I had sinusitis about a year ago. I didn’t go to the doctor. I had odd symptoms, looked them up on the internet, didn’t seem life-threatening, so thought about how to get rid of it.
The symptoms are:
Pain around the sinus area (around the nose), sensation of toothache, fatigue, mild nosebleed (blood spotting when you blow your nose), stinking phlegm, loss of sense of smell.
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My course of treatment:
– Eat an orange;
– Massage the sinus area;
– Sluice out the nasal cavity by ‘snorting’ warm, salty water.
Sluicing – Get a small bottle like an old pepper pot or medicine bottle. One with a neck small enough to put up your nose. Wash it out with hot water. Put some salt in it; enough so it’s unpleasant to drink. Add warm water. Shake it so the salt dissolves.
Wrap a towel round your shoulders to collect spillages. ‘Snort’ the saline solution you’ve made; so it goes down the nasal cavity into the back of your throat.
Blow your nose.
Repeat for both nostrils, three times each.
– Have a single aspirin (unless you’re a bleeder; aspirin is an anti-clotting agent, as well as an analgesic).
– Retire to bed for a nap.
PS: A quick way to clear your nose is to bend over, and whip your head up a few times. A better way is regular exercise, particularly jogging.
Long term, moderate your lifestyle. Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, and less junk, take more exercise, get to bed before midnight, 11pm if you can manage it. Sinusitis gets a grip because you’re run-down.
Interestingly, the sluicing method above appears to make a regular cold worse.I imagine this is because sinusitis is a bacterial infection, whereas colds are viral. In the latter case, you’re probably just giving the viruses a warm bath and moving them around a bit!
I imagine this is because sinusitis is a bacterial infection, whereas colds are viral. In the latter case, you’re probably just giving the viruses a warm bath and moving them around a bit!?