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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

Are Alternative Treatments a Good Idea for Sinusitis?

By December 31, 2012

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Are alternative treatments, specifically herbal supplements or homeopathy a good idea for the treatment of sinusitis? In many cases, no. While these treatments may be beneficial to those suffering from mild sinusitis there are forms of sinusitis which are so difficult to treat they require surgery.

Not only that, but studies have shown that sinusitis is often misdiagnosed by patients, making it that much more important to see a doctor. Chronic sinusitis can also permanently damage the tissues inside of the sinuses.

Most cases of sinusitis start out with a simple cold or a case of allergies. When the mucous membranes in the sinuses swell and create excess mucous they can become clogged. Cut off from air and unable to drain the sinuses become a breeding ground for germs. Sometimes antibiotic resistant bacteria or even fungi begin to grow and thrive. For some individuals the infection is so resistant that there is literally no way to cure it without sinus surgery.

For more information read:

How Can I Tell if I Have a Sinus Infection?

Causes of Sinusitis: Allergies

Causes of Sinusitis: Infections

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