Sinusitis and Sinus Cones™ -
Prevention is the Best Remedy
What causes Sinusitis? – The
most common source is a cold! The swelling and congestion that
accompany a viral upper respiratory infection may block the relatively
small sinus openings. Once these sinus openings are blocked,
normal ventilation and drainage is not possible.
When airflow is restricted and ventilation
is reduced, this triggers the development of a sinus infection.
Sinusitis may begin as a viral infection, and then within a few
days develop into a full bacterial infection.
In many sinus sufferers, especially those with repeated infection,
there may be one of more preexisting conditions that contribute
to the problem. These include a deviated septum, nasal polyps,
or allergies. All of these cause narrowing of the nasal passages,
and often blockage of the sinus openings, which increase the chances
of a viral cold progressing to a full-blown sinus infection.
Sinus Cones™ and
Healthy Nasal Airflow – Whether
congestion is due to the common cold, or nasal obstruction, by
using Sinus Cones™ at the first hint of stuffiness, nasal
passages are gently held open so that healthy sinus ventilation
and airflow is maintained.
When extra congestion and more night time
relief is needed, Sinus Cones™ effectively aid breathing when used in conjunction
with a vapor rub such as Vicks®, or a steam humidifier. (Follow
the medical advice of your physician.)
Robert S. Ivker, D.O. in his book, Sinus
Survival,The Holistic Medical Treatment for Allergies, Colds,
and Sinusitis, New
York, N.Y.: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam 2000 puts “a very
small amount (one drop) of peppermint oil on his finger tip around
the outside of both nostrils.” He also
recommends using a few drops of eucalyptus oil with the humidifier.
Flying and Sinus
Some people get severe sinus attacks following airplane flights
because of underlying problems with nasal drainage. When you
fly, you experience changes in air pressure. Pressure changes
can cause swelling of the sinus membranes and lead to inflammation
and, at times, to infection. If you have a cold, these problems
become worse. If you are restricted from using decongestants
or sprays, Sinus Cones™ relieve
the stuffiness by opening the nasal passages, so that airflow is