The upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (which is camera exam of stomach) will pick up GERD, also called as acid reflux. In this, food and stomach acid may come to food pipe or even throat. The acid in throat causes sinusitis. The sinuses are hollow structures in the bones behind the nose which helps in the aeration of the nose. Infection and inflammation of the sinus is called sinusitis. GERD and sinusitis are easily treatable. GERD is treated as following;
1) antacids; Maalox, Digene
2) acid blocker; Prilosec, Omeprazole
3) loosing weight, if overweight.
4) avoiding alcohol, citrus fruits and juices, chocolate, and tomato based products
5) avoiding large meals. Eat 5 small meals in a day.
6) wait three hours after the meal before you sleep.
7) elevate head end of the bed by 8 inches.
A coronal CT of the sinuses and/or fiberoptic nasal endoscopy is diagnostic for sinusitis. Some physician may recommend nasal smear also to differential the allergy and infection. The aim of treatment is; relieve the obstruction, treatment of the infection, if present, thinning the mucus, and opening the sinus. Following would be the treatment protocol;
1) Nasal steroid; decrease inflammation and open up obstruction.
2) Oral decongestants such as pseudoephedrine are often helpful.
3) Topical decongestant for short duration.
5) Steam vaporizer
6) Eucalyptus oil may help
7) Nasal saline irrigation
8) Vitamin C
For treating it naturally; steam inhalation, nasal saline water (salt water) irrigation (can be done by Neti-pot), Vitamin C, Eucalyptus oil inhalation can be done. Following can increase the body immunity so help in overcoming the sinus infection;
1) Omega 3; Fish oil capsule and flaxseed oil capsule.
2) Ginkgo Biloba
3) Zinc 30 mg.
GERD, has increasingly been implicated in causing or exacerbating chronic sinusitis. The exact relationships and mechanisms are presently a matter of speculation, though.
Consulting an ENT (ear, nose throat) specialist would be prudent.
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