooled but first boiled water. You don’t need to make a precise isotonic solution for sinus rinse, as long as you don’t feel burning from the baking soda solution, you have the right amount of baking soda in the solution. 2) Don’t rinse if your nasal passage is completely blocked, if so you may use some nasal spray to first open the blocked passage before using the nasal rinse; you can rinse with a partially blocked nasal passage. 3) To avoid introducing bacteria into your nasal passageways, clean the bottle and tube with alcohol (70%) between uses.
Acupuncture: to reduce nasal congestion and relieve headache.
Herbal nasal spray : to reduce the nasal congestion, local inflammation and infection.
Chinese herbs: to rebalance immune system, detoxify blood stream, prevent allergy attacks and treat allergy, cold or flu symptoms. Also some herbs have anti-inflammation and anti-infection properties.
For more information please call Dr. Liyan Lu at (661) 513-9265, Ping’s Acupuncture/ Bamboo Acupuncture.