What Is Sinusitis Or Sinus Infection?
Sinusitis or sinus infection happens due to inflammation or swelling of the lining tissue of the sinuses.
Sometimes, sinuses can become blocked by fluids and/or germs.
This can cause viruses, bacteria, and even fungi to grow within the sinuses.
Types Of Sinus Infections
There are many ways that sinus infections can start and several types of sinus infections that they could be. Sinus infections can be caused by the common cold, swelling of the tissue lining the nose, small growths in the tissue lining the nose, and when the nasal cavity is shifted.
Sinus infections can be chronic, acute, subacute or recurring. Acute sinusitis consists of a runny or stuffy nose, along with facial pain. If the pain does not go away after about two weeks, then it is highly possible that you have acute sinusitis. Usually acute sinusitis lasts for only four weeks or less.
Subacute sinusitis lasts for about four to eight weeks and has added inflammation to the tissue lining the nose. If the inflammation last for more than eight weeks, then it is categorized as chronic sinusitis. Recurring sinusitis is when you get a sinus infection several times a year.
Symptoms Of Sinusitis
Since many people get sinus infections a year it is good to know the symptoms. Facial pain, stuffy/running nose, cough, congestion, and loss of smell are common symptoms of acute sinusitis.
Chronic sinusitis also comes with added pus in the nasal cavity and fever. Luckily, there are ways to fight away the pain of sinus infections with natural home remedies.
Home Remedies For Sinus Infections
#1. Cut Back on Dairy
Dairy products produce more mucus than most other foods. Cutting down on your consumption of these products (yogurt, milk, cheese and ice cream) can help to reduce the amount of mucus in your nasal cavity, easing some of the pain.
#2. Change Your Diet
While sick it is best not to over-eat, although it is likely that you won’t want to in the first place. Good foods to eat are beans, vegetables, soups, and foods containing whole grain. (Why you should eat more proteins).
Like dairy, there are other mucus-causing foods that you should avoid. Flour, eggs, chocolate, overly processed food, junk food, and fast food are all good to avoid if you want to get healthy quickly.
#3. Refrain from Smoking
Tobacco can only help to agitate your sinuses. Inhaling smoke is bad on its own, and even worse when combined with a sinus infection. If you smoke, try not to as much as possible. If you live with someone who smokes, ask if they can smoke outside or away from you, as even their smoke could bother you and agitate your sinuses.
#4. Avoid Highly Polluted Areas
Like cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoke, polluted air and smog can affect your chances at healing. If you can help it, stay inside on high smog level days. If don’t live in a large city with regular pollution problems, then this shouldn’t be a large issue for you.
#5. Add Herbs to your Meals
Many herbs have properties that can help to boost your immune system (shortening your sinus infection time) and many herbs even have natural healing properties. Helpful herbs to add to your meals include horseradish, garlic, cayenne pepper and onion.
If you mix horseradish with a little bit of lemon juice to eat, then your nose will start running, but that’s good. It’ll help to clear out your nasal cavity. Just make sure to have a lot of tissues around when you try this.
#6. Use a Neti Pot
Neti pots can be bought almost anywhere if you don’t have one already. A quick internet search can be done to find out where to buy one near you. Put two cups of warm water and a teaspoon of sea salt into the neti pot. Be near a sink or bathtub when you try this yoga cure for sinus infection.
Tip the spout of the net pot into one nostril and tip your head so that the water comes out of the other nostril. Be careful not to tip your head back, as this might cause the water to go down your throat and leave a highly uncomfortable feeling. Once you do this, do it again with the other nostril. Do as often as needed.
#7. Apple Cider
An effective treatment in curing a sinus infection is mixing apple cider vinegar with honey and water and drinking it. It has been effective for many people who have used it.
Also, it probably tastes better than most medicines, which is always a bonus. Drink this several times a day to see improvement.
#8. Avoid Allergens
While it is always good to avoid things that you are allergic to, it is especially helpful to avoid allergens when you are suffering from a sinus infection. Whether you are allergic to pollen or soy or cats, do your best to stay away from them if you want to heal faster. Allergens can agitate your sinuses and make it all the harder to heal.
#9. Vitamin A, C, D, and Zinc
Vitamin A can help to keep your immune system in tact while you are trying to heal from a sinus infection. Foods with high amounts of vitamin A in them are sweet potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, leafy greens, and eggs.
Vitamin C can easily be found in acidic fruits like oranges and grapefruit.
Vitamin D will can be found in fish, eggs, mushrooms, and orange juice. Getting out in the sun can also increase your Vitamin D levels.
Zinc can be found in fish, eggs, mushrooms, and whole grains. And of course, all of these vitamins can be bought in supplement pills.
#10. Bed Rest
Like all illnesses, it is important to get plenty of sleep to be able to heal well. Your body needs rest to be able to fix itself. Take a break and relax, you’ll thank yourself later.
I hope these tips help, and good luck overcoming your sinus infection!
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