January 29, 2023


“Dr Irena’s” Health Tips – No. 9

We recently had contact with a retired UK doctor who now liDr Irena photoves in North Cyprus and met her at Kamiloglu Hospital – Kyrenia Medical Centre where she was looking after reception/patient liaison along with other English speaking people who are giving their time to ensure a good medical service for English speaking expatriates.

Irena kindly offered to write some articles about basic health issues which may be of interest to our readers.


By Irena Hulson.

Sinus Pain Attack!

Sinus problems and sinus-related symptoms are common reasons people see their doctors. Symptoms include pain in the forehead or between the eyes, toothache, feeling of fullness in the mid-face, stuffy nose, and congestion.

What Are Sinuses?

Your sinuses are air spaces in your skull and facial bones that make Sinusup the upper part of your respiratory tract from your nose into your throat. The sinuses are in your forehead (frontal sinuses), inside your cheekbones (maxillary sinuses), and behind the nose (ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses).

What Is Sinusitis?

Inflammation of the tissues lining the sinuses is called sinusitis. Infections with viruses or bacteria or allergies cause the majority of cases of sinusitis.

May start as a cold.  Most cases of sinusitis start off with the inflammation from a virus such as the common cold. This inflammation can lead to bacterial colonization and cause a bacterial sinus infection.

Sinusitis Symptoms

Pressure and pain in the sinuses (in different areas of the face or behind the eyes) are the main symptoms of sinusitis. More severe infections may lead to a yellow or green discharge from the nose, sore throat, headache, fever, and an overall feeling of fatigue.

Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis is defined as inflammation of the sinuses that lasts for more than three months. Chronic sinusitis Woman with sinus pressuremay be caused by allergies, abnormal sinus anatomy that leads to chronic blockage (polyps), or dental problems.

Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are an overgrowth of tissue within the sinuses that can block the flow of mucus and air.

Nasal Decongestants

Nasal sprays and nasal decongestants can be used for relief of the symptoms of acute sinusitis. These medications help shrink the inflamed tissue and allow secretions and air to pass through more easily. Over-the-counter nasal spray decongestants should only be used for a maximum of three days. After this, the tissues can become more inflamed and lead to a disorder called rhinitis medicamentosa.

Antibiotics Usually Unnecessary

Most cases of sinusitis are triggered by viruses such as the common Sinus good, badcold virus or rhinovirus Sinus inflammation triggered by viruses does not respond to antibiotics. Antibiotics should only be used in cases of sinusitis where a bacteria pathogen is suspected by your doctor or documented by a culture of the mucus from your sinuses.

Eating Allergy-Related Sinusitis

Home remedies can help relieve some symptoms of sinusitis. Irrigation of the sinuses with a Neti-pot or squeeze bottle, or breathing in warm humidified air can help decrease symptoms of sinusitis. If symptoms are due to allergies, over-the-counter antihistamines may help.

Sinusitis Prevention

You may not be able to completely avoid getting sinusitis, but there are ways to prevent it in some cases:

  • Do not smoke
  • Avoid dry environments
  • Use a humidifier when needed
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Seek treatment for chronic allergies that can trigger sinus inflammation

Editor’s Note “The opinions, advice or proposals within the article are purely those of the author and do not, in any way, represent those of Cyprusscene.com”


2 thoughts on “North Cyprus Health Tips – Sinus – by “Dr Irena”

  1. When I was a teenager and lived in Ireland – very damp environment I suffered dreadfully from sinusitis – regularly on advice of doctor to have sinus washouts – horrible procedure – which actually exacerbates the condition – then quite by accident discovered menthol crystals – very old fashioned remedy – just a few crystals (available from any pharmacy very cheaply) put into a bowl of boiling water – towel over your head and inhale a few times – feel as if your head is leaving your body – believe me it only took about three goes for the condition never to come back. Hope it works for you.

    1. Thank you for your comment, sometimes the old fashioned remedies are the best. Glad you didn’t have a recurrence of the problem. Maybe others will try your remedy if they haven’t been successful with anything else. I can remember inhaling the steam from boiling water with a towel over my head but can’t remember what it was or what the problem was, but then again Mums used the old fashioned remedy for many things.

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