WHAT is SINUSITIS?
Also called: sinus infection A condition in which the cavities around the nasal passages become inflamed. Acute sinusitis can be triggered by a cold or allergies and may resolve on its own. Chronic sinusitis lasts up to eight weeks and may be caused by an infection or growths.
TYPES of SINUSITIS
Acute sinusitis usually starts with cold like symptoms such as a runny, stuffy nose and facial pain. It may start suddenly and last 2 to 4 weeks. Subacute sinus inflammation usually lasts 4 to 12 weeks. Chronic inflammation symptoms last 12 weeks or longer. Recurrent sinusitis happens several times a year.
SYMPTOMS of SINUSITIS
Symptoms vary, depending on the length and severity of the infection. If the patient has two or more of the following symptoms and thick, green or yellow nasal discharge, they may be diagnosed with acute sinusitis: facial pain and pressure blocked nose nasal discharge reduced sense of smell congestion cough
In more advanced cases, the following symptoms may also be present:
fever halitosis, or foul-smelling breath tiredness toothache headache If these symptoms continue for 12 weeks or longer, the doctor may diagnose chronic sinusitis.
CAUSES of SINUSITIS and RISK FACTORS
Sinusitis is caused by too much mucus, or a swelling of the lining of the sinuses and nose, which can block the narrow channels. This can occur during a cold, or may be due to allergy or irritation of the linings of the sinuses. Bacteria (germs) then grow inside the sinuses, causing pain, headache and sometimes fever. Mucus from infected sinuses can be yellow or green. Some people get sinusitis with most colds, while others get it rarely.
HOW TO TREAT SINUSITIS with AYURVEDA?
The Ayurvedic approach to sinusitis treatment is multifaceted and can involve a combination detoxification processes through Panchakarma, oral medicines, dietary and life style modifications. Therapies like Nasyam, Lepanam, Thalam, Vamana, Shirodhara are commonly practiced depending on the dosha predominance and severity. Nasya Karma or Nasyam is a unique and one of the five detoxification therapies mentioned in Ayurveda, highly successful in treating Sinusitis. It is a process in which medicated oil or powder or fresh juice is administered through the nostrils to clear the Kapha accumulated. Recurrence can also be prevented. Average duration of therapy is around 1 – 3 weeks.
All these Ayurvedic procedures can be used both separately and in complex treatment. Consult the doctor for a treatment plan.
WHAT AYURVEDIC MEDICINES CAN HELP with SINUSITIS
Prana Cough syrup Kumaramrutham Shadbindutaila or Anutaila can be used as nasal drops (take doctor’s advice) etc
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HOW TO PREVENT SINUSITIS
Bath your nasal passages daily. Use a small pot or squeeze bottle to run water into the nasal passages. This helps clear excess mucus and moisten membranes. Drink lots of water. Good hydration helps keep mucus thin and loose. Inhale steam. Linger in a hot shower. Or bring water to a boil, pour it into a pan, place a towel over your head, and bend over the pan to inhale the steam. Avoid dry environments. A humidifier by your bed or at your desk can help keep nasal passages from drying out. Sleep with your head elevated. Mucus pools when your head is down.
Wearing Ayurvedic clothes or practicing on Ayurvedic Yoga Mat in addition to the Ayurvedic treatment can also improve the health of patients.