Westlake Village, California (PressExposure) June 24, 2011 -- Waking up in the morning with respiratory and nasal breathing difficulties is definitely not a surefire way to start a good day. If this frequently happens to you, then you are one of the many millions of Americans suffering from nasal infection, which can also be referred to as sinusitis. This condition can affect any one, even children.
How the Sinuses Work in Your Body
The sinuses are hollow spaces located in the cranial bones near the nose. There are four paranasal sinuses within the skull, namely: ethmoid, sphenoid, frontal and maxillary sinuses. These air-filled sacs connect the spaces between the nostrils and the nasal passages. They are joined in the nasal cavity through small orifices called the ostia. The sinuses are also involved in the secretion and drainage of mucus.
What Happens During a Nasal Infection
Bacteria, virus and allergies are the main causes of nasal sinus infections. When these elements invade the sinuses, an inflammation of the sinus cavity happens which ultimately results to sinusitis. A cold is considered a starting point until it progresses to a wider scale nasal infection. With the inflammation of the sinuses, symptoms such as headache, facial pain and pressure, congestion, fever, postnasal drip, fatigue are manifested. Acute sinusitis occurs for a short duration while chronic sinusitis lingers up to 3 months or even more.
Home Remedies for Nasal Infection
If natural is your way to go, then by all means, you can try countless age-old sinusitis regimens that have been practiced by even your great grandmother. Not only is it cheap, but relieving sinusitis symptoms with natural stuff is practical and easy. This can mean pounding herbs for aromatherapy or making essential oils for neck wraps. Garlic, citrus juices, and spices have been known to fight infection and boost the immune system. A cup of hot green tea can alleviate nasal congestion. Proper rest and avoiding crowded places can very well prevent one's chances of getting a nasal infection.
When Home Remedies Are Not Enough
If you have exhausted all methods at home but still not seeing results, you should visit your doctor before your condition worsens. You may find out that your sinusitis is caused by bacteria that could be hard to treat at home. In this case, your doctor will give you antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection. Oral antibiotics are usually taken and a standard course is followed to make sure that the infection is eliminated. The problem with oral antibiotics is that they are not always effective since the medications that run through the bloodstream do not fully reach the infection because there are only few blood vessels present in the sinus area.
New and Effective Ways to Treat Sinusitis
Sinusitis patients have found the latest technology in sinus treatment and are raving much about it. A method called aerosolized therapy has been proven to eliminate sinusitis problems from acute to chronic. This therapy is physician-prescribed and prepared by a sinus compounding pharmacy. Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal medications are made into liquid solution to be pumped by a micro-nebulizer as mist. The small particles are inhaled by the patient directly, going to the nasal infection area. Symptoms are eliminated and patients get positive results. Side effects are lesser since this treatment is topical, thus, little or no absorption of medication in the bloodstream is involved.