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Can a sinus infection cause body aches, nerve pain and fatigue?

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Can a sinus infection cause systemic body aches, nerve pain and general fatigue? If so, are there any specific tests that can be done to absolutely confirm that you have a sinus infection? Finally what can I do to treat a sinus infection naturally?


A sinus infection can cause systemic (generalized) body aches and general fatigue. Though nerve pain is not usual and may only occur, if the infection is severe. Pressure pain on face and headache can be associated. Following tests can confirm the sinus infection;

1) A coronal CT of the sinuses and/or fiberoptic nasal endoscopy is diagnostic for it.

2) Some physician may recommend nasal smear also to differential the allergy and infection.

The aim of treatment is;

a) relieve the obstruction,

b) treatment of the infection,

c) thinning the mucus, and

d) opening the sinus.

Following is the usual treatment protocol of sinus infection;

1) Nasal steroid; decrease inflammation and open up the obstruction.

2) Oral decongestants such as pseudoephedrine are often helpful.

3) Topical decongestant for a short duration.

4) Antihistamines

5) Steam vaporizer

6) Eucalyptus oil may help

7) Nasal saline irrigation

8) Vitamin C

9) Antibiotics; only if nasal culture is positive and there are signs in CT scan.

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.

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