Sinusitis is a term which is used by the general population to denote headaches, dullness and nasal discharge they may be suffering from. It is a common condition and affects between 10-30% of the people each year in the United States.
Sinuses are interconnected air-filled cavities located in the skull, around the nose and eyes. They are also known as the para nasal sinuses as they surround and drain into the nasal cavity. They are usually empty spaces filled with air and have a thin layer of mucus on their inside surface. They help with humidifying and filtering the air we breathe. When they become blocked they fill with fluid and micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi start to thrive causing an infection known as sinusitis or rhino sinusitis.
Some conditions which lead to blockage of the sinuses, preventing them from draining into the nasal passage are-
- Deviated nasal septum where the central septum of the nose is pushed more towards one side.
- Nasal polyps- Small, soft benign growths on the inside of the nose or sinuses
- Allergic rhinitis and Frequent colds- Due to the inflammation of the inside of the nose, the sinus drainage into the nose gets blocked.
- Asthma- can lead to development of chronic sinusitis due to long term inflammation of the nasal airways and obstructed drainage ducts.
- Lowered immunity- which predisposes the body to easy infections.
The common symptoms of sinusitis are: Cough, thick yellow or green nasal discharge, nasal congestion. Pain and pressure in the eyes, forehead and face, the location of the pain vary based on which sinuses are affected. Fever (occurs usually in less than 50%), sense of fatigue and tiredness. Some patients can also complain of sore throat due to post nasal drainage.
The conventional medical treatment for sinusitis are antibiotics, decongestants, analgesics and steroid prescriptions. If recurrent and unresponsive to antibiotics, surgery is suggested.
Homeopathy can help in acute sinusitis to deal with the acute attack. It also helps significantly in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis. Homeopathy works by strengthening the body’s immune response and by helping to develop a resistance against the infection. Some of the well known Homeopathic remedies for sinusitis are Silica, Pulsatilla, Hepar Sulphur, Sticta pulmonaria, Kali bichromicum, Kalium iodatum etc. Classical Homeopathy is a holistic therapy and a detailed case analysis is required before tailoring the treatment for each person. I would need to go through every aspect of your case in detail before deciding on a specific sinusitis remedy for you. This constitutional treatment can prevent recurrences by raising the overall immunity. If you suffer from recurrent sinusitis and are looking for alternative options, call us, we may be able to help.
*Results may vary for each case. The information provided above is to promote understanding and education of Homeopathy only. It is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis. Always inform your physician if you are taking Homeopathic treatment.