Friday, October 15, 2010

Inflammed sinuses

Christmas is now just around the corner. All of us can now feel the cool breeze touching our skin early in the morning. And even though majority of us are now busy looking for the gift to buy or is busy putting home decorations, some of us, are unfortunately confined to bed. The cool and moist environment are bringing not just chills but also upper respiratory tract infections - the most common reason for hospital confinement during this season.

SINUSITIS -  an inflammation of the sinuses that is may be due to infection or allergies which commonly occur during cold season. The sinuses are cavities in the head lined with mucuos membranes. The functions of it includes humidification of the air inspired, lightening of the skull and absorption of shock to the face or skull.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS 
  • In adult, the key symptom is pain in the cheekbones and upper teeth, in the forehead  over the eyebrows or around and behind the eye.
  • In children, a chronic stuffy nose is a common symptom.
  • If the sinuses are infected, fever may be present.
  • sore throat or cough specially when post nasal drip occur.
  • Sinus headaches may occur on rising and get worse in afternoon or when bending over
HOME TREATMENT 

  • Drink extra fluids to keep mucus thin.
  • Breathe moist air from a humidifier, hot shower, or a sink filled with hot water.
  • Take oral decongestnt as prescribed. However, avoid products containing antihistamines.
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for headache.
  • Check the back of your throat for postnasal drip,  if the streaks of mucus appear, gargle with warm water to prevent sore throat
  • Elevate your head at night
  • Consult doctor if the condition worsens

1 comment:

  1. hope you are getting better… sore throat is not a lot of fun its just uncomfortable and difficult to swallow.

    usually, i would take the Nim Jiom Cough Syrup (www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm ) which has a thick consistency formulation. it coats the throat and includes herbs that are particularly good for that application.

    i hope it works on you as well.

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