Millions of people are getting affected with sinusitis or sinus infection. Sinusitis can be both contagious and noncontagious. If the person is infected by virus then it is contagious and usually lasts for 7-8 days and if affected by bacteria then it is noncontagious and lasts for more than 10 days. Chronic sinusitis lasts for more than 3 months while acute sinusitis lasting for less than a month. Sinusitis is a very annoying disease as it makes nearly impossible for one to breathe properly and that there is no day when the person does not suffer from headaches.
What is Sinus and sinusitis?
Sinuses are hollow spaces within the bones of nasal cavity through which air flows. When it gets infected it leads to inflammation and swelling which further results in pain and mucus buildup. Usually, people often mistake sinusitis as common cold as the symptoms are almost the same but sinusitis lasts much longer than common cold. Symptoms of sinusitis are nose blockage, cough, fever, fatigue, headache around forehead and pain around face & eyes. Chronic sinusitis have further more symptoms like congestion of face, toothache, bad breath, extremely fatigued and runny nose.
What causes sinusitis at the first place?
We all have heard people saying that bacterial, fungal or viral infections leads to sinusitis but they are not aware of the fact that if our immune system would have been strong with plenty of antioxidants and nutrients then one would never get infected with sinusitis ever. The root cause of sinusitis is inflammation, and the root cause of inflammation is consumption of inflammatory foods like dairy products, processed foods and modern western diet. Milk is the major contributor of inflamed sinuses as it leads to increased production of mucus. Sugar and packaged fruit juices decreases the count of the white blood cells thus destroying our body’s ability to fight against infections. Refined flours and grains increases the production of mucus and salt promotes slow healing of inflammation.
How to treat sinusitis?
Usually, doctors prescribe antibiotics for treating sinusitis but this is leading to antibiotic resistance among people. Moreover, antibiotics just treat the symptoms and there is a huge chance that the trouble might come again soon. So, one should try changing their diet and the best diet for boosting one’s immune system, increasing the levels of antioxidants and nutrients in the body is plant based & nutrition dense diet. Plant based foods are anti-inflammatory in nature and thus reduces the inflammation and even reverses sinusitis.
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