Sinusitis is the most chronic upper respiratory tract ailment affecting millions of patients around the world every year. One predominant symptom that is quite common among sinusitis patients is a sinus headache.
The most common way of diagnosing sinusitis and sinus headaches is physical examination. Headaches can also occur in case of migraines. Even vascular headaches and tension headaches can cause throbbing pain in the areas surrounding paranasal sinuses. It is important for the physician to know in detail about other symptoms associated with headaches so as to classify it as sinus headaches. Sinus headaches are often followed by cold, cough, nasal blockage and thick nasal discharge. Physicians check for these symptoms through methods such as pressing by hand on the affected area or transillumination. Doctors might even recommend for other diagnostic procedures such as X-rays, CT scans or an MRI scan so as to confirm an inflammation in the paranasal sinuses.
Various types of treatment options are available for getting rid of sinus headaches. Conventional medicine uses use of antibiotics that can eliminate the presence of any infectious agents. Analgesics are prescribed to reduce pain. Decongestants and antihistamines are used to reduce allergic responses, swelling and inflammation. Saline nasal sprays are used to clear nasal passes. In case of chronic sinusitis, patients may require to undergo a surgical procedure so as to get their sinuses cleared off mucus material.
There are also certain alternative medicinal procedures for treating sinusitis and sinus headaches. These include homeopathy, herbal therapy and acupuncture.
Homeopathy is a very safe and effective way of treating sinusitis. This is a very old form of treatment method where body's own natural defense mechanisms are stimulated by means of particular type of substances that are derived from natural sources such as herbs and metals. Some important homeopathic medicines for sinusitis include Belladona, Bryonia, Natrum mur, Pulsatilla, Nux Vomica, Kali bichrominicum and Silicea.
Another ancient method of treating sinusitis is use of herbs and herbal supplements. Some important herbal medicines that can strengthen the body and improve the body's immune system include Barberry, Golden Seal, Echinacea, Ephedra and Eucalyptus. Also, herbs such as Ginkgo, Jamaican Dogwood, Lavender, Willow bark, Devil's claw and Chinese skull cap are used by herbalists for reliving pain, reducing inflammation and treating headaches.
One can even get rid of sinusitis by using certain simpler techniques such as steam inhalation, applying heat over affected areas, taking diet rich in vitamin C and zinc and practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation and biofeedback.