My brother has a chronic sinus problem for decades. He tried almost all medicines to treat his sinus without any success. I have seen him very closely fighting with sinus on daily basis. The intense sinus symptoms not only affected his health but also caused hindrance in his work. He is a highly ambitious young entrepreneur and the works demands at least 10-14 hours of dedication and commitment per day. After struggling a lot with sinus and looking ways of its treatment, he decided to live with sinus symptoms. This was again not proved to be a good idea for him. Fortunately, he met with one Homeopath doctor in India, who suggested him few natural ways to cope with sinus problem. He applied those natural treatments, I am glad that these inexpensive ways helped him to get control over his life back.
Most people, at some point of time have suffered from the pain and discomfort of a sinus infection, but know very little about its causes and treatment. The article explores about major symptoms of sinus and natural ways to soothe your sinuses.
What is sinus?
The sinuses are air spaces located behind in your forehead, cheekbones, and behind the bridge of your nose. Each sinus has an opening that allows mucous to drain – this drainage is essential to keep your sinuses working well and helps you stay healthy. When a sinus becomes inflamed, usually as a result of an allergic reaction, a tumor, or an infection, the inflammation will prevent the outflow of mucus and cause a pain similar to that of a headache.
What are the major symptoms of sinus?
Sinus pain or pressure: You can feel pain or pressure in the area of your eyes or forehead or in the very top of your head. The pain usually intensifies with sudden head movement or straining.
Sinus drainage: This can be any color from clear to greenish-yellow or even bloody. And it may not drain out your nose. Often your sinuses will drain down the back of your throat and you swallow it.
Blocked nasal or sinus passages: It occurs especially at night and due to blockage people sleep with their mouth open because they cannot breathe through nose when lie down?
Fatigue: You feel tired, even when you have rested
What are the natural ways to treat sinus?
Here are the few effective natural home remedies to cope up with sinus:
Get the right amount of sleep: According to Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2009 sinus headache can be associated with sleep disorders. Not getting enough sleep can make your sinus problems more painful and longer lasting, but too much sleep can have the same effect. Try sleeping with your head elevated, it will help your sinuses drain at night and hence reduce congestion.
of fluids: Consider drinking water or juice. This will help you to dilute mucous secretions and then promote drainage. As per Mayoclinic, avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol, as they can be dehydrating and worsen the swelling of lining of the sinuses and nose.
Apply warm towel to your face: Some people get relief by placing warm, water soaked towels directly over their sinuses. It helps ease sinus pain.
Steam your sinus cavities: Take a hot shower, breathe in the warm, moist air or take steam by holding your face over a streaming sink, or simply breathing in the stream from a cup of hot water. For an extra boost, consider adding pine oil, eucalyptus oil, or menthol to the water. This will help ease pain and help in draining the mucus.
Keep air moist: Use a humidifier in your home to maintain air adequate moisture levels. It will help keep your sinuses from drying out.
Eat foods that help: Some foods can help clear your sinuses. Horseradish, garlic, and cayenne are famous for cutting through tough sinus blockages. Add some to soups or other favorite foods for quick relief. Certain foods can cause stuffiness in some people. Almost any food can be allergen, but some common culprits are wheat, milk, and red wine. Pay attention to your diet and don’t eat foods that cause problems for your sinuses.
Rinse instead of spray: Over the counter sinus sprays provide temporary relief, but if you use them for too long, they can worsen your sinus problems. If you decide to use a nasal spray, don’t share it with anyone and discard old sprays.
A better alternative may be a nasal rinse. You can use a specially designed squeeze bottle (Sinus Rinse, others), bulb syringe or neti pot to rinse your nasal passages. You can even make at home. Simply mix a half teaspoon of ordinary table salt with 8 ounces of warm water. With a bulb syringe, squirt the solution into your nose and let it soothe and rinse your sinuses.
Press away pain: Some people get relief through acupressure. To try it, apply a few seconds of direct pressure to the inner edges of your eyebrows, the sides of your nose, and the bones below and around your eyes.
If you have sinus problems, you might be suffering on daily basis. Hope these simple and easy tips help you to get control over sinus problem. If such home remedies fail and your infection gets worse, you should consult with your doctor before it causes lasting damage.