Medications to cure Sinusitis
Sinus infection is diagnosed more frequently based on the history and examination of a doctor. Because simple X-ray studies of the breasts can be misleading and procedures such as CT and MRI, which are much more sensitive in their ability to diagnose sinus infection, are very expensive and not available in most of doctors’ offices, most sinus infections initially diagnosed and treated based on clinical findings on the exam. These physical findings may include:
- Redness and swelling of the nasal passages
- Purulent drainage (similar to pus) from the nasal passages (the most likely symptom to clinically diagnose a sinus infection)
- Percussion sensitivity (tapping) on the cheeks or the frontal region of the breasts
- Swelling in the eyes and cheeks.
Occasionally, nasal secretions are examined for secreted cells that can help differentiate between infectious and allergic sinusitis. Infectious sinusitis can show specialized infection cells (polymorphonuclear cells), while allergic sinusitis can show specialized white allergy cells (eosinophils). Doctors prescribe antibiotics if a bacterial infection is suspected. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections; Many doctors then treat the symptoms.
If the sinus infection does not respond to the prescribed initial treatment, further studies such as CT or MRI may be performed. Ultrasound has been used to diagnose sinus infections in pregnant women, but it is not as accurate as CT or MRI. Rhinoscopy or endoscopy, a procedure to look directly at the back of the nasal passages with a small, flexible fiber optic tube, can be used to directly look at sinus openings and control blockage of these openings by swelling or growth.
Sometimes it may be necessary to perform a needle aspiration (needle puncture) of a breast to get infected material to determine which microbe is causing the breast infection. Cultures of the nostrils are rarely useful in determining which bacteria or fungus is causing a sinus infection, since the nasal passages are often normally colonized by bacteria that do not infect.
The needle puncture procedure is usually performed by an otolaryngologist when treatments failed to relieve the disease. The procedure requires local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort; Some patients require general anesthesia. The breast is aspirated, the contents are sent for culture and staining, and the breast can be rinsed with a saline solution. This is, technically, the most accurate way to diagnose infectious sinusitis.
In addition, both rigid and flexible endoscopy have been used to obtain diagnostic material from the paranasal sinuses. These procedures are usually performed by an otolaryngologist under topical and local anesthesia. Occasionally, it may be necessary to sedate the patient. Some researchers suggest that endoscopy samples are comparable to those obtained by needle puncture.
Fungal infections are usually diagnosed by biopsy procedures and the tissue is removed by a surgeon, or by fungal culture and microscopic identification by a microbiologist or pathologist trained to identify fungi. Allergic fungal sinusitis (emphasis on allergies) is an inflammatory response to fungal elements in the sinus cavity and is suspected based on certain characteristics of CT, as well as history and physical examination.
Natural medications for Sinusitis
The best foods and drinks for sinus infections
- Water – Proper hydration is the key to eliminating the virus from your system. Try to drink at least 8 ounces every 2 hours.
- Chicken broth with vegetables – This traditional remedy for bone broth helps relieve nasal cavities and respiratory system, as well as providing important minerals.
- Horseradish – Anyone who has accidentally eaten too much horseradish has experienced its powerful ability to clean the nasal passages. Mix some horseradish with lemon to make it even more potent.
- Ginger – Make a ginger tea and add raw honey to aid in recovery.
- Garlic and onion – Both vegetables help boost immune function.
- Foods rich in vitamin C – Eating foods rich in vitamin C can boost the immune system and accelerate the recovery of sinusitis.
Food and Beverage to Avoid
- Sugar – Decreases white blood cells that help fight infections.
- Fruit juices – Although orange juice contains some vitamin C, it is not as high in vitamin C as whole fruits or vegetables. If you want to drink juice, dilute it.
- Dairy products – Milk and other dairy products produce mucus, so it is better to avoid them.
- Flour and refined grains – All refined grains can cause more mucus production.
- Salt – Without adequate water intake, salt can dehydrate and slow the healing of inflammation of the sinuses.
Oregano oil contains two powerful compounds of carvacrol and thymol that have powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. I recommend 500 milligrams of oregano oil four times a day. For sinus infections, you can also add a few drops of oregano oil to a large bowl of freshly boiled water. Be careful not to burn yourself, cover your head with a towel creating a tent to keep the steam, close your eyes and put your face over the pot (a safe distance from hot water) and inhale the fragrant steam for a few minutes. This will help clean the nasal passages and can be repeated several times a day.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract has potent antiviral properties. This is the reason why it is included in many nasal and throat sprays. The main biological compounds in a grapefruit seed that are believed to be responsible for their ability to destroy infectious invaders are polyphenols known as limonoids and naringenin. (15) I recommend using a nasal spray of grapefruit seed extract four times a day.
Vitamin C is essential for the proper functioning of the immune system, which is the system that protects the body from getting infections and also helps fight them once it has them. As an antioxidant, vitamin C also helps protect our cells from free radical damage. Free radicals are found in things that can commonly contribute to the development of sinus infections such as air pollution and cigarette smoke. (16) I recommend 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C three times a day.
Garlic is one of the best antibiotics in nature. Since colds often lead to a sinus infection, garlic is an impressive way to not only treat a sinus infection naturally, but to prevent it in the first place.
In one study, people took either garlic supplements or a placebo for 12 weeks during the cold season (between November and February). Those who took garlic were less likely to catch a cold, and if they did, they recovered faster than the placebo group. Those who did not take garlic (placebo group) were much more likely to get more than one cold during the 12-week treatment period. The study attributes garlic’s ability to prevent the common cold virus to its biologically active star component, allicin. (17)
For the promotion of the general health of adults, the World Health Organization recommends a daily dose of two to five grams (approximately one clove of garlic) of fresh garlic, 0.4 to 1.2 grams of dried garlic in powder, two to five milligrams of garlic oil, 300 to 1,000 milligrams of garlic extract or other formulations that amount to two to five milligrams of allicin. (18)
Echinacea is an herb that can help your body fight viruses and bacteria. Professional herbalists often recommend this herb for the natural treatment of sinus infections.
Scientific studies have shown that echinacea contains active substances that are antiviral and strengthen the immune system while reducing pain and inflammation, which is a perfect combination of effects or a sinus infection. (19) It is better to take an echinacea supplement at the first sign of illness. I recommend 1,000 milligrams two or three times a day.
The use of a neti kettle with saline solution can also greatly improve the problems of the sinuses and clear the nasal passages. This process is called “nasal irrigation.” Research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has even shown that the use of neti pot can eliminate some symptoms of chronic sinusitis and maintain positive results for a period of six months.