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New British study has shown that antibiotics, the common prescription of doctors for sinus infections, may not help to cure sinusitis. In this new study, people who were suffering from sinus infection symptoms including runny nose with green or yellow mucus, generally got better in about two weeks whether or not they took antibiotics or not.



  • Antibiotics such as Amoxicillin are some of the most commonly prescribed medicines for sinus infections.
  • The current view that antibiotics are the most effective way to combat a common sinus infection can now effectively be challenged.
  • The study appears in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association.



1999, the Mayo Clinic performed a study that found that most cases of chronic sinus infections, those lasting longer than 2 weeks and can last months or years, are caused by an immune system response to fungus and not by bacteria. This new study seems to confirm in some ways the finding of the Mayo study.

Physicians may now start to focus on other sinus infection remedies such as steam inhalation, or natural sinus infection sprays to treat the symptoms of a sinus infection. Saying that all that is written here is all there is on Sinus Infection Remedies would be an understatement. Very much more has to be learnt and propagated bout Sinus Infection Remedies. Wink


During the study, researchers also treated a group of sinus sufferers with common steroid sprays and the results were the same as those for antibiotics. Idea


Since antibiotics are only effective against bacteria, this would make perfect sense why many chronic and acute sinus infections do not respond to the common antibiotics that doctors so often prescribe. We hope you develop a better understanding of Cure Sinusitis on completion of this article on Cure Sinusitis. Only if the article is understood is it's benefit reached. Shocked



  • You're feeling awful.
  • Your teeth are hurting and you have a fever.
  • Your headache is getting worse and it won't stop.
  • You feel like you might be coming down with a cold or the flu again.



So what are some of the common sinus infection symptoms anyway? The following list is not all-inclusive, but it is pretty close: Headache Fever Weakness or fatigue Cough Upper jaw and tooth ache Tenderness around the nose, forehead and cheeks Swelling and pressure around the eyes Ear ache and infection Runny nose Nasal congestion It is with much interest that we got about to write on Sinuses. So we do hope that you too read this article with the same, if not more interest!

The Only Question is, What Do You Have?

Is it a cold? Is it the Flu? Or do you have a sinus infection? It may sound strange, but many symptoms of the common cold or flu are also symptoms of an equally alarming infection of the sinuses. A rolling stone gathers no moss. So if I just go on writing, and you don't understand, then it is of no use of me writing about Sinuses! Whatever written should be understandable by the reader.

Your doctor will be able to give you an examination where he or she can listen to your symptoms and perform a physical examination on you. In some cases it may be necessary to have you undergo an MRI or a CAT Scan or possibly take some X-rays to determine what is happening inside your sinus cavities. We were actually wondering how to get about to writing about Sinus Infection Symptoms. However once we started writing, the words just seemed to flow continuously!

Sinus Infections are Also Called Sinusitis

Sinus draining in throat inflammation or infection of the sinus cavities. It is estimated that in the United States alone, more than 30 million people are affected by sinus infections each year. The worldwide figure is surely much larger than this.

You have any or a multitude of these symptoms, you may indeed have a sinus infection. It would be highly advisable to see your doctor right away to get a proper diagnosis of your actual condition. Do not judge a book by its cover; so don't just scan through this matter on Sinus. read it thoroughly to judge its value and importance.

Sinuses are air pockets in our skull and even small children have these cavities in their skulls. Sinus headache is caused when there is an infection in the sinus cavities either due to some microbes like virus or bacteria or even fungus or because of an allergic attack. How to get rid of sinus headache is all about making the symptoms of the sinusitis to subside!

Three years ago, one of my friends had got a very severe sinusitis. He went to the doctor and the headache was so appalling that the only thing he could ask the doctor was how to get rid of sinus headache. The doctor smiled and said it depends upon the type of your sinusitis and if it is because of sinusitis at all. We also need to ensure before rushing in for medication and tablets that whether the headache is because of sinusitis or not.

A preliminary diagnosis suggests that the sinusitis is because of an infection then to get rid of sinus headache, one should start taking some anti-biotics. How to know if it is an infection is not very difficult. All that one needs to do is to examine the color of phlegm and if it is yellow and green then most probably one needs an anti-biotic. Anti-biotics also makes the symptoms of the bodily reaction to the infection to subside, which is the main cause of discomfort to the patient. Very Happy.

To get rid of sinus headache one should think how to clear the nasal passage and sinus exits, which get blocked by the mucus. Inhaling steam not only soothes the pain in the nasal passages but also provides humidity that is very much essential to clear the excess mucus. Embarassed



  • Some of the things in vogue to get rid of sinus headache are applying vaporizers or balms on the fore head, taking painkillers etc.
  • How is it that while sometimes sinus leads to headache but not always is also very important to know?
  • It depends upon the sinuses affected and the kind and the extent of infection and the severity with which the body has responded to it.
  • It is of no use thinking that you know everything, when in reality, you don't know anything!
  • It is only because we knew so much about Severe Sinusitis that we got down to writing about it!



Modern Living, Complex Health Problems

In our post-modern industrial polluted stress-filled bad-diet culture, no one's health is simple. We are plagued by complex long-term illnesses like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, AIDS, 10 ways to avoid sinus problems... it may seem weird to you that I include sinus infections, but the root causes of sinus trouble can be quite complicated... Especially if they are long-term.


Signs and Symptoms of Acute Sinusitis





Mold, Fungus, and Sick Buildings

And we can't forget about mold! While some people appear to be more sensitive than others, fungus can cause fungal sinusitis. This gets into the whole 'sick-building' topic... Mold can grow in the walls of houses and offices, and is not always easy to detect. Wink

Sinus Infection Causes

Sinus problems can be caused by many things- you have to think about environmental and food allergies (allergic sinusitis), chronic sinus infection, and chronic colds. Without more information, it's hard to be specific. Sinusitis often develops after colds, and can become a chronic problem. The sinuses are very small... one of our weak points, especially for people with weakened immune systems or in the presence of irritants (once again, pollution, allergens, etc.)... she probably asked about the farms and pesticides while she was thinking about the cause of your chronic sinusitis. Surprised.

Physicians have over-prescribed antibiotics for years... they know it, there have been studies that show it, and as a profession they've moved away from that. But people still want to leave the doctor's office with a prescription, a magic-bullet. Of course, sometimes the issue is which antibiotic is the most appropriate one. They don't all work for everything. Even the beginner will get to learn more about Sinus Inflammation after reading this article. It is written in easy language so that everyone will be able to understand it. Wink

Antibiotic Overuse Problems

I hate to say it (because antibiotics are so great in some situations, and so popular overall), but antibiotics can complicate things even further - there are conditions that do not respond to them... and there are many situations in which they are not even indicated. Using our imagination has helped us create a wonderful article on Sinusitis Symptoms. Being imaginative is indeed very important when writing about Sinusitis Symptoms!

Serious Causes of Sinusitis, and Serious Solutions

For those with chronic sinusitis, tests need to be done to rule out the serious things. Sinusitis can be just a simple end-of-your-cold complication, but it can also show up as part of: nasal tumors, fungal infections, and HIV or other immunodeficiency. What about the sinusitis surgery? It works from 50-93% of the time... so it can be a great help if you're sick and tired of it, and nothing else has worked. but it's also a super-painful process! I would see an herbalist first. Suppressing our knowledge on Chronic Sinus Infection is not our intention here. In fact, we mean to let everyone know more about Chronic Sinus Infection after reading this! Surprised.

Brian is the author of "Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind:How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure." (http://www.pulsemed.org/bookpreview.htm)

Decongestant Side Effects

Decongestants are often prescribed. They work by drying you out. Unfortunately, they don't just dry the mucus. Long-term use of decongestants can lead to other problems, like the dry or heat types of sinus inflammation. This is a dependable source of information on Sinus Infections. All that has to be done to verify its authenticity is to read it!

Sinus Infection Symptoms

The classic acute sinusitis symptoms are nasal congestion, green nasal phlegm, facial/dental pain, eye pain, headache, and a cough at night. Some patients also complain of fever, feeling ill, bad breath and a sore throat. Chronic sinusitis is more difficult to diagnose. You can have the same symptoms above in a milder form. Chronic means long-term; it's not usually thought of as chronic unless it's been going on for 2 months or more.

Antibiotic Side Effects

When They're Wrong If the sinusitis hasn't responded to antibiotics, then either the wrong ones were prescribed, or you need to try another kind of treatment. Chinese Herbal Medicine can address the full spectrum of complaints and causes; we often treat the conditions which are not responding sinusitis prevention and treatment like antibiotics. A woman wrote me about how antibiotics weren't solving her diarrhea problem- this can happen when the disease is cold in nature. Antibiotics are cold and bitter; these qualities help it fight the dampness and heat of bacterial infections. But they are more of the same damage when the disease is cold or deficient in nature. Acupuncture and moxibustion (the warming of acupuncture points) can also be effective; some people respond very quickly... results vary depending upon a number of factors (the acupuncturist's education, accuracy of diagnosis, frequency of treatment, and patient compliance with diet and lifestyle suggestions). We have avoided adding flimsy points on Chronic Sinusitis, as we find that the addition of such points have no effect on Chronic Sinusitis.

Cold and Deficient

If the mucus is clear or white, then it is more likely cold in nature. That fits with a Spleen-system deficiency and dampness. That would fit with the pulse she felt. You would have lowered appetite, feel fatigued, have loose stool, and possibly feel cold easily. Antibiotics wouldn't help here, and could even make things worse.



  • This is why, in Chinese Medicine, we always balance an herb with other herbs- if we are drying the phlegm, we also moisten at the same time.
  • Moisture helps the sinuses drain- you remember that Crocodile-Dundee-put-your-head-under-the-steaming-pot-thing?
  • Likewise, there are chinese herbs whose function it is to moisten and transform phlegm. Very Happy



When we talk of sinus cold we mean that cold along with sinus infection. Or the sinuses infected due to the cold attack. If you ask 'how to get rid of a sinus cold?' I would like to answer you some remedies but before that its necessary that we realize the problem and find effective treatments for it. Lets make a systematic approach to understand the problem and find out various treatments for all the symptoms associated with sinus cold. Shocked

Your question 'How to get rid of a sinus cold?' has some complex angles. Its asking both the treatment of cold and sinus? Now usually sinus infections are caused due to bacteria or other problems. But during cold you have viral infections. And hence along with cold symptoms you will also suffer from sinusitis symptoms. The overall treatment of this condition depends on the nature of symptoms. If its cold there is no use of taking antibiotics for your sinus, because you have viral attack and due to cold the sinuses have been some how infected. But to get rid of nasal congestion and other pain due to sinusitis the doctors may prescribe decongestants and inflammatory drugs like corticosteroids.



  • The answers to the question, 'How to get rid of a sinus cold?' and contradiction can be found more easily within home.
  • You can take hot tea, lemon juice, hot water bath, inhalation of eucalyptus oil vapors in hot water and many more to cure your cold sinusitis.



Another Prominent Attack During Cold is Headache

In sever pain one becomes restlessness and asks, 'How to get rid of a sinus cold and headache?'. The headache can be treated with over the counter medications (analgesics like aspirin). Since they are chemical filled drugs try to avoid them till you feel that you cannot control more or the home therapeutic treatments like hot pat, rest and hot beverages are not giving any kind of relief. We had at first written a rough assignment on Sinus Treatments. Then after a few improvisions and enhancements here and there, we have ended up with this end product. Laughing



  • Your question, "How to get rid of a sinus cold?" has to deal with symptoms like like running nose, head ache, inflammation and alike.
  • To get rid of running nose one off course cannot help that much because there are practically no medications to stop running nose.
  • But you can prefer taking food which help in thickening mucuses like wheat, milk, cheese and others.
  • Cold sinusitis may be treated with medications by doctors but you can also treat the ailment in your home.
  • The curing process by home treatments are found to be more effective than normal medications.
  • Here things become contradictory.
  • For cold it becomes essential to thicken your mucus while for sinus it is necessary to thin your mucus.



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