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Sinus infection and its symptoms

What is sinus infection?

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In our skull are located a number of cavities lined with mucusa. Their main task is to warm up the air that we breath through the nose. Mucus, dust and bacteria are discarded by the cilia to the nasal cavity as if on a conveyor belt. 

When we have nasal congestion, the mucous membranes in the nose cavity swell and the connection between the paranasal sinus and the nasal cavity can become blocked. The bacteria, find themselves trapped in warm and humid rooms, where can then freely multiply, which is why a sinus infection may develop in the form of a maxillary sinus or a sinusitis.

Sinus infection: symptoms

A sinus infection often starts with the same symptoms of a common cold, such as runny nose and sneezing. In addition, with a sinus infection you usually suffer from:

  • a heavy, pounding headache above and behind the eyes
  • heavy pain in the cavities (especially while bending over)
  • nasal congestion
  • or purulent nasal secretions
  • fever

My tip for nasal congestion

What helps with nasal congestion? This a frequently asked question at A.Vogel. With a sinusitis or congested nose, make sure to have good resistance. This can be done with Echinaforce tablets.
- Krista Halton, Flu Coach

Echinaforce Tablets
The best tip with insufficient resistance, the flu or a cold? Echinaforce tablets. 
Echinaforce tablets contain proven effective ingredients which reinforce the immune system. Hereby the resistance increases against bacterial and viral infections. You are less likely to get sick and if you do, you will recover more quickly! More info

Sinna nasal spray
Many are faced with nasal congestion.  Therefore, make sure to have a nasal spray at home. For instance, Sinna nasal spray for sinus congestion and inflammation with frontal headache catarrh extending to frontal sinuses as well as rhinitis.

Causes of sinus infection

The causes of a sinus infection can be diverse:

  • an infection
  • allergy affecting the nasal mucous membrane
  • dental root infection
  • crooked nasal septum
  • nose polyps

Some people suffer from ever recurring infection: chronic sinusitis. This is often accompanied by allergic reactions and/or polyps (an outgrowth of cells connected by a stem, to the nasal mucous membrane). 

Prevent and treat sinus infection

If you have a sinus infection or want to prevent it, follow the following advice:

  • Allow for a good resistance.
  • Get plenty of rest and relaxation.
  • Get some fresh air regularly.
  • Adopt good hygiene habits, this can prevent a lot of misery.
  • Breathe through the nose.

Never squeeze both nostrils while blowing your nose. It puts to much pressure in the nasal cavity causing dirt particles to be compressed in the paranasal sinus, potentially leading to a sinus infection.

Do not hesitate to contact us for professional advice about the treatment of sinus infection. You can reach your A.Vogel Flu Coach via e-mail: info@avogel.ca.

Sinus infection and nutrition

Avoid greasy, protein-rich and refined food. Better to choose:

  • mineral and vitamin rich food
  • food rich in vitamin C, such as fruit, vegetables and potatoes
  • salads with horseradish, watercress or garden cress
  • herbal tea with birch leaf, camille, thyme, sage, parsley, juniper or goldenrod

Consult a doctor if...

The sinus infection is caused by an allergy affecting the nasal mucous membrane, dental root infection in the upper jaw, crooked nasal septum or nasal polyps.

When the infection is recurrent or the sinusitis is chronic: there is often an underlying case of allergy and/or polyps (an outgrowth of cells connected by a stem to the nasal mucous membrane).

If the complaints last longer than a week, if there is fever persisting longer than three days, if painkillers do no alleviate the pain and if there is a possibility of an allergy, it is important to go consult the doctor.  An ill-treated sinus infection may result in chronic complaints.

Self medication is not suitable to treat chronic sinus infection. Consult a doctor.

What do you think?

Have you found what you read useful? If so, I would love if you would leave your comment below. Thanks! Krista your A.Vogel Flu Coach

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