About 37 million people suffer from a sinus infection in the U.S. every year. Sinusitis, or an infection of the sinuses, is caused by inflammation and swelling of the sinus tissue. This is caused due to a build-up of fluid in the sinuses that helps bacteria or viruses grow. The infection can also block the sinuses stopping the airflow completely.
People who are suffering from cold, nasal polyps or someone with a weak immune system have the biggest risk of sinus infection. There are several types of sinusitis, some of which are:
– Acute sinusitis: causes symptoms like a cold. These symptoms include runny or stuffy nose and usually goes away from 2 to 4 weeks.
– Subacute sinusitis: The inflammation of the sinus lasts more than 2 months
– Chronic sinusitis: if the inflammation lasts more than 2 months
– Recurrent sinusitis: if the sinus infection comes back every year
The symptoms of a sinus infection can be:
- Nasal Swelling
- Pain in the dental region
- Facial pressure
- Nasal discharge
- Loss of smell
- Bad Breath
The symptoms of sinusitis can drastically change the way of life because of their big unpleasantness. Because of the uncomfortable symptoms, many people take sinus medications that have been linked to numerous harmful side-effects. Most common of those side-effects are:
- Mood sings
- Irregular heartbeat
- Trouble falling asleep
Amoxicillin is one of the antibiotics that are used to treat acute sinusitis on which nasal steroid sprays, pain medications and sinus rinse haven’t worked. Side effects of these antibiotics can be rashes, diarrhea, or stomach issues. However, instead of using the antibiotics straight away, try apple cider vinegar which is one of the most powerful natural medicines. ACV can boost up the immune system, decrease inflammation, soothe the symptoms and clear the sinus cavities.
The way to have this apple
cider vinegar remedy work is:
First mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and ½ cup of water. Heat the mix until it starts to steam. When it begins to steam, remove the mixture from the heat and inhale the steam for about 5 minutes with the eyes and the mouth closed. This needs to be repeated on a daily basis. Drinking this remedy can also help you with the infections, but not as fast as the inhalation method.
Another thing that you should look out for if you have sinuses is anything that can irritate the nose. One such thing is smoking cigarettes. Not only does it irritate the nose it can also make you prone to sinusitis. By smoking cigarettes, the person damages his own protective elements of the mouth, nose, throat, and the respiratory system. Frequently washing the hands is also a must especially during cold and flu season.