Sufferers of chronic sinus infections (chronic sinusitis) are an unlucky lot of individuals that deal with the swelling of sinus passages for as long as three months. More often than not, people tend to categorize their symptoms as nothing more than fighting seasonal allergies or perhaps staving off a cold or the flu. There is, however, a reason it’s labeled as chronic as the symptoms just don’t seem to go away.
The immediate want is to be rid of the menace that is chronic sinusitis is, but to that end, many patients decide that perhaps taking on their symptoms with both traditional medicine and natural remedies will be the aggressive treatment that will finally make them well. The fact remains that this is not the right manner in which to proceed as your doctor will undoubtedly have a treatment plan in place for you.
Before deciding to treat your chronic sinus infections via natural remedies, you need to ask your doctor the following three questions:
1. What’s causing my symptoms? If there ever was an important question to ask your doctor about your unending bout with sinus infections, this is the one. After all, if your doctor can help you pinpoint what may be causing the problem, you can take a fairly active role in helping ease the pain & discomfort you’re feeling all the time. Even if specifics can’t be had, by asking this question, you’ve opened up discourse between you & your doctor about getting a treatment plan in place.
2. I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together? Though your doctor may already know what other health issues you bring to the table, you may also be visiting a doctor for the first time because your symptoms finally got the best of you. Either way, be sure your doctor knows about your health history and all medication (if any) you are taking or have taken.
3. What alternatives approaches to treatment are available? Even though you haven’t begun any type of natural remedies, you still want to breach the topic of alleviating your symptoms by natural means at home. There was a time when Western medicine scoffed at the idea that any form of alternative medicine was nothing more than a textbook example of the placebo effect. Luckily, Western medical professionals have become more familiar with alternative natural remedies and may recommend their use as part of a patient’s therapeutic process.
Even if you’re doctor doesn’t immediately give an OK to a natural course of treatments at home, he/she may suggest a basic course of action to address your symptoms & help alleviate some of your discomfort. Stay hydrated as it helps keep your sinuses moist. You can even spice up your diet, literally. The intake of spicy foods can help clear your sinuses, which is a very welcome feeling. Using a humidifier can help keep the air around you moist, but always be sure to keep it clean.
Chronic sinus infections affect your quality of life. As always, please consult your doctor when dealing with a medical issue, but don’t be afraid to take a proactive role in your treatment as you, the patient, are the most important factor in the process.
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