Sinus Infections, Sinus Drainage And Sore Throats – Nurse’s Guide

It’s not common knowledge but many people suffer from a slight sore throat and don’t realize that it’s related to or caused by sinus drainage due to a sinus infection. This infection may be in the early stages so that one isn’t really aware that they even have a sinus infection. They may have had other sinus symptoms and not made the connection because they’re not aware of its relation to sore throats. Often people think they’re getting a cold or strep throat.

The mucus that makes up the sinus drainage that is carrying the infection, irritants or allergens that coat the throat can irritate the lining. This can make your throat become sore and red and sometimes even cause painful swallowing in the process. Sometimes pus will actually form on the throat surfaces, however most sore throats are slight.

A sinus infection can cause sinus drainage to the Waldeyer’s ring, which is the lymphatic tissue around the throat. This can easily cause tonsillitis and even adenoiditis especially in young children. But it can happen to adults too. Removal of the tonsils and adenoids is not an option with too many risks and are needed as part of immune system protection.

You can determine whether your throat is sore due to a sinus infection at home by using a salt water gargle. If this eases the sore throat in a few minutes then the sore throat is likely caused by the sinus infection. Of course not all sore throats are due to a sinus infection but many are. A severe sore throat would likely be due to a virus or strep throat, which would take a doctor’s visit and strep throat swab sample sent to the lab to determine whether it’s strep or not. A virus is not tested for.

A typical salt water gargle would be about eight ounces (one cup) of warm water to about 1/2 measuring teaspoon of salt. Stir well to mix and gargle and swish around your throat. Wait a few minutes and see if you feel any sore throat relief. It may take a little longer but you can usually get it to ease up if it’s caused by a sinus infection or other type of sinusitis or any sinus inflammation. It may still take a little while to totally heal the sore throat, perhaps a few hours, even if the tissues are inflamed, depending.

So if you’ve determined that your sore throat and sinus drainage is caused by a sinus infection or a sinus problem of some type you can easily start taking care of it with alternative treatments at home and get rid of it fast. You don’t want to turn to medications and drugs that have a lot of side effects and risks and antibiotics don’t work for most sinus infections. Natural sinus treatment is best.