Home Remedies for Sinus Infections

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Sinuses

Four pairs of hollow air filled cavities connect space between the nasal passages and the nostrils, known as the sinuses. The sinuses serve a variety of roles including defending the body from foreign viruses and bacteria .  

Sinus Infections

More than 37 million Americans are affected by sinus infections at least once a year.

Acute sinusitis is a sinus infection that occurs no more than 3 times a year or usually lasts less than 8 weeks usually 10 days at a time; while chronic sinusitis occurs more than 4 times a year and lasts 20 days at a time .

Signs and Symptoms of Sinus Infections

Acute Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is diagnosed when a patient has at least 2 of the following symptoms and a thick yellow or green nasal discharge is present. The symptoms include:  facial pain or pressure, nasal stuffiness or discharge, loss of smell, short cough or congestion, fever, bad breath, fatigue or dental pain .

Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis has similar symptoms including: facial fullness or congestion, nasal obstruction or blockage, naval cavity pus, nasal discharge and fever. It may also show the following symptoms:  headache, dental pain, bad breath, fatigue and a thick nasal discharge .

Home Remedies for Sinus Infection

Apple Cider Vinegar

A staple in the home remedy arsenal is apple cider vinegar and it is considered to be one of the best preventions for sinus infections as it is thought to thin the mucus lining of the sinuses which seems to be essential in the prevention of sinus infections. Apple cider vinegar is best as a tonic mixed with water either 2 tablespoons per 8 ounces of water taken all at once or ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water taken slowly throughout the day.

Hot Shower

Run a hot shower over your face especially forehead and nose then clear any mucus from the nose. You may need to repeat this throughout the day.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Slightly citrusy in smell and both acidic and bitter in taste, grapefruit seed extract has broad applications including sinus infections. Be sure not to take them on an empty stomach. Drops are generally recommended.

Inhale Steam Vapors

Use a bowl of steaming water, bow head over bowl and then inhale the steam vapors. A towel draped over your head may help infuse the steam. Alternately add a clove of chopped garlic to the bowl of hot water and inhale the garlic steam.  

Food Allergies

For many people food group allergies can be the culprit in the occurrence of sinus infections. Eliminate dairy products, wheat, eggs, chicken, duck, chocolate, peanuts, bananas and corn from your diet if you are a continual sinus infection sufferer.

Water, Water

Hydration is essential to keeping mucus layers thin, this allows proper drainage and reduces the risk of infection. Drink 10 glasses of water a day for proper hydration.

Heat

Warm compresses from hot towels, warmed rice bags or commercial warm compresses applied near the nose can relieve pressure and pain. 

Article Last Modified Sunday, November 8, 2009
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