You’ve been feeling down lately. You have a stuffy and congested nose. Your mind aches upon waking up, you feel tired and your muscles ache. To top it all, you nose drips and your breath smells rotten. How embarrassing! These are symptoms of sinusitis. Occasionally, it’s accompanied by fever and cough and usually last for over 10 days. However, sinusitis is not severe in most cases.
Your sinuses are air cavities within the bones that surround your nose. They can become inflamed or infected by airborne pollutants like pollen, bacteria, virus, or fungi that reach the deepest recesses of your sinuses. Because of this, congestion and swelling around your nose and face stinks. The swelling block the openings of your sinuses and prevents the mucus to drain out normally into your nose. This causes pressure in your sinuses. Consequently, you feel excruciating sinus headache, pain around your eyes and facial pain. The pain is extreme upon waking in the morning or when you bend forward.
Here are a few effective proven home remedies to relieve your pain.
- Eat the right foods and shun foods that aggravate your condition. Increase your intake of vegetables and fruits. Phytochemicals and antioxidants in your food increase your immune system, decrease swelling and reduce mucous production. Eating more than five servings or more can do wonders for your sinusitis. Here are some phytochemicals and food which can help.
Bromelain – Pineapples are full of bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme which can also alleviate swelling and nasal congestion.
Gingembre- Take 1-2 teaspoons of ginger infusion or ginger juice to decrease inflammation and swelling. Ginger inhibits inflammation.
Ail- Garlic is famed for its antibacterial properties. You only have to eat some chopped raw garlic or add it on your own salads. Also, you can concoct garlic paste by massaging 4 bulbs of garlic. Inhale the smell. It will unclog your stuffy uterus and sinus passages.
Eat veggies and fruits full of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant and reduces allergic response via it inhibitory effect on histamine, the allergic mediator which also causes swelling. Experts say Vitamin C when sourced from foods than artificial ones are far more effective. So consume a great deal of veggies and fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, guavas, strawberries, broccoli, Brussels sprout, bell pepper, parsley and many others.
Avoid foods which encourage mucus formation. Dairy like cheese, butter and milk can increase congestion. These include highly processed and refined carbohydrates and sweets like chocolate and sweets.
- Take a good rest. With rest your body has all of the odds of fighting you sinus disease and you’ll be able to recover quickly.
- Increase your fluid intake. Take warm juice or water at least 8 glasses or more. Adequate fluid intake will narrow and assist drain mucous secretions. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. They can dehydrate you. Also, alcohol may worsen the swelling of your nasal and sinus mucosa.
- Steam inhalation- Lean over a bowl of boiling water, drape a towel over your head to collect steam, and then inhale the soothing steam. Do this twice daily for around 15 minutes. Also, a hot shower may discharge steam it is possible to inhale as you take a hot rejuvenating shower. The warm moist air enters your nasal passages and blocked sinuses and relieves pressure and congestion. The steam also will narrow the mucus making it easier to expel.
- Apply a warm compress over your face- Dampen face towels with hot water and apply on your cheeks, eyes, and nose. It will alleviate your facial pain.
- You can wash your nasal passages. The process is called a nasal lavage. Utilize a squeeze bottle, a neti pot or bulb syringe. Follow the manufacturer’s directions. This procedure will wash your clogged sinuses of dried mucous and other debris.
- Reduce nasal and sinus congestion by adding cushions as soon as your sleep to elevate your mind. This facilitates mucous drainage also.