These easy ideas can help you relieve sinus infections at home.
Also known as sinusitis, a sinus infection is a condition marked by the inflamed air cavities within the nasal passage. It is generally caused by cold or allergies and likely to go on its own.
Sinusitis is broadly categorized into acute and chronic sinus infection. Acute sinus infections can self-resolve while chronic sinusitis may require antibiotics.
The symptoms of sinusitis may include runny nose, nasal congestion, facial pain and headache. In the case of having a bacterial sinus infection, the symptoms can be pus-like nasal discharge and facial pain. Generally a bacterial sinus infection lasts for over a week and might not respond to OTC medications.
Sinus infections are a common health problem in the USA as it affects 31 million Americans.
Although sinus infections go away on their own, bacterial sinus infections may take a long time to get better.
There are some things you can try to aid your recovery process.
Try Saline Nasal Spray:
Saline solution can help you get relief from a congested nose. You can make it at home using salt, sterile solution and baking soda.
Mix ¼ pint of clean water with ¼ tbsp. of salt and ¼ tbsp. of baking soda together. Or you can use a dry spray bottle. Spray the solution inserting the nozzle into the nostril. Do this 2-3 times a day. (spoiler alert you can also buy over the counter nasal saline sprays).
Keep Your Sinuses Hydrated:
Keeping your sinuses moisturized can ease the pressure. Here is how you can keep them hydrated.
• Sleep with a humidifier in your bedroom to get relief from blocked nasals.
• Use saline sprays.
• Inhale the steam of hot water leaning over a large bowl with your head covered with a towel. Your nose should be 10 inches above the water.
• Take regular hot showers.
Acupressure is a practice of applying pressure to specific points in the body, to ease pain and discomfort. It has long been used to ease colds, flu and sinus problems. You can do it at home.
• Form the shape of a cup by linking the fingers of both hands together.
• Use this “handshape” to cradle the back of the head, where the neck and skull meet.
• Extend the thumbs and locate the dips on either side of the spine.
• Circularly massage the area using the thumbs.
• Inhale slowly and deeply.
• Repeat it for 4-5 seconds at a time.
Drink 8-10 Glasses of Water:
Water can aid in the recovery process as your body fights the virus. Make sure to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day.
Aromatherapy can aid in the treatment for sinus infection. You can use essential oils or scents like eucalyptus and peppermint to open up your affected nasal passages. Use these oils or scents in your home humidifiers that can diffuse the fragrance.
Home remedies and treatments as above can help in recovery from sinus infections. If these ideas don’t work, you can contact us to see a provider in our virtual waiting room.