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Best Natural Ways To Get Rid Of A Sinus Infection

What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, which may be due to infection, allergy, or autoimmune issues.

Most cases are due to a viral infection and resolve over a course of 10 days. It is a common condition; that so many people suffer from.

People who have the following conditions have a higher risk of sinusitis:

• Nasal mucous membrane swelling as from a common cold

• Blockage of drainage ducts

• Structural differences that narrow the drainage ducts

• Nasal polyps (abnormal tissue growths that grow inside the nasal passages and sinuses)

• Conditions that result in an increased risk of infection such as immune deficiencies or taking medications that suppress the immune system.

What Are The Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

In children, common environmental factors that may contribute to sinusitis include allergies, illness from other children at day care or school, pacifiers, bottle drinking while lying on one’s back, and smoke in the environment.

In adults, the contributing factors are most frequently infections and smoking.

Some of the primary symptoms of acute sinusitis include – facial pain, nasal stuffiness, nasal discharge, loss of smell and cough/congestion.

Acute sinusitis may be diagnosed when a person has two or more symptoms and / or the presence of thick green, or yellow nasal discharge. This can often lead to bronchial / respiratory conditions.

If you tap the forehead just over the eyes, the cheekbones, or the area around the bridge of the nose causes pain, the sinuses may be infected.

Sometimes sinusitis produces facial swelling followed by a stuffy nose and thick discharge of mucus.

The symptoms suffered by those with sinusitis may have other unpleasant effects.

Postnasal drip can cause a sore throat, nausea, and bad breath; difficulty in breathing can cause snoring and loss of sleep.

If nasal secretions turn clear after one week, you probably do not have an infection. If the mucus is greenish or yellowish, you probably do. If secretions are clear and you have no other symptoms of a cold, you probably have allergies.

Benign cysts that retain mucus can develop in the sinuses, especially in the large maxillary or frontal sinuses.

Intrusive or malignant growths may require surgical removal as a more serious sinus remedy.

Anyone suffering from unremitting sinusitis should consult a health care practitioner to rule out an underlying immune dysfunction.

Try These Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Sinusitis

Using a natural sinus remedy to help get rid of any infection and to strengthen your immune system will help your body overcome a sinus infection.

Take echinacea and garlic to get rid of your sinus infection:

Echinacea boosts your body's immune function.
Take half a teaspoon of enchinacea extract tree times a day for ten days.
You can repeat the dosage after a three-day break if needed.

Garlic: garlic has powerful antimicrobial properties. Eating one or two cloves of raw garlic each day helps to strengthen your immune response aiding in your body's ability to fight infection.

Get rid of sinusitis with these dietary changes:

Consume plenty of liquids: consume liquids such as soups and herbal teas like peppermint tea which has decongesting properties. These help the mucus to flow relieving congestion and sinus pressure.

Sugar and salt: as part of your dietary change which will assist in getting rid of your sinus infection, it is very wise to eliminate sugar from your diet and reduce your salt intake.

Dairy: also, cut out dairy products - with the exception of yoghurt and cottage cheese - as dairy products increase mucus formation.

Eucalyptus Sinus Remedy to Relieve Sinus Congestion

You can try this water-mentol sinus remedy to unblock your sinus congestion.

By inhaling hot steam loosens and thins the mucus in the sinuses so that you can expel it more easily. Eucalyptus essential oil has powerful antimicrobial properties, and peppermint essential oil has a strong penetrating smell that helps to open up the sinus passages. For this sinus remedy you will need:

1. 2 litres of boiling water
2. 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
3. 2 drops peppermint essential oil

First, carefully pour the boiling water into a heatproof bowl and then add the essential oils. Make a towel tent over your head and the bowl and breath in the steam for 10 minutes. Repeat twice daily.

Relieve Sinus Pain with Compresses

A great sinus remedy to ease the pain and help the drainage of mucus is to apply hot compresses to your sinuses.

Eucalyptus oil helps unblock stuffy nasal passages and the heat from the compress eases the pain.

1. Add 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a small basin of hot water
2. Soak a thick cotton washcloth in the water and place it over your sinuses

3. Apply the cloth for 10 minutes; wetting the cloth when it cools down

4. Repeat the compress treatment several times a day

Use Natural Supplements To Get Rid Of A Sinus Infection

Supplementation can help in getting rid of a sinus infection that is natural and safe. Using an immune booster that feeds the adrenal glands to improve your immune system can help remedy your sinus problems.

It is alway adviseable, if you have an ongoing sinus infection, to seek the advice of a doctor, preferably a natural health doctor.
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