Saline Sinus Rinses: What Good Are They? 1/4

I have been personally coping with allergic rhinitis from the age of 6 or so, and with recurrent and chronic sinusitis for at least 20 years now. Although I was fortunate that allergy desensitization (allergy shots), gave me great relief, somewhere around age 8, I am not completely symptom free. Antihistamines, the standard conventional treatment, were not much benefit. And I hate the side effects. So, about 10 years ago I began using the home remedy of nasal-sinus irrigation using a weak salt water (saline) concoction. This is a method of cleansing the nasal and sinus cavities.

8 Dangerous Complications of Sinusitis, But 3 That Can Kill

Complications of sinusitis are fortunately rare. Some of these complications can kill you. Some of them can leave you blind. What are the signs and symptoms? Which symptoms warrant medical attention RIGHT NOW?

Sinus Anatomy: The Cliff Notes

You may have fallen asleep while reading my post on Nasal and Sinus Anatomy yesterday.  Or more likely, you just clicked away somewhere else.  That’s understandable – that was a little too wordy (nearly 1,000 words), and a little too technical.  Lot’s of new vocabulary.  I was kinda hoping the pretty pictures might keep you […]

Nasal and Sinus Anatomy (and Histology)

The nose and sinuses are complex. Aside from looking beautiful, your child’s nose (and sinuses) acts as: air-conditioner, warming or cooling incoming air, and moisturizing it for the lungs, and an immune barrier against airborne microorganisms and pollutants. The complexity of this job is reflected in the complexity of the anatomy and histology of the nose and sinuses. Here is a review of how it all works together. WARNING: Long, technical post. But it will help you care for your child’s nose, sinuses, etc.

3 Year Old Boy Hospitalized For Severe Sinusitis: Simple Cure

There are good scientific studies that have evaluated the efficacy of saline sinus rinses. But seeing is believing. At a time when I was only sporadically doing my own sinus rinses (have I mentioned how I detest doing them?), a distant children’s hospital asked me to help them treat a seriously ill little boy, who was hospitalized with sinusitis. Here is what I recommended. Here is how it turned out …

What to Look for in a Humidifier: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

A dry nose leads to 2 things: nose bleeds, and sinusitis. In order to avoid nose bleeds and sinusitis, the lining of your nose needs to stay moist. Keep those cilia happy! That’s where your humidifier comes in. There are many choices, but only 1 great choice…

6 Impressive Facts About Allergic Rhinitis

Nearly half of our children will be affected by allergic rhinitis. A simple stuffy nose can lead to missing school, lots of doctor visits, and worse – sinusitis and obstructive sleep apnea. Here are the facts and numbers.

STOP BREATHING: Your Air Is Killing You (and what to do about it)

We Americans spend nearly 90% of our time indoors. We take for granted that our indoor air quality is safe. Certainly, our air quality indoors is better than that polluted stuff outside. Isn’t it? Wrong. The EPA says that air pollution indoors may be 100 times higher than outdoors. So unless you can stop breathing, here are 8 simple tips to keep your air from killing you.

What is Sinusitis ?

Strictly speaking, sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses ― air-filled cavities in the skull and facial skeleton. Sinusitis often follows infection in the nose (virus, bacteria, or mold), or inflammation in the nose (rhinitis) from some other cause, such as from allergies – allergic rhinitis. Here are the details, with figures.
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