Causes, Treatment and Prevention
Causes, Treatment and Prevention
When the cold season arrives, cases of sinusitis (medically also known as rhinosinusitis) increase. Anyone who has ever had sinusitis knows how distressing the condition can be. Unpleasant pressure in the face, nasal congestion and headaches are just some of the annoying symptoms. But what to do about sinusitis and which home remedies really help? In this article, we will take a closer look at the topic: from the function of the sinuses, to the causes of sinusitis, to effective treatment options and prevention strategies.
What actually causes sinusitis? How can we treat an acute or chronic inflammation and what can we do to prevent it? And what contribution can FaceFormer therapy make in the prevention and acute treatment of sinusitis? This article aims to provide answers to all these questions.
The paranasal sinuses are air-filled spaces in the facial skull that are in direct contact with the nasal cavity. There are several of them: they include the frontal sinuses, ethmoidal cells, maxillary sinuses and sphenoidal sinuses. These anatomical structures are paired. Their existence and function are not yet fully understood from an evolutionary perspective. Some scientists assume that they serve as a resonance chamber for our voice, while others suspect them to be a kind of “airbag” for our brain skull. Regardless of their exact function, the paranasal sinuses are an integral part of our anatomy.
Until a few years ago, nitric oxide (NO) was considered merely an environmental toxin. But then it was discovered that it plays an extremely important role in the human body as a messenger substance.
Nitric oxide is naturally produced in the mucous membranes of the sinuses. With proper nasal breathing, it travels from there with the airflow to the lungs, where it performs important functions:
Nasal breathing therefore plays a central role. Habitual mouth breathing bypasses the nasal cavity. Nitric oxide then remains in the sinuses and cannot exert its effect. This is why it is so important to breathe correctly through the nose.
The question of causes is more complex than it seems at first glance. Rhinosinusitis can have various causes.
The main cause of sinusitis is usually a viral infection. The use of antibiotics is useless here, because the preparations attack only bacteria and remain ineffective against viruses.
In rare cases, bacteria are the trigger for inflamed sinuses. Only then is the use of antibiotics useful at all.
Inflamed sinuses, as with hay fever, can also be associated with allergic rhinitis as a reaction to allergens such as pollen.
Most people are affected by an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses at least once in the course of their lives. Although acute inflammation is usually not severe, it can still take eight to twelve weeks to subside.
During acute disease, the mucous membranes in the cavities are inflamed and swollen, which interferes with normal ventilation of the sinuses. However, this ventilation is important to keep the mucous membranes healthy and precisely to prevent inflammation.
Since antibiotics have no effect on viruses, proven home remedies are often the most suitable option for relief. Inhalation of warm steam with chamomile or similar remedies as well as nasal rinses are effective methods to relieve discomfort, contribute to improvement and can shorten the duration of the disease.
However, patients should be cautious with agents such as bromelain extracted from bromeliads or papain from the papaya fruit. Although these enzyme preparations are derived from natural sources, their efficacy has not been scientifically proven and they do not appear to show any significant effect. In the treatment of rhinosinusitis they may even cause harm.
Inhalation of warm steam with chamomile can effectively relieve discomfort.
Another important aspect when it comes to sinusitis is prevention. Correct nasal breathing plays a key role in this. Frequent or even constant mouth breathing can significantly increase the risk of rhinosinusitis and should therefore be avoided at all costs. An effective approach to preventing and treating sinusitis is therefore to improve nasal breathing. Appropriate nasal breathing training can reduce the risk of sinusitis.
Regular training with the FaceFormer helps to switch from mouth breathing to nasal breathing. Improved nasal breathing leads to optimized ventilation of the sinuses, which can prevent rhinosinusitis. FaceFormer therapy can be used not only for prevention but also for acute treatment of sinusitis. The training promotes the natural ventilation process of the paranasal sinuses and helps to relieve the symptoms of the disease.
Regular FaceFormer training promotes nasal breathing.
Although sinusitis is a common condition, there are effective methods to relieve its symptoms and prevent its occurrence. In addition to using familiar home remedies during acute illness, improving nasal breathing with FaceFormer therapy helps alleviate symptoms of pre-existing sinusitis. Regular FaceFormer training promotes nasal breathing and optimizes sinus ventilation. This succeeds in maintaining the health of your sinuses and preventing the risk of inflammation.
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