Dealing With Your Chronic Sinusitis: What You Can Do
When you have a perpetual stuffy nose, irritated throat, sinus pressure, and aching and discomfort due to chronic sinusitis (sinus infections), you may wonder if you will ever feel any kind of relief or if you will find treatments that work for you. Luckily, there are numerous treatment options available to you both through your ear, nose and throat doctor, and through alternative medicine, that may be able to help you overcome your chronic sinusitis. All that you have to lose is your discomfort and congestion. So, get to know some of these treatments and get started as soon as possible.
Antibiotics and Other Medications
Among the most common treatments for chronic sinusitis is the use of antibiotics to help clear up the infection properly. Antibiotics work to clear up the a person's chronic sinusitis if their sinusitis is due to a bacterial infection.
However, it is important to understand that while many doctors turn immediately to antibiotics for sinusitis, sinus infections are not always caused by bacteria. They can also be fungal infections in which case antibiotics are wholly ineffective. In fact, the use of antibiotics when they are not necessary can contribute to antibiotics being ineffective when a person has a real bacterial infection.
Other medications that help to treat sinus infections include corticosteroids. Corticosteroids treat the inflammation in your nasal passages and sinus cavities that are a part of chronic sinusitis. These can be injected directly into the affected area or can be taken in pill form.
If medications do not help you to feel better and finally overcome your chronic sinusitis, you may require surgery to help you with the situation. Sometimes, chronic sinus infections are caused or exacerbated by nasal polyps (small bumps or lumps inside the nasal passages that may block the flow of air and drainage in the nose and sinuses). In these cases, laser or traditional surgery may be performed to remove the polyps.
In other people with chronic sinusitis, their infections may be caused and/or worsened by having narrow sinus cavities and passages, making it more likely that they will experience blockages. Surgery can be performed to help widen those passages and ensure that the person can breathe more freely and easily.
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine treatment option for chronic sinusitis that may help you to overcome your repeated or perpetual infections. This form of treatment relies on a philosophy that indicates that the body functions based on energies that flow from one area of the body to another.
When that flow of energy is blocked or disrupted, a person will experience various negative symptoms and issues that cause them pain, discomfort and illness. To help restore energy flows, tiny needles will be inserted into acupuncture points throughout the body, stimulating and encouraging energy to flow freely through those areas to affected areas.
Acupuncture for chronic sinusitis involves facial acupuncture points, as well as those on the hands and on the torso. The idea is that chronic sinus issues can be attributed to problems in the digestive system, including the liver and gallbladder, which help to remove waste from the body. These points help to get the infection-causing bacteria or fungi out of the sinuses and body.
Now that you know some treatment options for your chronic sinusitis, you can get started with your treatment process and get to feeling better as soon as possible.