Allergy & Sinus

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal. It may be a short term called acute inflammation or can be long term called chronic inflammation. Acute sinus is caused by a bacterial infection such as the common cold while chronic sinus is a condition that is complicated by allergies or the structural problem in the nose that affect quality of life.

Nasal sinuses are situated within the cheeks, behind and around the nose. Their main function is to warm and to filter air in the nasal cavity. They also play an important role to vocalize certain sounds. Blocked sinuses may be due to untreated colds, polyps or allergy and cause ache in the face. Blocked sinuses also offer an environment that favors the excess growth of bacteria.

Colds and untreated allergies are the main symptoms of developing sinusitis. Other factors that initiate sinusitis include crooked nasal anatomy, nasal polyps, excess smoking and overuse of decongestant nasal sprays.

The signs and symptoms of sinus depend on the level of severity of inflammation. Some of the common symptoms are green colored, thick mucus from the nose. Loss of sense of taste or smell, sore throat, coughing, bad breath, tiredness, high fever, facial congestion and pain, headache, toothache, post nasal drip, etc. Environmental factors can increase the symptoms of sinus such as tobacco, odors and smoke.

There are various medications available to treat sinus and its symptoms. They work by blocking the action of histamine, an artificial substance released in the body as an allergic reaction. Medications such as Zyrtec, Veramyst, Singulair, Peritol, Himalaya Haridra, Nasonex, Medrol, Flonase, Claritin, Clarinex, Atarax, Astelin, Allegra, Eurax Cream and Himalaya Tulasi are effective drugs used in the treatment of allergies and sinus.

It is always better to avoid things that cause allergy rather than treating its symptoms.