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Sinusitis: Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies

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sinusitis

Sinusitis is the swelling or an inflammation of tissues lining the sinuses. Normally, sinuses are filled with air, but when they're filled with fluid, germs can grow and cause infection. There are different types of sinusitis, including acute sinusitis, sub-acute sinusitis, and chronic sinusitis. Symptoms may vary depending on the type of sinusitis.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Blocked nose, nasal discharge, and congestion are the most common symptoms of sinusitis.
  • A person having sinusitis may have cough, facial pain or pressure.
  • Poor sense of smell is also a sign of sinusitis.
  • High body temperature, tooth ache, headache, tiredness, bad breadth are often caused by  sinusitis.
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Causes

 

  • Nasal polyps cause sinusitis as the growth of these tissues can block the sinuses or nasal passages.
  • A twisted or deviated nasal septum may block or restrict sinus passages.
  • Respiratory tract infection also leads to sinusitis.
  • Inflammation that happens with allergies can also block sinuses.
  • Medical conditions such as cystic fibroids, HIV, or any other immune related diseases contribute to sinusitis.
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Home Remedies To Cure Sinusitis  

 

Steam Inhalation

steam inhalation

  • Steam inhalation is an effective remedy for acute sinusitis. It relieves nasal congestion and opens up your sinuses.
  • Add five to six drops of peppermint oil to a tub of boiling water. Inhale the steam for about 10 minutes minutes by covering your head with a towel. Repeat several times a day.
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Apple Cider Vinegar

 

  • Apple cider vinegar is very helpful for thinning out the mucus and relieve congestion. Moreover, it also improves the immune system.
  • Add one to two teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey to a glass of water.
  • Drink this mixture thrice a day for a few days.
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Garlic

 

  • Garlic naturally drains the congestion by thinning out the nasal mucus. In addition, garlic has antibiotic, antioxidant, and immune-boosting properties.
  • Add some garlic cloves to a pot of boiling water. Inhale the steam for a few minutes by covering your head with a towel. Repeat a few times daily.
  • Also, try to eat 2-3 fresh, raw garlic cloves daily.
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Cayenne Pepper

cayenne pepper

  • Cayenne pepper is also an excellent and effective remedy for acute sinusitis. It has an active component called capsaicin, it works as painkiller and relieves congestion.
  • Consume the mixture of     one teaspoon each of honey and cayenne pepper. Repeat a few times a daily.
  • Alternatively, mix one teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder with a glass of hot water. Drink this mixture thrice a day.

 

posted Jun 8 by Kiran

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migraines

Migraines are characterized by more intense and severe headache often accompanied by several symptoms in addition to headache. The duration of a migraine attack can often fluctuate, usually migraine attacks will last at least 4-5 hours. It is better to consult a physician if you experience migraine symptoms for more than three days.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Moderate to severe headache. It can affect the whole head or can shift from one side to the other.
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, or odors.
  • Aura or blurred vision are also often caused by migraine.
  • You may also experience nausea, dizziness, or fatigue.
  • You may notice paleness.
  • Fever, loss of appetite, or vomiting are also common when you have migraine.

 

Causes

 

  • In women, migraines are usually caused by hormonal changes. Fluctuations in estrogen trigger headache.
  • Poor diet; consumption of salty foods, aged cheeses, processed foods may contribute to migraines.
  • Alcohol consumption or caffeinated beverages also trigger migraines.
  • Stress, change in sleep-wake pattern also prompt migraine.
  • High-pitch noise, bright lights, beaming sun glare can also induce migraine.
  • Intense physical excretion also leads to migraines.
  • Certain medications such as oral contraceptives, vasodilators can provoke migraines.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Migraine 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

 

  • Having rich nutritional properties, apple cider vinegar helps relieve migraine.
  • Add one tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey to a glass of water. Drink this mixture daily to prevent migraine as well as to treat migraine.
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Ginger

ginger

  • Ginger is an effective remedy for migraines. Ginger successfully blocks prostaglandins, which are lipid compounds that stimulate muscle contractions, affect hormones, control blood vessel inflammation in the brain.
  • Chew some pieces of ginger regularly.
  • Alternatively, add few slices of ginger to one and half a cup of boiling water. Leave it for 10 minutes and strain the water, add little honey and lemon. Drink this few times a day.
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Ice Pack

 

  • Ice pack is the most simplest and easiest home remedy for getting rid of migraine. It has a numbing effect that reduces pain.
  • Just wrap few ice cubes in a clean cloth and place it on forehead and back of the neck for 10-15 minutes. Repeat at regular intervals.

Cayenne Pepper

cayenne pepper

  • Cayenne pepper is an effective cure for migraine as it stimulates blood circulation. Also, it contains a painkiller compound called capsaicin.
  • Add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to a cup of warm water. Add little lemon and honey to enhance taste. Drink it as and when you need.

 

 

 

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sore throat

Sore throat refers to scratchiness, pain, or irritation of the throat. Throat pain makes it hard to swallow food and liquids. 

 

Symptoms

 

    •    Painful or a dry throat is one of the main symptoms of sore throat. Often this pain is accompanied by itchiness and irritation.

    •    Difficult to swallow or talk due to pain.

    •    Swollen glands in your jaw or neck.

    •    You may notice white patches on the tonsils.

    •    Hoarseness is also a sign of sore throat.

    •    You may also experience fever, cough, sneezing, running nose, body aches, or headache before you get sore throat.

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Causes

 

    •    A number of bacterial infections, or Viral infections such as common cold, flu, mononucleosis, chickenpox, etc., cause sore throat.

    •    Allergies and irritants can contribute to sore throat.

    •    Dry indoor air can make your throat feel itchy and rough and can cause sore throat.

    •    Muscle strain, caused by screaming or talking loudly leads to sore throat.

    •    Severe medical conditions such as HIV infection or cancerous tumors in the throat can cause a sore throat.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Sore Throat

 

Lemon

lemon

    •    Lemon helps remove mucus and thus relieves sore throat.

    •    Squeeze half a lemon to get the juice and add one teaspoon of honey to it. Add this mixture to a cup of hot water and sip it slowly.

    •    Alternatively, you can lick half a lemon sprinkled with little pepper over it.

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Apple cider vinegar

 

    •    Antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar helps treat sore throat.

    •    Add one teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey and one tablespoon of unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water. Drink it 2-3 times daily.

    •    You can also gargle with apple cider vinegar solution; add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water and gargle with it several times a day.

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Cinnamon

cinnamon

    •    Cinnamon is an excellent remedy for sore throat caused due to common cold.

    •    Mix one teaspoon each of cinnamon powder and black pepper with a glass of warm water. Strain this mixture and gargle with it several times a day.

    •    Alternatively, consume the mixture of one teaspoon of honey and few drops of cinnamon oil twice daily.

Garlic

 

    •    Antibacterial and antiseptic properties of garlic helps treat as well as prevent sore throat.

    •    Consume 2-3 raw garlic cloves daily.

    •    Alternatively, add 4-5 drops of garlic oil to 1/4th cup of water and gargle with it 1-2 times daily.

 

 

 

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stomach worms

Stomach worms can come in many shapes and sizes. They are more common than you may think. Most of the times, stomach worms can thrive in the human body with no signs of its presence. However, sometimes a person can feel constantly ill and have no idea what's going on. Most common stomach worms include tapeworms, pin-worms, roundworms, etc.

 

Symptoms

 

    •    Abdominal pain, bloating, or gas is the common symptom of having stomach worms.

    •    You may experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

    •    Stools containing blood or passing worms in your stool.

    •    You may have itching or rash around the rectum.

    •    Sometimes you may feel tired or may lose your weight.

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Causes

 

    •    Living in or visiting the sites known to have parasites can cause stomach worms.

    •    Poor hygiene or poor sanitation (for both water and food).

    •    Incompetent immune system.

    •    Ageing; Children and elderly are more likely to get affected by stomach worms than adults.

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Home Remedies To Cure Stomach worms  

 

Coconut

 

    •    Coconut acts as a anti-parasite agent and expels out all types of stomach worms.

    •    Consume one tablespoon of shredded coconut with breakfast and after three hours, drink a glass of warm milk mixed with 2 tablespoons of castor oil. Repeat daily once until you get relief.

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Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seeds

    •    Pumpkin seeds also have anti-parasitic properties and thus they can paralyze stomach worms.

    •    Mix one tablespoon each of roasted, crushed  pumpkin seeds and honey. Eat this mixture first thing in the morning for about a week. 

    •    Alternatively, add 2 tablespoons of crushed pumpkin seeds to 3 cups of boiling water. Let it boil for another 20-30 minutes. Allow it to cool and drink it.

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Garlic

 

    •    Garlic is helpful for dealing with any kind of stomach worms due to its anti-parasitic nature. In addition, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties of garlic help body to get rid of microbes.

    •    Eat 3-4 fresh, raw garlic cloves on an empty stomach daily for about a week.

    •    Alternatively, add 2 crushed garlic cloves to half a cup of milk and boil it. Drink it on an empty stomach, repeat daily for about a week.

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Carom Seeds

carom seeds

    •    The thymol content in carom seeds hinders the growth of stomach worms.

    •    Eat a small piece of jaggery on an empty stomach and after 15 minutes, consume ¼ or ½ teaspoon of crushed carom seeds and then quickly drink a glass of water. Repeat daily once for about 2 weeks.

 

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stomach ache

Nearly everyone has had a stomach ache at one point or the other. Stomach pain can be  intermittent or persistent, it can come and go or show up only after consuming food. Stomach ache can be dull, crampy, or sharp.

 

Symptoms

 

    •    Abdominal pain is the main symptom of stomach ache.

    •    You may experience diarrhea, constipation, and notice blood in stool.

    •    Cough, dizziness, hip pain, bloating, and headaches are also signs of stomach pain.

    •    Pelvic pain, urinary problems, visionary problems are also indications of stomach ache.

    •    There are number of other symptoms associated with stomach ache, such as vomiting, loss of appetite, fever, unexplained loss of weight, etc.

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Causes

 

    •    Indigestion and stomach virus are the two most common causes of stomach ache.

    •    Menstruation may cause stomach pain for some women.

    •    Food poisoning or food allergies also lead to stomach ache.

    •    Medical conditions such as ulcers, hernia, pelvic inflammatory disease, irritable bowel syndrome, appendicitis, endometriosis, etc., cause stomach ache.

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Home Remedies To Cure Stomach Ache

 

Ginger

ginger

  • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of ginger promote digestion and help reduce stomach ache. In addition, ginger decreases the production of free radicals and thus helps neutralize stomach acids.
  • Cut a ginger root into slices and add it to a cup of water. Boil it for 3-4 minutes and then simmer for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Strain it and add little honey. Drink this 3-4 times daily to improve digestion and ease stomach ache.
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Fennel

 

  • Fennel seeds are a great remedy for stomach ache caused due to indigestion. Fennel seeds have anti-microbial, pain reducing, diuretic, and carminative properties.
  • Mix one teaspoon of fennel seed powder to a cup of water and boil it for 7-8 minutes. Allow it to cool and strain it. Add little honey and drink it. 
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Asefetida

 

  • Asefetida, also known as hing, is helpful for treating stomach ache due to its antispasmodic and antiflatulent properties.
  • Add a pinch of asefetida to a glass of water and drink it. Repeat 3-4 times a day.
  • Alternatively, add a pinch of asefetida and salt to a glass of buttermilk and drink it 1-2 times a day.

 

Lemon and Baking soda

lemon and baking soda

  • Baking soda and  lemon are very helpful if you've stomach ache due to infection. Baking soda relieves bloating and lemon removes free radicals from the body.
  • Squeeze a fresh lemon and add its juice, one teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4th teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Drink this solution quickly. Repeat 3-4 times a day.

 

 

 

 

 

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snoring

Snoring is a common phenomenon, basically, it is a sound caused when the tissues in the airways relax and  narrows airways. Snoring is more common in men than women and can worsen with age. 

 

Symptoms

 

  • Noise during sleep.
  • You may feel excessive sleepiness during daytime.
  • You may notice difficulty concentrating.
  • Sore throat, morning headaches, gasping/choking at night are all indications of snoring.
  • Restless sleep is also a sign of snoring.

 

Causes

 

  • Mouth anatomy; having low and thick soft palate narrows airway and leads to snoring.
  • Nasal problems, sleep deprivation also contribute to snoring.
  • Enlarged tissues in the throat, nose, or mouth are also common causes of snoring.
  • Alcohol consumption before bedtime results in snoring.
  • Medications taken for allergies, anxiety, depression, etc., make you snore.

 

Home Remedies To Cure Snoring

 

Peppermint

peppermint

  • Due to anti-inflammatory property, peppermint helps reduce membrane swelling in the lining of the nostrils and throat and hence promotes easy breathing. It is a best remedy for temporary snoring due to cold or allergy.
  • Add few drops of peppermint oil to a glass of water and gargle with it before going to bed.
  • Also, rub peppermint oil into the lower portions of your nose before going to bed. Repeat daily until you see the desired result.

 

Clarified Butter

 

  • Clarified butter opens up the nasal passage and helps you breath freely.
  • Slightly warm clarified butter and put 2-3 drops into each nostril using a dropper. Repeat daily before going to bed and again soon after waking up in the morning.

 

Turmeric

 

  • Antiseptic and antibiotic properties of turmeric can treat inflammation and reduces heavy snoring. Use turmeric with milk for better result.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder with a glass of warm milk and drink it about 30 minutes before going to bed. Repeat daily until you stop snoring.
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Cardamom

cardamom

  • Cardamom is an excellent expectorant and decongestant agent and it effectively opens up the blocked nasal passage. Easy and uninterrupted air passage reduces the possibility of snoring.
  • Add half a teaspoon of cardamom powder to a glass of warm milk. Drink it about 30 minutes before going to bed. Repeat daily for best result.

 

Garlic

 

  • Garlic prevents mucus from building up in the nasal passage. It is helpful if you are snoring due to sinus blockage,
  • Chew 1-2 fresh, raw garlic and then drink some water. Repeat this daily before going to bed.
  • You can also add garlic in your daily diet.
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