Sinusitis and Catarrh


Sinusitis and Catarrh

Location of the sinuses

The nasal sinuses are bony cavities found:

- on either side of the nose in the cheeks (maxillary sinuses)

- just above the root of the nose and over the inner roof of the eyes (frontal sinuses; these are smaller)

- at the back of the upper part of the nose (ethmoid sinuses)

- They are all lined with a moist mucous membrane which is the same as the membranes of the trachea and the bronchi into the lungs.

Acute Sinusitis

When a patient gets an upper respiratory tract infection, all the parts of the system may be affected - nose, sinuses, throat, larynx, trachea and bronchi, and the lungs, and so initial treatment is of a typical cold or influenza.

Longstanding Sinusitis

This is often due to the presence of polyps or bony malformations, which give rise to inadequate drainage or discharge. There is often great damage to the mucuous membranes of the sinus or sinuses, caused by the combination of lack of drainage, infections, and large quantities of pus-like discharge. To prescribe homoeopathic remedies, consider any type of pain and its distribution, and the type of catarrh, together with those physical conditions which either worsen or improve them.

The type of discharge may be a very important guide: -yellow, green-yellow/green-bloody, watery-thick and stringy

Sticky mucus down back of throat, difficult to clear. Pain over root or bridge of nose, like heavy spectacles. There may be redness of the eye. Pain either frontal and worse with pressure, or around the eyes and shooting to tempora area. Worse with extremes of temperature and at night.

Yellow discharge. Splinter-like pains in bones of face; very sensitive to touch and cold draught. Better in damp warmth.

Worse from dry cold draughts and touch.

Discharge of thick, sticky, stringy yellow or greenish- yellow mucus; can be bloodstained. Forms crests in nose or a post-nasal drip causing frequent throat clearing. Better from local heat. Worse in the morning and in hot weather.

Intense pain over eyes and root of nose. Profuse, hot, watery nasal discharge - goes on either to dry nose or to thicker greenish discharge.

Intense pain when the pus-like discharge stops due to the blockage of the sinuses. Pain better when flow starts again. Mottled purple swelling over affected sinus.

Worse after sleep and from pressure. Better for local warmth.

Cinnabaris 6c or 30c. One dose morning and evening. Stop with improvement.

Hepar Sulphuris 6c. One dose morning, noon and evening (increases discharge). Stop with improvement.

Hepar Sulphuris 30c. One dose twice daily. The higher potency will reduce the discharge.

Kali Bichromicum 6c or 30c. One dose morning or evening. Stop with improvement.

Kali Iodatum 6c. One dose 4 times a day. Stop with improvement.

Lachesis 30c. One dose 4 times a day. Stop with improvement.

Aching in bones of face, worse in warm room and at night time. Sneezing worse in sunshine. Nostrils feel raw, ulcerated, swollen. Yellowish green pus-like discharge.

Bloodstained discharge. Severe pain in bones of face which are very sensitive to cold draughts. Generally worse at night and from cold air. Yellow, thick ropy but fluid discharge from nose, and posterior nasal drip.

Very offensive pus-like discharge. Throbbing, bursting pain. Restless. Fanlike motion of nostrils. Relief from motion and warmth.

Catarrh headache before discharge appears. Fullness at root of nose; constant need to blow nose, but with no discharge. Worse for change of temperature.

Mercurius Solubilis 6c. One dose 4 times a day. Stop with improvement.

Mezereum 6c or 30c. One dose 4 times a day. Stop with improvement.

Pyrogen 6c or 30c. One dose morning or evening. Stop with improvement.

Sticta 6c. One dose 4 times a day. Stop with improvement

Taken from: Everyday Homoeopathy(Second Edition) by Dr Gemmell, by kind permission of Beaconsfield Publishers

British Homoeopathic Association (BHA).

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