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When the small openings, called ostia, become blocked, the sinuses become inflamed and this is usually the cause of sinusitis.The mucus can no longer escape, pressure builds up as a consequence and the infection in the sinuses is trapped. The bacteria multiply and the symptoms of sinus start.The ostia will become blocked as a result of colds and flu, allergies and hay fever.The ostia may also become blocked because of abnormalities in the nasal passages or as a symptom of other diseases.
Once diagnosed as sinusitis, your doctor will more than likely attempt to restore drainage within the sinuses. You will also give you antibiotics if there is an infection present.Alternative/Natural TreatmentsAs usual, alternative therapies will try to attend to the underlying causes with this disease, such as a weak immune system. They will also attempt to relieve the pressure of the sinuses and let them drain. The symptoms of sinusitis are similar to other upper respiratory conditions so please have your problem diagnosed by a doctor before beginning any treatment yourself.Aromatherapy - Eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, pine, or thyme may help break up your clogged sinuses. Use in a vaporiser or steam inhalation.Herbal Therapies - Bromelain tablets have been shown in controlled studies to reduce inflammation, nasal discharge, headache, and breathing difficulties. You can give your immune system a lift with Echinacea, goldenseal, or garlic, preferably raw.To fight severe mucus production, herbalists suggest elder flower, eyebright, marsh mallow, or goldenrod
* Increase your intake of fluids - filtered water, vegetable and fruit juices, soups and herbal teas. Avoid spicy food, alcohol and smoking. Consider taking supplements of Vitamin A, C, and Zinc lozenges, potassium, chloride, Garlic, ginkgo biloba and goldenseal.* Steam is great for sinus problems - fill up your bathroom sink with hot water, bend over it with a towel over your head to keep the steam in the area and breathe.* Use warm compresses on your nose to help open your sinuses.* Drink plenty of liquids.* Avoid allergenic substances.* Avoid cigarette smoke.