GENERAL SELF CARE
Supportive care is the most important treatment for the Sinusitis. It should be aimed at relieving, yet not suppressing the symptoms, and improving the general function of the mucous membranes.
The most effective method for controlling symptoms is to avoid the responsible allergens.
Stay indoors or limit your outside activity when pollen counts are high.
Pollen counts tend to be highest on dry windy days.
Television channels and radio news may offer pollen forecasts during weather reports.
Keep doors and windows closed.
Air conditioning may help, especially if the system features a filtered central system.
Take steps to reduce substances that may aggravate symptoms, such as:
Animal dander (hair)
Saline nose drops does not cure Sinusitis but they may be used to:
Liquefy nasal discharge
Relieve nasal congestion
Promote nasal drainage
Saline solution can be made by mixing 1/4 teaspoonful of common table salt, in one cup (8 ounces) of water; OTC saline nose drops are also available.
For sore throat
Gargle with warm salt water (1/4 teaspoon of salt added to eight ounces of water) several times a day
Use throat zinc lozenges to soothe inflamed mucous membranes (over 4 years old). Zinc strengthens the mucous membranes.
Short term fasting for the first 24 – 48 hours is advisable if your Sinusitis is closely associated with food allergies, or a leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability)
This results in a significant increase (up to 50%) in immune response, and will help to clear the foreign proteins that have entered the body. The fast should not be continued longer than this since eventually the immune cells energy sources will become depleted.
Ensure that you consume plenty of water and other non-sweetened fluids, such as clear soups and dilute fruit / vegetable juices.
Hot chicken soup has been an effective natural remedy to help clear mucous from the respiratory passages
Clear vegetable soups and broths can be taken as often as necessary to provide liquids and nourishment.
Soups containing onion and garlic are extremely effective in clearing mucous and resolving acute Sinusitis.
If fasting on just fluids is not possible, continue to eat small meals that comprise of wholesome unrefined foods. Please be sure to avoid the following:
Any foods that you are sensitive to, or get allergy reactions from
Sugar and products containing sugar
Saturated fat and products containing saturated fats
Dairy milk products
RECOMMENDED NATURAL REMEDIES
OVER THE COUNTER (OTC) VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Consider taking a good Multivitamin / mineral and the following individual supplements or a specific formula blend for Immune balance and mucous membrane health.
Bromelain - an enzyme derived from pineapple, has been reported to relieve symptoms of acute sinusitis. In a double-blind trial, 87% of patients who took bromelain reported good to excellent results.
Vitamin A – plays an essential role in maintaining the integrity of the mucous membranes. Deficiency can lead to Sinusitis.
Vitamin C – improves the resistance of cells and tissues to pollens and foreign protein activity. It regulates the immune system, and calms down unnecessary inflammation.
Vitamin E – regulates the action of the immune system, so as to not become hypersensitive.
Selenium – alleviates Sinusitis by increasing the glutathione peroxidase levels, which play a vital role in detoxicating the excess histamine levels.
Zinc – strengthens the mucous membranes against foreign protein entry thereby preventing the spread of inflammation throughout the mucous membranes.
OVER THE COUNTER (OTC) HERBAL REMEDIES
The following herbal remedies can compliment the lifestyle, dietary and supplemental self-care.
The following herbs have been shown to be helpful in Sinusitis.
Infusions of a mixture of eyebright, plantain, nettle, can be drunk several times a day to soothe the nasal membranes and sore throats. (Herbal Teas)
Ginger and lemon crushed into boiled water makes a good tea to soothe the upper respiratory membranes.
Over the counter tincture of Elderberry, and Goldenseal will help the immune system regain its balance in cases of allergies.
In an isolated double-blind trial, Nettle leaf led to a slight reduction in symptoms of Sinusitis—including sneezing and itchy eyes (Wellness Warehouse Dispensary Elderberry, Nettle & Goldenseal)
OVER THE COUNTER (OTC) HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES
Match your symptoms to find the right homeopathic remedy:
Allium cepa - watery eyes and a clear nasal discharge that irritates the upper lip, along with sneezing and a tickling cough. Thirsty, feels worse indoors and when rooms are warm, better in fresh air.
Arsenicum album - burning, watery, runny nose with a stuffy, tickling feeling during allergy attacks. Swelling below the eyes.
Euphrasia - eyes are swollen and irritated with acrid tears or pus. Symptoms are often worse during the day and from warmth, and the eyes may hurt from too much light.
Ferrum phosphoricum - very useful remedy in early stages of any inflammation. Use when allergy symptoms start, it often slows or stops an episode. runny eyes with a burning or gritty feeling, facial flushing, watery nose, short, hard, tickling cough.
Gelsemium - face feels flushed and heavy-feeling. A sensation of dryness or of swelling inside the nose, nose may run with irritating watery discharge, frequent sneezing. Aching in the back of the head and neck, a trembling feeling, and chills along the spine.
Natrum muriaticum - sneezing, watery eyes, clear nasal discharge that resembles egg white, loss of taste and smell, dark circles under the eyes, be thirsty, feel withdrawn and sad, gets irritable if comforted.
Nux vomica - nose is alternately stuffed up (especially outdoors or at night) and running (indoors and in the daytime). Other symptoms are a teasing cough, a scraped or tickly feeling in the throat, and headache.
Naso-heel – for acute Sinusitis (Heel product)
Luffa compositum - for general Sinusitis prophylaxis (Heel product)
Galium-Heel – for chronic Sinusitis. (Heel product)
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Dr Chase Webber ND