Sinusitis is one of the most common conditions in the United States,
affecting some 12 million people. There is no cure for sinusitis, and
while Antibiotic treatment may help treat some acute cases of
sinusitis, it is much less effective in combating chronic (recurring)
sinusitis. While conventional medicine has limited success in
combating sinusitis, there are many natural approaches which can
substantially alleviate symptoms in many people, without the side
effects of Antibiotics . The more you learn about sinusitis, the
better able you will be to deal with your condition effectively.
An inflammation or infection in the sinuses. It can present as acute
and/or chronic. Most cases affect the frontal sinuses, but any or all
of the sinus cavities can be involved. Attendant mucous can clog the
sinuses, create pain and pressure, and ultimately lead to related
• Tenderness, swelling, redness and pale coloring around the sinuses.
• Fever and chills (can suggest expansion of the infection beyond the
• Nasal congestion and discharge, often yellow or green, but can be
clear and still be infected.
• Malaise, fatigue and sometimes resultant depression.
• Headache and/or dizziness that changes with position and is worse
lying down or bending over.
• Acute sinusitis: Intense pain, mucous production, headache,
toothache, fever, cough, facial pain, earache and postnasal drip.
• Chronic sinusitis: Recurrent acute sinusitis, or may be relatively
mild, presenting with only slight mucous, headaches or cough.
Chronic sinusitis is often associated with allergies, diet and the
environment. Swimming, diving and injury to the area are other
precipitating factors. The most common triggers are upper respiratory
infections; bacteria, mold, and allergic reactions may also be
responsible. Any factor that creates swelling of the nasal passages,
which obstruct the area, will often lead to sinus infection. As the
obstruction grows, the area becomes an excellent medium for bacteria.
With chronic sinusitis that seems to go away after an Antibiotic and
then returns, chronic yeast overgrowth or candida may be part of the