5 Home Remedies To Fight Sinus InfectionOctober 2 2017
Sinusitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the nose and paranasal sinuses. It is commonly caused by bacterial infection following a viral infection such as the common cold. Other risk factors for developing sinusitis include untreated allergies, crooked nasal anatomy, smoking, nasal polyps and overuse of decongestant nasal sprays.
It is one of the most common primary care presentations in Australia, and 1.4 in every 100 general practice encounters were for acute or chronic sinusitis.
Whether it’s a cold in winter or allergies in spring and fall, nasal congestion and sinus pressure and pain are common complaints. But if you don’t have antibiotics or medicines, try these natural sinusitis remedies to help ease the achiness and congestion that you’re feeling.
Garlic – one of nature’s best antibiotics, it has allicin – an active component that has the ability to prevent the common cold virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a daily dose of 1 clove of fresh garlic, that is equal to 2-5milligrams of allicin.
Water – staying hydrated keeps your sinuses moist. Drink water throughout the day, and make sure to steer clear of caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, which can cause dehydration. Although recommended fluid intake differs from person to person, an easy guideline is to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day.
Spices – spices such as hot peppers, horseradish, curry, mustard, and wasabi may help clear sinuses. Consider adding some “hot” spices to your meals to open your nasal passages.
Using a Humidifier / Steam Inhalation – add a few drops of Peppermint or Eucalyptus oil in the humidifier or hot water to break up thick mucus. With your face down over the water, put a towel over the back of your head and inhale the steam.
Vitamin C – an important vitamin to help our immune system become stronger, vitamin C guards our cells against free radical damage. These free radicals are present in cigarette smoke and air pollution which commonly contribute to the development of sinus infections.
If your sinusitis lasts for days or weeks, call to schedule an appointment us at 03 5229 5192 (Myers Street Family Medical Practice) or 03 5241 6129 (The Cottage Medical Centre) for professional advice and tips that may help relieve your situation.