Sinusitis can be quite painful and cause headaches, pressure in the face, eyes, and head, fatigue, and problems with breathing.
Sinusitis and Sinus Infections
Thirty-five million people in Europe have sinusitis, but few
people understand sinus diseases, its causes, and the range of treatments
The Key To Resolving Sinusitis Are Healthy Sinus Cilia
Sinusitis is usually caused by bacteria, especially
S.pneumoniae, H. influenzae and M. catarrhalis. Your doctor may take a
culture to determine which bacteria is present, so he or she can figure
out how to fight your infection. When the sinuses are blocked, the result
is a good environment for infectious bacteria to live. Healthy sinuses
have cilia that move bacteria out of the sinus fast enough that bacterial
growth cannot occur. However, if the cilia don't beat fast enough due to a
bad cold or flu, or if the sinus drainage is blocked, infection will
Electron micrograph of a human nasal cilia. Click on the
image for a full-size picture.
The goal of treating chronic sinusitis is to:
Medical research has found that the most effective approach is to use 3 natural methods together that include nasal rinsing, natural nasal sprays, and enzymes created for restoring sinus health.
Rinse your nose 1 or more times a day to cleanse your nasal and sinus passages.
A neti pot or nasal rinsing bottle can be helpful, however, pulsatile lavage or irrigation is proven to be much more effective at returning your sinuses to health. Regular nasal rinsing is the single most effective natural approach to reducing inflammation, congestion (catarrh and post nasal drip), allergy, and eliminating bacteria and infection. With regular irrigation your sinuses will be a lot healthier and better able to dispose of bacteria on their own naturally.
2. Natural Nasal Sprays.
Natural nasal sprays such as Sinol or Sinus Buster can relieve inflammation, reduce congestions, and ease breathing with out the addictive and harmful side effects of the coricosteroids. It is all about opening up the nasal passages and allowing them to breathe and reducing the congestion that allows infection to continue.
3. Natural Sinus Enzymes.
Natural sinus enzymes such as Clear Ease and Sinuguard help create healthy sinus conditions that will also relieve inflammation, reduce congestion, and ease breathing with out the addictive and harmful side effects of the coricosteroids.
Our experience and that of many sinus and allergy sufferers is that these 3 methods taken together have a dramatic positive impact and high success rate at restoring normal sinus health and resolving many tough to conquer and chronic - even severe - nasal and sinus challenges. Any treatment plan chosen for your medical condition is best taken with the advice of your local doctor and we always recommend that you discuss these or other choices with your doctor.
Why should I consider pulsatile lavage versus a standard neti pot for regular sinus rinsing?
Clinical studies demonstrate that pulsatile irrigation is up to 100X more effective , ,  at cleansing and removing bacteria than steady stream irrigation used by neti pots. Neti pots may be adequate for nasal washing but can not break down biofilm. Unlike the manual methods that include neti pots and nasal wash bottles the Dr. Grossan Hydro Sinus Pulse and its pulsatile technology is effective at breaking down biofilm a breeding ground for bacteria and sinus disease. It has recently been shown that biofilms are present on the removed tissue of 80% of patients undergoing surgery for chronic sinusitis. The patients with biofilms were shown to have limited or no cilia activity. Pulsatile irrigation is the best alternative for long term sinus health and sinus and allergy symptoms including chronic sinusitis, nasal congestion, sinus headaches, post nasal drip, and sinus infection. The intermittent lavage or pulsatile action of the Hydro Sinus Pulse helps to massage nasal and sinus tissues, promote blood flow, restore ciliary function, and remove bacteria.
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The Hydro Pulse System is an extremely effective system for cleansing the throat, nose, and sinus, an effective tool for the maintenance of healthy nasal & sinus cilia. It's simple & easy to use, in the privacy of your home. Never messy (like other methods), gentle and pleasant.
Leading Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctors Recommend Pulsatile Sinus Rinsing with the Hydro Pulse:
"A particularly helpful strategy in the treatment and prevention of chronic sinusitis is saline washing using the Grossan Sinus Irrigator."
"Nasal Irrigation can potentially be the most therapeutic measure in completely eliminating a sinus infection. It can help quickly and dramatically. I've heard from people who have had an infection for months that within two days of beginning irrigation, the infection was gone, and did not return, even if irrigation was not continued beyond a few days."
American Holistic Medical Association
irrigator will flush away the remaining mucus and allergens. Two to three
irrigations a day are efficacious for relief of the symptoms of allergic
rhinitis for most
"Nasal irrigation treatment was ``effective'' in reducing overall incidence of colds."
NASAL IRRIGATION before sinusitis surgery can reduce the inflammation of
sinusitis. It can help to restore the muco-ciliary movement, reduce the
incidence of wound infection, and improve the wound healing with regular use. "
irrigation can help more than 50% of sinusitis patients avoid sinus surgery.
Nasal irrigation is efficacious providing improvement in the symptoms of chronic
sinusitis in 58% of subjects after one
Dr. Hordijk (1997 Ann Otol Rhino Laryngol)
Traditional treatments to relieve sinusitis symptoms
Antibiotics are sometimes necessary for sinusitis if you have a bacterial infection. However, chronic sinusitis is usually caused by something other than bacteria and antibiotics won't help.
Antibiotics used to treat chronic sinusitis caused by a bacterial infection include amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox, others), doxycycline (Doryx, Monodox, others) or the combination drug trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra, others). If the infection doesn't subside or if the sinusitis comes back, your doctor may try a different antibiotic.
If your doctor does prescribe antibiotics, it's critical to take the entire course of medication. Generally, this means you'll need to take them for 10 to 14 days or even longer — even after your symptoms get better. If you stop taking them early, your symptoms may come back.
If allergies are contributing to your sinusitis, allergy shots
(immunotherapy) that help reduce the body's reaction to specific allergens
may help treat the condition.
In cases that continue to resist treatment or medication, endoscopic
sinus surgery may be an option. For this procedure, the doctor uses an
endoscope, a thin, flexible tube with an attached light, to explore your
sinus passages. Then, depending on the source of obstruction, the doctor
may use various tools to remove tissue or shave away a polyp that's
causing nasal blockage. Enlarging a narrow sinus opening also may be an
option to promote drainage.
These self-help steps can help relieve sinusitis symptoms:
Take these steps to reduce your risk of getting chronic sinusitis:
The cilia wave back and forth, moving the mucous, and the
pollen, germs, and irritants caught in it, around the sinuses until they
are flushed out to the stomach via the back of the throat. This is the way
your body prevents bacteria from entering the body while you are breathing
through your nose; proper cilia action is essential for your health. In conclusion, the most important component of stopping sinusitis and returning to health is to restore the nasal cilia's natural movement to keep you from sinus infection. Pulsatile nasal rinsing is the best method available for repairing the health of the nasal cilia.
Chronic sinusitis symptoms include:
Other signs and symptoms can include:
The signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis are similar to acute sinusitis, except they last longer and often cause more significant fatigue. Chronic sinusitis is sinusitis that lasts more than eight weeks or keeps coming back. Unlike with acute sinusitis, fever isn't a common sign of chronic sinusitis.
Common causes of chronic sinusitis include: