In medical terms, the hollow space in the body is known as sinus. These hollow spaces are nothing but cavities which lie in various regions of the face. There are 4 such cavities in the human body which I am going to explain to you in detail. The first cavity known as maxillary sinus is located at between your chin and the nose. The second cavity is known as the frontal sinus and is located in the forehead region.
The third one is called Ethmoid sinus and it is located behind the eyes and the fourth cavity is called the sphenoid sinus and is located beneath the ears. Having known all about the four cavities of sinus what information have you gathered? Do you know what these cavities do? They produce mucus which lubricates the nasal path and also cleans the nasal passage.
You know that the inner delicate region of the nose is lined with numerous hairs. These hairs help to filter dust particles from entering the nose. But how can these hairs prevent the entry of the microbes? This work is done by the mucus which flows out from those cavities. They wash away all the microbes which come inside and keep you healthy. Now, you might ask a question what is sinusitis?
When microbes enter deep into your nasal passage they cause inflammations and polyps on the nasal path by infections. As a result, the mucus which is stored inside the cavity would not be able to come outside. Once the mucus is stored beyond a limit it causes pain, shivering, headache, fatigue, etc. The chin region suffers intense pain and if you touch the maxillary cavity you can feel the tenderness of the tissues caused by the mucus.
These infections can be caused by virus, bacteria and also by fungi. Based on the number of the days you are sick with sinusitis, it has been classified as acute sinusitis, subacute sinusitis, chronic sinusitis and recurrent sinusitis. Now that you have known all the details of sinusitis, let me explain the different ways that you can get rid of this painful infection. Scroll through the article to get a complete idea in rectifying sinusitis.
Turmeric and ginger root tea
Not only physicians but also any common man in this world would not recommend any sort of cold and dairy items to a person with a sinus infection as these food items would stiffen the hairs inside the nose thereby preventing the drain of mucus. Instead, people with sinus can opt to eat something hot. It is better if you taking in some tea which has the essence of turmeric and ginger root in it. As you know, turmeric is a good antibiotic and with ginger, it helps you to relax the muscles inside your nose.
People with sinus can use steam therapy to get their nose free from congestion. You can use your blanket to trap the heat and prevent the cool air from the environment to enter your blanket. Simply boil the water and place it on a leveled surface (say floor). Then take a tough blanket and conceal yourself along with the steaming water kept in a pan. Bring your face close to the steam.
Tolerate the steam and soon you shall have good relief from pain. I suggest you use a pan with a small mouth; otherwise, the heat of the water in the pan shall be lost soon. But, make sure that you don’t get too close to the water which can cause you burns. At the same know your limits that how long you should stay concealed inside the blanket. You can also use menthol drops in that water to get quick relief.
Basically, pranayama is a part of yoga that focuses on the inhalation and exhalation. There are many yoga procedures to get rid of asthma, respiratory problems, sinusitis etc. Some of them are anulom- vinulom pranayama, Cow pose, Cobra pose, Camel pose etc. Let me explain a simple procedure in pranayama for your benefit.
- Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight.
- Think nothing and keep your mind empty.
- Just focus on your breathe and continue this for a minute.
- Now close the right nostril with your right thumb and breathe in with your left nostril.
- Now close the left nostril with your right pinky and breathe in with your right nostril.
- Now close your right nostril and inhale with your left nostril. Then close the left nostril and exhale with the right nostril. Repeat this for 5 to 10 minutes every day.
- Fix a time, and follow these steps and you see yourself recover from this painful infection.
This is a wonderful method of yoga which you can adapt to get rid of sinus infection in about three months. Moreover, the procedure to do this yoga is also easy. It is basically a cleaning technique and so you need a small pot to do it. Not just any ordinary pot; it is a something like a teapot which has an extended sprout. Of course, it is available in copper, silver, rubber, plastic etc and you can prefer the one which is more compatible to you. Now, the steps to do this yoga are still easy.
- Take a bowl of water and add ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized salt to the water. If you use iodized salt, it can cause itches and irritation inside the nose and so it is better to avoid it.
- Boil and allow the water to cool. Fill the neti-pot with that water.
- Stand near the sink with your chin parallel to the ground.
- Start respiring with your mouth and don’t try to breathe with your nose.
- Keep the sprout to the neti-pot on one of the nostrils and pour the water into the nose. You can see water coming from the other nostril. Repeat the same steps for the other nostril also.
Functional Endoscopic sinus surgery
It is, in fact, an invasive surgery which surgeons use to make a hole in the nasal pathways thereby making the path bigger. This bigger path allows the drain of the mucus effectively without any clog thereby reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation. Also, Balloon sinuplasty is a treatment method which evolved from the FESS treatment. In this method, a catheter with a balloon is used to enlarge the path for draining the mucus. Unlike the FESS treatment, removal of tissue or small bones from inside the nose is not required in the balloon sinuplasty treatment.