A constant stuffy nose or a cough which keeps you up all night are symptoms of sinus inflammation. If the infection is persistent, then it is chronic sinusitis. Other common signs of this health condition are:
- Persistent pain on the forehead, around the eyes, cheeks, nose, upper jaw;
- Dizziness or extreme nausea;
- Bad breath;
- Postnasal drip.
Patients are usually prescribed antibiotics; however, they can be the reason for the pain because inflamed sinuses lead to biofilms. They are actually pathogen clumps that are involved in 80% of infections. Oral antibiotics fail to treat them. One of the most persistent and difficult to treat is candida albicans and it creates a slimy coating which is hard to penetrate.
Antibiotics are not able to differentiate between good and bad bacteria in the body, thus they form an environment where candida yeast develops uncontrollably and harms the body. Moreover, the antibiotics destroy the natural balance of pH in the body, leading to weakened immunity, thus creating a perfect condition for multiplication of yeasts and harmful bacteria. This may cause further issues like indigestion, urinary and vaginal issues, fatigue, sore and bleeding gums, skin rashes, and thrush (white patches found in the mouth and the throat).
Most often, candida yeast occurs among women who have given birth, after they have used antibiotics or estrogen, and/or consume diet rich in sugar.
How to prevent yeast overgrowth?
It is very significant to destroy the yeast which is actually the main reason for chronic sinusitis. For that reason you have to consume healthy fats, vegetables, and more protein (free range meat, organic beans, wild fish, etc.). The intake of unhealthy sugars and high-glycemic carbs, especially grains with yeast or molds need to be eliminated from your diet. Moreover, grins, wheat, corn, and peanuts have to be eliminated from the diet as well because they are the most risky ones for fungal contamination.
A research from South Korea found out that pumpkin seeds have a possible antifungal protein which inhibits yeast infection such as candida. The protein is known as Pr-2 and is able to prevent fungal attack.
There is caprylic acid in coconut oil and it has strong antifungal activity for the digestive tract because it is able to regulate the overgrowth of yeast without harming the organs, especially liver, unlike the drug nystatin.
A very powerful antimicrobial is olive leaf extract. You will have to take care of your digestive tract and eat sufficient amounts of probiotics and prebiotics.
How to clean the sinuses out?
Salt is a great thing which will help you in treating sinus issues as it provides better results than antibiotics. Just take a cup of warm water (heat it in a pot and let it cool, do not take it from the tap as it can be full of things you will not want to use in your sinus area), mix ½ a teaspoon of ground pink Himalayan salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Use a sterile eye dropper or a neti pot and apply it.
Aromatherapy oils are also good as they have antifungal properties, providing amazing health benefits while the steam will effectively clean out the sinuses. You can use oregano, tea tree, eucalyptus, r thyme in a room diffuser or add couple of drops of it in your bath.
Follow these tips and say goodbye to sinus issues.