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Simple Effective Tips to Eliminate Pain and Pressure From a Sinus Infection

Whether you have chronic sinusitis or a single sinus infection, the pain and discomfort are enough to send you running for medical help. Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining in the hollow spaces in your forehead, eyes, and cheekbones (sinuses). If the specialist at Allergy and Asthma Institute, LLC suspects a bacterial infection is to blame, they may prescribe treatment which you may take for 10 to 14 days. However, your treatment duration may be longer if you have chronic sinusitis. The following home remedies soothe irritated passageways and increase mucus flow so your nose is not stuffed.

Irrigate your sinuses

Nasal irrigation involves using saline or saltwater to clear out mucus and other debris in the sinus passages and keep your sinuses moist. Some refer to this method as nasal douche, nasal wash, or lavage. You can use a neti pot or bulb syringes to clear out plugged-up mucus in your sinus passages. Using distilled or sterile water is best to avoid introducing a parasite into your sinuses. If you use tap water, ensure you boil it for three to five minutes. You also want to rinse your netipot or bulb syringe after each use and let it air dry; this is crucial to prevent re-infection.

Breathe in steam vapors.

Giving yourself a steam treatment is one of the best ways to warm up and moisturize your sinus passageways. You can run a hot shower and sit in the bathroom, or place a warm cloth over your nose and cheeks when you lie on your bed. To inhale the most steam, boil a pot of water and add oils like camphor, menthol, or eucalyptus. Use a towel to cover your head and trap the steam and carefully bend over the pot of hot water to inhale the hot vapor. Keep your face away from the hot water and your eyes closed. You can move in a little as the water cools, but only to a comfortable point.

Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of liquids helps thin your mucus, allowing it to flow out more easily and reducing blockage in your sinuses. When you drink enough water, you also help keep your sinuses moist so you feel better. Almost everyone is guilty of not drinking enough water; you should get six to eight glasses daily to ensure your body is well-hydrated. While at it, avoid caffeinated or alcoholic drinks since they cause dehydration.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants such as quercetin, which stabilizes the cells in your body that release histamine. This natural plant component is found in everything, from apples and onions to green tea.

If your symptoms persist after one to two weeks of trying home remedies, you should visit your physician. But if you have a severe sinus infection, you will want to check with your doctor even sooner.

You don’t have to endure the pain and discomfort caused by sinusitis, book an appointment with your provider at Allergy and Asthma Institute, LLC for treatment to improve your quality of life.