Sinusitis is the condition, in which the sinuses (a cavity in the bone of the skull and important for the voice resonance) are inflamed due to the infection or other allergens. While experiencing the sinus problem, you feel too much tired, your nose will be stuffy, you’re trying hard to get rid of a continuous cough and your headache is not reducing anyhow.
In this terrible and severe condition, you’ve already opted on the over-the-counter medicine, but nothing helped yet and the last option which is left is to seriously consult a doctor. After going through with the thorough examination and screening, your doctor confirmed the diagnosis with the sinusitis.
Don’t get afraid that you’ll be now taking the heavy dosage of the medicines, and this problem will come again and again. You can treat and prevent it at your home but don’t leave your medicines until unless your condition is stable. Here, we’ll discuss those magical remedies and ways that can help you to reduce the frequency and severity of the sinusitis.
Symptoms of sinusitis
But before coming towards the remedies, you should know about the symptoms of the sinusitis. As sinuses are the small cavities in the bones of the face, the sinuses around your nose is called as the Paranasal sinuses, if you’re feeling pressure on the eyebrow area then it could be due to the frontal sinuses, if cheekbone is achy then it could be due to the maxillary sinuses and the Ethmoid sinuses is located between your eyes, behind the nose bridge.
So, most common symptoms are,
1. Loss of smell
3. Nasal discharge
5. Facial pain or pressure
6. Facial congestion
8. Dental pain
9. Sore throat
One common mistake that we do is that we confuse the sinusitis with the cold, but both of these are entirely different from each other; surely, when you face the cold, you’ll not experience the facial pain or dental pain. So, consult with your doctor and tell him about your symptoms, he’ll rule out the sinusitis for sure.
Ways to combat with the sinusitis
1. Bromelain supplements
This magical protein is found in the pineapple seeds and it is known due to the anti-inflammatory effects. Research supported the idea that the bromelain can speed up the recovery of the acute sinusitis. According to the Robert Graham at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, ‘Bromelain appears to be beneficial and helps reduce swelling in the nasal passages’.
So, if you’re opting for the bromelain supplements then make sure that you’ve discussed with your doctor too because this supplement has the tendency to interact with the other medicines. Hence, you should talk to your doctor about the dosage of bromelain supplement to prevent any complications.
2. Drink as much water as you can
Water is the instant remedy for most of the disease either it is dehydration or kidney problem. So, it is also helpful in the recovery from the sinusitis; water will keep the sinuses moist and less viscous. If you’re not drinking too much water during the sinusitis, it’ll not only affect your current medical condition, yet the fluid content of the body will also be remarkably reduced.
Well, you need to drink water as much as you can but try to stay away from the caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, because it can cause dehydration in your body. As we all know the standard rule about water drinking is that we all should drink at least 8 ounces glasses a day. So, try to chase the standard rule of fluid intake and stay hydrated.
3. Don’t forget to get the steam
Whenever, you experience the severe episode of the cold, your grandmother organizes the whole stuff to get the steam and you simply refuse to not to get it. But do you know, this method has been scientifically proved about getting rid of the sinusitis, it can moisten the sinuses and reduce the pain.
‘A hot, steamy shower or bath can also help to loosen up mucus and debris that is stuck inside your nose,” says Sam S. Rizk, MD, a New York City-based ear, nose and throat doctor and facial plastic surgeon. You can also add menthol in the hot water bowl for increasing the effectiveness of the steam. So, steam up about 2 to 3 times daily for combating with the irritating sinusitis.
4. Power of turmeric
All the spices including turmeric have the power of treating the inflammatory conditions and alleviating the pain. Similarly, turmeric has the stronger effects against the swelling and it also works as the antioxidant, washing the free radicals out of the body. Add the turmeric along with the ginger root in the tea and drink it to loosen the mucus of the nasals passages and soothes you all around.
5. Apple Cider vinegar
We can’t count the benefits of the apple cider vinegar, it can make your hairs healthy, and it can cure hiccups and normalize blood glucose. Apple cider vinegar can treat the sinus pain as well.
All you need to do is to add 2 to 3 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a cup of hot water and drink it about three times daily, it will decrease the viscosity of the mucus; consequently, relieving congestion. Perhaps, sinusitis will be relieved and you can prevent it in future.
6. Check the irritants
As sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses, it is directing towards the infection behind the inflammation. It can be due to any irritant and you should know what thing can stimulate the sinusitis.
An infection could vary from the diet to the indoor pathogens to the outdoor pathogens. Gluten, dairy, and sugar are the common dietary irritants that eventually lead towards the sinusitis. The indoor pathogens can be animal dander, dust, mold spores and pollens which can cause congestion and pain, indicating the acute attack of the sinusitis. Outdoor allergens are pollen, smog and car exhaust which can trigger your sinusitis. So, check about your trigger and try to avoid all that stuff, if the sinusitis is recurrent.
7. Facial massage
It might seem that facial massage has no effectiveness in treating the sinusitis, but it is thought one of the most potent remedy on the earth that you can do this without any equipment and at any place. This facial massage is bit different than the other massage techniques because we’ll use the pressure point activation technique to clear your nose.
You’ve to follow the five steps to clear the congestion, so here are the five steps,
1. Apply firm pressure from your index fingers on each side of your nostrils and rotate it gently. do this for about 10 seconds
2. Apply firm pressure from your index finger on the inner corners of the eye for about 10 seconds.
3. Then apply the same pressure with your index finger on your cheek bone for about 10 seconds.
4. Then use both of your index fingers, stroke your cheekbone to the ears, sustain the firm pressure for about 10 seconds then head behind the earlobes and again apply the firmer pressure for about 10 seconds.
5. Then massage your earlobes with the firm and gentle circular motions for at least 30 seconds. It’ll leave the calming effect on you.
When you don’t have any other solution to fix your sinusitis, you can use this cool way to relax in a while from the irritating stuffy nose and terrible pain.
8. Include chicken soup
Though, you’ll be having a chicken soup before every meal to get the light appetizer and avoid the irritation from the spices. But it can also improve your sinusitis. Researchers have confirmed that the chicken soup can thin the mucous and reduce the congestion and pain occurred due to the sinusitis. Thus, it’ll not only raise the fluid level in your body, its warming effect will also leave a positive impact on your mood as well. So, enjoy the chicken soup with the black pepper sprinkled over it.
9. Fenugreek hot tea
Fenugreek is packed with the anti-inflammatory properties, which is very effective for relieving the nasal congestion. Boil two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in the boil around 10 minutes and then pour it in the glass after draining the seeds, also add one tablespoon of honey in it as well to increase its flavors.
While having the tea, make sure that you’re drinking it hot because it’ll rapidly start the decongesting and alleviate the pain around your cheeks. Fenugreek seeds can also reduce the inflammation of the sinus cavities.
10. Massage with olive oil
The pain around cheeks, forehead and eyebrows are the cardinal sign of the sinusitis and it makes you too much uncomfortable that you can’t even sleep properly. Though, you’re taking medicines regularly but still the pain could be very challenging for you, so try your mom’s remedy of relaxation, whenever, you’re tensed up she used to bring her magic olive oil and massage on your head.
You’ll apply the same massage therapy with olive oil on your cheeks, forehead and eyebrows. The pain occurs when the inflamed sinus cavities exert pressure on the areas, which can be reduced through gentle massage.
However, sinusitis can be treated and prevented, if you’ll not ignore this condition. And don’t confuse it with cold as well; consulting to a doctor would be helpful for you. So, share your experience with us after trying all the remedies.