We have all been through the struggle known as ‘stubborn cold.’ It is the type of a cold that does not stop no matter how hard you try. Although you may free yourself of the soreness in your throat or the nasty chest pain, your stuffed nose seems to ‘enjoy’ bothering you till the end.
This congestion is usually normal, but sometimes it may be a sign of a sinus infection, otherwise known as sinusitis.
Sinusitis is a common ailment in the States, and over 37 million Americans deal with it once in their lifetime. Sinus infection is a word that describes an inflammation or swelling of the lining in your sinuses. Sinuses in a healthy individual are filled with air, but any blockage with fluids and germs may result in infections.
- Nasal polyps
- Immune deficiency, immune-suppressant drugs and antibiotics
- Swelling of the nasal mucous membrane, usually triggered by allergic reactions or cold
- Blocked / Narrow drainage ducts
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Facial pain/pressure
- Stuffy nose
- Nasal discharge
- Loss of smell
- Congestion and headache
The real truth about acute sinusitis
Although antibiotics are considered as the only way to treat acute sinusitis, bacteria are not the real cause of common sinus infections.
Experts believe that about 80% of all Americans deal with any form of candida overgrowth. This fungus is controlled by the bacteria in your gut. Considering that antibiotics also harm good bacteria, they also contribute to the overgrowth of the yeast that candida thrives on.
It is not easy to fight this pathogenic fungus because it creates a protective biofilm that is resistant to common antibacterial and antifungal drugs. They live in dark and moist environment. Pretty much like your nasal cavities, right?
Fungal sinusitis is often caused by bacteria overgrowth, although sometimes fungal sinusitis develops into polyps and causes thrush in the oral cavity and throat.
A 1999 study showed that allergic fungal sinusitis is common in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis, and it is usually subsided after regular antifungal and anti-inflammatory treatment.
Control your yeast
Take probiotics to provide your gut with the good bacteria it needs. This is the best way to prevent and control fungal overgrowth. Reduce your sugar intake and control your sweet tooth. Consider cutting down your intake of fungus-prone grains like corn and wheat. Find a good way to introduce coconut oil and apple cider vinegar to your diet. These both provide an excellent anti-fungal effect.
According to a group of Korean researchers, the skin of pumpkin seeds has Pr-2 proteins. These can aid in the fight against several types of candida, including the form that causes yeast-related diaper rash and vaginal yeast infection.
Clear your sinuses
Introduce some healthy changes to your dietary habits. Rinse your nose and oral cavity with a saline solution to get rid of the fungus from your sinuses.
Add half a teaspoon of each baking soda and sea salt to a cup of boiling water. Use a neti pot or sterile eye dropper to drain your sinuses every day.
You can also use the help of warm compresses. Apply them on your face. Inhale the steam of essential oils, preferably oils with anti-fungal properties, such as eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree or oregano. These will provide you a great relief.
Source: Healthy Food House