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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Home Remedies For Sinus Infection

Sinuses Illustration - St. Louis Children's Hospital
The most common type of infection is a sinus infection. The symptoms include headaches, swelling of the nasal cavities, fever and difficulty breathing. Some people also experience itchy, watery eyes and pain the ear, neck and jar area. This infection is known as sinusitis.
Sinusitis can be caused by a number of reason. Bacteria from the air you breathe can be one of the causes. Other causes include asthma, hay fever and exposure to other who are infected. Sinusitis is a painful condition. Air and mucus become trapped in the nasal cavities, creating a vacuum effect. Pressure is created in the sinus area that eventually becomes painful.



Sinus infections need to be treated as soon as possible. Left untreated they can cause serious health problems such as brain or ear infections. At this time, there is no cure for sinusitis. Sufferers can only treat the symptoms of the infection. Many products are sold over the counter for this purpose.

Medications to treat sinus infections come in numerous forms. These different forms include pills, like antibiotics, decongestants and antihistamines. Saline nasal rinses may be used to help unblock the nasal passage. Topical and oral decongestants are available as well as intranasal corticosteroids. The problems with many of these medications are they come with side effects. Most products containing decongestants or antihistamines cause dizziness or drowsiness.

Many effective remedies can be made at home. These remedies are all natural so therefore healthier for you. Most use ingredients that are already in your kitchen. No fancy equipment or supplies are needed.
Natural Home Remedies
The simplest way to relieve the pain and pressure of sinusitis is to use a vaporizer. If you do not have one handy, a bowl of hot water and towel will work. Hold face and head over hot water and drape towel over head. To make the steam even more effective, add a drop or two of eucalyptus oil to the water.

Place either a hot or cold compress over the affected area. Hot compresses will help to relieve the pain and pressure of sinusitis. Cold compresses reduce the swelling in the eyes and nasal passages.

Here are some recipes for pastes that are to be applied to the forehead. Mix ginger, water and milk to make a paste. A simple paste to make is just cinnamon and water. Try mixing basil leaves, cloves and dried ginger with enough water to form a paste. All of these pastes relieve the symptoms of sinus infections and they smell good too!

Drink plenty of water and get lots of rest. If the symptoms do not get better within a day or two, consult your doctor. Leaving any kind of infection untreated only causes more serious health issues.

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