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What To Expect When Taking Sinus Antibiotics

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

Taking sinus antibiotics are often an important part of a therapy especially when your sinus becomes infected. It is often prescribed by your doctor based on the bacterial that are most likely to cause the infection.

And if your sinus discomfort is caused by the common cold, then taking antibiotics have no effect at all. Cold and flu are caused by viruses therefore they do not response to antibiotics

In fact, I find it extremely difficult to distinguish bacterial sinusitis from viral sinusitis (the common cold) during the first 5 days. I am sure many people can relate to the same problem as me.

What are antibiotics?

Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria or prevent their growth and taking them helps to shorten the course of an infection and prevent complications.

However, inappropriate and excessive use may lead to the development of resistant bacteria which are difficult to eradicate.

Unfortunately, antibiotic resistance has been a major public health problem around the globe.

There are two types of antibiotics; narrow and broad spectrum. So which one should you take?

Here’s a simple guide to distinguish the two. Narrow spectrum antibiotics are effective on a few types of bacteria whereas broad spectrum attack a wide range of bacteria.

If your sinus infection does not go away after taking antibiotics, then your doctor may prescribed broad spectrum antibiotics.

It is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions and do not become addicted to them.

Although antibiotics are good at killing bacterial infection in your sinuses, I should also point out that it is equally important to address the underlying cause of your sinus problems so that you can eliminate your symptoms completely.

Some people are just too afraid to go off medication simply because they are afraid that their infection can come back in full force making them very sick.

You need to understand that not all antibiotics or sinus medications can prevent or clear your sinusitis completely. In fact some antibiotics can make your sinus worst. You need to talk to your doctor to raise your concern so that the right sinus antibiotics can be prescribed to treat your infection.

Possible side effects
As with any medications, depending on individual health, antibiotics can cause side effects.

One such side effect which you may have felt after using sinus antibiotics are that your body simply cannot defense against other non-bacterial types of infections.

Another one is allergic reaction ranging from a rash on the skin, swollen mouth to breathing difficulties. If you experience allergic reactions then it is important to stop taking the drugs immediately and seek professional advice.

In other circumstances, they can destroy the good bacteria in your gut with symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Yet some people experience fever and joint pain and in some women the development of vagina yeast infections.

One useful solution to help replenish the bacterial in your gut is to consume yogurt with active culture or as capsules.

There are other things you need to do on your part during the healing process so that your problems do not flare up and this include exercise, eating healthy diet, avoid pollutants, dust and many more.

Well, the truth is you simply cannot rely on sinus antibiotics for a long period of time. They will work against you and are most likely to become ineffective in the future when you require them to heal other infection other than your sinuses.

Therefore, it is very important you also learn how to treat your sinusitis naturally so that you do not need to rely constantly on sinus antibiotics for your sudden sinus attack.

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Home Remedies For Sinus Infection

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

Many people developed some types of upper respiratory symptoms when they fail to function properly as a result of unresolved cold and allergies or irritants from environment pollution.

Unfortunately, sinus infection is one of the most common conditions.

What is it?

Sinus infection is the result of excess mucus productions that accumulate in our nasal or sinus cavities which encourage the growth of micro-organisms.

Infection can be viral or bacterial. How do you differentiate the two?

In viral infection you will experience clear and runny discharge which is caused by the common cold and allergies. Likewise, bacterial infection produces greenish-yellow discharge.

Another tell-tale sign is the swelling and inflammation of the membrane. Development of fever or sore throat is also common.

Often the symptoms of a sinus infection are similar to most upper respiratory infection.

Why do our glands secrete excess mucus?

As we breathe in foreign matters such as dusts, our immune system response immediately by activating the mucus gland to produce mucus which is natural.

Excessive secretions only occurred when virus or bacterial enter our nasal passage. The trapped mucus begins to accumulate thus allowing bacteria to grow and spread.

Majority of the symptoms can be treated using natural or home remedies but if the infection is caused by bacteria then you may need antibiotics.

The first step to prevent an infection is to treat the cold symptoms. The moment you show signs it is important to find an effective method to clear sinus congestion.

If this step is carried out successfully, you’ll soon find relief and perhaps prevent sinusitis from recurring.

Home remedies for sinus infection can be products or certain techniques that you can find and use in the comfort of your home environment.

Let’s start with herbs.

Herbal Remedies

There are some herbs that are found in the kitchen or garden that can actually reduce infection or at least stop them from spreading. But not all pt them are suitable and those that do usually possess antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and decongestant properties.

Eucalyptus and lemon balm are used for their antibacterial and expectorants properties meaning they are able to reduce mucus.

Garlic, a natural antibiotic that is popularly used in the kitchen is one of the best. The active component Allicin has been known to kill bacteria, boosts the immune system and prevent infection.

This natural herb does not interfere with the flora in your intestine unlike prescription antibiotics which tend to kill the good and bad.

Eating raw garlic is the best way to fight infection but if you dislike the taste they are available as tablets and capsules.

Ginger is another herb which you can use by steeping thin slices in hot water for 10 minutes and drink it as tea. Inhaling the warm vapors can also relieve pain and pressure.

Alkylamides found in the roots of Echinacea may help to reduce the period of cold symptoms and viruses attacking the upper respiratory tract.

Fenugreek, elderberry and horseradish are also beneficial to dry up mucus and relieve sinus pressure.

One of these herbs is elderberry, which has actually been proven to reduce mucous in the sinuses and reduce swelling of the mucous membranes and lining of the sinus. Elderberry can be taken in extract form or made into a syrup.

Golden Seal an anti-microbial and immune booster herb is also beneficial for your respiratory conditions.

Essential Oil

Oil extracted from herbal plants has played an important role in our lives to treat many health issues from relieving headache, toothache to sinus problems.

Oregano oil with its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties has been used to treat sinusitis. Add 1 to 2 drops in water or juice and drink it several times a day until your condition has improved.

Another usage is to mix few drops with a carrier oil and massage or rub it directly at the opening of your nose and above your eyes. You can also use peppermint oil to break up mucus.

Manuka Honey

Honey is known to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antiseptic effect which is ideal for your sinus infection. Just take a teaspoon of New Zealand Manuka honey each morning until you see signs of improvement.

Alternate way is to make a nose drop solution by adding a teaspoon of honey into a cup of hot distilled water followed by quarter teaspoon of salt and mixed them. With an eyedropper applies 5 to 7 drops into your nasal.

Herbal Steam Inhalation

Steam helps to moisten and soothe irritated passages.

It is a powerful and less costly way of reducing respiratory infection cause by excess mucus that lodged in your cavities.

A more therapeutic way is to inhale herbal steam generated by adding herbs to boiling water.

This hydrotherapy is easy to implement and works well to help you breathe normally and to discharge mucus faster.

Its ease of use has gain popularity as a home remedies to relieve all types of respiratory conditions.

You can boil any herbs that have anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties or those that contain menthols. Our aim here is to get rid of infection by unblocking the nose.

If you do this two to four times per day you will start to see improvement in your symptoms.

Peppermint, eucalyptus, wintergreen, ginger, thyme, sage, oregano are example of the types of herbs you can use.

But you don’t have to restrict yourself to herbs only as some of my readers add essential oil such as oregano and eucalyptus and inhale the vapors.

I do think this works far better than the extracting the roots and leaves of the plants with water.

Thin and Drain Mucus

One best way to thin mucus and promote drainage is to drink plenty of fluids.

Drinking and inhaling steam from herbal tea is the fastest and easiest way to thin and loosen infected mucus. Do this several times a day followed by blowing out excess secretions to prevent blockage.

Sinus Rinse and Irrigation To Promote Drainage

Rinsing sinuses may seems uncomfortable for some people but this technique if use correctly few times a day can actually reduce secretions and remove infected mucus completely.

The aim here is to flush out the sinus cavities, loosen stubborn mucus and to keep the membrane lining clean and clear.

A simple and yet effective method is to spray saline directly into your nose. This salt solution with anti-microbial properties can kill most micro-organisms that reside in the cavities.

You can make your own saline wash solution at home with unprocessed salt which is better for your inflamed lining.

Saline Mist

Unlike steam and rinse, using a device such as a vaporizer to emit fine mist directly into your nose is another fast and effective way to soothe your stuffy nose, open nasal, reduces congestion and to promote drainage.

Taking Decongestant

Decongestants are often taken to break up painful congestion.

There are many natural decongestants that work as well as OTC (over-the-counter) medicines without the side effects.

A good example is onion, Japanese wasabi, steam as mentioned above or any spicy foods.

Cutting a raw onion has an immediate effect on thick mucus and also get your tears flowing.

Wash Hands

Keeping hands clean is an important practice to prevent the spread of germs and other viruses.

And when your sinuses are bad, you should wash hands after blowing your nose each time to stop bacteria from re-entering the nasal passage and other parts of your body.

Remember to throw away infected tissues immediately after use.

Consider Pressure

Apply gentle pressure with the pads of your fingers on both sides of your nose and between your eyebrows can alleviate pain and improve blood circulation to the membrane that lined the cavities.

Use Warm Compress

A warm compress when place over infected sinus region can prove to be effective as it help to reduce facial pain, headaches and thin mucus in congested cavities for easy expulsion.

You can either steam or place a warm towel over your face. I like to add few drops of eucalyptus oils or menthol for that extra effect.

Besides warm towel, you can also crush fresh ginger roots and applied on your forehead to stimulate circulation.

These are some of the home remedies for you to use. You can find more in Treatments For Sinusitis ebook.

Lastly, if you suffer from bacterial infection you need to seek the advice of a professional medical practitioner.

Chicken Soup Cures For Sinus Infection

Posted on: May 5th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

Are there any natural cures for sinus infection?

The word “cure” is certainly a controversial term. A sinus sufferer may find one or two remedies that work well on their sinuses whereas another may find that chemical base drugs or antibiotics work.

If medications do work for you without any bad side effects, you can still find out other treatments for sinusitis.

Many people discover that their infections response to sinus medicine for a short period of time and then it rebound back. Yet, some people suffer from mild to severe side effects such as dry skin, thinning of bone, nausea etc…

There are some home remedies which are totally safe for you to experiment. Like I say, some may work well for you whereas other may take a longer time or fail to work at all.

But if you are one of those individual who are susceptible to sinus infection a few time in a year, then you should look into your immune health because if the underlying causes are not resolved you will still get infections.

There are some home cures for sinus infection or remedies which are effective and have been used by your grandma for years.

Chicken broth or soup

Home-made chicken soup has been known to provide great relieve for chest and upper respiratory infections and the symptoms of cold and flu.

So what is in the chicken soup that possesses such wonderful properties?

Studies have found that the soothing and healing properties, cysteine (an amino acid) produced from the clear chicken soup helps to break down congestion, thin and help the flow of mucus secretions. It also work wonders on sore throat and to loosen thick phlegm.

Adding other nutrients rich food to the broth can speed up the healing process.

Here’s a simple broth recipe:
1/2 chicken or 2 drumstick
5 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon of black pepper corns
4 slices of ginger
2 large onion
2 whole carrots – cut thickly

Place all ingredients into a large pot of water. Bring to boil and simmer for 2 hours or until the chicken meat become tender or break apart.
Add sea-salt to taste.

So what’s in this folk’s recipes that are therapeutic?

Garlic is a natural antibiotic. It is commonly taken for cold and flu either fresh or in the form of tablet. Allin, an active compound found in garlic help to boost our immune system to keep our body healthy.

Now not all garlic that you buy has therapeutic effect. Garlic with odor signified the breakdown of allin content which has no effect on our cold and sinuses.

A good garlic has all the active ingredients intact, therefore, this is the one that provide antiviral and antibacterial properties for your sinus infection or sore throat. You should try to buy organic garlic to fight your infection.

Ginger has been used as the medicine of choice in Asia for centuries. It is used to treat almost everything such as nausea, morning sickness, digestion, fever, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, cold and flu, arthritis, boost immunity system etc…

Another way to take ginger is to make a hot ginger tea. This will help to soothe your throat and clear your congested sinus.

Black Pepper is a spice which contains volatile oil with various chemical compounds. Its healing properties include circulatory stimulation, astringent, antiseptic, analgesic and stimulate the draining of the sinuses.

Onion is actually a member of the garlic or Allium family. Studies have shown that the sulphur compound in onion has anti-inflammatory properties. Other properties include antioxidant, anticancer, protect against cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure.

The WHO (World Health Organization) recognized that onion extracts provide relief for the symptoms of colds, cough, bronchitis and asthma.

And onion has been used in Chinese medicine to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems.

Carrot is a vegetable contains full of the natural source of beta-carotene or Vitamin A after conversion in our body. It provides sweetness to the chicken broth and helps to fight off infections.

Sea Salt especially unrefined contains many minerals; calcium, magnesium and potassium that can benefits our health. For the best therapeutic soup it is best that you use this type of salt.

Salt also has antibacterial propeties which help to get rid of throat, nasal and chest infection.

Some people feel much better after taking the hot broth which has an anti-inflammatory effect but studies conducted by University of Nebraska produced an inconclusive result.

You have to try this sinus infection remedy to judge for yourself.

How To Deal With Sinusitis

Posted on: April 18th, 2016 by Sinus11 No Comments

I have been asked many times especially during the cold and flu season on how to deal with sinusitis, commonly known as sinus problems.

This is a good thing as everyone comes down with some type of sinus problems at least once in their life time. Well, it doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy, yet I have seen many people including athletes complain about sinusitis.

Before you learn how to deal with sinusitis you must learn how to recognize the symptoms. It is similar to the symptoms of cold and flu; runny nose, headache and stuffy nose. But if you experience something like pain and pressure around the face and nose region, nasal congestion, clear or colored mucus discharge, throat irritation and in chronic case, a post nasal drip, then this is clearly the sign of sinus problems.

You have two choices; you can go on medication or deal with it naturally.

For some unknown reason I often like to tough it out and let nature take its course. But not many of you are like me able to tolerant any sinus discomfort.

If you’re prone to sinusitis, then there are a few things you can do to prevent it from getting worst.

Give alcohol a miss, the reason I suggest this is because alcohol dehydrates and cause swelling to your mucus membrane.

Drink plenty of clear fluid or my favorite chicken broth. This will help to stop mucus from becoming too thick, which is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to thrive. Sinus infection is something we really want to prevent as they can lead to complication.

Eat plenty of garlic, this is what a my friend has done as it helps to break up mucus which some people use the fancy term ‘mucolytic’ and also garlic is a natural antibiotic.

Another way of breaking mucus is to eat spicy food. I’m not asking you to eat chili on its own, try to be a little creative and add it into your cooking. Perhaps you might want to add a few slice of ginger and onion into your signature dish or whip up a Mexican chili beef.

If you want to try herbal stuff, then I suggest you try Echinacea. It is a cold and flu herb and is available as tincture (liquid extract) and tablets.

Vitamin C is always the first form of treatment during the cold and flu season to help your body fight infection. Take 1-2 tablets a day as over dosage of this vitamin may cause dry skin.

And if you have sore throat, try gargle with salt solution.

How about nasal congestion?

This is often the number one discomfort most of us encounter and it can make you feel terrible. There are several ways to solve this problem one way is to use an ancient device called the Neti pot.

How do you do this?

You pour saline solution through one side of your nostril (say you start with your right side) and gently blow out the water and mucus on the other nostril and vice versa.

Don’t know or can’t find a Neti pot? A simple trick is to use a small teapot.
Another way is to rub peppermint oil or the cheap Vicks Vapor-rub in the nasal cavities.

These are some of the methods which you can try to deal with your sinusitis if you haven’t done anything about it.