Household remedies for sinus infections
Sinusitis can be painful and fatiguing, acute or chronic.
There are certainly prescription and over-the-counter drugs you can try, but there are also some home remedies without the side effects and which have been proven over time to be effective.
Sinuses are small cavities in the skull that are normally empty or filled with air. They produce mucus along the lining which keeps the nasal passages clear of allergens and other pollutants.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissue surrounding these cavities. The swelling can block the sinus, trapping mucus and air inside. The pain and pressure associated with a sinus infection is caused by this blockage.
Acute vs chronic
Acute sinusitis lasts for about four weeks, while chronic sinusitis lasts for more than 12 weeks and can linger for years if left untreated. The symptoms are the same for each: facial pressure and pain, thick mucus and congestion.
After an exam by a doctor, medical treatment can take many different routes depending on the source of the problem. Antibiotics, painkillers, decongestants, allergy medicines, steroids and even surgery might be utilized to stop the swelling of the sinus cavities.
Many sinus issues resolve on their own without medical intervention. Sometimes the condition just needs a little bit of attention provided at home. These can be done to treat or prevent sinusitis.
- Humidify. Use a humidifier in rooms where you spend most of your time. Be sure the equipment is clean. It would be counterproductive to use a moldy, dirty humidifier.
- Breathe in steam. Run the shower or sit with your head covered over steaming hot water. Breathe deeply. The warm steam may help reduce swollen nasal passages.
- Warm, wet towel. Apply a warm towel to the face, over the sinuses. This could relieve some of the pressure from swelling.
- Nasal or saline solution. A nasal spray used regularly can help keep your nasal passages moist and reduce vulnerability to nasal swelling.
- Flush out your sinuses. Nasal irrigation with salt water can clear out mucus and keep the sinuses moist. Some favorite ways are with a bulb syringe, neti pot or pricey irrigation system. Use sterile water to make the solution and rinse the device after each use.
- Stay hydrated. Lots of fluids will keep mucus thin and manageable.
- Get plenty of rest. Sleeping gives your body a chance to recover and heal.
Not for everyone
After a few weeks, if you don’t see a difference, it’s time to see a doctor. Not every infection can be treated at home. There is a time for medical intervention; the sooner you get to the right, most effective treatment, the faster you can heal.