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Sinusitis

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Rinse your nose with a nasal douche and nasal saline. Forehead sinus infections and inflammation of the sinuses occur because the drainage of these cavities is blocked by a blocked nose. Dirt cannot get out and causes inflammation. Rinsing your nose opens your nose and flushes the sinuses and sinuses.

In almost all patients, the mucous membrane in the nose and the mucous membrane in the sinuses and sinuses are inflamed at the same time. Medically, this is called "rhinosinusitis. Because the nasal mucosa is inflamed and swollen, access to the cavities to the left and right of the nose, upper jaw and forehead becomes blocked. As a result, the mucous membrane in these cavities becomes inflamed. The inflammatory fluid that is produced cannot leave. This debris causes the inflammation to maintain itself.

If you have chronic sinusitis and frontal sinusitis (chronic rhinosinusitis), your symptoms are not necessarily caused by an inflamed mucous membrane in your nose, but the mucous membranes in your cavities may be inflamed.

The problem with rhinosinusitis lies mainly in the nose says Prof. Dr. W.J. Fokkens, ENT physician at the Amsterdam UMC. Rhinosinusitis involves inflammation of the nasal mucosa, sinuses and frontal sinuses. By rinsing your nose with a large-volume nasal douche that holds a lot of water to remove blockages in your nose. Such a large nasal shower of at least 240 ml is very important, according to Prof. Dr. Fokkens. This is enough water that with light force removes the blockage in your nose. "The inside of your nose is the size of a hand. Then you understand that a lot of water is better than little water." By using nasal rinse salt from NeilMed reduces the number of allergens, viruses or bacteria in your nose. "This reduces inflammation and reduces swelling. And that reduces symptoms."

In the acute phase, it is important to rinse your nose at least 2 to 4 times a day. You flush away excess mucus and dirt and give the mucous membrane a chance to recover. The acute phase is when you experience symptoms. For severe symptoms, you may rinse your nose an additional 2 times.

Preventively, it is good for everyone to rinse your nose once or twice a day. It prevents problems. "Make it a daily hygienic action, just like brushing your teeth," says ENT doctor Fokkens of the Amsterdam UMC.

A sinus infection or sinusitis begins with the flu or cold caused by a virus (usually the rhinovirus), allergy or bacteria. If these pathogens are not flushed away, they stay behind and attack the lining of your nose and cavities. This causes them to swell and become inflamed.

In addition to the normal cold, rhinosinusitis (sinusitis) causes additional symptoms, such as facial pain, pressure on the forehead or sinuses, painful chewing or bending, loss of sense of smell and fever.

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