Then you understand how the coughing, sore throat, headaches, and lack of sleep can make life truly difficult. These symptoms result in lost productivity at work, missed opportunities at home, and a significant decrease in your quality of life.
As a result, you may have found yourself seeking to alleviate your symptoms with over-the-counter (OTC) medications to no avail. You may even feel stuck in an endless cycle of infection, medication, and frustration that leaves you desperately searching for real solutions. Even when OTC medications provide temporary relief from symptoms, they may result in any number of unwelcomed side effects such as:
Some sinus sufferers believe that the only alternative to OTC medications involves risky surgical procedures. These procedures may be irreversible and have extended recovery periods along with the potential for lasting discomfort.
Thankfully, there are sinus treatments that do not require medication or invasive surgical procedures. Natural solutions are available and highly effective in providing safe and lasting relief from the frustration of sinus infections. Some of these natural remedies for sinus infections can even be done from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
In order to discover the solution, it is necessary to fully understand the problem. A sinus infection begins when one or more of the sinus cavities become infected. This is often rooted in a virus but could also result from bacteria. The infection inflames the spaces around the sinus cavities and prevents mucus from draining naturally. This inflammation causes many of the following symptoms:
In addition, the inflammation and lack of drainage may result in a more serious infection as fluids are trapped in the sinus cavities.
The key to sinusitis relief is to promote natural mucus drainage from the sinus cavities. This drainage can be achieved by reducing the swelling and eliminating the blockage. The most common natural remedies for sinus congestion include the use of sterile water to break up the obstruction so that mucus can drain as intended. Two options for introducing water into the nasal cavity involve the use of steaming water or a sinus rinse.
Water vapor (steam) is created when water is heated. Steam is one of the most effective decongestants because the heated vapor can easily break through a blocked nasal passage and provides quick relief. As the steam travels through the nasal passage, it thins mucus and allows it to flow out as intended. Once the nose is cleared, the sinuses can begin to drain. In addition, steam can soothe inflamed sinuses and reduce pain surrounding the sinuses.
The benefits of steam can be accomplished through several simple and inexpensive solutions:
Sinus rinses come in many solutions and delivery methods, but most are a mixture of distilled water and various types of sodium (salt). The saline solution can be introduced into the nasal passage through a misty spray or by pouring the water directly into the nose. Once the liquid enters the nasal passage, the water and salt begin to naturally clear the blockage and restore the flow of mucus.
These methods are highly effective in returning the sinuses to their natural working order as well as providing relief from the related symptoms. Sinus rinses are safe, effective, and natural, but are not completely without risk. The majority of risk comes from patients who fail to use the sinus rinse as instructed, please carefully read and follow all instructions. These instructions may include the following:
One of the most powerful solvents on earth is nothing more than pure water. Water is used in many applications as a thinner, cleaner, and diluter. When it comes to a sinus infection, water can be used in much the same way to thin mucus, clean the sinuses, and dilute a blockage. Natural sinus treatments may involve the use of liquid, mist, or vaporized water.
In addition to the solutions listed above, there are other natural methods that help to minimize the discomfort from sinusitis symptoms. These solutions may not address an underlying infection but can provide relief and improve the quality of life during an episode of sinusitis.
Natural home remedies are a safe and effective treatment for sinus infections; however, you may find that the results are not meeting your expectations. Have you successfully used natural methods and find that you still struggle with chronic or intense sinusitis? If so, there is a safe and minimally invasive solution known as balloon sinuplasty. This simple procedure is done from the comfort of the doctor’s office and gently dilates the sinus cavity to return the body to its natural condition. Once the sinuses are free of blockage, normal flow resumes and the body continues the natural healing process. Imagine a life free of sinus infections and symptoms.Schedule an appointment today