Truthfully I cannot comment except to say that this is how I was taught, and have successfully helped so many people feel better with this method. The way I’ve described is actually quite easy after the first couple of times. I’m sure doing what you are doing is better than not applying castor oil at all, but I feel that the cloth is a good conductor of heat and allows the person to relax while this warm pack is allowing the oil to work it’s ‘magic’. Some people feel that the cloth ‘draws’ impurities/toxins from the body.
Hope that’s helpful. You need to make your own decisions here. Good wishes! Carol
Virtually all patients who are candidates for simultaneous rhinoplasty and FESS seek the advice and treatment of a physician because of their sinus complaints. As with any presenting problem, the clinician should elicit a through medical history with a particular focus on the sinus complaints as well as any functional and nasal deformities. Aspects that should be addressed include the duration of symptoms, associated allergic symptoms, overuse of topical decongestants, prior nasal surgery, failure to respond to medical therapies in the past, and trauma. In addition, if headaches and facial pressure are described, their exact location and possible association with certain allergic factor and visual disturbances should be ascertained. Migraines or neuralgias should be considered in the differential diagnosis.
Topical antibiotics are a relatively new treatment option that has become popular for post surgical patients with chronic resistant bacteria. A variety of antimicrobials including vancomycin and aminoglycosides that cannot be administered by mouth are available as a nasal spray or wash. Recent studies have suggested that large volume nasal washes do a better job delivering antibiotics into the sinuses than nebulized sprays. These antibiotics can be combined with potent antifungal medications and steroids, each of which will be selected by your physician based on culture results, and custom mixed for you by a compounding pharmacist. Bactroban nasal cream (mupirocin) can be applied inside the nostrils to reduce colonization with methicillin-resistant staph aureus (MRSA).