Dealing with Sinusitis

Sinusitis is the inflammation of the paranasal air sinuses which are the cavities containing the mucoid air cells or the mast cells. These cavities produce the sticky mucous which are primal in the normal working of the nasal passages for the exchange of air.


Symptoms are gradual in nature and hence depend on the length of the infection. Sinusitis is designated into two major types- acute and chronic. The acute sinusitis can be confirmed by the appearance of two cardinal symptoms.

  • Thick Green or yellow discharge from the nasal cavity.
  • Congestion in the nose leading to blockage of the nasal cavity.
  • Reduced smelling ability
  • Persistent and viscous cough.
  • Nasal discharge

If these symptoms persist for long, say 12 weeks, the type of sinusitis becomes chronic.

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In acute sinusitis cases, the patient can recover on his/her own. Some home remedies such as steam taking and a nose bath with a sponge can help overcome the symptoms.

Chronic sinusitis is mainly caused due to bacteria. It can also be fungal in origin. Sprays of corticosteroid medicine are used to relieve sinusitis. Allergic sinusitis can be caused due to animal dung.

Antibiotics are usually not administered in first attempt and hence for the contradictory effect the given home remedies (below) are used.


A deviated septum (the bony ridge in the middle of the nose) may require surgery. Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) is the ideal procedure for the surgical treatment. Surgery should be the last option in the treatment of sinusitis.

Cure and Prevention:

  • Sinus Irrigation: This is the process by which the nasal passages are rinsed with salt water.
  • Warm Compress: This procedure requires the application of a warm cloth on the areas of the pain.
  • Steam Inhalation: It is the best way through which sinusitis can be relieved. Cedar wood or eucalyptus oil can be used as well.
  • Hydration and rest: Hydration is of optimum importance in the prevention and cure of sinusitis.

Yoga and Sinusitis:

1. Gomukhasana:

The cow face asana is the beginner’s level Vinyasa yoga asana. It helps in relieving stress and anxiety. The pose helps in relaxation. The entire pose is dependent upon the periodic breathing. One should be in control of his/her breath in order to get the maximum effect. This helps in the control of sinusitis.

2. Janu Sirsasana:

This calms the mind and gives a good stretch to the shoulders. The pose helps in the curing of insomnia and helps to control one’s blood pressure. The Janu Sirsasana helps the body in combating sinusitis in the same way as Gomukhasana.

3. Bhujangasana:

The cobra asana gives the lungs an overhaul. It is the best poses for sinus cure as it helps in optimal breathing.

4. Ustrasana:

It improves the respiratory rate and helps in the opening of all frontal and ethmoidal sinuses.

5. Salamba Sarvangasana:

This pose gives the neck a good flex and helps in keeping fatigue miles away.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and Sinusitis:

ACV is loaded with a lot of antioxidant materials which help in producing thin and clean mucus. It also has antibacterial properties. It is also a natural antihistamine, hence lessening the chances of allergic reactions.

2 tablespoons ACV is mixed with 8 ounces of water daily. Also, it can be added to the steam inhalation machine and then inhaled in order to open the sinus cavities.

I hope the article keeps your nose clog-free and sinus free!



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Janet Fudge

Janet Fudge writes on general health topics for She holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health with a major in epidemiology. During the outbreak of COVID-19, Janet actively volunteered in vaccination drives throughout the state of Iowa. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two children.