Sinusitis (sinus infection) is common and can be acute (lasting up to 4 weeks) or chronic (lasting up to three months and lingering for years). The problem is that many people who have sinusitis often use treatments that aren’t entirely effective. As such, we wanted to take a look at some of the treatments available—from medicines to home remedies to laser treatments from licensed chiropractors—so you can determine what may be the best route for you.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissue that lines the small sinus cavities in the skull. Normally filled with air, these cavities also make mucus to keep the nasal passages clear of allergens and pollutants. When inflammation (or swelling) blocks off the sinuses, they trap mucus and air inside them, which can cause pain and pressure and sometimes lead to a bacterial infection that creates sinusitis.
In general, sinusitis results in facial pressure and pain; thick, discolored mucus; and congestion. Acute sinusitis usually happens from a cold or allergies. Chronic sinusitis can happen from year-round allergies, a weak immune system, frequent colds, and smoking, or it could be problems with your nasal passage structure or nasal polyp growths that prevent the sinuses from draining normally.
For treating sinusitis, the key is figuring out the cause and can be a combination of approaches. If your symptoms have lasted more than 10 days, consult with a doctor to figure out what’s causing the problem.
Medical Treatments. Following are some common medicines your doctor may prescribe, depending on the cause.
While medicines and surgery may help, sometimes sinusitis can resolve on its own or with simple home remedies and preventative measures.
Several foods, herbs, and drinks help you recover or maintain good nasal health.
Essential oils like eucalyptus, oregano, and peppermint also can be highly effective in naturally opening the sinuses, clearing mucus, and eliminating infection. Diffuse them into the air for breathing or rub one drop (of food-grade oil) on the roof of the mouth then drink water.
While home and natural remedies may do the trick for some people, sometimes nothing seems to help. Luckily there is a way chiropractors can help.
“We have found the best treatment for sinus congestion and sinusitis is the MLS Laser,” says Dr. Rick Gross of Quality Care Chiropractic. “We see 20–80 percent relief within six minutes of the treatment. People feel their sinuses draining and can breathe so much better after getting the laser treatment.”
In addition, the MLS Laser treatment also can treat other sinus-related issues.
Dr. Gross concludes, “If people are regularly taking medications or considering surgery because of their sinus problems, I would highly recommend trying MLS Laser. It’s noninvasive, has no side effects, and is a completely pain-free procedure. Being a cold laser, it produces no heat, so the patient does not really feel anything during the treatment.”
So, if you have any questions about sinus pain and ailments, try some of these treatments. But if you’re wondering whether the MLS Laser might be the treatment for you, contact us at Quality Care Chiropractic in Aurora, IL, at (630) 499-2225 to learn more so we can help get you back to whole-body health.Schedule an Appointment