April 17, 2014

POU Weekly Health Thread: Sinuses…….UGH

Sinuses, the horror. The torture.

Try being cute or fly with a bad sinus infection. I dare you.

Sinusitis is an inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue lining the sinuses. Normally, sinuses are filled with air, but when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, germs (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) can grow and cause an infection.

Conditions that can cause sinus blockage include the common cold, allergic rhinitis (swelling of the lining of the nose), nasal polyps (small growths in the lining of the nose), or a deviated septum (a shift in the nasal cavity).

There are different types of sinusitis, including:

  • Acute sinusitis: A sudden onset of cold-like symptoms such as runny, stuffy nose and facial pain that does not go away after 10 to 14 days. Acute sinusitis typically lasts 4 weeks or less.
  • Subacute sinusitis: An inflammation lasting 4 to 8 weeks.
  • Chronic sinusitis: A condition characterized by sinus inflammation symptoms lasting 8 weeks or longer.
  • Recurrent sinusitis: Several attacks within a year.

How To Treat It?

Treatment for sinusitis depends on the severity.

  • Acute sinusitis. If you have a simple sinus infection, your health care provider may recommend treatment with decongestants like Sudafed and steam inhalations alone. Use of nonprescription decongestant nasal drops or sprays may also be effective in controlling symptoms. However, these medicines should not be used beyond their recommended use, usually four to five days, or they may actually increase congestion. If antibiotics are given, they are usually given for 10 to 14 days. With treatment, the symptoms usually disappear and antibiotics are no longer required.
  • Chronic sinusitis. Warm moist air may alleviate sinus congestion. A vaporizer or inhaling steam from a pan of boiling water (removed from heat) may also help. Warm compresses are useful to relieve pain in the nose and sinuses. Saline nose drops are also safe for home use. Use of nonprescription decongestant nasal drops or sprays might be effective in controlling symptoms, however, they should not be used beyond their recommended use. Antibiotics or oral steroids may also be prescribed.

 

Other Treatment Options for Sinusitis

Addressing potential triggers or contributing factors is a key first step in the management of sinusitis. To reduce congestion due to sinusitis, your doctor may prescribe nasal sprays (some may contain steroid sprays), nose drops, or oral decongestant medicine. If you suffer from severe chronic sinusitis, oral steroids might be prescribed to reduce inflammation — usually only when other medications have not worked. Antibiotics will be prescribed for any bacterial infection found in the sinuses (antibiotics are not effective against a viral infection). An antihistamine may be recommended for the treatment of allergies. Antifungal medicine may be prescribed for a fungal sinus infection. Immunoglobulin (antibodies) may be given if you have certain immune deficiencies.

So Obots, do you have any home remedies you can share? Any that are tried and true to help those of us that have to go through this RIGHT NOW?!??! HELP ME!

  • crazycanuck

    Three words Kwong Loong Oil. I live by that. Rub it on your head, neck, chest areas. BTW, has anyone ever experienced tendonitis with sinuses?

    • Miranda

      I was told to turn on the shower and let it get real hot…the steam helped.

  • Worldwatcher7

    Had a sinus infection for the first time in my life in 2012. Thought I was gonna die. It took a long time to figure out what was going on — dental pain? migraine? stroke? Not a fun time.

    • crazycanuck

      Same thing happened to me. Went to my dentist cause my teeth were hurting like hell, thought they were rotting. Dentist couldn’t find a dam thing wrong. Went to an allergist, ENT, on and on it went.

  • edp4bho

    Eat hot peppers and drink lots of water. Works for me when I just don’t want to rely on drugs. Also, use a Neti pot to flush the sinus cavities. Most of all, stay hydrated and get enough rest.

    • crazycanuck

      Tried a neti pot once and got the worse headache.

      • isonprize

        maybe you flushed the gunk in the wrong direction? I have to use the neti in the shower. I figure if I’m going to make a mess, I’ll make it easier to clean up… LOLOL

  • isonprize

    Sudafed is the only over-the-counter med that works for me. Regular sudafed, not the sudafed D, or DB or whatever the added letters are. Even the store brand, but regular imitation sudafed.

    Yes, at least in PA, you will have to show your driver’s license and sign a waiver to get it at the pharmacy. Apparently, folks use it to make meth. I just need it to breathe.