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Sinusitis is a swelling and infection of the sinuses near the nose. About 31 million adults and children in the United States have sinusitis each year. Sinusitis usually begins with an acute sinus infection that lasts for two to four weeks. A chronic sinus infection is one that continues for four weeks or longer.
Signs and Symptoms
What Causes It?
The sinuses cannot drain properly and become infected. Some common causes for this include the following.
What to Expect at Your Provider's Office
Your health care provider will give you a physical examination and will prescribe an antibiotic. You may need to have special tests to determine the cause of your sinusitis if it does not go away.
Treatment for sinusitis includes antibiotics, decongestants, and avoiding the things to which you are allergic. Sinus infections often come back. Stronger types of antibiotics (broad-spectrum antibiotics) are used for chronic sinus infections. Inhaling steam or mist helps mucus to drain and relieves symptoms. It is important to drink plenty of water because it thins mucus secretions. Surgery may be needed when all other treatment fails.
Over the Counter
Complementary and Alternative Therapies
A combination of physical medicine and herbal or homeopathic treatment is often effective for treating both acute and chronic sinusitis.
Herbs may be used as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Unless otherwise indicated, teas should be made with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 to 20 minutes for roots.
A combination of all of the above herbs, equal parts, may be very effective. 1 cup tea or 30 to 60 drops tincture every two to four hours. May add:
Some of the most common remedies used for sinusitis are listed below. Usually, the dose is 12X to 30C every one to four hours until your symptoms get better.
May be helpful for both acute and chronic sinusitis.
If you are not better in a few weeks, you may be sent to an ear, nose, and throat specialist for tests to find the cause of your sinus infection.
Some serious diseases are caused by sinusitis or can have similar symptoms. Be sure to see your health care provider if you are not feeling better or have new symptoms. Tell your provider if you may be pregnant.
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