Homeopathy for Sinusitis in children
Sinusitis in Children
Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses (the paranasal sinuses), which can be due to allergy, infection or autoimmune issues. In other words, whenever sinuses swell or becomes irritated, the infection is called sinusitis. Moreover, sinusitis is usually over diagnosed in children.
Acute: Acute sinusitis is usually precipitated by an earlier upper respiratory tract infection, generally of viral origin. It usually lasts in 7 to 10 days.
Chronic: Chronic sinusitis, lasts longer than 3 months and can be caused by many different diseases that share chronic inflammation of the sinuses as a common symptom. Often chronic sinusitis can cause anosmia, a reduced sense of smell.
Acute: Haemophilus influenzae was the most common bacterial agent to cause sinus infections. But now non-typable H. influenza (NTHI) are predominantly seen in clinics, as the introduction of the H. influenza type B (Hib) vaccine has dramatically decreased H. influenza type B infections.
Acute type of sinusitis can also result from fungal invasion. These infections are generally seen in patients with immune deficiencies (such as AIDS or transplant patients on immunosuppressive anti-rejection medications) and diabetes and can be life threatening.
Chronic: Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may include any combination of the following: nasal congestion, headache, facial pain, night-time coughing, general malaise, thick green or yellow discharge, an increase in previously minor or controlled asthma symptoms, feeling of facial 'fullness' or 'tightness' that may worsen when bending over, dizziness, aching teeth.
Headache/facial pain or pressure which is dull, constant or aching sort over the affected sinuses is common with both acute and chronic stages of sinusitis. This pain is normally localized to the involved sinus and may worsen when the affected person bends over or when lying down. Pain begins on one side of the head and progresses to both sides.
Factors which may predispose someone to developing sinusitis include: allergies, structural abnormalities, such as a deviated septum, small sinus ostia or a concha bullosa; nasal polyps; carrying the cystic fibrosis gene, though study is still tentative; and prior bouts of sinusitis, because each instance may result in increased inflammation of the nasal or sinus mucosa and potentially further narrowing the nasal passageways.
Both smoking and second hand smoke are associated with chronic rhinosinusitis.
The main cause of sinusitis is bacteria. The drainage system for the sinuses can get blocked and mucus can get trapped in the sinuses due to cold or allergy.
Pollution of smoke, air and any dust particle is also the main cause of sinusitis in children.
Trauma (injury to the nose). Chemical irritation can also trigger sinusitis, cigarette smoke and chlorine fumes also add to irritation. It may be caused by a tooth infection in rare cases.
Oral medicos provided by the consultant doctor helps in reducing sinusitis.
During winter, when the cold air outside and your heating system inside your home make the air abnormally dry, consider using a humidifier to keep home humidity at 45%-50% to reduce the chances of getting sinusitis.
Frequently hand washing of children will also prevent them from sinusitis.