Sinusitis has a particularly nasty habit of showing up mostly in the morning, announcing its arrival with telltale symptoms, like a dull, yet throbbing headache, a confused set of nasal passages, facial swapping and pain, nasal discharge, difficulty in breathing and a head that feels like it is made out of lead. This condition arises from the main impacts of sinusitis.
Sinusitis is primarily caused when a specific allergen triggers an inflammation of the soft tissues which line the sinus cavities. Once these tissues swell up, they cause the mucus, which is secreted to lubricate the nasal passages, to accumulate in the sinus cavities. This mucus is a damp and very fertile breeding ground for fungi, bacteria and viruses to thrive in. The symptoms of sinusitis are greatly amplified once these fungi, viruses and bacteria get to develop in the sinus cavities.
The accumulated mucus leads to a lot of pressure build up within the sinus cavities, causing the patient's face to swell up and develop headaches. Another symptom which makes its presence felt is continuous nasal discharge. This nasal discharge is normally a very thick, yellowish-green discharge. The blockage of the sinus cavities also greatly impairs the patient's ability to smell. If the patient does not get medical assistance, then in some cases, the pressure executed by the mucus in the sinuses becomes a key reason for the impairment of their vision.
Other symptoms of sinusitis also include fever, coughing, dental pain and the development of bad breath, or halitosis, due to the bacteria already present in the sinus cavities. There are solutions readily available for these symptoms, but without eliminating the root of sinus infection, these solutions will rarely yield the results they promise.
The classification of sinusitis is done so based on the duration of time since the symptoms have been present in the patient's physiology. If the symptoms of sinusitis are present for the duration of approximately four weeks, then the condition is termed as acute sinusitis. If the symptoms persist for over a month, then the condition is termed as chronic sinusitis.
After the availability of over the counter medication to help recover from sinusitis, there are many people who would prefer to opt for more natural, side-effect free alternatives, many of which are available in their house itself. The natural remedies for sinusitis are mostly symptomatic, ie designed to remove the individual symptoms instead of addressing the infection. With nasal sprays patients can ease the swollen tissue linings, relieving pressure on the skull. Steam moistens the airways, so allowing the blocked up mucus to freely discharge and helping the patient breathe freely again.