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Sinus Infection

Sinus Infections

Herbal remedies for sinus infections in cats and dogs to relieve problems such as bleeding and congestion.

The complexity of the immune system requires a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal immune function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated, to enhance the growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism for  all types of arthritis, cancer and tumors, to protect healthy cellular response, to protect against invasion by potential allergens and pathogens, for most types of viral and bacterial diseases and diseases and for all types of inflammation and auto immune diseases.

An animal’s sinuses are the air chambers in the bone behind the area above the eyes and behind the cheeks. A sinus infection occurs when the lining of the sinus passages in the nasal cavity become inflamed. This can be caused by inhaled bacteria, fungi and sometimes tooth abscesses. Normally, mucous cleans the bacteria and other particles that collect in the sinuses.

With the help of tiny hairs called cilia, mucous is moved out of sinuses so that it can drain into the nasal passages. When an animal has a cold or allergy attack, his or her sinuses become inflamed or infected and drainage cannot occur. Pets that suffer from allergies, asthma or have a weak immune system are more prone to sinus problems.

Bacterial or viral infection, allergies, changes in temperature, pollution and chemical fumes can worsen blocked sinuses. If left untreated, sinusitis can become serious and lead to eye infections. An animal with a sinus infection may experience pain or pressure in the forehead and around the eyes, stuffy or runny nose and even fever.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used to promote a strong immune system, to help maintain healthy sinuses and clear nasal passages for optimal respiratory functioning, to reduce the likelihood and symptoms of a sinus infection, to help keep an animal free of infection, to soothe all bodily systems affected by infection, to reduce inflammation, diseases and conditions related to infection, to maintain the normal balance of gut microflora ,to help maintain the body's water balance and to address mucous levels and congestion.

I Feel Good! –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteroporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

The Green Machine – (learn more) is used as a cardio tonic to improve the heart and circulatory systems, to strengthen heart muscles, to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining heart health, to support muscle and cell healing for all parts of the body including the brain, to protect cell walls and to support strong blood vessels, to support the strength of veins and arteries and as a cognitive tonic to stimulate alpha brain waves, to promote healthy brain function and for its benefits to the heart, circulatory and nervous systems.

Life’s An Itch! - (learn more) promotes optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin, atopic and parasitic allergens, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues, alleviates respiratory congestion, as a bronchodilator, for asthma, coughs, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, swelling, inflammation, hair loss, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections.

Feed your pet a healthy, well balanced diet that contains plenty of vegetables to boost the immune system

Try to increase the moisture and humidity in the air. This will help to promote drainage of the nasal passages. Try coaxing your pet into the bathroom while you take a hot shower (keeping doors and windows closed so it steams up).

Keep your pet’s nose clean. Use a warm soft washcloth to GENTLY wipe away dried mucous crusts from the nasal area – helping them to breathe easier.

Pamper your pet’s nose. Nasal drainage can irritate your pet’s sensitive nose. Try using damp cotton wool to gently clean the nose area and then dry it gently (pat using a soft cloth). You may also want to add a small amount of un-scented petroleum jelly – just make sure not to block the nostrils!

Encourage your pet to drink lots of water which prevents congestion, drains the mucous and increases moisture in the body

Practice good hygiene habits by washing your pets bowls thoroughly with hot water and natural soap

Try and minimize your pet’s contact with strays who may have colds or sniffles

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Conventional Remedies:

As a pet owner you may notice that your pet is sneezing - he or she may also have discharge from the eyes and nose. Animals may cough or gag due to a postnasal drip. Cats with a sinus infection may stop eating due to a decrease in their sense of smell – this is a serious consequence of sinus infection, as they can quickly become dehydrated and will need prompt veterinary attention.

If your pet has not had sinus issues before, you may want to take him or her to a vet for a check-up. The diagnosis of sinusitis is based on the animal’s physical symptoms, examination by a vet and medical history. Sometimes, x-rays may be ordered for a more accurate diagnosis.

Sinus infections are usually treated with antibiotic drugs that are prescribed long-term in order to achieve penetration of the drug into the sinuses. Anti-inflammatory drugs are sometimes also used. Pets that are prone to recurrent sinus infections may be prescribed chronic medication for prevention.

Although antibiotics and anti-inflammatories may be useful in clearing the symptoms of sinus infection in pets, long-term usage is not always the best thing for your pet's overall health profile. Long-term use of anti-inflammatories may also lead to further complications, including stomach ulcers and other digestive problems.

 

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