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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 infections.

Symtoms

• Tenderness, swelling, redness and pale coloring around the sinuses.
• Fever and chills (can suggest expansion of the infection beyond the sinuses).
• 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.

Causes

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 problem.

 
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arthritis, Asthma, Chronic Fatique, Crohn's Disease, Diabetes, Headache, Hepatitis, Irritable Bowel, PMS and Sinusitis.
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