Sinusitis, or more commonly known as “sinus”, is a painful condition particularly due to an inflammation or infection of the sinuses, air cavities between the bones of the face that give the voice resonance. There are two main variants to this condition; Acute and Chronic Sinusitis. Acute sinusitis develops rapidly, often due to infection and lasting up to a month, while chronic sinusitis is usually related to allergies and may last for a long period up to months or even years.
How Does It Occur?
Common causes of sinusitis usually stems from infection during a cold or a flu. Allergies to dust and pollen can also cause inflammation of the sinuses. Asthma sufferers, individuals with narrow nasal pathways as well as those with low immunity, i.e. Aids or Cancer sufferers, are at a higher risk of contracting Sinusitis. Tooth problems may also cause sinus pain.
Symptoms may vary according to which sinus cavity is inflamed or affected. Some may experience pain behind the eyes and in the forehead, while others may feel pain and tenderness in the cheeks, or even toothache. Other common symptoms include: fever, headaches, nasal discharge, blocked nose, pressure in the face and sore throat.
Consultation and/or treatment should be sought at the first instance if any of the above symptoms have been experienced. Treatment for sinusitis range from the conventional (i.e. pain killers, nasal steroid sprays, oral steroids, antibiotics, de-congestants, sinus irrigation and surgery) to natural, non-drug, non-invasive alternative natural treatments. Novel massage therapies and acupuncture techniques proliferated in Functional Wellness practices can help clear sinuses by inducing pressure and flow oscillations to effectively loosen mucous blockages in the nasal cavity. Ultrasound and laser is used to open up sinus drains.