Sinus infectionSINUS INFECTION:
The sinuses are air-conditioning spaces in the front of the skull and in the bones of the face. The most important sinuses lie above and below the eye sockets and behind the bridge of the nose. They are lined by a moisture-producing mucous membrane. Moisture normally drains unnoticed from the sinuses into the back of the nose and down the throat; this may amount to a quart or more per day. The purpose of the sinuses is to help moisturize or humidify the air we breathe. Though frequently blamed, the sinuses usually are not the cause of nasal stuffiness and headache. More often, the upper respiratory tract is reacting allergically or physiologically to factors in the environment such as allergens (substances that provok e an allergic response), bacteria, viruses, or physical stimuli such as temperature changes and fluctuation in barometric pressure. Sinusitis due to infection usually comes on after a cold. Secretions from the sinuses cause blockage of the nasal passageways and cough due to postnasal drip. The cough may be severe, followed by gagging and even vomiting. It tends to be worse at night. Sleep may be disturbed, leading to irritability during the daytime. Many infants nurse poorly and sometimes cough and choke during feeding. The older child or adult may complain of pain over an infected sinus and "ache in the back of the eye" or pai n in a tooth. Infections of the ethmoid sinuses cause swelling of the skin around the eye or nose. Anyone who seems to have "one cold after another" or a "continuous cold" may be suffering from a chronic sinus infection which flares up from time to time . The flare-ups may be triggered by chilling, swimming, fatigue, weather changes, or contact with allergens. With treatment, the nasal congestion and other symptoms (except the cough) should improve gradually over the next 14 days. A doctor may choose to culture the mucus. Sometimes an x-ray of the sinuses is made in problem cases. In some stubborn instances, the mucus in the sinus is too thick and must be washed out.
IMPORTANT POINTS IN TREATMENT:
Activities in Daily Living - Reduce normal activities until fever, pain, and other acute symptoms have subsided.
The following are the Homoeopathic remedies for sinus infection:
Teucrium Mar. V.
Homoeopathic Dr. Saleem Hamid
shamid on 2003-10-20
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