I have to do away with coffee! That is what I found out as I tried to search for the cause of my continued eye irritation and morning headaches. It turned out that I do have a sinus headache and sinusitis and one way to prevent that is to stop drinking my favorite coffee and Cobra energy drink.

I had a runny nose about a week ago and then I though Neozep did the trick. Then I suffered from irritable eyes, I usually intake Apaxin in order to cure it but it did not subside and then for four days now I am suffering from morning headache. Today, I decided to search for it online and found out that it was caused by sinusitis.

The most common symptoms of sinusitis are:
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Clear, thin discharge from the nose (as in chronic sinusitis), or thick yellow or green discharge from the nose, sometimes tinged with blood (as in acute sinusitis)
  • Sneezing and/or coughing
  • Pain over the bridge of the nose
  • Headache that is worse in the morning, when bending forward, or when riding an elevator
  • Postnasal drip from the nose into the throat
  • Frequent throat clearing
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Reduced sense of smell and/or taste
  • Bad breath
  • Fever and chills
  • Pain in the roof of the mouth or teeth
  • Face and eye pain
There are also less common symptoms like...
  • Earache, feeling of fullness in the ear, swelling and tenderness behind the ear, and/or ear popping due to mucus in the eustachian tube of the ear
  • Sore throat and hoarse voice caused by infected postnasal drip
  • Swelling of the eye area due to a spread of infection from the sinuses to the eye
  • Severe headache with vomiting, a very rare symptom, which indicates the possibility of meningitis, caused by a spread of the infection into the brain.

Treating sinusitis can be done by the person affected. Here are the sinusitis treatment procedures that I have scouted online:
  • Drink more water.
  • Keep the nostrils moist with saline nasal sprays, a humidifier, or by breathing steam from a basin of hot water. A saline rinse can be made at home by mixing one cup of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. A bulb syringe like those used to clear the nose and throat of babies can be used to rinse the sinuses with the saline solution.
  • Discontinue eating dairy products, such as milk and cheese, until symptoms subside, since dairy products contribute to mucus production in the body.
  • Avoid substances that dehydrate the body, such as spicy foods, alcoholic beverages, tea, and coffee.
  • Avoid excessive forceful nose-blowing.
  • Avoid swimming or diving, which can put undue pressure on the sinuses.
  • Avoid air travel, or use a decongestantnasal spray if a flight is unavoidable.
  • Consult a doctor immediately if a fever or thick yellow or green mucus is present.
A better way to really avoid sinusitis is to prevent it. As the saying goes that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Here are ways to prevent sinusitis:
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a balanced diet.
  • Keep air filtration systems in your home or workplace clean.
  • Use nose plugs when swimming or diving in a pool, to keep chlorine from irritating the sinuses.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to maintain adequate moisture in the body.
  • Use a humidifier if air is dry, especially during winter months when artificial heat intensifies the dryness of the air.
  • Avoid allergens whenever possible.
  • Use coffee, tea, alcohol, and dairy products in moderation.
  • Do not smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Avoid stress as much as possible.
  • Take vitamin supplements to maintain a healthy immune system.
  • There is some evidence that garlic tablets (available at a pharmacy or health food store) can help strengthen the immune system.
I would like to thank eHealth MD for their reliable information regarding sinusitis.  I hope I will be able to be back on my feet soon.

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  1. WINDOWLAD // July 16, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    ...haha... that's terrible..(-_-)

    ..nice stop...

  2. David D'Angelo // July 17, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    This is terrible indeed and I am trying to do away with coffee :(