Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses that occurs in case of a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. The sinuses are air-filled spaces in the head (behind the forehead, nasal bones, cheeks, and eyes) and are lined with mucus membranes. Healthy sinuses contain no bacteria or other germs. Usually, mucus is able to drain out and air is able to circulate. When the sinus openings become blocked or too much mucus builds up, bacteria and other germs can grow more easily, causing sinusitis. If your sinusitis has been caused by a bacterial infection, you will need antibiotics to cure it, but otherwise you don’t have to go running to your doctor each time your sinuses swell. There are many other ways to relieve your discomfort caused by the blocked passages.
Tips on getting rid of sinusitis
- You can breath in some steam to relieve your sinusitis. Inhale the steam when you take a hot shower, then you could snort and swallow the hot water, it will clear your sinusitis.
- Put some eucalyptus oil or Vicks Vaporub into a vessel full of boiling water. Then drape a towel over your head and bend over the vessel so that your face is about 45 cm away from the water. Inhale the vapours deeply through your nose, it will give you immense relief. The mucus will loosen and you can blow it out.
- Make a saline solution by mixing one-third of a teaspoon of table salt and a pinch of bicarbonate of soda in a cup of warm water. Tilt your head back, press one nostril and squirt the solution into the other nostril as you sniff. Then blow your nostril gently to get rid of mucus, and repeat the process with the other nostril.
- Mix grated horseradish and lemon juice in equal amounts, and eat a teaspoon of the mixture one hour before breakfast and another teaspoon one hour before dinner, it should ease the discomfort caused by mucus blocking your sinuses.
- Have fresh chillies with your meals, as they contain capsaicin, an ingredient that loosens congestion and helps in draining out the mucus.
- Garlic contains a substance called allicin, which has anti-bacterial properties. You may crush a clove of garlic and mix it in four teaspoons of water. Use an eye-dropper to put 10 drops in each nostril twice a day. You should get remarkable relief from sinusitis after three days.
- Drinking some hot tea also helps in thinning the nasal mucus. Camomile tea is an ancient remedy for sinusitis. Drink as many cups in a day as you can, and sniff the steam while you drink the tea to loosen the mucus.
- Get enough rest, and make sure you lie down with a pillow below your head to help the mucus drain out.
- Gently massage the facial muscles around your nose and between your eyebrows to ease the pain caused by sinusitis, it will also help in loosening the mucus.
- Two herbs that can boost immunity and help get rid of bacteria and viruses are echinacea and astragalus. Take tablets or capsules as per the manufacturers instructions.
- Reduce your intake of alcohol, as it is known to cause swelling of nasal and sinus membranes.
- In divided doses, take up to 1000 mg of vitamin C daily, it reduces histamine levels in the body, which are often associated with sinusitis.
- Don’t take a swim in a pool filled with chlorinated water, because chlorine tends to irritate the inner lining of the nose and the sinuses.