Sinusitis is an inflammation of the tissue lining of sinuses due to the infection.
Healthy sinuses are filled with air. The problem arises when sinuses are filled with fluid and get blocked. Germs grow in such condition and cause an infection.
#1. Neti Pot for Sinus
Neti pot is a small device to rinse out the nose which helps to keep your mucous membrane moist.
Neti Pot flushes out the pollen, bacteria and other debris from your nostrils. Water will run from one nose to the other and flush out all the contaminants from your nostrils. Neti pot also releases the pressure from the sinuses so that you can breathe easily.
Neti Pot comes with a long spout which is cheap and can be bought at a drugstore.
Caution – Use only sterile or distilled water to carry out the procedure and not the tap water.
#2. Steam Inhalation
The inflammation in the blood vessels of the sinuses results in the stuffy nose. These blood vessels are irritated due to an upper respiratory infection like a sinus infection.
Steam therapy or steam inhalation soothes and opens your nasal passages and gives you relief from the sinus infection.
The warm, moist air loosens the mucus from your nasal passages, throat and lungs and allows them to empty easily through your nose or mouth. The steam inhalation also relieves symptoms of inflamed, swollen blood vessels in your nasal passages.
#3. Saline Nasal Spray
Your nose contains small hair-like structure, Cilia that help humidify air going to your lungs, trap bacteria to keep them from entering the cells.
Saline nasal sprays keep the cilia in your nose healthy and in turn, helps to treat sinusitis. Saline nasal sprays also help to remove pollen and bacteria from your nasal lining.
#4. Elevate Your Head During Sleep
Sleep is an essential part of the healing the sinuses, similarly how you sleep is also important to alleviate the sinus symptoms.
Lying flat on bed increases the mucus buildup in your nasal passages. This buildup will add to sinus pressure, resulting in disrupting your sleep cycle.
Elevate your head using two pillows at night to keep your head above your heart level and maintain the position throughout your sleep.
This sleeping position will decrease blood flow pooling in your nose and prevent sinus buildup. The position will also help you to breathe comfortably and preventing frequent wake up at night due to mucus build up.
#5. Ginger as Home Remedy for Sinus
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help to reduce and soothe the nasal pressure during your sinus headache.
Ginger also helps to relieve sinusitis symptoms like a sore throat especially if you add some honey. The spicy flavor of the ginger helps to promote nasal drainage and reduce the sinus pressure pain.
#6. Cinnamon as Home Remedy for Sinus
The antioxidants present in the cinnamon protect your immune system from attacks by free radicals that damage the cells, tissue and cilia inside your nostril. Hence, consuming food containing cinnamon helps with respiratory infections like sinus congestion.
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon help to provide relief from headache and sore throat caused by post-nasal drip.
The anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of eugenol and cinnamaldehyde present in the cinnamon help to kill the bacteria and treat sinusitis symptoms like sore throat and nasal congestion.
#7. Stay Hydrated
The mucous membrane gets inflamed during the sinus congestion. Staying hydrated helps you to relieve the symptoms of sinus congestion by keeping the mucous thin and loose.
This prevents blockage within the sinuses, and you will not feel the pain and pressure that occurs during the sinus congestion.
Drinking at least six glasses of water or other fluids dilutes mucous secretions and promotes drainage which keeps your mucous mobile and does not allow it to stick at the same place leading to sinus congestion.
#8. Alternate Hot and Cold Compresses
Applying warm compresses on your eyes and nose helps to warm your nasal passage. This warmth loosens the mucous present in your sinuses and reduces the blockage in your nasal passage.
The cold compresses help to relieve the sinus pain and pressure. Ideally, you should try this procedure before retiring to bed at night to get rid of the mucus which can hinder your sleep.
9. Spice up Your Diet
Capsaicin, an active ingredient found in most spices is effective in loosening up the mucous present inside your sinuses and the nasal passages. This is the reason why you get a runny nose after a, particularly spicy meal.
The anti-inflammatory properties of capsaicin preparations also reduce the facial pain syndromes and inflammation of the mucous membrane of your nose, caused by a virus infection or allergic reaction.
#10. Over the Counter Decongestant
Decongestants help to shrink your nasal blood vessels that cause your nose to be stuffy. The shrunken nasal blood vessels decrease swelling and inflammation. Which allows more air to flow through your nasal passage and promotes mucus to drain.
The common over the counter decongestants available for sinus infections are
- Sudafed PE
- Tylenol Sinus
Caution – Using decongestant are safe to use but do not use it for more than a week at a time.
Yoga helps you to breathe easily by opening up your nostrils and allows a smooth flow of air. Yoga also clears the throat region which enables you to deal with the sinusitis problems better.
Yoga restores the balance in your body and provides relief from migraine attacks and allergic nasal conditions. Doing yoga provides comfort from the symptoms of sinusitis like wheezing, coughing, and headache.
Two best Yoga poses for sinus are
The Bottom Line
Usually, the symptoms of sinusitis go away within a few days. The home remedies mentioned above can help to relieve sinus pressure and related discomfort. They can also help with a speedy recovery.
However, home remedies have a limitation and if your infection does not go within 1 to 2 weeks, kindly visit a doctor for advice and medication.