Looking for natural treatment of sinusitis? Antibiotics are of no help when it comes to sinus infection.
Sometimes, sinus infection shares some symptoms with the common cold. The difference lies in the length of time these symptoms linger. The symptoms will last from 10 days to 12 weeks depending upon the condition.
The good news is that sinusitis will heal on its own. But here are 6 ways to get rid of a sinus infection when it is already bothersome for you.
- Hydrate yourself. Drinking plenty of water will flush out the virus from your body. It is recommended to drink at least a glass of water every hour.
- Boost your immune system. Adding garlic, ginger, and onions to your foods will help boost your immune system. The World Health Organization (WHO) says taking between 300 and 1,000 milligrams of garlic extract each day is desirable.
- Keep yourself and environment moisturized. Nasal hydration will help relieve nasal pressures. So, keeping your environment and yourself moisturized will alleviate the condition.
If possible, have a humidifier in your room while sleeping. At day time and before going to bed, use natural saline nasal spray.
Take a bath with warm water. Exposing your sinuses to steam relieves the pressure.
- Eucalyptus oil. A study published in the journal The Laryngoscope has indicated that eucalyptus oil can help the nasal with mucus. Its main component, cineole, aids the fast recovery of people suffering from sinusitis.
All you have to do is to apply one drop of oil to the roof of your mouth and drink a glass of water. Be sure, however, to use only the food-grade eucalyptus oil.
- Warm compress to alleviate facial pain. The facial pain due to an infected sinus can be relieved with a warm compress. Place a warm and moist towel around the nose, eyes, and cheeks can ease a lot the discomfort.
6. Ask your doctor. When natural remedies are not enough, better ask your doctor. There are many over-the-counter (OTC) medications you can avail but it is better to seek a doctor. It is likely that your infection is bacterial, which your doctor can determine, an antibiotic could help. (Roger Bridge/ Featured Image: Todd Quackenbush/Pixabay)