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Sinusitis is the inflammatory condition of the mucous membrane lining the sinuses-the bone cavities leading from the nose. It usually follows a common cold, flu or other infections. Infecting germs sometimes enter the sinuses or chamber on either side of the nasal passage, causing sinus problem.

 

Symptoms of the Sinusitis

  Constant or excessive sneezing

  • Low grade fever
  • Running nose
  •    Headaches, blockage of one or both nostrils
  •   Pressure around the eyes, head, and face.

 Normally sinus headaches will be felt in the forehead area and the area just below the eyes. When an individual has sinusitis, there may be a lack of appetite and difficulty when breathing.

Causes of Sinusitis

Sinusitis is caused by inflammation of the sinus passages and the over secretion of mucus which is produced by the membranes that line the throat and nose.

Home remedies for Sinusitis

 Sinus Massage:

Send a fresh supply of blood to sore sinuses by firmly pressing your thumbs on both sides of your nose in order to encourage a release of discomfort. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds; repeat for further relief.

 Rest:

In order to fight a sinus infection and promote faster healing, make sure to get plenty of rest.

Lots of Liquids:

Drinking a decent amount of liquids, like juices and water, will encourage drainage by thinning out the mucous secretions that accumulate in the sinuses. When choosing your fluids, avoid caffeinated beverages, which can cause a dehydrating effect.

Avoid Alcohol:

Alcoholic beverages can worsen your symptoms by increasing the swelling found in the lining of the nose and sinuses.

 Oregano:

Since oregano has a great deal of antiseptic compounds to offer, drinking tea containing the herb can serve as a sinus infection treatment.

Garlic:

Offering natural antibiotic properties, garlic helps an individual fight the virus that caused their sinusitis in the first place. It is recommended to eat three cloves on a daily basis.

Steam:

Treat your sinus cavities to a steam bath by draping a towel over your head and breathing in the steam from a bowl of boiling water. It is important to make sure the steam is directed towards the face.

Hot Shower:

When taking a hot shower, breathe in the warm, moist air, which can encourage mucus drainage, as well as treat painful symptoms.

Elevated Head:

If you sleep with your head in an elevated position, you can help sinus drainage, as well as lessen nasal congestion.

 Horseradish:

The extremely strong flavour and taste of horseradish and wasabi are known to open up and clear out the sinuses. Try eating wasabi with sushi or spreading horseradish sauce on crackers. Sometimes, sniffing in the spices is enough to treat sinuses.

Humidifier:

Prevent the drying out of nasal and sinus passages by running a humidifier that sends cold bursts of mist into your bedroom. Cleaning your equipment once a week is required to avoid the accumulation of fungus.

 Hot, Herbal Teas:

Sipping hot tea made with herbs, like fenugreek, fennel, anise, and sage, can assist in moving along the mucus that makes sinusitis so painful.

One Nostril At-a-Time:

Blowing out of both nostrils at the same time can contribute to pressure build up in the ears, which can cause bacteria to travel back into the sinus passages.

 Warm Compresses:

For facial pain relief, place a warm, damp towel on your face, concentrating around the nose, cheeks, and eyes.

 Cajun Peppers:

Eat a dish that uses cayenne peppers as an ingredient. A substance called capsaicin is found in the peppers – known to stimulate the nerve fibres and deliver a response much similar to a nasal decongestant.

Some other remedies are:

·         Fresh juice of onion, well mixed in honey is also of great help in sinusitis.

·         5gm of black pepper should be powdered finely, and this, well mixed in a cup of warm milk, if taken regularly, prevents recurrent attacks. It is a good anti-infective.

·         Steam inhalation is very good for sinusitis.

  • Add few drops of eucalyptus oil to 1/2 cup boiling water. Pour the mixture into a bowl and inhale the steam for 10 - 15 minutes with your head covered with a large towel.
  • Put few drops of eucalyptus oil on your handkerchief and sniff periodically.
  • Dissolve 1 tsp of salt in 2 cups of water and use it through a nasal inhaler.
  • Make a nasal flush by mixing 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda in one cup of warm water. Fill the syringe with the solution and drop the mixture up your nose.
  • Dissolve 1 tsp. unionized salt and 1/2 tsp baking soda in a pint of water and inhale it through nasal inhaler.
  • Steep 1-2 tsp. of thyme in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink a cupful of this mixture three times a day. Because of its strong antiseptic properties, thyme is good for respiratory infections.
  • Carrot and spinach juice taken regularly is also found to be highly beneficial.
  • Steep fresh basil in cupful of water and drink it to alleviate the stuffiness caused by inflamed membranes.
  • Pungent oils such as thymol and camphor help open clogged passages.
  • Tilt your head back and place a tsp of onion juice in each nostril. Repeat when needed.
  • Grate fresh lotus root, mix it with grated ginger and unbleached white flour. Apply the mixture directly to the skin. You can leave this for several hours or overnight. Repeat for a week or more till you get relief. This is mixture is quite effective dispersing and moving stagnated mucus. There could be watery discharge from the eyes or nose.

 

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