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Respiratory tract infections

Sinusitis — inflammation of the sinuses

There are four distinct sinus areas, which together make up the paranasal sinuses and are all subject to infection to greater or lesser degrees.

In healthy individuals, the system of paranasal sinuses is well ventilated and offers ample room for air to circulate. In the case of a viral head cold, the sinuses are also affected in the majority of instances. When mucous membranes swell, sinus drainage is impeded. The flow of mucus is blocked allowing other pathogens such as bacteria to invade and multiply.

Typical symptoms of sinusitis include sniffing, head and facial pains that are stronger when the patient bends over, a feeling of weakness and, in some cases, fever.

When treating sinusitis, the aim is to reinstate air circulation in the paranasal passages. In the case of an acute inflammation (the stage before it turns chronic), decongestant medication and nose sprays can help mucus flow and sinus drainage. Drinking larger volumes of liquid (up to three to four litres of water or tea) also helps to loosen mucus.

Here again, EPs® 7630 can be helpful for the patient: As it works by increasing the ciliary beat rate in the respiratory tract, thick mucus is transported away more easily, thus depriving the pathogens of a suitable breeding ground to proliferate further.

Should symptoms persist or get worse, a doctor should be consulted in order to check whether bacteria have infected the sinuses. If so, antibiotics may be indicated.

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