There are times when we feel extremely tired. Our cold doesn’t seem to go away. The medication we are taking for our common cold is not working. Our sense of taste and smell has gone awry. The whole world seems to go wrong. These are some the chronic sinus infection symptoms. Every year, people world over spend huge amounts of money on common cold medicines trying to cure a chronic sinus. Only a visit to a doctor and maybe an X-ray can confirm that a person has sinus.
There are four main sinus cavities in the body. They are located on either side of the nose, behind and in-between the eyes, and in the forehead. Each sinus cavity has an opening into the nose for the exchange of air and mucous. When the cavities get filled with mucous it creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Sinus infection is caused by inflammation or infection in the sinus cavities. Chronic sinus infection symptoms occur mostly in cases where people already have a history of asthma and other allergies like allergy from pollen grains.
A chronic sinus infection is an advanced stage of sinus which lasts for at least three weeks. Most sinus infections can be cured by medication like antibiotics, nasal sprays and other medication. Some people suffering from chronic sinus infection symptoms may also need to undergo surgery.
Apart from the normal symptoms of sinus like a constant headache, fatigue, swelling around the eye area, one of the chronic sinus infection symptoms is slow fever. Chronic sinus can also cause slurred or double vision at times.
People with chronic sinus also have thick nasal secretions that are yellowish green, or blood-tinged. These secretions are also referred to as post nasal drip. They drip to the back of the throat. Sinus also leads a general feeling of fullness on the entire face.
Some more symptoms of chronic sinus are jarring pain in the teeth, eyes and head. In all cases i.e. in case of a headache or a toothache, the pain increases on bending down.
Certain protective measures can also be taken by people who have a history of chronic sinus infection symptoms. Using a humidifier and cleaning the nose properly everyday can reduce chances of future occurrence of sinus infection.
Chronic Sinus Infection
Sinuses or cavities are present near the bones of the nose. The nostrils are connected to the nose through four pairs of sinuses. Air and mucus drain out of the sinuses. An inflammation of these sinuses is known as sinusitis. And an inflammation that lasts for a long duration, say more than a month or so, and is recurrent is referred to as a chronic sinus infection.
Allergies and infections cause sinusitis. Chronic sinus infection, though less common than an acute sinus infection, causes damage to the tissues that are there in the sinuses. The symptoms of such an infection can last anywhere between three months to even a year, at recurring intervals.
The symptoms of chronic sinus infection, as mentioned earlier, are more or less the same as of acute sinusitis, the only difference being that they last for a longer duration. These include pain around the eyes and the nose, severe headache, pain in the jaws, a thick yellowish discharge from the nose, cough and, in some cases, fever.
The diagnosis of a severe sinus infection may begin with the technique most commonly used by physicians, known as percussion. It involves light tapping on the face over the area covered by the sinuses. Trans-illumination may also be used. The core principle behind this technique is the fact that a normal sinuses glows under light. So, if it does not glow when light is put on it, it is an indication of a sinus infection. In addition to these, x-rays, CT Scans and MRIs of the skull may also be done to view the existence and extent of the infection.
The treatment of chronic sinus infections is aimed at curing the symptoms and, thereby, the infection. The treatment can vary depending on the type of infection. For instance, for a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be given. Decongestants, nasal sprays, pain killers may also be given. And, in case none of the above symptoms prove effective, a surgery can be resorted to.
Thus, it can be concluded that though it takes a longer time, chronic sinus infections can be cured. However, one thing needs to be kept in mind – if not treated properly, it can relapse!
Chronic Sinus Infections
The pain that one experiences during a sinus attack is equivalent to the pain experienced while undergoing a surgery. Chronic sinus infections last for longer periods than acute ones. This means double the pain!
Chronic sinus infection refers to an inflammation of the sinuses, that are air-filled cavities in the bones near the nose, that continues for a long period of time and even re-occurs. It is also known as chronic sinusitis.
The root cause behind sinusitis is allergies or infections. An allergy or bacterial invasion leads to an inflammation of the nasal membrane. this causes a blockage in the membrane lining and traps the mucus inside. When this sinusitis recurs for a longer time, it is known as chronic sinusitis. A nasal bone that is deviated from its original position can also lead to a sinus infection.
The symptoms of chronic sinus infections are same as those of acute ones. The sole difference is in the duration. While acute sinusitis lasts up to three weeks, chronic sinusitis may last up to three months or more. The symptoms include facial pain, headache, pain in the jaws, a thick discharge from the nose, accompanied by cough, cold and fever.
The treatment for chronic sinus infections includes the method of percussion to check tenderness in sinus areas; transillumination to check the presence of sinusitis; x-rays, CT scans and MRIs to check the extent of infection; and a method called aspiration to check the presence of bacteria.
The treatment for chronic sinusitis varies according to the cause of infection and the nature of sinusitis. Antibiotics may be prescribed where bacteria is the cause of infection. Decongestants, nasal sprays and pain killers may also be given.
Other than these, home remedies may be resorted to. These include drinking plenty of warm fluids, eating jalapeno peppers, inhaling steam, applying a paste of cinnamon with water or ginger with water on the forehead and placing a hot cloth on the forehead to ease the pain and swelling. If none of the above works, a surgery can be done to broaden the sinus openings to ease the decongestion in the sinuses.
Thus, chronic sinus infections, though curable, last for a long time with the strong possibility of recurrence. Hence, the best remedy is prevention against sinusitis!
For more ideas to cure chronic sinus infection, watch this video – Cure A Sinus Infection FAST – 7 Natural Home Remedies
This article is based on the book, “Kill Sinus” written by Toni B, who was once a victim of chronic sinusitis. In this book, you can find some cheap and simple remedies for acute and chronic sinusitis patients. These methods are 100% safe with no side effects. Everyone can easily use these methods at any time, any place. To find out, visit his website – Kill Sinus