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Newport Beach Chiropractor: Your Sinusitis is Life Threatening

Posted Aug 02 2010 10:56am


In addition to being painful, a chronic sinusitis can be dangerous and in rare cases causes blindness or even death. You may have tried antibiotics for your sinus infection; unfortunately antibiotics also kill the helpful bacteria in your gastro-intestinal system and can cause a variety of other problems if taken frequently. Before your sinusitis becomes more than just a head and face pain, prevent it by getting your immune system healthy, and take preventative measures.

1. Get Steamy
Take a hot shower or better yet try a steam treatment to help rid you of the inflamed mucus. The steam you breathe can be enhanced with sinus-clearing essential oils. Try adding Eucalyptus, lavender, oregano or peppermint to a large bowl of steaming-hot water. Drape a towel over your head and the bowl, and breathe deeply for 10 minutes. If you are short on time, apply a warm wash cloth over your eyes and cheekbones for relief.

2. Flush the Sinuses
Use a neti pot (see photo above) to flush your nose and sinus cavities with a saline solution on a daily basis. Make sure you use a saline solution that does not contain preservatives otherwise it can impair your nasal function. To make your own preservative-free saline solution, add one table spoon of non-iodized salt to one pint of room temperature distilled water and rinse your sinuses with the neti pot twice a day.

4. Watch Your Diet
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables and staying away from sugar, dairy products, wheat, alcohol, and foods that can increase mucus inflammation is key in staying healthy. Take your natural anti-inflammatory supplements (e.g. fish oil). Try adding garlic, onions, horseradish, hot pepper and ginger to your dishes for a nose-opening experience! And don’t forget to drink plenty of hot herbal tea.

5. Killer Immune System
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you exercise, eat right and your nervous system is functioning properly, you shouldn’t be suffering from any aches, pains, or feel fatigue. Your brain controls everything and it communicates with all of your organs through the nervous system/spine. If you have an abnormal neck curve, you have a low resistance immune system, which in majority of cases does not show any symptoms. So get your immune system checked before it’s too late. Your chiropractor can help you increase your immune system and diminish those sinusitis symptoms. If you are local to Newport Beach or Orange County area, give us a call @ 949.387.1333. We may be able to help!

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