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Sinus Infection Remedies - Easy Home Remedies for Sinus Infections
A sinus infection, (otherwise known as sinusitis) is an inflammation of the nasal and sinus passages. Some of the symptoms of a sinus infection can include a headache, pressure in the eyes, nose, cheek area, or on one side of the head. Other symptoms might include a fever, a cough, bad breath, and nasal congestion with thick nasal secretions.
Luckily there are a few home remedies that you can use to help alleviate the pain, congestion and pressure of a sinus infection.
Use a Neti Pot
One of the most effective remedies you can use for a sinus infection is a neti pot. A net pot is a vessel that looks similar to Aladdins lamp. It is a nasal irrigation device that can help alleviate sinus congestion, sinus pressure and facial pain.
Here’s how it basically works: You mix about 16 ounces of warm water with one teaspoon of salt. (You can also add about ½ teaspoon of baking soda to make it easier on the nose). Then tilt your head sideways over a sink or bowl at about a 45 degree angle and place the spout of the neti pot into your top nostril.
Gently pour the solution into that nostril and the fluid will flow from that first nasal cavity into the other nostril. (Don’t worry if any runs into your throat by accident, just simply spit it out). Then repeat the process on the other side.
When done, gently blow your nose. Neti pots also work very well for people who suffer from allergies.
Each Neti pot comes with its own set of instructions so be sure to read them before use.
Try Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is a common ingredient in many home remedies and it can be very effective in preventing sinus infections, or in the case of an existing sinus infection, help you get over it faster.
Simply combine 1/8 to ¼ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar with 16 ounces of water and sip throughout the day. Or if you decide to take it in a smaller dose, you can mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one 8 ounces of water and drink in one sitting.
If you are prone to sinus infections, this is a good preventive measure. Simply start drinking this mixture when you feel a cold coming on to ward off a possible sinus infection later.
Make a Warm Compress
To help relieve the pressure from a sinus infection, or sinusitis apply a warm compress over forehead and bridge of nose. Just be sure you do not burn skin by using when it is too hot.
Take a Hot Shower With Lots of Steam
Filling a bathroom with steam while taking a hot shower will also help relieve sinus congestion and pressure and will help to thin mucus.
Use a Vaporizer
Using a vaporizer can also help to relieve sinus pressure and symptoms. Simply keep a vaporizer or humidifier in the room you are sleeping in or staying in to help keep air moist.
Use a Bowl of Steam
Like the two remedies listed above, a bowl of steam can also help to clear out sinuses and thin mucus. Simply drape a towel over your head while leaning over a bowl of steaming hot water and inhale the steam. Just be careful not to get too close to avoid steam burning your face.
Try Using An Onion
Strangely enough an onion can help your sinus problems as well. Simply slice an onion in half and place in the microwave for approximately 15 to 20 seconds. Then place the onion under your nose and sniff in.
Eat Something Spicy
If you have every eaten something really spicy you have probably already experienced how quickly it can clean out your sinuses. Eating certain spicy foods such as wasabi, salsa and horseradish are especially effective. Add these to your meal or even simply inhale them to achieve the effect of a natural decongestant.
Use Vicks Vapor Rub
Vicks Vapor Rub can also help clear a sinus infection and relieve the pressure. Simply apply a thin layer of Vicks on your forehead or the back of your neck. You should be feeling better in no time (though you might smell a little strong).
Get a Hand or Foot Massage
Another strange, yet effective sinus infection cure is to get a hand or foot massage. It is known as reflexology. Firmly massage the palms of your hand or the soles of your feet a few times a day for approximately 5 minutes each time. If you are lucky enough, have or pay someone do it for you.