Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

Although antibiotics have contributed to the control of many ENT infections, their overuse and misuse is now seen to cause an increase in anti-biotic resistance, considered one of the most urgent threats to the public’s health. Antibiotic resistant bacteria can cause illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics to become untreatable, leading to dangerous infections. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are often more difficult to kill and more expensive to treat. In some cases, the antibiotic-resistant infections can lead to serious disability or even death.

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Rhinitis is the term for the common cold and non-specific viral infections, allergies and other disorders associated with the respiratory system. Rhinitis results in the mucous membranes lining the sinuses become infected and irritated, producing discharge, congestion and swelling of the tissues.

Sinusitis is the result of inflammation of the small air-filled air-filled spaces within the bones of your face around your nose, which when swollen, can block them and close the openings that lead to your nose trapping air and mucus. Depending on which of your sinuses is affected, pain and pressure can appear in different places including: your forehead, the top of your jaw, teeth and cheeks and between and behind your eyes.

Otis-media is the official lingo for an ear-infection. It is an infection of the eardrum and the space behind it, and is usually as the result of a cold. The air space behind the ear drum becomes filled with mucus allowing bacteria and viruses to settle in it and cause infection.

Pharyngitis is inflammation of the pharynx, which is in the back of the throat, and is most often referred to simply as “sore throat.” Causing scratchiness in the throat and difficulty swallowing. Antibiotics are not effective against these listed viral infections and as such finding effective alternatives is paramount.

Salt therapy works when dry salt particles - ground to within 1-5 microns in size and released into the room - are inhaled, clearing mucus from the airways, reducing airway obstruction, and reducing the chance of infection.

Salt possesses anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, dehydrating and killing bugs whilst widening airway passages. It is also a mucolytic - loosening retained mucus, and foreign allergens and accelerating their transportation - allowing them to exit the body.

Salt therapy results in better breathing and clearer airways, allowing improved sleep, and reduced snoring. The resulting clean respiratory system naturally results in higher oxygen intake, increased energy and an improved immune system.

A majority of people who include salt therapy in their wellness routine may find relief from a variety of sinus-related conditions such as: the common cold, headaches, a blocked or stuffy nose, a sore throat, a cough, post nasal drip, ear-ache, eustachian tube dysfunction, fever, tiredness and bad breath.

 

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