Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis – A Killer in Itself

December 10, 2012

thrombosis_cavernous_sinusAn eye, nose, tooth or throat infection left untreated has the potential to spread to the sinus veins located behind the eyes causing blood clots which have the potential to become fatal. This is what happened in 2006 with a 17 year old dying from this condition.

Surgeons have however noted that this condition is rare and research is still underway to find out why the infection spreads to the sinus veins behind the eyes.

Other signs of Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis include a loss of vision, bulging eyes, headaches  and a swelling of the conjunctiva, symptoms not uncommon with sinus infections.

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Sinusitis In Pets

January 10, 2011

Sinusitis not only affects humans but can have a negative impact on our fury-loved ones as well. It is an inflammatory condition affecting the sinus cavities and nasal passages, which then results in an infection.

Why do pets and humans have sinus cavities?

The sinus cavities are covered with membrane linings that produce mucus. These cavities play an important role as they keep our noses moist, filter the air we breathe and lighten the weight of our heads. Without these cavities, your head will be so heavy; it would be difficult just keeping it up!

There are slight differences in the skulls of humans, cats and dogs BUT they all work in the same way, and when they become infected, are impaired in the same way too!

Let’s compare the skulls of pets and humans:

The sinus cavities in humans and pets are named according to the bones that cover them. There are four pairs of sinus cavities.

Here is the skull of a human being, clearly showing the Frontal, Sphenoid, Maxilla and Ethmoid bones. Under these bones lie the Frontal, Sphenoidal, Maxillary and Ethmoidal sinus cavities.

This shows the sinus bones (Frontal, Sphenoid and Maxilla) and other prominent features of a dog’s skull.

This is a cat’s skull showing the Ethmoid, Frontal and Maxilla bones.

Causes of sinusitis

Sinusitis in humans Sinusitis in pets
Bacterial and viral (colds/flu) infections are the common cause of sinus infections. Bacterial, viral and fungal infections are the common cause of sinus infections.
Sinusitis is also caused by allergies, dental trauma/tooth decay and other respiratory infections. Allergies and other respiratory infections can make your pet more susceptible to a sinus infection.
Fungal infections are more prevalent in people who have immune suppressant illnesses. (AIDS, leukemia, diabetes) Tooth infections

While breathing your pet may inhale airborne bacteria, viruses or fungi. These germs then settle and multiply in the sinus cavities. Just like humans, the animal’s body will also produce more mucus to flush germs out of the sinuses, causing the mucus membranes to swell. This inflammation blocks the sinus cavity openings and allows bacteria to grow within these cavities, resulting in a sinus infection. (If your pet has allergies or other respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis or laryngitis these conditions can make your pet more prone to sinus infections). 

Sinusitis in cats and dogs can also be caused by tooth infections. If your dog/cat has a chipped or broken tooth (especially the molar teeth), bacteria can get into its hollow cavity and cause an infection. If this infection is not treated, it can move up through the root of the tooth into the maxillary sinuses (the airspaces on both sides of your pets’ nose, above the upper jaw) and develop a sinus infection. This can also occur in humans.

How will I know if my dog or cat has sinusitis?

People have special bonds with their pets. If your dog/cat behaves, reacts or responds out of character, or if you become aware that something is amiss don’t hesitate to take your loved one to the Vet.

You can also look for sinusitis symptoms, which can be seen as:

  • Coughing
  • Chocking or gagging
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose (lots of mucus from nose)
  • White discharge in corners of eyes
  • Post nasal drip
  • Loss of appetite which may be caused by your pet not having any sense of smell and taste.

If your pet exhibits any of the symptoms (above) for the first time, it is advisable that you take them to the Vet to get a diagnosis.

 Treatment

Sinusitis in pets is definitely not the end. No more worries and pain! There is a solution because SinusWars LLC have done it again! Not only do SinusWars products help with sinusitis problems in babies, toddlers, teenagers and adults but they also treat sinusitis and sinus related problems that pets encounter!

Don’t let your precious friend suffer with sinus infections any longer! There is a safe, natural solution. Here are a few SinusWars products, each designed to treat a specific problem:

These products are safe, effective, non-addictive, reliable, natural and best of all have NO side effects. SinusWars products treat the underlying causes of the conditions giving you or your pet long-term relief.

For more information, visit our site today on www.sinuswars.com. If you still not sure what remedy to use, simply click on the Remedy Finder tool. Our SinusWarriors (trained experts) are waiting to give their expert advice to you! Get a reply within 48 hours, it’s that easy!

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Sinusitis and viruses

April 23, 2010

Viral Infections

Viral infections like colds and flu’s are miserable and distressful. They cause one to feel weak, achy and ill. Viral infections mainly affect the respiratory tract (nose, sinus cavities, throat, larynx, trachea and lungs) and if this infection is left untreated, it can cause complications such as postnasal drip, ear infections and sinusitis.

Viruses cause colds and flu’s

When one has a cold or flu, the virus attacks red blood cells in the mucus membrane linings in the respiratory tract. These infected red blood cells then emit an alarm signal that calls up specialized white blood cells to fight the viruses. The immune chemicals produced by the white blood cells to fight the viruses cause swelling, inflammation and an increase in mucus production (the symptoms of a cold/flu).

Sinusitis

Untreated colds and flu’s lead to sinusitis

Sinusitis is the inflammation and infection of the sinus cavities. We now know that when we have a cold/flu our mucus membranes become swollen and inflamed, resulting in more mucus production to flush the virus away. How can this cause complications?

When the mucus membrane linings in the sinus cavities and nasal passages are inflamed and swollen, it blocks the sinus openings and does not allow mucus to drain. Stagnant mucus is a perfect place for bacteria to grow causing one to have a sinus infection.

What are the symptoms of a viral infection and a sinus infection?

How do you know if you have a viral or sinus infection? Here are some of the symptoms you may experience:

VIRAL INFECTION SINUS INFECTION
sneezing colds that do not respond to medication
runny nose facial swelling
sinus inflammation low grade fever
mouth breathing postnasal drip
sore throat congestion
headaches runny nose
coughing persistent cold/flu
fever bad breath
aching muscles ear infection
fatigue/tiredness loss of smell
heavy breathing headaches

Treatment

The best way to avoid a viral infection is for you to get vaccinated. Sinus infections can be avoided if you treat colds and flu’s before they cause complications. Here are a few help tips and remedies to use if you already have sinusitis:

  • Use a humidifier. Humidifiers and filters can be placed in your home to moisten and filter any allergens (pollen, dust) in the air. This will allow your sinuses to drain better and avoid irritation of your mucus membranes.
  • Take hot showers. This is an ideal solution, by inhaling the steam you can thin thick/ sticky mucus, moisten sinuses and help them to drain better.
  • Drink lots of water. By drinking lots of water, you help mucus to flow and keep the body hydrated.
  • Eating healthy foods. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can make your immune system stronger so that your body can resist infections.
  • Avoid eating diary products. An over consumption of diary products, starchy foods and sugar can make mucus thick and viscid.
  • Practice good hygiene. Washing your hands frequently can have a huge impact on your health. Thousands of viruses and bacteria are all around us so this is the best way to protect ourselves.
  • Use SinusWars homeopathic remedies. SinusWars have great products that treat all the symptoms of sinusitis. Not only will it treat your symptoms but also the underlying conditions offering you long term relief from your problems. SinusWars products are completely safe to use with no known side effects.

Here are a few products and what each one targets:

  • SinusWars4 is the ultimate remedy for the treatment of earaches, infections and a sore throat. If you have a sinus infection, which has caused ringing in your ear, a sore throat or ear pain, then this is the remedy for you!
  • SinusWars8 is a remedy designed to treat chronic sinusitis. If you have sinus infections, which have lasted more than 6 months and symptoms that are persistent then this remedy will work for you! SinusWars8 is designed to boost the immune system so that it can treat, resist and keep sinus infections at bay.
  • SinusWars9 is a general sinusitis remedy used to treat infections, reduce congestion, pressure, pain, headaches, and fever. Use this for effectively treating sinus infections!
  • SinusWars14 is perfect for people who have many sinus related problems. This remedy will clear congestion, pressure, bad breath, eliminates toxins, treat rhinitis and so much more…

For more of these natural, effective, life-changing remedies visit www.sinuswars.com See what SinusWars can do for you! You can overcome sinusitis with the right care and treatment.

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