Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Pulsatile Irrigation, ENS, and Other Sinus Issues- A Discussion- Part 1

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I recently have had several contacts with Mr. Chris Martin. Chris is one of the driving forces behind the ENS Symposium. ENS stands for ?Empty Nose Syndrome?, a condition suffered by patients who have had their turbinates totally or partially removed during sinus surgery. This is a practice that was once considered harmless, but in recent years it has proven to be very harmful indeed. For those not familiar with the term pulsatile irrigation, it refers to nasal irrigation done by a small appliance that sends pulses of saline solution into one nostril, and the solution exits from the other nostril. The procedure is repeated in the opposite nasal passage as well. Pulsatile irrigation was pioneered by Dr. Murray Grossan. It cleans out the nasal and sinus cavities and also gets the cilia in the nose moving and working.

Chris Martin will publish a book in the June time frame about his experiences with ENS. As an ENS sufferer for over six years, Chris did not find many resources available to help him in dealing with his condition, so he has authored his book to help others. Information about how to find the book will be available at a later date at www.postnasaldrip.net and at the web site of the ENS Symposium, emptynosesyndrome.org.

Chris wrote me recently and touched on several sinus related topics, including pulsatile irrigation, and I subsequently responded. There are a number of interesting points for sinus sufferers in our exchange below. In his comments Chris is referring to a report entitled ?Sinus Treatment Success Stories? which we provided to him.

Chris: ?Thanks, Walt, for the e-book and article. I enjoyed reading the success stories and will read the 'bad breath' book soon. I just want to add some comments on what I read re: treatment success stories. I notice a recurring theme in many of these articles is how pulsatile irrigation helps, which is certainly true in the case of ENS as well. In fact, one of the premises in my book on ENS is that treatments that work for sinusitis also are very helpful for ENS, and vice-versa. I think there is a lot of universality in sinus treatments that really work, although it seems these ideas are not well understood. Having ENS, in some respects, it seems I have had to become my own doctor. Now, back to pulsatile irrigation...what irks me is that in my own experiences most ear, nose and throat doctors do not recommend using pulsatile irrigation to help improve their sinuses. It took me six years of suffering from empty nose before recognizing how much this treatment could and has helped me. That's a shame. On the bright side, sinus rinsing seems to have become much better recognized in recent years; just notice the number of saline products in any drugstore. I realize the doctors will not make a lot of money off it, but think of how much prevention can save us financially, emotionally, and health-wise in the long run. An ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure. I wish saline irrigation was tantamount to washing our hands!

Walt Ballenberger is founder of http://www.postnasaldrip.net a resource web site for sinusitis sufferers like himself. For a free report entitled ?Sinus Treatment Success Stories?, visit http://www.postnasaldrip.net and click on the Free Report link. This resource can be of significant help to chronic sinus sufferers.

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Unknown Causes Of Sinus Infections

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Sinusal infections are a very common disorder of the sinuses, known for causing the patient a high deal of pain and discomfort. The etiopathology of these infections is very multifold as it implies especially all sorts of allergies but also genetic factors and other physical disorders. Sinus infections appear as extreme cold with a multitude of symptoms.

In spite of the varied causes of sinus infections yet unknown by the people, doctors as well as food sellers try to hide some of the problems causing elements.

A very common but also highly ignored cause of the sinus infections is our beloved ice-cream, and surprisingly not because it is frozen but because of all the ingredients that normal people haven?t even heard about. Home-made ice-cream containing natural flavors and no preservatives seems therefore to be completely safe concerning sinus infections.

In the following paragraph we present you a list of the most damaging ice-cream ingredients: amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, benzyl acetate, anysil formate, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, diacetyl, dipropil ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amyl ketone, cognac essential oil, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl butyrate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon methyl heptine carbonate, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, rose, run ether, vanillin and solvents.

All of the mentioned synthetically chemicals added to ice-cream to improve and diverse taste are most unhealthy for you and especially for your sinuses. By modifying taste and texture, the producers want to make you feel like eating most natural and tasty products. Although all these artificial ingredients are perfectly legal to use in the industry of food for now, you should think twice from this point on before eating ice-cream.

In case you really show symptoms of sinus infection, you go to a doctor and he immediately prescribes you painkillers and other kind of ?helping? drugs; he forgets to mention what they can do for your disease and especially how they can harm your body.

All the oral administered drugs enter the liver-circuit and can mostly harm the liver when long-term taken. The affected and injured liver stimulates the production of thicker and more intensified colored mucus in order to increase detoxification of the body.

If your physician has prescribed you a medication for your symptoms, analyze the color and texture of the mucus before starting to take drugs. If the mucus is clear and watery, the cause is mainly a virus infection or an allergy. Start taking the medication until you may see a change of the mucus into a yellow and thicken one. This might occur after about 12 hours of treatment meaning the body cannot process and eliminate the drug ingredients.

Concluding we advise patients with sinus problems to avoid eating ice-cream especially in fast-food restaurants, and paying attention to prescribed medication that could worsen their problems. Try to replace medications that might harm your liver, kidney or other organs, and use more natural, homeopathic remedies.

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Fear of Failure in scuba diving: Thank God For Sinus Block!

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Thank God for sinus block and ear equalisation problems! Here is a socially acceptable way to avoid a very serious issue namely not wanting to dive when you are feeling intimidated or frightened at the prospect. The pressure our status-driven society places on us not to lose face is immense. Diving can be downright terrifying if you find yourself in the wrong situation at the wrong time. Imagine you are flushed with the love of diving after having experienced the joys of tropical submersion and have dedicated the rest of your life to being continually immersed. Instead your enthusiasm turns to dread when on a holiday to southern latitudes you sign up for a diving trip and are faced with the prospect of leaping off a rolling boat into cold, green deep water with not even a hint of a bottom anywhere. Many divers, through fear of being branded a 'chicken' will choose the gung-ho option. The I feel no fear front. This is nothing but a form of social bravado and one that carries serious repercussions. Divers who start out on a dive feeling stressed are far more likely to panic underwater. Panic is a deadly and serious state for a diver to enter. Your common sense and rational mind is lost and you become reactive to primal escape reflexes.

So, how can you avoid raising your blood pressure and taking years off your life by diving when you don't want to? Plead blocked sinus and equalisation problems. Tell everyone the air-conditioning in your room has blocked you up, you have a cold coming on, you are getting over a cold, you have a genetically malformed inner ear canal which plays up when you eat ice-cream, just anything that will save face, your social status and possibly your life!

Reiss Mackie is a SCUBA diving instructor living and working on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef in Australia. He is an expert on stress in scuba divers and co-author of The Scuba Diving Panic Management Guide with Dr Sarah Carney MBBS.
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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Tips On Recognizing Sinus Infections

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In the air there are numerous bacteria and when breathing we inhale them. If the cilia filter is malfunctioning, these bacteria can get blocked in the sinus cavities and produce an infection. Therefore we must know how to recognize this type of infection in order to treat it well. Some general symptoms of sinus infection are: headaches, fatigue, facial and upper jaw pains, and tenderness of the sinus area, sore throat, cough, colored nasal drainage, bad breath and swollen eye lids.

There are different types of sinus and the symptoms might differ when each one is affected; the symptoms differ also for acute and chronic sinusitis.

Frontal acute sinusitis brings fever, forehead pain, nasal discharge or postnasal drip. Also the person feels better if it has the head upright.

In acute maxillary sinusitis the pain appears when the head is upright and the patient feels better if the head is in a reclining position. This type of sinusitis affects one or both of the cheekbones, causing pain, redness and swallowing of the cheekbone; nasal discharge is also present; pain occurs also around the eye and the upper teeth.

Acute ethmoid sinusitis causes symptoms like: pain near the base of the nose, between the eyes, one side of the nose or around the inner corner of the eyes; headaches, nasal discharge and congestion. The pain gets worse if the head is upright and when coughing.

Acute sphenoid sinusitis has the following symptoms: fever, terrible pain when lying back and bending forward, on top of the head and in the forehead area. Also nasal discharge is present. If pressure extents to the brain, visual problems might install.

In chronic frontal sinusitis, the forehead pain is generally constant and low-graded, and at a check-up sinus damage is present.

Chronic maxillary sinusitis brings constant pain in the upper teeth, below the eyes the patient can feel pressure, and cough that gets worse during the night.

The chronic ethmoid sinusitis (affects the bridge of the nose and the base of the nose between the eyes). Nasal discharge and congestion are most of the time present, sore throat, bad breath appear in this case too, and the pain occurs when wearing glasses and in the late morning.

In chronic sphenoid sinusitis, the infection of the sinuses gives a general headache.

Even though rarely, untreated, sinusitis can lead to serious complications like the spread of the infection in the body.

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Sinus Headache Calls For Highly Personalized Treatment

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The major problem underlying with headache is that there are many types of it. Unless the diagnosis is proper, there is every chance of your taking the wrong type of medication and blaming it for not curing your headache.

Sinus headache is one such type of headache, where the diagnosis aspect plays an important role. Oftentimes, the migraine headaches are confused with sinus headaches.

When there is pressure inside the sinus cavities of the head due to infection of the sinuses you have this special type of headache. The symptoms of this peculiar type of headache are persistent pain, continuous discharge from the nose and redness and swelling of the face.

Sinus infection is the cause of the sinus headache. So, the correct approach to treat the sinus headache is to treat the cause of headache- the infection. The source could be a bacterial or fungal infection in the sinus cavities.

Nose congestion is quite common in sinus. Even the throat is plugged by infection. So to maintain the health of the nasal cavities is the prime concern here. If the infection is eliminated, naturally the impact of the headache will also lessen.

Sinus headache relief is a highly personalized treatment. The researchers are fairly unanimous in their conclusion that fungus is a likely cause of all cases of chronic sinusitis. As a rule, physicians will prescribe antibiotics for treating sinus. But it has been found that they do not work against fungus. For fungal sinusitis colloidal silver mineral supplement has been found to be a good treatment that has given positive results.

The scientists and the researchers are still groping in the dark for the ultimate sinus remedy. But there are many at home and herbal remedies that can be of immense use to treat and bring the sinus condition under control. These are: inhaling steam, applying gentle heat over the inflamed area, putting the mustard oil in the nostrils, drinking grape juice, applying cinnamon paste over the affected area.

The over the counter medications bring only temporary relief, and if taken for a long period might be quite harmful. Correcting the deviated septum by surgical procedures is another option that promises you a relief.

Since sinus headache is due to sinus infection, your dietary control assumes lots of importance. Don't take any of the food items that contribute to the worsening of the sinus condition. Drinking chilled soft drinks and water is one of them. Even ice-creams are not permitted for sinus patients.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Remedies For Sinusitis

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Sinusitis is an infection that occurs in the nasal cavities, the sinuses. If the cilia filter is malfunctioning, the bacteria we inhale by breathing can get blocked in the sinus cavities and produce a local infection.

Treating sinusitis is made with drugs prescribed by the doctor, and some home remedies.

The treatment must kill the bacteria, make facial pain and pressure disappear, clear up the nasal cavities and maintain intact the sinus and nasal tissues.

Treatment must be instituted as soon as possible to help the patient feel better and prevent other complications. The doctor will prescribe an antibiotic drug (oral or inhale drugs) if the sinusitis is caused by a bacterium; a decongestant, analgesics who will reduce the pain and corticosteroids to slow down the inflammation in the nasal cavities.

Some general symptoms of sinus infection are: headaches, fatigue, facial and upper jaw pains, and tenderness of the sinus area, sore throat, cough, colored nasal drainage, bad breath and swollen eye lids.

Sinusitis is difficult to diagnose in children but if your child has repeated sinus infections you can be vigilant to its symptoms in order to begin home treatment when you see that another infection will occur.

Treatment for acute and chronic sinusitis differs. For acute sinusitis, that generally lasts 2-3 weeks, doctors recommend antibiotic treatment for 5 to 7 days. Even if you feel better after a few days, make sure you do not interrupt the treatment until the doctor says so. Antibiotics have side effects and if you are not feeling well after taking them, request your therapist a different antibiotic. You can also use steam inhalations to minimize your nasal congestion.

The chronic sinusitis lasts longer, about 6-8 weeks and it is more difficult to treat.

Antibiotic therapy will be followed for at least 2 weeks and it is possible to use more than one antibiotic drug. Corticosteroids will be also used in order to relieve the inflammation of the nasal passages.

At people who have a weakened immune system (by cancer, HIV) unusual sinus infections may appear. These infections can be caused by fungus and other types of bacteria than the usual ones. In this case doctors recommend antifungal therapy associated with corticosteroids and even surgery.

If a patient has followed the classical antibiotic therapy and there were no signs of improvement the surgical therapy will be recommended because a complication could have occurred: the infection of the facial bones.

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How To Deal With A Sinus Headache

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Everyone experiences headaches every now and then and they can be brought on by many different reasons. A Sinus headache is one of the many kinds of headaches which is often associated with sinusitis or an inflamed sinus. An inflamed sinus blocked the nasal passage which triggers the pain in your head.

All of us have sinuses. It is located in the center of the face which is differentiated into maxillary, ethmoid, frontal and sphenoid. These four sinuses are located in the center of our faces. This is the reason why people experience headache if they have sinusitis because basically it is located in the face.

The headache will be getting worse if you will be continuously exposed to irritants such as perfumes, allergen and smoking. So how does sinus headache happen?

Once your sinus is inflamed, your breathing is not the only one being affected but the normal draining passage is being blocked as well. The trapped drainage is creating a pressure which in turn causes the headache.

The sinus headache is frequently mistaken from migraine. According to some studies, 90% of those who were diagnosed with sinus headache have migraines in the first place. A sinus headache may exacerbate if pressure is applied on the nasal or the sinuses.

To begin with, the cause of headache is quite difficult to identify since there are numerous causative agents. What are the symptoms of sinusitis except from headache? It is important for us to know these things in order for us to clearly identify the type of headache we?re experiencing.

An individual who is experiencing sinusitis is complaining of pressure around the eyes area which radiates to the cheeks and forehead. He or she is also experiencing nasal stuffiness, swelling of the face and fever with chills. A nasal discharge of color yellow or green may also be present.

Remember that these symptoms are also similar with other diseases such as those who have an upper respiratory tract infection. The best way to diagnose sinusitis is to perform an endoscopy wherein the doctor will look inside your nose using the endoscope device.

Sinusitis is often caused by bacteria such as the streptococcus aureus, haemophilus influenzae and the moraxella catarrhalis. It is important for sinusitis to be treated as soon as possible to prevent further infection. The treatment of choice for this is the antibiotics.

For those having difficulty in breathing, a decongestant or vaporizers can be used to thin the mucus and aid in breathing. Just put in my mind that not all people who have sinusitis can use the decongestant. Those people who have a problem with their hearts are contraindicated to use it.

The reason behind it is because it has an adrenaline power which will increase your pulse rate and blood pressure which in turn will put you in great risk. If the decongestant is still not effective, a steroidal nasal spray may be used. Steroids are known for their anti-inflammatory action.

If you are experiencing sinus headaches, these are some simple home remedies to relieve yourself from the pain.

1. Dip your towel in cold water and apply it on your forehead. Dip it again if the towel gets warm. This is to relieve the pain in your head.

2. Take a rest. Rest helps restore the body?s functioning which will make you feel better and relieved of headache.

3. Eating spicy foods such as jalapeno will help you drain the trapped mucus on your sinuses. This is the reason why we always have a nasal discharge whenever we?re eating foods rich in spice.

4. You can also use Chinese herbals like the Magnolia Flower. This aid in widening the sinus passage will helps in draining the mucous.

The therapy of sinusitis depends on the severity of the case. This is why it is important to consult your physician as soon as possible once you?re experiencing these symptoms. The treatment may require from several weeks to several months. Doctors may also offer you medications for the relief of symptoms and if the case is cannot be treated with oral medications anymore; the patient may require undergoing surgical procedures to drain the trapped abscess.

Lee Dobbins writes for http://headache.topicgiant.com where you can learn more about the cause and treatment of all types of headaches including the sinus headache.

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Sinusitis What Is It? Information On Sinusitis & Some Natural Remedies

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Individuals who seem to experience recurring instances of prolonged colds may actually have sinusitis. If one notices that a cold or allergy seems not to get cured, it is possible that the individual has sinusitis. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses due to infection. The sinus is a hollow space or cavity inside the facial bones. The sinus' lining contains mucous membranes.

Sinusitis consists of the infection of the sinuses. The usual indicators of sinusitis include cold-like symptoms, sneezing, sniffing, and mucous secretions from the nose. Other people experience severe discomfort brought about by headaches that sometimes accompany the other symptoms. Doctors usually characterize sinusitis as acute, subacute, chronic or recurrent.

Acute sinusitis lasts for 4 weeks or less. Subacute sinusitis lasts 4 to 8 weeks. Chronic sinusitis can continue for several months or years. Recurrent sinusitis, which refers to several acute attacks per year, may be caused by different organisms. [NIAID, NIH]

Sinusitis may be started with a cold. Virus causes colds but do not cause sinusitis directly although they cause the sinus to inflame. The inflammation of the sinus increases the chances of contracting acute sinusitis. Facial pain may also accompany sinusitis, making this condition a truly inconvenient disease. Sometimes, sinusitis may cause swelling of the eyes and parts of the face.

All human bodies have healthy bacteria in them. Some of these bacteria live in the upper respiratory tract and are usually harmless. If the body's defense mechanism weakens, the bacteria may divide uncontrollably and infect the sinuses. Once they affect the sinus, the symptoms of acute sinusitis appears. There are other types of sinusitis that are caused by fungi. These are mycetoma fungal sinusitis, allergic fungal sinusitis, chronic indolent sinusitis, and fulminant sinusitis. A weak immune system makes it possible for fungus to infect the body. Fungi usually favor dark and moist environments. The sinuses, which are naturally of moist and dark cavities, are a perfect environment for the fungi to breed. When fungal infection sets in on the sinus, then we have fungal sinusitis.

Antibiotics do not aid in the prevention of sinusitis.

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