What Causes An Acute Sinus
Infection or Sinusitis? - Nurse's Guide
What Causes An Acute
Sinus Infection or Sinusitis?
If you're wondering whether you have acute
or chronic sinusitis I'll focus on what acute sinusitis is
caused by in this article. Sinusitis also means a sinus
infection. Sinus infections can cause a wide range of sinus
symptoms, including coughing, sneezing, sore throat,
pressure, sinus headache, even eye pain, tooth pain or jaw
pain and other sinus problems.
First of all sinusitis is an inflammation
of the sinus cavities.
There are four sets of sinuses
and it can occur in any of them.
Acute sinusitis can occur after you have a
cold. Colds are caused by viruses.
The result is that the sinus
cavities become inflamed and you'll have symptoms of
sinusitis but they'll get better on their own usually within
But if this inflammation has been caused
by an infection by bacteria then this infection is called
acute sinusitis, but isn't the only type of infection to
cause it. I'll discuss this.
The inflammation from a cold causes the
mucous membranes that line the sinus cavities, to swell. Air
and mucous become backed up because the passage is now too
narrow for the mucous to pass through.
Now that it's trapped,
bacteria and fungus can feed on the trapped
Certain bacteria live in your nose, such
as haemophilus inlfuenzae and Streptococcus
This is natural but when you
blow your nose or sniffle, the changes in the pressure can
cause the bacteria or fungus or whatever particles or
organisms are in your nasal passages to go up into the sinus
It's the opposite of what you
would think normally - that blowing your nose would help get
rid of the problems.
Tests have shown that the
bacteria, fungus and particles do indeed go up into the
If these organisms become trapped then the
one quart of mucous that has to move through your sinuses
every day can't get through and hardens causing acute
For many years doctors thought the
infections were caused by bacteria but newer research has
shown that the majority of infections are actually fungal
There is a common household
mold that lingers throughout every
The most common fungus is called
Aspergillus and you can find it in decaying vegetation, like
dead leaves and composting piles.
Other causes include allergies such as a
pollen allergy which is sometimes called hay fever. Other
allergies including those to dust mites can also cause acute
People who have chronic nasal problems who
find that their sinus membranes swell can get acute
sinusitis due to the narrowing of passages and entrance of
bacteria or fungi similar to those who get a
It used to be thought that fungal
infections did not cause acute
But recent studies
have shown that the rate of fungal infections is in the 90%
range. Antibiotics will do nothing to help fungal
That is the major reason
why antibiotics don't work for sinus infections since
there goal is to target specific
Of course antibiotics can upset the body's
balance and cause yeast infections
So antibiotics are not
commonly given as they were in the past. There are other
approaches that are better now rather than taking
antibiotics even if the problem is caused by
If you have a reduced or suppressed immune
system function you may be more likely to get acute
sinusitis. This can be from a known auto-immune disease you
know you have or from an unknown cause.
People who have acute sinusitis do not
seek out sinus surgery.
In any case if you're trying to determine
if you have acute sinusitis, this may give you some idea as
to what is causing it.
For me, just being around old
dust and the exposure to the particles can cause it if I'm
not careful. Perhaps they actually get up into my nasal
passages enough to cause swelling. They can be irritating
and start a sinus infection if not taken care of right
I avoid it by relying on my natural sinus cures and treatment
for sinus relief and got rid of my sinus problems for
copyright©2008 Helen Hecker All rights
reserved. No permission is given to copy or reproduce this
article in any way or in any form.
Related words: air filtration systems air purifier allergies allergy asthma climate control
cold cool mist health humidifier humidifiers nasal irrigation nasaline neti pot sinucleanse sinus health
sinus medicine sinus relief sinus rinse ultrasonic vaporizers, nasal Endoscopy,Childhood
Sinusitis,Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Fungal Sinusitis, Hayfever, Nasal Polyps, Septoplasty and Septal Surgery,
Snoring and Nasal Congestion, Rhinoplasty, Upper Respiratory Infections Common misspellings: ainus, zinus, xinus, dinus, einus, winus, sunus, sjnus, sknus,
sonus, s9nus, s8nus, sibus, simus, sijus, sihus, sinys, sinhs, sinjs, sinis, sin8s, sin7s, sinua, sinuz,
sinux, sinud, sinue, sinuw, inus, snus, sius, sins, sinu, isnus, snius, siuns, sinsu, ssinus, siinus, sinnus,
Get Our "Sinus News!" -
Occasional Tips and Breaking News!
Also sign up for my
"Helen Hecker's Health Secrets" Newsletter! -
For my secrets, tips, methods, techniques, treatments, natural treatments
and therapies and many other secrets that you can use NOW, and many you've never heard of - and breaking
...Helen Hecker R.N.
Your data is never shared with
The information contained on this web site is provided for your general information only. We do not give medical
advice or engage in the practice of medicine. We under no circumstances recommend particular treatment for specific
individuals and in all cases recommend that you consult your physician or local treatment center before pursuing
any course of treatment.
All information and content on this web site are protected by copyright. All rights are reserved. Users are
prohibited from modifying, copying, distributing, transmitting, displaying, publishing, selling, licensing,
creating derivative works, or using any information available on or through the site for commercial or public