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What is sinusitis and how to deal with it using home remedies?

The sudden change in weather condition can make us feel ill and one of the most common health conditions that occur during a sudden change of weather from humid to cold breeze is having sinusitis.
Sinusitis or the sinus infection is one of the most common respiratory disorders that we experience, when the condition lasted for less than a month it is called “acute rhinosinusitis” or ARS, while condition that lasts for more than three months is called “chronic rhinosinusitis”.

According to Mayo Clinic, there are multiple factors that can cause a sinusitis like nasal polyps which causes obstruction in the nasal passages and a deviated nasal septum which causes a crooked wall between the nostrils to block the sinus passage.
Furthermore, other medical conditions like respiratory tract infection, inflammation process in allergies, gastroesophageal reflux, cystic fibrosis, HIV, and immunosuppressive conditions may also cause sinusitis


An EMedicine report claims that in the United States, one out of seven adults is affected by sinusitis and at least 30-million patients are diagnosed with this condition every year.
So what signs and symptoms should we watch out for in order to determine if you are actually experiencing sinusitis?
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, some of the common symptoms of having sinusitis include the following:

a. Postnasal drip


b. Greenish nasal discharge


c. Nasal congestion of the feeling of nasal stuffiness


d. Unusual face tenderness particularly under the eye or the nose bridge


e. Headache


f. Toothache


g. Fever


h. Weakness


i. Halitosis or bad breath


A Health Line report suggests that if a person experiences recurring sinus infection paired with fever, the patient should immediately seek medical assistance with the doctor. The report explains that although fever is one of the common symptoms of sinusitis, it should still be consulted to an expert as it may be caused by an underlying medical condition.

Although medical treatments like over-the-counter medicine and sprays are readily available to cure sinusitis, you can also try doing some home remedies if you are one of those persons who does not want to rely much on medicine.
Below are some of the home remedies you can try to get rid of sinusitis:

1. Turmeric
According to Natural Living Ideas, turmeric or ginger root is one of the common remedies for sinusitis. In India and the Middle East, turmeric is used as a spice but can also be used in the medical field since it contains curcumin, it can also serve as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Turmeric can also help remove unwanted toxic in the body and can also reduce our body’s inflammation.


2. Bromelain
An Everyday Health report states that bromelain is a kind of protein that we can found in pineapple stems. It can help reduce swelling which is common when you experience sinusitis. But according to a statement cited by the publication, Lenox Hill Hospital New York, it is better to consult the doctor first before using bromelain as a remedy as it may react with other medicine used by a patient.

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