Sinus infections, or sinusitis, is a really common issue among adults and can be really frustrating to deal with. Sinus infections often happen after a cold which means you have already dealt with weeks of sickness when a sinus infection hits, prolonging your symptoms even longer. Sinus infection symptoms can impact your day to day life making you uncomfortable and often in pain. Sinus infections can be acute problems relieved with antibiotics or you can develop chronic sinus infections which last three months or more. If you suffer from chronic infections or simply prefer to not use antibiotics we are happy to inform you that chiropractic care can help!
A sinus infection is when the tissues lining the sinuses in your head become inflamed. The sinuses are hollow areas in the bone behind your cheekbones. These areas are usually filled with air but especially after common colds or other illnesses, they can become blocked and filled with fluid. This often leads to inflammation and the start of a sinus infection. Other issues that can contribute to sinus infections are allergens that may irritate your nasal passages, a deviated septum, and nasal polyps which are small growths in the lining of your nose. Sinus infections can also turn into chronic issues. A sinus infection is considered chronic when it lasts for three months or more and is resistant to treatment. Chronic sinus infections can be really bothersome as you deal with these uncomfortable symptoms for months on end.
You may be suffering from a sinus infection if you suffered a recent cold and are still dealing with these symptoms:
If you have been dealing with these symptoms for ten days or longer it may be time to seek out a doctor for treatment options.
There are a variety of different treatment options for sinus infections. Some at-home remedies you can try include things like using a warm compress on your face to help relieve sinus pressure, use a decongestant or saline nasal spray, breathe in steam from a hot shower or a steaming bowl of hot water. Doctors may prescribe antibiotics if they feel they are necessary though you want to be mindful of becoming antibiotic resistant. A chiropractor’s office can also offer a number of different treatment options for your sinus infections.
Sinus infections occur when there is an issue with drainage in a particular part of your bone structure (the sinuses). Chiropractic care can help with the adjustment of these bone structures which then helps the sinuses drain more effectively. Chiropractors can also provide neck adjustments that better align the bones in your neck which can help facilitate proper nasal drainage and help prevent and treat sinus infections.
Call the professionals at Integrated Health Solutions today to get started with chiropractic care that can help prevent and treat both acute and chronic sinus infections!
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