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Sinusitis Causes, Symptoms, Solutions & Treatments

By The Air Purifier

Medical experts estimate that up to 40 million Americans suffer from sinus problems. These conditions can be either acute or short-lived. Many people suffer from congestion and sinus pain on a daily basis. A number of treatments, both medical and home-based, are available. Finding the one that’s right for you can take some experimentation.

Sinusitis Causes

Some people may be predisposed to getting sinusitis and chronic congestion. They may have anatomical irregularities that cause the nasal passages to drain poorly. Nasal polyps may be present that block proper airflow. Allergies often cause chronic inflammation in nasal passages.

Some people may live or work in environments with high rates of allergens or pollutants. People who smoke often have frequent sinus problems. Those who have frequent colds may also have frequent sinus infections and chronic congestion.

Sinusitis Signs & Symptoms

Sinus problems often occur as a result of a cold or other type of respiratory infection. The active cold symptoms may fade but are soon followed by

  • sinus pressure
  • pain above and below the eyes
  • stuffiness
  • nasal discharge
  • cough and fever
  • low energy and sometimes dental pain
  • The eyes may feel puffy and watery.

The person may feel generally low and uncomfortable. There may be a dull headache that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter pain relievers.

Sinusitis Solutions

A high level of Allergens in the air like Bacteria, Dust Mites, Gaseous Pollutants, Mold Spores, Pet Dander, Pollen, Smoke & Viruses may cause Conditions like Asthma, Chronic Sinus Infections and Respiratory Illnesses.

For people looking to improve the quality of the air within their home, using a HEPA Air Purifier is an excellent option. After all, dirty air can cause health issues for you, especially if you already have asthma or allergies.

Sinusitis Treatments

If the sinusitis is the result of a secondary infection caused by a cold, your physician may prescribe an antibiotic. A common, broad-spectrum antibiotic is often prescribed. However, these are not always effective, and a different type of antibiotic may be necessary to completely eliminate the infection.

Though you may begin to feel better immediately after starting the antibiotics, it is important to take the full course to ensure eliminating all of the infection.

Decongestants, either over the counter or prescription, can also help to relieve the pressure from sinus infection. These may be in the form of pills, sprays or drops. Don’t overuse nasal sprays, which can make congestion worse. Steroid medications may also be given for sinus infections. If the physician suspects a fungal infection, an antifungal drug may be prescribed.

Warm, Moist Air

Breathing the warm, moist air from a vaporizer or from a pot of heated water can be helpful for the congestion and pain from sinus problems. Ensure that the vaporizer is cleaned regularly to avoid the build-up of bacteria and contaminants in the machine. Be careful near hot pans and stove while breathing steam.


Sometimes, surgery is needed to remove the blockages in the nasal passages that contribute to frequent sinus infections. A procedure called balloon sinuplasty uses a balloon to enlarge the sinuses to allow them to drain more effectively.

These procedures require some time away from work or other activities. However, results can be very effective for those people who suffer from frequent sinus problems.


Many people who suffer from chronic sinus problems swear by the use of nasal irrigation to remove mucous and contaminants from the nasal cavities. The “Neti pot,” a small pot holding water that you tip into the nasal cavity to rinse out fluids is a very old method that is still in use today. Many people find that using a saline nasal spray helps with congestion and pain.

Applying warm cloths to the facial area can also provide good relief from pain and pressure. You may find that avoiding dairy products that thicken mucous helps with sinus congestion. Instead, drink plenty of clear fluids and avoid alcohol.

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