Sinusitis, acute rhinitis or rhinosinusitis – there are many terms to describe your condition, but they all have one thing in common: a blocked nose. Where does this blocked nose come from and how can you make it go away? Now you can get answers to these questions and more.
Sinusitis is merely the medical term for a simple phenomena: an inflammation of the tissue lining the sinus cavities. And these sinus cavities are located in the area around your nose – the front of the cheekbones, forehead and nose bridge between the eyes. Nasal congestion can extend to the sinus cavities. As a consequence, the mucus inside the cavities can’t drain properly anymore. The retained mucus can cause tissue inflammation and the increased pressure may cause facial pain – something nobody wants.
Nearly anyone can be the victim of sinusitis, and most likely you’ve already experienced it or will experience it at least once in your lifetime.
The reasons for this condition are viruses or bactereia which infect the sinuses, e.g. when you have a cold, and multiply. As a reaction to this, the body causes the sinus lining to swell, preventing the sinuses from draining properly.
Sinusitis comes in two types – acute viral sinusitis and acute bacterial sinusitis – during which you experience cold-like symptoms. Acute viral sinusitis is when you show signs of sinusitis and start to get better within ten days. You know you have acute bacterial sinusitis when the symptoms do not get better within ten days.
Here are merely a few typical symptoms that an acute sinusitis infection presents:
- Facial pressure/pain
- Stuffy nose
- Loss of smell
- Up to four weeks of cloudy or colored nose secretion
… then beat your sinusitis
Okay, now you know the basics about acute sinusitis, where it comes from, what the types and the symptoms are. So, let’s take a look at what you can do to fight it off.
There are many known remedies available out there, such as over-the-counter painkillers. When it comes to acute viral sinusitis, using a nasal decongestant can help by providing immediate relief from your blocked nose in an ideal case. It should have an active ingredient that decongests the nose while being well tolerable on the nose.
Should you have acute bacterial sinusitis, antibiotics provide an effective remedy. Please consult your physician for the right treatment.
Know if you need to see a doctor
If your symptoms persist for more than a week, without showing any signs of getting better, you might just have a bacterial infection. In this case, you might need antibiotics. Or you could have developed an allergy or sinusitis. Please consult your general practictioner in this any case.
DID YOU KNOW?
The sinus cavities are built into your skull and have a number of functions: they allow for your voice to resonate, they help to filter the air you breathe and remove unwanted particles, and they make the skull lighter in weight overall to give you added agility.