Paediatric Sinusitis – Part 3 (What are the symptoms and who is more likely to develop Paediatric Sinusitis?)

May 2, 2014

What are the symptoms of Paediatric Sinusitis?

Symptoms in children tend to be more pronounced than those of adults.

  • A runny nose with colored nasal mucus. Mucus may be yellow or green and can even be clear in color. Mucus drains in large amounts.
  • Coughing, a sore throat and bad breath (halitosis) with accompanying post nasal drip or mucus running down the back of the throat.
  • A fever or increase in body temperature.
  • Lethargy
  • Facial pain (usually occurs only in children older than 5) and swelling in certain areas such as around the eyes and cheeks may occur. Headaches may also be present.
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms that last for more than two weeks / 14 days.
  • Vomiting and nausea or even an upset stomach
  • A foul odor emanating from the nasal passages.

 

Symptoms vary depending on the level of sinusitis a child has:

 

Acute Sinusitis

Sub-acute

Chronic Sinusitis

Recurrent Sinusitis

  • Lasts for over two weeks
  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Rhinitis or a runny nose
  • A fever
  • Ear infections or otitis media (middle ear infection)
  • Pain in the forehead region or headaches
  • Symptoms similar to those of a cold or flu are experienced.
  • Inflammation, swelling and discomfort felt for 1 to 1 ½ months.
  • Yellow, cloudy or colored nasal mucus.
  • Symptoms of acute sinusitis are present.
  • Sinusitis that has lasted for over 2 months.
  • Yellow or green nasal mucus.
  • All symptoms of acute sinusitis are present.
  • Sinusitis that has progressed on and off for a period of 1 year.
  • Persistent coughing
  • Recurrent Sinus infections over a period of time.
  • All symptoms of acute sinusitis are present.

Who is more likely to develop Paediatric Sinusitis?

Paediatric sinusitis is not more prevalent with regards to race, sex and age.

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Paediatric Sinusitis – Part 2 (What causes Paediatric Sinusitis?)

January 14, 2014

 

What causes Paediatric Sinusitis?

 

Causes
 
Viruses
Viral infections are one of the main causes of upper respiratory tract infections as these can be spread easily from one person to another via contact with an infected person. This also means that it becomes difficult for one to regulate a child’s interaction especially during day care as they often come into direct contact with other children. There is no definite cure currently available for viral infections.
Bacterial Infections
Staphylococcus Areaus is a common bacterium known to cause sinus infections. Bacterial infections are usually treatable with antibiotics.
Gastro Oesophageal Reflux (GERD)
Any reflux of stomach acids from a child’s stomach rising up the oesophagus can cause severe irritation of the tube linings close to the throat or naso-pharynx. This can result in the development of more mucus flowing down the posterior nares and increases the incidence of mucus production and post-nasal drip.
Certain environmental items
Tobacco smoke and pollutants in the air can increase a child’s susceptibility to developing sinusitis.
Immune Deficiency
A child’s immune system is immature up until the age of seven. This makes a child more susceptible to developing sinus infections.
Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary condition. Children born with cystic fibrosis experience thick, mucus secretions that are sticky and difficult to dislodge. This thick nasal mucus can build-up in the digestive tract and lungs. Cystic fibrosis  is a life threatening condition in young children and can lead to chronic lung disease. Children with cystic fibrosis are also more likely to develop multiple sinus conditions over their lifetime.
A deviated nasal septum
A child can be born with a deviated nasal septum. This is an anatomical defect which in most cases does not cause further problems. In some cases the deviation can be so pronounced that it prevents effective mucus drainage.
Diseased Haller cells
Haller cells can occur in the maxillary sinus cavities and are a variant of ethmoidal air cells. When these become diseased, they grow causing an obstruction in the sinus cavities as well as cause a narrowing of the exit ways for mucus to drain from the sinus cavities.
Cilia Disorders or damage
Disorders affecting the cilia result in impaired mucus transportation and removal from the nasal passages and sinus cavities. The mucus that is not removed from the sinus cavities and nasal passages is allowed to stagnant and dry-out resulting in the development of acute sinus infections. One such disorder is known as immotile cilia syndrome.
Immunoglobulin levels
Tests for Immunoglobulin-E are not performed on children younger than three years of age due to them not being reliable at this age. Immunoglobulin tests are performed to determine if allergies are present.
Nasal Polyp Formation
The development of a non-cancerous growths or nasal polyps is very rare in children. Should your child develop a nasal polyp please have him or her tested for Cystic Fibrosis.
Allergic Rhinitis / Asthma
Allergic Rhinitis causes an increase in mucus production by the mucus membrane linings in the nasal passages and sinus cavities. Rhinitis is very common in children suffering with asthma (allergic or non-allergic). This can lead to post nasal drip and upper respiratory tract infections in children if not treated in a timely manner.
Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
Studies have found that there is a higher incidence of allergic fungal sinusitis in children when compared to adults. Allergic fungal sinusitis is an allergic reaction caused by fungi or mold. Fungi and mold are airborne and are therefore easily able to enter the sinus cavities and nasal passages. Fungal allergies are highly resilient and are why treatment should be sought immediately to prevent a further spread of fungal spores. Aspergillus is one of the main culprits of allergic fungal sinusitis in children. Blocked nasal passages, post nasal drip, headaches, excessive rhinorrhoea and a foul smell emanating from the nasal passages may be experienced. A combination of antihistamines, immunotherapy, corticosteroids and antifungal medications may be prescribed.
Rhino-Sinusitis
Any inflammation or swelling of the sinus cavities (may be caused by an allergy, infection or even an autoimmune disease) and can result in an irritation or swelling of the membrane linings. Any increase in membrane swelling results in a decrease in drainage space, allowing for the accumulation and build-up of excess nasal mucus.
Concha bullosa, (aerated middle turbinate)
Concha bullosa is an air filled cavity within the middle turbinate. In certain circumstances, a large air pocket may form within the turbinate causing it to bulge to one side. This can in turn result in a smaller nasal passage through which mucus can drain resulting in an accumulation and build-up of nasal mucus.

SINUSITIS

October 4, 2013

SINUSITIS- occurs when the small, air filled spaces inside the cheekbones and forehead become inflamed due to bacterial or viral infection. This can occur in two forms; namely acute or chronic sinusitis.

  • Acute sinusitis is when the infection only lasts for a week or a few days or up to 12 weeks. While some people will only experience its symptoms once or twice in their life time, many people experience it more frequently.
  • Chronic sinusitis is the kind of sinusitis that last longer than 12 weeks, meaning that the symptoms become more agonizing and aggressive as time goes by.

The causes of Sinusitis

  • Mucus build-up in the sinuses is known to prolong the infection which is then likely to lead to chronic sinusitis.
  • Inhaling or sniffing substances that irritate the lining of the nose.
  • Dental infections that spreads from an infected tooth to a maxillary sinus.
  • Colds and flu caused by bacteria or virus which spreads to the sinuses.
  • Weak immune system leaves one vulnerable to any infection
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy can trigger nasal inflammation.
  • Asthma, smoking, diabetes, and previous injuries to the nose or cheeks.

Symptoms of Sinusitis

  • Feeling either facial pain or fullness
  • Having green or yellow discharge
  • Lack of sense of smell
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Halitosis
  • Rhinitis
  • Pressure and Headaches

 

How to treat Sinusitis?

Having identified the symptoms and an examination done, your doctor will provide a diagnosis in order to conclude on the underlying problem causing your sinusitis.

Homeopathic remedy can and has provided the most effective relief from sinusitis symptoms. http://www.sinuswars.com/sinusitis.asp


Those nasty sinus headaches!

July 7, 2010

Headaches!Extreme headaches, tenderness under and over your eyes, blurry vision or a pain in your head that feels worse when you bend are typical signs of a sinus headache. Many of us suffer with these symptoms and don’t know how to deal with them! We cannot concentrate at work, we feel miserable at home, headache tablets don’t help and decongestants only relieve symptoms temporarily!

What causes a sinus headache?

Sinus headaches are caused mainly by inflammation and blockages in your sinus cavities due to allergies, irritants, colds and sinusitis. Weather changes, change of season, pollution, tobacco smoke and dry air can also cause sinus headaches.

Your sinus cavities are bony air spaces in your forehead, behind your eyes and in your cheekbones that all connect to your nose. These cavities have a lining that produces mucus, which normally drains through the small openings to the nose. Colds and allergies cause the tissue that lines the sinuses to swell and produce excess mucus. This usually blocks the openings of your sinuses. When the sinus cavities are blocked, they may become congested and even infected therefore a headache occurs.

How do I know if I have a sinus headache?

Any of the following symptoms can indicate a sinus headache:

* A heavy forehead feeling that makes you feel dreary

* Pain that starts from the eyes and move towards the temple area

* Pain that seem to start from the back of the head and then cause a frontal headache

* Neck and shoulder pains that spread toward the head

* Pain in the temples spreading to the ear and nose

* If pressure is applied to the area around the eyes, cheeks or forehead…it aches

* A toothache like pain in the upper jaw

* Blurry vision caused by intense headaches

* A headache that pains more when you move your head

* Actions such as bending your head, coughing, exercising or blowing your nose that makes your headache feel worse

* A swollen, red face

* Congestion and stuffiness

* Exhaustion

If you are experiencing extreme headaches that occur unexpectedly or sudden-frequent headaches you could be suffering from migraines or cluster headaches and should consult your doctor.

How can I treat my sinus headaches efficiently and effectively?

SinusWars has two remedies that work fast to relieve sinus headaches efficiently and effectively. They are prepared homeopathically which makes them totally natural with no side effects. This also means that they treat the underlying conditions of your sinus problem.

SinusWars9

If you suffer from any sinus headache than you need the Headache Warrior – SinusWars9! This remedy treats all the symptoms of a sinus headache and helps get rid of pain, pressure, sinus infections and congestion for long term relief.

SinusWars10

SinusWars10 is our very own natural nasal spray. This remedy has no side effects like other nasal sprays and can be used by anyone over the age of 7 years. The SinusWars10 nasal spray will help to instantly releive sinus headaches as well as get rid of any irriatants, pressure, congestion or allergies that may be aggrevating these headaches.

The great thing about these remedies is that they can be used together to combat all types of headaches. The SinusWars9 and SinusWars10 remedies will decongest your sinuses by draining the mucus, relieving the pressure and reducing the inflammation to treat those sinus headaches.     Click here to see the sinus headaches remedies.

How can I make sure that I am taking the correct remedies for my specific symptoms?

At SinusWars.com you can determine what type of sinus problem you have and the right remedy treatment by asking our sinus experts with the help of our SinusRemedyFinder.

All you have to do is fill in the form and send your symptoms to us. Your symptoms will be sent to one of our highly trained sinus consultants who will reply to you within 12 hours with a free personalized report.

Just another way SinusWars is trying to fight the war against Sinusitis!

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