Sinus infections are often caused by the build up of bacteria that is in your sinuses. When you have allergy symptoms such as profuse mucus and it is allowed to build up in your sinuses, it can easily grow bacteria.
The most common symptom of a sinus infection is a lot of nasal discharge. If you have infected sinuses, the discharge is normally yellow, brown or green.
People do not know how dangerous sinus infections can become. The bacteria that is in your sinuses can drain down your throat and into your lungs. This can cause a lung infection or pneumonia. It is not common for this to happen, but it is possible. When you have a sinus infection, you should consult your natural health care practitioner, such as your acupuncturist or naturopath.
If you have a lot of allergies or sinus blockage problems, you can easily get infections. The bacteria that is normally present in your sinuses can grow out of control if you give it moisture. You could have an unusual sinus shape that makes this more likely. See you acupuncturist about this.
If you keep your sinuses open with natural drainage, you will be less likely to get an infection. Chinese herbs can be very effective to treat sinus problems and clear out the infection. There are many natural herbs to treat infections.
If a patient of mine has a sinus infection, I give her herbs that kill bacteria, such as andrographis. I have good results with andrographis for infections and also use it for colds and flu. It is very popular in China to kill bacteria anywhere in the body.
It is important to address all possible causes of sinus infections and sinusitis. Common causes include: food allergies, mold allergies, pet allergies, a low immune system and dust mite allergies. In fact, after 7 years they say everyone should replace their bed, because they become filled with allergens and are likely to cause allergic reactions in sensitive people.