With the cold season fast approaching, there’s nothing more annoying than a stuffed nose. But did you know that a stuffed nose can also be deadly?
Sinusitis is one of the most common diseases in the United States, affecting about 1 in 7 adults each year. About 31 million Americans are diagnosed with sinusitis each year. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the average patient with sinusitis misses about 4 work days a year, and sinusitis is one of the top 10 medical conditions that most adversely affect American employers.
As Allan Bruckehim, M.D. explains, a sinus infection can lead to deadly complications. In an article published in the Chicago Tribune, the scientist declares: “Infection can spread from the sinus to the eyes or the brain along the nerves or blood vessels. If the infection spreads to the eye socket, the lids and tissue around the eyes become swollen. If the infection spreads to the brain, it may become meningitis or form an abscess within the skull or of the brain tissue that can cause seizures, brain damage or death unless treated promptly.”
So while things may seem simple, because we are used to hearing about them, all illnesses deserve close attention to prevent the serious complications that can follow. Find out below a quick and effective tip on how to clear your stiffed nose in lees than 30 seconds!
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an infection that occurs if obstruction or congestion leads to bacterial growth in the paranasal sinuses. Among the many causes of such obstruction or congestion are the common cold, allergies, certain medical conditions, abnormalities in the nasal passage, and change in atmosphere. Healthy sinuses are sterile and contain no bacteria (the nasal passage, on the other hand, normally contains many bacteria.) Chronic or recurrent acute sinusitis can be a lifelong condition.
The elderly and sinusitis
The elderly are at specific risk for sinusitis. Their nasal passages tend to dry out with age. In addition, the cartilage supporting the nasal passages weakens, causing airflow changes. They also have diminished cough and gag reflexes and are at greater risk for serious respiratory infections than are young and middle-aged adults.
Some of the signs and symptoms associated with sinusitis are:
- Nasal congestion and discharge that typically is thick and becomes yellowish to yellow-green
- Facial pain, pressure, congestion, or fullness (that is also accompanied by other symptoms of sinusitis)
- Reduced or absent sense of smell
How to clear your stuffed nose
According to a study published by the National Health Institute, called “Effectiveness of antibiotics of acute sinusitis”, most acute sinusitis cases not prescribed antibiotics resolve spontaneously.
Forget Sudafed or any other related medicine. Here’s an easier, quicker and cheaper remedy to relieve sinus pressure. The best thing about this incredible solution is that you can do it anywhere. You can try it on your couch at home, or even while you are shopping!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Absolutely nothing.
WHAT TO DO: Alternate thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger.
WHY IT WORKS: This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa De Stefano, D.O., assistant professor at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
You will feel the result in about 20 seconds. As the motion loosens the congestion, your sinuses will start to drain almost instantly. Moreover, because the sinuses provide resonance for the voice, you can now try to sing about how great you’re feeling!