Sinus infections can be really miserable, accompanied by symptoms like headaches, pain, and sinus pressure.
Sinusitis is the medical term for most types of sinus infections and covers the inflammation of the nasal cavities and sinuses, which can cause breathing difficulties, pressure, and pain. It can be caused by viral, allergic, bacterial, and fungal infections, so it can be contagious.
In the early stages, a sinus infection can be treated without the use of antibiotics. First of all, you need to rest and drink plenty of fluids and avoid sugar and caffeine.
The pain can be relieved with the help of steams and nasal rinses, which can also boost the drainage. Moreover, you should sleep with the head elevated to support the drainage of the sinuses drain and soothe the sinus pain.
Yet, if the symptoms persist or you have a fever over 100.5, you should call your doctor. These signs indicate that the infection is severe and you need urgent care:
- Pain or swelling around your eyes
- Double vision
- Stiff neck
- Shortness of breath
- A swollen forehead
- Severe headaches
- Vision abnormalities
Sinus congestion can be also treated with the help of apple cider vinegar and pressure points.
The vomer bone is the thin, vertical bone in the nasal cavity. If it is pressed back and forth, the sinuses will easily drain and the pressure and inflammation will be relieved.
You should place the thumbs between the eyebrows while pushing the tongue against the roof of the mouth. Press with the thumbs and the tongue at the same time for about half a minute.
Apple cider vinegar, on the other hand, fights the sinus infection and reduces the production of mucus. The consumption of an apple cider vinegar tonic a few times daily will destroy the pathogens, break up congestion, and soothe the sinus infection symptoms.
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 3-5 drops plain stevia (or a teaspoon of raw honey)
Add the apple cider vinegar to the water, and sweeten with the honey or stevia. You should drink this tonic 2-3 times daily.
Here are some other effective home remedies:
Antibiotic Lemon and Garlic Tea
- 1 organic whole lemon, washed, cut into four pieces, and seeded
- 3 cloves garlic
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup boiling water
Blend the lemon, garlic, and half cup of water in a blender. Then, pour into a heatproof 16 oz. jar, and add the boiling water. Cover the jar, and leave it to steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a larger mug, and sweeten with honey. Drink the tea 3 times daily to fight the sinus infection.
It will clear the congested sinus passages. Just mix a tablespoon of freshly grated horseradish, a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a teaspoon of virgin olive oil. Then, spread on crackers or bread slices to help the draining of the sinuses.
Steam with Thyme & Peppermint
Mint contains menthol, which is a potent natural decongestant, and thyme has strong antibacterial properties.
You should mix 3 teaspoons of dried thyme and3 teaspoons of peppermint in a heatproof bowl, add boiling water, and lean over with a towel over the head. Inhale for 10 minutes, and repeat a few times daily.
Ginger fights the inflammation and relieves the sinus pain. You should add the slices of a 3-inch ginger root to 2 cups of water, and boil them.
Then, cover and leave them to simmer for 20 minutes. Strain, and soak a washcloth in the warm tea. Lie down with the head elevated, and place the compress on the face to act for 15 minutes.
Homeopathy makes its comeback due to the non-toxic materials it uses and the ability to treat chronic symptoms. Its remedies are easily found online, in natural food stores, or supplied by your homeopath.
These are the most effective remedies you can use:
Arsenicum Album: You should try it in the case of a thin, watery, and burning discharge, a tendency to feel chilly, and a strong desire for warm drinks, accompanied by anxiety and restlessness.
Hydrastis: You should use it in the case of thick, foul-smelling, and yellow acrid discharge, raw and burning nasal passages, severe frontal sinus headaches and post nasal drip.
Silicea: It can be of great help if your hard crusts in the nose bleed easily, you experience sinus pain over the front and maxillary sinuses, the nose is obstructed, the nasal bones are sensitive to touch, and you sneeze violently.
Mercurius Iodatus: Use it in the case of yellow or green discharge, tinged with blood, raw and ulcerated nostrils, you perspire a lot, and suffer from extremes of temperatures.
Nux Vomica: -It is beneficial when the passages are stuffy, in the case of frontal headaches, or when you feel chilly and irritable to noises and light.
Kalium Bichromium: You should use it if you feel pressure at the root of the nose, if your frontal sinuses are chronically stuffy with constant nasal obstruction, in the case of a foul smell or loss of smell.
Pulsatilla-It will help you if your nasal discharge is thick and yellow, your nose is stuffy, in the case of a loss of smell, heavy frontal, and maxillary sinus pressure.
Hepar Sulph: Use it when your nasal discharge is thick, yellow-green, and foul- smelling, and the nose is blocked. Also, it is helpful in the case of inflamed, red, and swollen nose with burning pain, and the sinuses, and facial bones are sensitive to touch.