Natural Remedies to Treat a Sinus Infection

Treat symptoms of a sinus infection with these natural antibiotics to clear up sinuses and support the body with vitamins that fight the infection.

| June 2018

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    What starts out as "the sniffles" could turn into a sinus infection.
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    “Natural Antibiotics & Botanical Treatments” by Aruna M. Siewert uses a completely natural approach to help readers achieve physical and emotional health and wellness.
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In Natural Antibiotics and Botanical Treatments: Heal Your Body, Heal Your Mind, Aruna M. Siewert introduces natural remedies and plant antibiotics that can help readers achieve physical and emotional well-being. The book shows readers different plant remedies that can support psychological conditions and how to treat minor infections without any side effects. The following excerpt is from Chapter 5, "Treating Common Ailments from A to Z."

Our skull has four different bony paranasal sinuses: maxillary, frontal, sphenoid and ethmoid. These are cavities with mucous membranes covered in fine hairs.

A sinus infection is commonly caused by a virus and begins with "normal" sniffling. The tiny hairs can no longer remove the mucus, and the mucous membranes then swell, clogging the exits. In addition, anatomical constrictions can obstruct the discharge. Since the sinuses can no longer sufficiently be aired out, the germs continue to multiply on the poorly flowing mucus.

Often, sinusitis is a side effect of illness in the upper respiratory tract, a flu-like infection or an allergy. It can be acute or chronic. We refer to it as chronic sinusitis when the inflammation has lasted longer than 2 to 3 months. An unhealed acute sinusitis commonly leads to chronic sinusitis.



Symptoms:

Sniffling; thick, yellowish-green phlegm; fever; fatigue; bad headaches; facial pain (whether in the ear, teeth or nasal areas).

When to Visit the Doctor:

See a doctor if there is no improvement after 3 days; high fever (over 103.1 degrees Fahrenheit in children, 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit in adults); and severe symptoms that affect your everyday life. Furthermore, go to the doctor if you're suffering from tooth pain, visual disturbances or severe dizziness.



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