Sinusitis: symptoms and relief
If you suffer from a severe headache, a blocked nose and fever, you may simply have caught a severe cold.
In some cases, however, this means that a sinusitis, also called sinusitis, is present. So how do you recognize sinusitis and how can you alleviate the symptoms?
Common home remedies for colds can certainly help here already, however, a sinusitis must be treated in some cases with medication. We clarify.
Symptoms of a sinus infection
Our sinuses produce a fine secretion that serves to trap dirt and germs and pass them on to the throat. You keep the nose clean, so to speak.
When the mucous membranes in the sinuses are inflamed, they work at full speed to get rid of viruses and bacteria.
The result is a stuffy nose, which in turn impedes sinus ventilation and encourages the spread of viruses and bacteria.
The symptoms are similar to those of a severe cold, but there are some points that clearly indicate sinusitis. In fact, in most cases, a cold is the trigger for acute sinusitis.
Sinusitis, however, can also be triggered by hay fever. Here are the most common symptoms:
- Stinging headache,
- Stuffy nose,
- Strong feeling of pressure in the sinus area (forehead and above the cheeks),
- Fever, feeling sick like a flu-like infection,
- Decreased sense of smell.
If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, please see your doctor immediately. This will give you the diagnosis
and prescribe a suitable treatment method.
An acute sinusitis usually subsides after about two weeks. In some cases, however, the disease can last much longer – from about twelve weeks, it is called chronic sinusitis.
Relieve a sinus infection with home remedies
In addition to conventional medicine, sinusitis can certainly be treated with non-medication, similar to the treatment of a cold. Home remedies that are suitable for this are presented here:
Just as with a normal cold, it is important to drink plenty of fluids (at least two liters daily) to loosen stuck mucus and aid in the healing process. Reach for water and herbal teas or a nutrient-rich chicken soup.
To prevent acute sinusitis, as well as other diseases, drink plenty of fluids and ensure adequate hygiene.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap when you get home, before you prepare food and after you have been to the toilet. So you do not give viruses and bacteria a chance.