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Sinus Congestion and Chronic Sinusitis

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Updated October 18, 2013

Chronic sinusitis affects between 30 and 40 million people in the United States alone each year, making it one of the most frequently diagnosed chronic conditions.

Symptoms may include trouble breathing through the nose, headache, aching behind the eye area, tenderness in the cheeks, sinus congestion, nasal discharge, or post nasal drip.

Acute sinusitis often start with cold virus. Chronic sinusitis, which recurs or lasts longer than 12 weeks, can be caused by upper respiratory tract infection, allergies, deviated septum or other anatomical conditions, and fungi.

Sinus Congestion and Chronic Sinusitis Remedies

If you think you have sinusitis, it's important to see your healthcare provider. Untreated acute sinusitis can lead to serious infection or the condition may become chronic. Also, some people may be be prone to sinus infections because they have depressed immune function, another reason why it's important to see your healthcare provider.
Diet
This is an area of debate. Many conventional doctors do not believe that food sensitivities can cause sinus congestion or sinusitis, although it's a fairly common approach used by alternative practitioners.
 

Possible offending foods may include dairy, wheat, oranges, and sugar, because these foods are believed to promote the formation of mucous.

Sugar is also thought to have a negative effect on immune function.

Nasal Irrigation
Nasal irrigation is a simple procedure alternative practitioners often recommend for chronic sinus problems. Learn how to do a Nasal Irrigation

Eucalyptus Steam Inhalation
A home remedy for sinus congestion is the Eucalyptus Steam Inhalation.

Other Natural Remedies
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