Home Remedies for Sinusitis

sinusitis home remedies

Have you ever felt like the bones in your face were about to explode? Blocked sinuses are notorious for causing pain, tenderness, swelling and pressure to develop around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead. Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of your sinuses – the hollow air spaces found within the bones that surround the nose [1]. Producing a buildup of mucus, the sinuses cause drainage problems to develop. As a result, the nose swells, causing blockage in the sinuses, which leads to pain and infection.

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Causes and Symptoms

An acute case of sinusitis can be caused by a bacterial infection attacking the upper respiratory tract; a fungal infection associated with abnormal sinuses or a weak immune system; or a viral infection, such as the common cold. Viruses usually cause the highest number of sinusitis cases. Certain health conditions can also cause sinusitis to strike, such as allergies, nasal polyps or tumors, infected teeth, cystic fibrosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and a deviated nasal septum [2].

Common symptoms of sinusitis include nasal congestion, cough, thick discharge (yellow or greenish in color), sore teeth, an achy upper jaw, and a reduced sense of smell. Other occasional signs of the condition include ear pain, irritability, fever, nausea, sore throat, and less-than-fresh bad breath.

Sinusitis Home Remedies

While some home remedies for sinusitis are as simple as walking around to clear your head and help reduce sinus swelling, other at-home treatments involve recipes for healing concoctions. Below you will find an assortment of sinusitis home remedies to consider when symptoms become too much to bear:

a) Sinus Massage:

Send a fresh supply of blood to sore sinuses by firmly pressing your thumbs on both sides of your nose in order to encourage a release of discomfort. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds; repeat for further relief.

b) Rest:

In order to fight a sinus infection and promote faster healing, make sure to get plenty of rest.

c) Lots of Liquids:

Drinking a decent amount of liquids, like juices and water, will encourage drainage by thinning out the mucous secretions that accumulate in the sinuses. When choosing your fluids, avoid caffeinated beverages, which can cause a dehydrating effect.

d) Avoid Alcohol:

Alcoholic beverages can worsen your symptoms by increasing the swelling found in the lining of the nose and sinuses.

e) Oregano:

Since oregano has a great deal of antiseptic compounds to offer, drinking tea containing the herb can serve as a sinus infection treatment.
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e) Garlic:

Offering natural antibiotic properties, garlic helps an individual fight the virus that caused their sinusitis in the first place. It is recommended to eat three cloves on a daily basis.

f) Steam:

Treat your sinus cavities to a steam bath by draping a towel over your head and breathing in the steam from a bowl of boiling water. It is important to make sure the steam is directed towards the face.

g) Hot Shower:

When taking a hot shower, breathe in the warm, moist air, which can encourage mucus drainage, as well as treat painful symptoms.

h) Elevated Head:

If you sleep with your head in an elevated position, you can help sinus drainage, as well as lessen nasal congestion.

i) Horseradish:

The extremely strong flavor and taste of horseradish and wasabi are known to open up and clear out the sinuses. Try eating wasabi with sushi or spreading horseradish sauce on crackers. Sometimes, sniffing in the spices is enough to treat sinuses.

j) Humidifier:

Prevent the drying out of nasal and sinus passages by running a humidifier that sends cold bursts of mist into your bedroom. Cleaning your equipment once a week is required to avoid the accumulation of fungus.
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k) Hot, Herbal Teas:

Sipping hot tea made with herbs, like fenugreek, fennel, anise, and sage, can assist in moving along the mucus that makes sinusitis so painful.

l) One Nostril At-a-Time:

Blowing out of both nostrils at the same time can contribute to pressure buildup in the ears, which can cause bacteria to travel back into the sinus passages.

m) Warm Compresses:

For facial pain relief, place a warm, damp towel on your face, concentrating around the nose, cheeks, and eyes.

n) Cajun Peppers:

Eat a dish that uses cayenne peppers as an ingredient. A substance called capsaicin is found in the peppers – known to stimulate the nerve fibers and deliver a response much similar to a nasal decongestant.

Resources

[1] http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sinusitis.html
[2] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acute-sinusitis/DS00170/DSECTION=causes

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