Sinusitis infections and headaches are much too common, particularly during the colder months. Sinusitis, also called rhinosinusitis, usually occurs when viruses or bacteria infect the sinuses (often during a cold) and begin to multiply. The body response to this infection is to inflame the sinus lining, thus blocking the channels that drain the sinuses. This causes mucus and pus to fill up the nose and sinus cavities, leading to sinusitis headaches and much discomfort.
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How Do I Know If I Have A Sinus Headache?
Sinus headaches are caused by a sinus infection. The symptoms may include thick discolored nasal discharge, pain in the sinus region around the cheeks, behind the eyes, over your upper teeth, sinus pressure, blocked nose, and fever. One may also have sinus headaches that affect the back of the head.
However it is easy to confuse sinus headaches with migraine or tension headaches. The symptoms for the two are very similar; however if one does not have a sinus infection with thick discharge and pus, fever, blocked nose, then it is likely a migraine headache. See your doctor to get an accurate assessment.
Sinusitis Headache Treatment
If you have been to a doctor about your sinusitis, chances are great that the doc prescribed a strong antibiotic to deal with the situation. This may not always be a good treatment as many sinus infections are viral, and will not respond to antibiotics. Only bacterial sinus infections require and respond to antibiotics.
Getting Rid Of Sinusitis Without Antibiotics
Ask your doctor if your sinusitis is viral; in that case, question the doctor if they insist you take antibiotics. Taking antibiotics in such a situation is not going to be wildly effective in any case.
There are a number of powerful strategies you CAN employ to relieve your sinus headaches (pun intended).
- Use a humidifier to moisten the air in your home. This is particularly important during the winter months when the air inside the home can become very dry; this in turn can irritate the sinuses leading to more discomfort.
- Flushing your nasal passages with a neti pot can bring relief. In addition, you can use specially designed saline packets with your neti pot; this may bring more relief than just plain water flushes. (Make sure to clean your neti pots regularly).
- Hydrate your body by drinking water as well as hot soups, teas, bone broth etc
- Warm compresses to the face and sinus areas may bring much-needed relief.
New, Unbelievably Devastatingly Effective Techniques That Work
This sinus rinse has proven very soothing to me, and I hope it is just as effective for you.
Sinusitis & Biofilms
Chronic and recurring sinus infections can be blamed squarely on bacterial biofilms. Biofilms are gooey, sticky plaque like walls that bacteria create to shield them from antibiotics and other bacteria killers. As a result, repeated antibiotic treatment results in no relief for the sinusitis patient.
The latests strategies are designed to combat these impenetrable bacterial colonies. Here are some methods that have been successfully used in treating sinusitis:
Nasal Washes With Johnson Baby Shampoo:
Bizarre as this method may sound, it is recommended by the Baylor School of Medicine.
The way is works is:
Xylitol Nasal Sprays
….one way is this Johnson’s baby shampoo irrigation, and the way it works is that Johnson’s baby shampoo has chemical surfactants in there, and you can think of them as like a therapeutic detergent to break up and assist in the eradication of biofilms, and that’s been known for a while. That’s been used in the orthopedic literature, this use of chemical surfactants to break up biofilm. But in chronic sinusitis, it probably has two benefits: One is as a mucoactive agent, and mucoactive agents work either to increase the ability to expectorate sputum or to decrease mucus hypersecretion. Or, number two, it has potential bactericidal activity; in other words, antibiotic activity. – Source
These nasal sprays are super-easy to use, cause no discomfort, and are highly effective. Since xylitol is a powerful biofilm buster, it works by eroding the biofilm buildup in the sinuses, thus allowing the bacteria to be washed away.
Try these great sinusitis remedies and share with your friends.