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Everyday we are exposed to allergy causing elements and many of them affect us. The most common of them include pollen allergy, sinus, asthma and other nasal allergies. Another important reason for allergy is the seasonal climate change which triggers various health issues including all the above allergies especially in metropolitan cities and thickly populated areas.

Wide Spread Allergies

On a daily basis a single doctor in a city like Bangalore treats 5-7 patients with nasal allergies, chronic sinusitis and nasal obstruction.  For a typical ENT surgeon, these cases can be high as 30-40 percent of the daily patient load which points to the national prevalence of chronic sinusitis in 1 out of 8 Indians, as per the National Institute of Allergy and infectious diseases. This seems to be very high and very concerning figure of the prevalence of sinusitis in the country.

How to treat Sinusitis?

Sinusitis can be controlled with medication, lifestyle changes and surgeries, which are also ways to control other allergies. Many patients show signs of improvement with courses of antibiotics, nasal sprays and anti-allergy medications. Yet may suffer from sinusitis inspite of treatment for months together. This patients require even surgical correction to improve air circulation into the sinuses. But many people delay surgical treatment in the hope that the headaches will disappear over time. The delay in treatment can affect the eye or brain and lead to a poor quality of life.

Tips for keeping sinusitis away

It is advisable to use salt water sprays to keep the nasal passage and sinuses clean. Salt water does not cause any side effects and they wash the nasal passages. Salt water also clears the collected mucus that causes the inflammations. Jal Neeti and Yoga are natural ways to treat sinusitis. Certain forms of yoga/ Jal Neeti(swimmimg ) helps to improve circulation within the sinuses. If medications and natural therapies fail then it is advised to seek surgical treatment.

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