sinus infection

The nose and sinuses – our natural air-purifier

The nose and the sinuses

A GP told me that it is normal to develop an Upper and Lower RTI (Respiratory Tract Infection) at the same time. The mucus from the infected sinuses drips down the back of the throat and infects the lungs, he explained. The post nasal drip (PND) is part of the natural air-purifiing qualities from the nose. The drip should be barely noticed and is part of the swallowing processes.

The reason I am writing this post, is because one of my grandchildren has been struggling to over come a virus. The GP denied a sinus infection and denied a chest infection because she said children do not have sinuses, then she qualified that and said well they do but they are closed. If you read this link you will see that babies and children can get infected sinuses: Best Children’s Hospital.

The reason I wrote the other post: Sepsis is because the grandchild became very ill despite numerous visits to the GPs and hospitals and was admitted to hospital with a high temperature and breathing difficulties. It is the most terrifying experience but the paediatric unit deserves every ounce of praise and we can’t thank them enough for their bedside manner, care and expertise.

Glands in your nose, throat and airways produce a thick mucus which moistens and cleans the nasal membranes, humidifies the air in the airways, traps and clears inhaled foreign matter and fights infections. The foreign matter can be virus, bacteria, dust, pollen, pet dander, yeasts, moulds and allergens. The nose is the body’s natural air-purifier.

Naturally the more toxins and infected material this system meets the more mucus is produced causing it to thicken more, which then can’t flow as easily through the tiny capillaries and membranes. Stagnation occurs, bacteria grows and an infection manifests which is a simplified explanation of why a virus can cause a bacterial infection. It is simply toxin overload.

However this year with the mild weather in the UK, pollutants in the air have been more prevalent and concentrated with the low cloud, smoke from fires, and car exhaust and then static from carpets and clothes attracting particles, all contribute to a sinus infection and make a virus infection worse. Tight muscles caused by the cold or working practices or stress reduce the flow of the body’s fluid that removes toxins.

Complications of sinus infections can be life threatening if the sinus near the brain get too infected. Sinus infections causing chest infections also carry worrying concerns as pneumonia may occur.

Medication to kill bacteria and virus

Pharmaceutical medication – antibiotics, are used when a bacteria is present, there are some anti-viral medications but not for the common cold because these virus mutate and change and the viral medication would have to change too.

However there are some natural products that are anti-bacterial and anti-viral. They are: tea-tree, neem oil, caster oil, many essential oils and colloidal silver.

I generally use Colloidal Silver from UK Colloidal Silver to stop infections in their tracks. So why did I get so ill with a double infection of the sinus and chest. I was in a lot of pain (understatement) in my head and in my lungs.

Colloidal silver is an ancient remedy dating back to Hippocrates that kills bacteria, virus and yeast infections. I know it works I have been using it for years. Those who sell Colloidal silver are not permitted to suggest a dosage because colloidal silver is a natural product. All natural products have several elements that aid the healing processes of the product; which makes testing the product impossible because science only tests one element at a time, and without the scientific tests the Government apply certain restrictions on natural products one of them being that you are not allowed to advise on the dosage on websites, but you can on a one to one basis i.e. a Herbalist to a patient. Hence not knowing how much colloidal silver to take.

Quite simply I was not taking enough colloidal silver, which when fighting an infection should be 10 mls every hour to add up to 90 mls in a day or 30 mls 3 times a day for at least a week if not longer, I also used a spray bottle: Liberally spray and sniff up the nose, into the eyes and ears morning, mid-day and evening and breathe in the spray too.

When in full health, then a maintenance dose is suggested of 10 mls a day.  It is possible to get argyria – skin staining, but you would have to be consuming a litre a day for 2 years which is not only a ridiculously huge amount to be taking but extremely costly.

What are the requirements to demonstrate traditional use of a remedy?

  1. Under the proposed Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products applicants are required to produce bibliographic or expert evidence of traditional use. In summary, the medicinal product in question or corresponding products(s) should have been in medicinal use throughout a period of at least 30 years preceding the date of application. At least 15 of the 30 years use must relate to the European Union.

Not knowing the dose for an acute infection would have been one reason why the colloidal silver I was taking was not ‘man’ enough.

The Sinuses

There are 8 sinuses 4 on either side of the face near or underneath the bones they are named after. They are air filled sacks lined with mucus membranes. The mucus removes toxins as the air, from breathing through the nose, passes through the nose and sinuses.

Children as young as one year can develop sinus bacterial infections, even younger than this although that is rare.

Babies and Children can get sinus bacterial infections

“The ethmoid and the maxillary sinuses form in the third to fourth gestational month and, accordingly, are present at birth. The sphenoid sinuses are generally pneumatized by 5 years of age; the frontal sinuses appear at age 7 to 8 years but are not completely developed until late adolescence.

A subcommittee, composed of pediatricians with expertise in infectious disease, allergy, epidemiology, family practice, and pediatric practice, supplemented with an otolaryngologist and radiologist, were selected to formulate the practice parameter.

Three specific issues were considered: 1) evidence for the efficacy of various antibiotics in children; 2) evidence for the efficacy of various ancillary, nonantibiotic regimens; and 3) the diagnostic accuracy and concordance of clinical symptoms, radiography (and other imaging methods), and sinus aspiration.

It is recommended that the diagnosis of acute bacterial sinusitis be based on clinical criteria in children ≤6 years of age who present with upper respiratory symptoms that are either persistent or severe.

The common predisposing events that set the stage for acute bacterial sinusitis are acute viral upper respiratory infections that result in a viral rhinosinusitis (a diffuse mucositis that predisposes to approximately 80% of bacterial sinus infections) and allergic inflammation (that predisposes to 20% of bacterial sinus infections).”

Sinus infection affects 31 million americans every year and can be life-threatening. Therefore don’t put up with a headache, ear ache, stuffy nose and get a diagnosis and always have a bottle of colloidal silver to hand.

If you are worried about your child, keep going to see the GP or out of hours surgery and just keep on knocking on their door until your child is 100% well again.

NHS Post Nasal Drip

Best children’s hospital



UK Colloidal Silver

Viral vs Bacterial Sinus Infections

UK GOV Guidance on traditional use medicines

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