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Remedies for chronic rhinosinusitis

Chronic rhinosinusitis is a condition in which the cavities in the nasal passages or sinuses is inflamed and swollen for at least 12 weeks. It interrupts with drainage and result to the accumulation of mucus.

There is difficulty breathing through the nose, the eyes and face is swollen and there is facial tenderness and pain. Middle-aged adults and young people are susceptible to this condition but it can also affect children.

Causes of chronic rhinosinusitis

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Obstruction or congestion of the nasal cavity that makes it difficult to breathe through the nose.

  • Infections
  • Nasal polyps or growths in the sinuses
  • Deviated nasal septum

Symptoms

  • Obstruction or congestion of the nasal cavity that makes it difficult to breathe through the nose.
  • A yellow-greenish thick discharge coming from the nose or back through the throat.
  • Loss of sense of taste and smell
  • Pain, swelling and tenderness can be felt on the cheeks, eyes, nose and the forehead
  • Pain the upper jaw and teeth
  • Sore throat
  • Pain in the ear
  • Severe coughing at night
  • Irritability or fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Bad breath

Causes

  • Allergies on cockroaches, mold, dust mites and animal dander
  • Repeated viral infections such as common cold
  • Deviated septum
  • Exposure to airborne irritants such as formaldehyde and cigarette smoke
  • Disorders of the immune system
  • Nasal polyps
  • Trauma on the face can block the sinus passages
  • Medical conditions such as complications of cystic fibrosis, gastroesophageal reflux and HIV

Treatment

  • Take plenty of rest for fast healing of the condition.
  • Drink plenty of water and juice for fast drainage. Avoid caffeine and alcohol to prevent dehydration and worsen the condition. The swelling of the lining of sinuses and nose becomes worse by drinking alcohol.
  • Fill a bowl with hot water. Drape the head using a towel and breathe in the vapor to moisturize the sinus cavity. Another alternative is taking a hot shower for fast drainage of the mucus and lessen the pain.
  • Apply a warm compress on the face using a damp towel on the cheeks, eyes and nose to lessen the pain and the inflammation.
  • Elevate the head to lessen the congestion due to chronic rhinusinusitis
  • Use saline solution in rinsing the nasal passage. Boil 1-2 cups of distilled water to prevent infections and add ½ teaspoon of non-iodized salt and a pinch of baking soda. Place the solution in a spray bottle. Rinse the nasal passages by spraying the solution into the nostril to lessen the congestion and promote fast drainage of the mucus.
  • Take the prescribed over-the-counter pain medication such acetaminophen to lessen the pain and the inflammation.

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