23 May, 2019

Sinusitis (Sinus Infection): Symptoms, Causes & Natural Treatments


Natural Treatments for Sinusitis

One of the most uncomfortable and annoying conditions you can have is sinusitis (also called a sinus infection). It is basically the inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages. If you aren’t sure exactly where your sinuses are, grab a bottle of horseradish and have a few bites of spoonfuls (if you do this, your sinuses might sting). The general location is above the nose around the eyes and in the temples. Generally, you’ll be able to feel pain or uncomfortable pressure in your cheeks, around your eyes, in your temples or head, etc.

Natural Treatments for Sinusitis      

If you have sinusitis, you might also have a cough, a fever, worse breath than usual and nasal congestion with a lot of thick mucus. You’ll either have acute sinusitis, which is a sudden flare-up, or chronic, which is the long-term type that most people with it experience. The basic science behind a sinus infection is that bacteria that would normally not get into your sinuses somehow succeeded and now have attached to the lining of your sinuses.

Acute sinusitis

Acute sinusitis usually lasts no more than eight weeks and doesn’t show up more than three times per year. Normally, medications are needed to treat the infection, and they are usually effective. What’s key to note about acute sinus infections is that they are short, so treatment can make it go away for a while. Unfortunately, those with chronic sinusitis will continue to feel it long after their acute peers have been able to relax.


Some of the common symptoms of Sinus infection are include following indications-
  • Frontal headaches
  • Nasal stuffiness or nasal congestion
  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal discharge (discolored - greenish in color)
  • Tenderness of the face

Treatment of sinusitis: 

Treatment of sinusitis is all about the relief of pressure, the drainage of mucus, the reduction of swelling in the sinuses, the eradication of any remaining infection, and the avoidance of scarring, which would potentially cause permanent damage to the tissues in the nose and mouth. To this end, doctors frequently prescribe antibiotics to kill the bacteria. Patients also will take decongestants to allow them to breathe easier. They’ll also want to take painkillers, and they’ll want to take corticosteroids, which help to clear passages by reducing inflammation.

Two-thirds of people with acute sinusitis improve without antibiotic treatment, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should gamble about your unique position. It’s important whenever you have a major illness or physical setback of some sort, that you see a doctor and get a professional opinion on what you should do. One important thing to remember is to finish all your antibiotics and use as your doctor prescribed, otherwise you could end up with resistant bacteria and no antibiotics that work.

Whenever possible, it is a good idea to deal with problems without the use of powerful drugs or dangerous surgeries. This is because they often come with major side effects and other issues that you don’t want to risk having at any point. Whenever you are faced with the option of a prescription drug or a natural cure, go for the natural cure. When it comes to sinusitis, there are a number of great natural ways to treat it, and you should look into them before you give in to taking a bunch of drugs.

Natural Remedies for Sinusitis:

1. Steam inhalation-

Steam inhalation is an easy method to do at home. Keep a boiling water vessel down and bend over it to inhale its steam. Cover your head with a towel then breathe well. This method opens up the nasal passages and relieves sinus pressure. 

2. Saline nasal spray - 

Sinusitis (Sinus Infection): Symptoms, Causes & Natural Treatments
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Saline nasal solution is nothing but a mixture of clean water, salt, and baking soda. 
Inhalation of saline solution will help to relieve a blocked nose.  

3. Neti pot -  

Using Neti pot helps people to keep the mucous membrane moist and relieve pressure in the sinuses. In this method, clean water will run through one nostril to nostril. Always use sterile water or boiled cool water for this. Neti pots are available on Amazon with different material and different sizes.

4. Acupressure -

Acupressure includes applying pressure to specific points on our body.  This may ease some symptoms.

5. Hydration-  
Sinusitis (Sinus Infection): Symptoms, Causes & Natural Treatments

 It is advised to keep the mucous membranes in the sinuses moist by drinking enough of fluids/water. 

The above are a few suggestions to follow during a sinus infection. Some methods may not work for some people but try the other method to get relief.

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