Herb-Away your Nasal Polyp

October 15, 2012

Ever wondered if there are herbs you could be adding to your lunch of dinner that may just help in treating those persistent nasal polyps? Well wonder no more…

Nasal polyps are non-cancerous growths that can develop in the nasal linings of the sinus cavities and nasal passages and are often quite difficult to treat as sinus surgery is often only 50% successful.

Bayberry

Bayberry

Our first herb is Bayberry which is said to have not only astringent and antibacterial properties but also steroidal actions. Steroidal action is achieved when bayberry is used in a type of snuff.

Then there’s the infamous Goldenseal which is also purported to have astringent and antibacterial peripheries when used as a snuff. Goldenseal as a herb should however not be used whilst pregnant however Goldenseal in Homeopathic form is completely safe.

The analgesic actions of Siberian Cocklebur together with its antibacterial properties help in the reduction of nasal polyp size allowing the underlying connective tissue to reattach themselves.

These herbal items can be eaten in food (not too sure of their taste through) or taken in a herbal tablet form which for me sounds an awful lot simpler.

Other natural treatments include the Homeopathic Remedy SinusWars13; an all-natural treatment designed to help target the reason behind nasal polyps such as irritation and inflammation of the nasal linings. Once this is treated, the nasal polyp is allowed to decrease in size allowing for re-connection of connective tissue matrix; a decrease in swelling and inflammation and also clearer nasal passages as nasal mucus is allowed to drain freely.

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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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SinusWars gearing you up for the winter season…

December 14, 2010

The days are shorter and the weather colder… and then you have a runny nose, sneezing, congestion, sinus pressure, post nasal drip, inflammation, coughing, sore throats and headaches that never seem to go away so that you can enjoy playing in the snow with your family or skating on the lake…

Most people would like to believe that sinus problems are more prevalent in the spring and summer months, but research has shown that people often suffer just as much or even more during winter. This is due to the cold and damp weather and because doors and windows are closed up causing stuffiness and household allergies.

Damp carpets, walls and ceilings can become a perfect place for mold to grow which aggravates or even leads to sinus infections. It has been shown that during winter periods, influenza cases increase rapidly which makes people more susceptible to developing a sinus infection. Other conditions that also cause susceptibility towards sinusitis are allergies and nasal polyps.

Allergies can be aggravated by the festive foods we enjoy this time of year and consuming large quantities of alcohol which causes the skin inside our nose to swell. This is what leads to post nasal drip and headaches. Our sinuses can also be aggravated by the artificial fragrances that come from artificial Christmas trees, scented candles and decorations. Live trees can also cause sinus problems because of the mold that grows naturally on them.

Here are lots of sinus tips to help you ENJOY this winter season…

NATURAL MEDICINE:

  • If allergies are your problem this winter, try a natural approach and use our SinusWars1 formula. This super allergy product will help to desensitize your immune system against any allergens (things that you are allergic to), help treat your allergy symptoms (watery, itchy eyes, a runny nose, sneezing) and can also be used to help prevent allergy symptoms.
  • If you have an acute sinus infection (sinusitis) with congestion, stuffiness and headaches then SinusWars7 or SinusWars14 is your answer. If you have chronic sinusitis then SinusWars8 or SinusWars9 is for you. These products help to treat sinus infections while draining and unblocking your sinuses to relieve pressure and treat sinus headaches.
  • If you have post nasal drip and cannot seem to stop coughing then we have SinusWars2 which is one of our best remedies for this condition. It helps to control mucus flow and production and helps stop that mucus drip.
  • SinusWars has a new product (coming soon) that helps treat colds and flues, this is our SinusWars3 remedy. It is a 100% natural product that helps build your body’s immune system to fight against viral and bacterial infection. This product contains Echinacea which often helps to get rid of colds or sinus infections within a few days.  

HOME REMEDIES:

  • If you have a sore throat taking a lozenge with antibacterial properties will help. You should also drink a hot cup of water with a bit of lemon juice/lemon slices and honey. These are some of the best ways to help a sore throat.
  • If you are suffering from pain around your sinus areas (forehead, cheeks, teeth, behind or in-between the eyes) then you may consider using warm compresses. Do this by applying a hot wet washcloth to your nose, cheekbones and eyes. This will help take the edge off the pain and the gentle pressure over the sinuses will help to promote drainage.
  • Washing out your sinuses using a netti pot or nose bidet is one of the simplest and inexpensive ways to clear your sinuses. Using a solution of warm water and sea salt twice a day will help to keep your sinuses healthy and safely remove pollen, dust and other particles in the air that may be trapped in your nose.
  • If you feel slightly congested and stuffy drink abit of apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water. Do this throughout the day to help thin your mucus so that it can drain properly.
  • If you are seriously blocked and congested it is a good time to inhale steam. Add rapidly boiling water to a bowl, lean over the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Breathe in deeply through your nose (even if it is difficult) and out through your mouth. Do this slowly until you feel your nose opening up. The steam helps soothe inflamed sinuses and unblock thick mucus. You can also add a few drops of antibacterial essential oils to the boiling water like eucalyptus, thyme oil or tea tree oil.
  • Taking a hot shower when you are congested is another way of helping to drain your sinuses. The steam and the heat should help drain thick mucus that is trapped in your sinuses.

STAYING HEALTHY:

  • To thin mucus and reduce inflammation; eat more plant protein (like beans, soybeans and lentils), omega-3 rich fish, whole grains and herbs (like garlic, ginger and turmeric).
  • Drinking plenty of water is just as important in winter as it is in summer, so make sure that you get your eight glasses of water every day. If you are not a “fan” of drinking water, drink peppermint or ginger tea to help dilute mucus. Both ginger and peppermint helps to relieve and prevent headaches and congestion.
  • Studies have shown that staying fit by exercising can help to boost the immune system. You can go to the gym for a few minutes a day, or do easy exercises at home this winter. Please be aware that over exercising will do the opposite and can make your body and immune system tired which makes you more susceptible to infection of colds, flues and sinusitis.
  • Antioxidants help to build the immune system and prevent infections by getting rid of free radicals. Foods high in antioxidants include fresh fruits and vegetables such as berries (blueberries, cherries and cranberries), artichokes and pomegranates.
  • Avoid drinking milk if you know your sinuses are bothering you. Milk makes your mucus thicker which will make it harder to drain.

HYGIENE:

  • The first rule to avoiding germs and bacteria is to wash your hands! Wash, wash, wash… every time you go to the toilet, use a public phone, cough or sneeze, shake hands with someone, after shopping (especially after touching elevators and escalators) and definitely before eating anything.  Make sure to wash your hands with antibacterial soap and rub your hands together for at least 10 seconds before rinsing them off. If water and soap is not available make sure you have a hand sanitizer.
  • To avoid the spread of germs you may consider using paper towels instead of cloth ones.
  • Keep your bathroom clean by putting your exposed toothbrushes away in the medicine cabinet, frequently washing the hand towels and using a disinfectant to clean your toilets, bathrooms and showers.
  • If you are feeling sick, use a brand new toothbrush once you are feeling well – this should ensure that you do not get sick again.

ALLERGEN AVOIDANCE TIPS:

  • Avoid allergens (things that you are allergic to). Possible allergen areas are basements, fallen leaf heaps, barns and garage spaces.
  •  The best way to avoid allergens is to stay inside with the doors and windows closed BUT to have your air conditioning on for ventilation.
  • Another way to minimize allergens is to change your bedding and pillow cases every 3 – 4 days and eliminate smoking in the bedroom.
  • Keep humidity low to slow down or stop mold growth. Install a good air conditioner and dehumidifier in your home (maybe even in the basement) to do this. You may also want to install an extractor fan in your kitchen (over the stove) and in your bathroom to remove extra humidity.
  • Check for mold in the bathroom, on carpeting, in the laundry room and basement.
  • Put wet clothes immediately in the dryer or hang them up to dry before putting them away or in the laundry room. Don’t leave wet laundry in your machine for more than a week.
  • After every shower ensure that the shower curtain is opened properly to dry (so that mold doesn’t fester) and wash the plastic curtain, bathroom tiles and grouting with mold removal products.
  • Use machine washable mats in your bathroom and bedroom if possible.
  • Don’t keep many pot plants or even dried flowers and wreaths indoors to avoid mold and pollen allergies.
  • Limit the use of the fireplace to avoid fumes and drying of the air. If you are using your fireplace; open a window in the same room to help with ventilation of the smoke fumes. Remember as well to throw the ashes out as soon as the fire cools.
  • Check the filter on your furnace or heating system (especially this time of year when you will be using it so much more).
  • Near your fireplace or heating system you want to make sure there is a bit of humidity. A portable humidifier that can be used only when you need it is great for this. Since the weather is already wet and cold, you only need the setting on low to achieve good breathing air.
  • If you or anyone in your family has pet allergies remember that cats can be more allergic than dogs simply because the allergens lie in the saliva or urine of your pets – and cats lick themselves often.
  • Don’t allow tobacco smoking indoors and reconsider lighting those scented candles as they may irritate your sinuses.  Rather use artificial candles or unscented beeswax candles to help your sinuses and still have that candlelight atmosphere.
  • When choosing a Christmas tree remember these:
    • Live trees have pollen, mold and resin on them which can cause allergies. If you prefer live trees over the artificial ones then remember to wear gloves when you handle the tree and wrap it up in a sealed plastic casing until you decorate it.
    • Artificial trees may have that artificial pine scent on them and so may the decorations which can cause irritation in the nose. Artificial trees that have been kept in storage may be dusty and moldy, so make sure you wash or wipe them before usage.

GENERAL TIPS:

  • To avoid your nose and throat getting dry at night, make your bedroom well insulated from drafts. Close your bedroom door at night and seal off gaps around the window edges. Sleep with a thick blanket or an electric blanket and do not sleep with a heater on (as it will dry the air). You should save a lot on your heating bill this way. 
  • Keep your sinus and allergy medicines on hand; especially when you go out as you never know when you might need them.
  • Get a flu shot to prevent colds and flues which is one of the main causes of sinus problems.
  • Lastly – keep your spirits up by not only staying physically fit but emotionally as well. Keep your emotions running high by spending time with people you love (your children, your lover, your parents, your friends) and do fun activities (read WAYS TO HAVE FUN THIS WINTER) to entertain yourself and those around you.

Have a sinus free winter!
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