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  • Pain and tenderness over the infected sinus. The pain is often throbbing and worse when you bend your head forward. Chewing may be painful.
  • Nasal symptoms. You may have either:
    • A blocked nose. Both sides of your nose usually feel blocked. Your sense of smell may also go for a while.
    • A runny nose. If the discharge is greeny/yellow, it is more likely that you have a germ (bacterial) infection in your sinuses. The green/yellow colour is due to infected mucus and pus. A runny nose may dry up if the sinus drainage channels become blocked with thick mucus. If this happens, pain and tenderness over the infected sinus may become worse.
  • A high temperature (fever). This may develop and you may feel generally unwell.

Other symptoms that may occur include:

  • Headache
  • Bad breath
  • Toothache
  • Cough
  • A feeling of pressure or fullness in the ears
  • Tiredness

In children, symptoms may include:

  • Irritability
  • Ear discomfort
  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Feeding difficulty
  • Nasal speech

Your doctor can usually diagnose acute sinusitis from listening to your typical symptoms. They may also check to see if you have a temperature or if you have tenderness over your sinuses. They may examine your nose, as often the lining of the nose is swollen in acute sinusitis. Investigations are not usually needed to diagnose acute sinusitis. Occasionally, blood tests, X-rays or scans are advised if the diagnosis is not clear.

Are antibiotics needed?

Not usually. Most cases of acute sinusitis are due to infection with a germ called a virus. Like with colds, the immune system usually clears the virus and symptoms generally go within a couple of weeks. Antibiotics do not kill viruses. Also, even if the infection is caused by germs called bacteria, the immune system will usually clear it away. So, for most people with acute sinusitis, antibiotics are not needed. Antibiotics can also cause side-effects. Side-effects can include diarrhoea, a feeling of sickness (nausea), being sick (vomiting), skin rashes and fungal infection (thrush). However, antibiotics are sometimes useful. Your doctor is not likely to prescribe an antibiotic for a mild bout of acute sinusitis. But a course of antibiotics may be prescribed in some cases - for example:

  • If your symptoms are severe or if you are very unwell.
  • If you have another illness such as cystic fibrosis, heart problems or a weakened immune system.
  • If your symptoms are not settling within seven days, or are worsening.
Treatment to relieve symptoms

Some treatments may help to relieve symptoms whilst waiting for your immune system to clear the infection. These include the following:

  • Painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen will usually ease any pain. They will also help to bring down any high temperature (fever) that you may have. Sometimes stronger painkillers such as codeine are needed for a short time.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays or drops are sometimes used. You can buy these from pharmacies. They may briefly relieve a blocked nose. However, they are not thought to shorten the duration of acute sinusitis. You should not use a decongestant spray or drops for more than 5-7 days at a time. If they are used for longer than this, they may cause a worse rebound congestion in the nose.
  • Keeping hydrated can be helpful, so have plenty of drinks.
  • Warm face packs held over the sinuses may help to ease pain.
  • Saline nasal drops may help to relieve congestion and blockage in the nose.

Steam inhalation is a traditional remedy but is now not usually advised. This is because there is little evidence that it helps. Also, there have been some reports of people burning themselves trying to breathe in steam from a kettle. However, some people say that their nose feels clearer for a short while after a hot shower.

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Migraine Headache Symptoms

Anyone who has experienced a migraine knows this: Migraine headaches are painful. These intense headaches can cause nausea; vomiting; sensitivity to sounds, smells, and light; and vision changes. If you experience sporadic migraines, the headache and symptoms may last only a day or two. If you suffer from chronic migraines, however, the symptoms may occur 15 days or more each month.

Causes

What Causes Migraines?

Migraine headaches are a bit of a mystery. Researchers have identified possible causes, but no definitive causes have been declared. Possible theories include:

  • Central nervous system disorder. An underlying disorder may set off a migraine episode when the disorder is triggered.

  • Vascular problem. Irregularities in the brain’s blood vessel system may cause migraines.
       
  • Genes. Having a family member who experiences migraine headaches increases your risk for having migraines, so researchers suspect an inherited gene may cause migraines.

  • Chemical abnormalities. Several types of brain chemicals and nerve pathways are active during a migraine headache. Abnormalities in any of these areas may cause migraine.
What Can Trigger a Migraine

Unfortunately, because scientists have not been able to identify a cause, the best way to avoid migraines is to avoid what triggers them. Migraine triggers are unique to each person. What causes a migraine for one person might not for someone else. It’s not uncommon for a person to have several migraine triggers. The most common migraine triggers include:

  • Food. Salty foods or aged foods, such as cheese and salami, may cause migraine headaches. Highly processed foods can trigger a migraine, too.

  • Skipping meals. People with a history of migraines shouldn’t skip meals or fast unless it is done under a doctor’s supervision. Missing a meal can cause a migraine.
       
  • Drink. Alcohol and caffeine may cause headaches.
       
  • Preservatives and sweeteners. Some artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, can trigger a migraine. The popular preservative monosodium glutamate (MSG) can, too. Read labels to avoid them.
       
  • Sensory stimulation. Unusually bright lights, loud noises, or strong smells may set off a migraine headache, as can flashing lights or bright sun. Strong scents, such as perfume, paint, and cigarette smoke, are common triggers.
      
  •  Hormonal changes. Hormone shifts are an especially common migraine trigger for women. Fluctuating levels of estrogen may trigger headaches. For example, many women report developing migraine headaches right before or even during their period. That’s because estrogen levels fall dramatically during that time. Other women may develop hormone-induced migraines during pregnancy or menopause.
       
  • Hormone medications. Medications, such as birth control and hormone replacement therapies, can trigger or worsen a migraine. However, in some cases, these medicines can actually reduce a woman’s migraine headaches.
       
  • Other medications. Vasodilators, such as nitroglycerin, can trigger a migraine.
       
  • Stress. Constant mental stress can cause migraines. Home life and work life are two of the most common sources of stress. Stress damages your body and your mind if you aren’t able to control it effectively.
     
  • Physical stress. Extreme exercise, physical exertion, and even sexual activity can trigger migraine headaches.
       
  • Sleep cycle changes. If you’re not getting regular, routine sleep, you may experience more migraines. Don’t bother trying to “make up” for lost sleep on the weekends, either. Too much sleep is just as likely to cause a headache as too little.
       
  • Weather changes. What Mother Nature is doing outside may affect how you feel on the inside. Changes in weather and shifts in barometric pressure can trigger a migraine.
     

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For those looking to lose 10 pounds, swimming is a unique and effective alternative to other types of cardio workouts like running or biking. Swimming is one of the best forms of cardiovascular exercise because it works the entire body, but also provides a low-impact form of exercise. Regardless of your swimming ability, with some practice, you should be able to hit the pool and lose some weight when swimming.

What are the Health Benefits of Swimming?

According to the American Heart Association, 30 to 60 minutes of swimming 4 to 6 days a week can help individuals both lose weight and reduce health risks such as stoke, diabetes and heart disease.

Unlike running, biking, and many other forms of cardio, swimming provides a full body workout. Muscles in the lower body, upper body, core, and back will all be worked and strengthen during a good swimming workout. In addition to these muscles, swimming also helps strengthen both the heart and lungs.

Swimming is often recommended for individuals with joint problems. This low-impact exercise does not put additional stress upon knees, hips, or backs, unlike running or biking.

How to Lose Weight Swimming

Combined with a healthy, well-balanced diet, individuals who commit themselves to a regular swimming routine should be able to lose weight. With that goal in mind, spending 60 minutes a day, 4 to 6 days a week in the pool should yield results.

If you are new to swimming, start slowly. During the first week, begin by doing intervals. Swim for 30 seconds and then rest for 30 seconds. As this gets easier, begin to increase your swim time and reduce your rest interval. Repeat for 30 minutes. Aim to advance to 60 minutes and to the point where you can swim up to 20 laps, or 500 meters, without stopping.

For more advanced swimmers, to be able to lose weight, you will need to maintain proper form and keep your heart rate elevated to reap the benefits of this cardiovascular exercise. Like the above routine, you will want to focus upon interval training. Try to sprint for three laps and then swim one lap slowly. At the end of the last lap, stop and rest for 30 seconds. Continue to repeat this process for 60 minutes. To avoid boredom, consider switching to different stokes such as backstroke or the ever challenging butterfly. Additionally, you can add kicking exercise, where you utilize a kick board, to your routine.

Appetite Warning

The University of Florida completed a 3 month study of swimming and determined that certain individuals actually gained weight when following a swimming regiment. This research determined that some people have their appetites stimulated after prolonged exposure to cold water temperatures. Be aware of this and refrain from eating back all those calories you burned during your workout.