The sinuses consist of four pairs of hollow spaces in the skull, behind the face. Sinuses warm, moisten, and filter the air; insulate and lighten the
skull; and provide resonation for vocal expression. Normally, the mucus in the sinuses drains freely. However, when inflammation and swelling occurs
in the sinuses - this is known as sinusitis - the mucus builds up, providing a breeding ground for infectious bacteria. In many cases, sinusitis is
caused by allergens like dust, pollen, and mold, or other environmental irritants; in other cases, it
is caused by infectious agents like viruses, bacteria, and
fungi. Structural abnormalities in the sinus cavities may also cause sinusitis; and surgery may be necessary to correct such abnormalities.
Rhinitis refers to inflammation of the mucus membranes in the nose. When both the nose and one or more of the sinuses are inflamed, this is known
as rhinosinusitis. Since most cases involve inflammation of the nose and sinuses, rhinosinusitis has become the preferred term among healthcare
professionals. Rhinosinusitis may cause congestion, post-nasal drip, facial pain and pressure, headaches, bad breath, and fever. When
rhinosinusitis occurs several times a year or lasts a long time, it is known as chronic rhinosinusitis.
"Of all the treatments tried for controlling and curing the symptoms of sinus disease, the one I found to work the best is a saline nasal
rinse," says Dr. Ketan C. Mehta, who suffered from chronic sinus disease before undergoing corrective surgery. "As a medical specialist, I saw a
tremendous need for a nasal rinse for my patients... An effective nasal rinse would significantly reduce or permanently cure the symptoms of nasal
allergies and sinus disease."
Saline, or salt water, gently cleans and refreshes the nasal passages and sinus cavities. Dr. Mehta developed his
own sinus rinse kit and NasaFlo
neti pot saline rinse kit. In many parts of the world, the neti pot has been used for thousands of years to rinse allergens and impurities out of the nose and sinuses.
Saline sprays and mists
also rinse out allergens and restore moisture to irritated membranes.
The SinuPulse Nasal Irrigation System uses gentle pulses of
water to rinse out the nose and sinuses. Each of these devices can help reduce or eliminate symptoms and often times can help prevent congestion from
turning into something more serious. And each of these methods do this by using the same basic compound, saline and without the use of
drugs that can be expensive or cause burdensome side effects.
Humidifiers add moisture to the air and soothe dry, irritated
sinuses. They're especially helpful during the winter months when the air is often dry. However, if mold allergy is contributing to your sinusitis, you'll
want to keep your relative humidity below 50% with a dehumidifier to prevent
mold growth in your home. Air purifiers remove mold, dust, pollen, pet dander, and other
allergens and impurities from the air, and allergy relief bedding protects your bed
from dust mites, mold, and other
allergens. Proper nutrition and exercise will also help prevent sinus problems. See our
article "Nutrition for Allergy Sufferers" for more information about the
importance of nutrition.
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