Swelling in Maxillary Sinus and Lymph Node

Question by Amber (Martinsburg, PA) on 12/05/2006

I stumbled upon your website last night and couldn't stop reading it. It's the best! About 2 months ago I went off of my anti-anxiety/depression med. and it seemed to throw my body into a medical mess. I have had every cold or flu that's come my way. Most recently I had a seriously bad sinus infection, I wound up in the ER because we didn't know what was wrong with me. I had sinus x-ray's and they came back normal. But the CT scan revealed that I had terrible swelling behind my eyes. The doctor prescribed Ciprofloxan and Prednisone. I took the Cipro but not the prednisone. My symptoms seem to have all gone away except the swelling of my (left) maxillary sinus area and my lymph node directly behind my left ear and it is still causing me a great deal of pain. Earache, neckache, head and face aches. Any suggestions as to what I can take to help the swelling go down naturally I refuse to take the prednisone unless I absolutely must. I would appreciate any suggestions or helpful answers anyone would have for my problem.

Replied by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand)

There are many natural therapy that can reduce swelling, however they work differently. In even of emergency get a lavender oil and apply lightly to the face region and neck region. It will reduce the inflammation. Smelling camphor will also help. Eucalyptus oils are hard to predict, but it does help the sinus problem by killing the fungus in the sinus areas. If lavender oil is not available, then I would use peppermint applied to the face lightly and neck region it is anti inflammatory too.

In general alkalizing diets, in your case you seem to need more than most, so try a bit higher dose of 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid taken twice a day and add 1/2 glass of water on an empty stomach. This will help build the body's immune system against the infection.

Stay away from bread, sugar, milk, drinks and fried foods while the infection or swelling is at bay. A green tea is a possibility in reducing some swelling as it is diuretic, but weakly. If you are in a hurry to reduce the swelling this can be stopped within minutes based on my own experience, by just getting a diarrhea or a "pull edema" (as opposed to the currently popular "push edema" used by putting the water up against you!) The remedy is to take as prescribed per bottle Milk of Magnesia, which must contain only magnesium hydroxide and water. Peppermint oil added is o.k., but nothing else. There must be no aluminum in the ingredients as it is risky. Ted


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