How To Treat Sinusitis
[toc]Sinusitis occurs when the nasal passage is affected, resulting in blockage, facial tenderness, pain in the sinuses, headaches, cough and sore throat. Caused either by virus, bacterium of fungus, sinusitis can be extremely disturbing and disrupt your daily routine in life.
People across the world use medications and other medical treatments to try and cure sinusitis. However, more often than not, these come with side effects and are short term solutions. Sinusitis can be treated using simple natural and home remedies which have no side effects. Some such ways to treat sinusitis are as follows:
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Steam inhalation is one of the most popular and effective treatments for sinusitis. You can add menthol and peppermint oil to make it more effective. Inhalation reduces the analgesic anti-inflammatory situation and antiviral properties.
This also helps in opening up nasal passages allowing one to breathe more easily. You can also use oils like eucalyptus, chamomile, spearmint or lavender oil for faster and better relief.
Hot And Cold Towel
To reduce the heaviness on the forehead and get relief from sinusitis, you can try the hot and cold towel therapy. Take a hot towel and compress it on your face to get fast relief by clearing the nasal passage and by loosening the thick mucus. Hold it for at least 10 minutes on your face and cheeks to get better results as it helps in reducing the pain and opening up the nerves.
Alternately, you can put a cold towel on your forehead to lessen the pain of a sinus headache. You can also alternate hot towel and cold towel, by placing the hot compress for 3 minutes and putting the cold compress for 30 seconds.
Hydrate Your Body Sufficiently
Having a lot of water is recommended for sinus patients, as this helps in preventing the drying up of the nasal lining. It also prevents sinus congestion. When you begin to see initial signs of a sinus headache, you must increase your intake of water. If you find it difficult to consume the recommended 6-8 glasses of water, you can keep a bottle next to you and take very small sips throughout the day.
Maintaining hygiene into your daily life helps in combating sinusitis. As allergy is also an important cause of sinusitis, you must give absolute importance to having a clean surrounding. Change your bed spread regularly and maintain a dust free atmosphere at home.
Make sure to take necessary precautions while stepping out in polluted areas. Wash your hands and face regularly to remain clean and free from infection at all times.
Consume Ginger Tea
Ginger has many medicinal properties and is useful in solving many diseases. In addition to being anti-inflammatory, it also has anti bacterial properties. This helps in reducing sinus headaches and also congestion.
You can prepare ginger tea by boiling ginger in water and letting the essence out. Consuming this ginger tea helps in loosening the mucus. You can have this tea atleast three times a day.
Eucalyptus is an age old remedy for cold related infections and symptoms. As it helps in shrinking the swollen tissues which line the nasal passages, eucalyptus helps in giving you relief from sinusitis symptoms. Eucalyptus can either be used when you do steam inhalation or used with warm water to be applied on the cheek bones.
Sinusitis can be treated by following simple remedies which are easily available. However, the key to eliminating the problem is to follow the remedies regularly and religiously.