Its common knowledge that colds and runny noses increase during the winter and allergy season.
However, this can be even worse when your cold becomes a sinus infection.
Its effects can affect your routine life with symptoms like headaches, facial pain, runny nose, ear-pressure, and cough.
Sinus infections affects over 30 million people in the USA every year.
This condition is likely to happen after a cold or an allergic infection. A typical sinus infection can last four weeks or more and often goes away without treatment. In the case of chronic, sub-acute and recurrent types, the sinus infection needs a physician’s attention and is likely to occur again.
Here are some ways to manage and treat the symptoms of your sinus infection.
Drink More Water:
Drinking plenty of fluids especially water keeps your body hydrated. Make sure to have at least 6-8 ounces of water every two hours.
Take Immune Boosting Foods:
Certain foods can support your immune system. For example, citrus fruits like orange, tomato, and grapefruit contain vitamin c that protects your body from infection by triggering the formation of antibodies and immunity.
You also need protein to support your immune system, especially for recovery and healing.Great sources of protein are lean meat, eggs, beans, unsalted nuts and seeds, and seafood. You may also take foods like chickpeas which are rich in zinc that is a critical mineral involved in the formation of certain immune cells.
Make sure to keep your sinuses hydrated:
- Turn on a humidifier in your bedroom to ease night-time nasal blockages. Use natural saline sprays during the day and before bed. They are available at your local drugstore.
- Give “steam treatment” to your sinuses. You can do this by taking hot showers and breathe in the humidified air.
Try a Neti Pot:
Neti pots are used to irrigate the nasals passages with sterile water or saline solutions for colds, allergies, and sinuses. And it is easy to use for older kids:
- Fill the pot with warm saline solution.
- Tilt your head over your sink at a 45-degree angle.
- Put the pipe or spout into your top nostril.
- Pour the solution down the nostril.
- Repeat it with other nostril.
Make sure to sanitize your neti pot with distilled water after every use.
Take OTC Medications:
Sometimes it is not easy to get relief from home remedies or “medication free-ways”. In this scenario, you can take OTC medications for sinus infection. Some medications like pseudo ephedrine can ease sinusitis signs by contracting the blood vessels, easing inflammation and swelling. Plus, it might give relief from the flow of drainage caused by sinuses. Check with your doctor before use of OTC meds, especially if you have a pre-existing condition.
You can take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the pain caused by a buildup of pressure in the nasal passages. Antihistamines can be used to get relief from an allergic reaction. Make sure to follow the advice and guidelines of your pharmacist’s or guidelines on the package while using them.
These tips can help you or your child get some relief from a sinus infection. However, make sure to see your a physician if there is no improvement over 1-2 weeks.
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