Sinusitis is diagnosed in case of a viral infection of the sinuses. A cold or any other inflammation of the nasal mucous membrane leads to a blockage. Sinuses get filled up with fluids, instead of air and the environment becomes proper for bacteria to develop and cause fever and facial pain. This infection of the sinuses can take a lot of time to heal and shouldn’t be neglected. It can become chronic if untreated. Sinusitis drains the strength of a patient and makes him unable to complete his daily routine. Read on and find out a few highly efficient home remedies.
Sinusitis Symptoms & Tips
Facial/Forehead Pain: As mentioned above the most common and specific sinusitis symptom is facial and forehead pain. This is caused by the inflammation of the sinus pathways and by the infection. In less severe cases pain is only felt when performing sudden head moves like bending to tie your shoelaces and the returning to original position. Also in early stages of sinusitis forehead pain is felt when turning your head suddenly in one direction or the other. If facial pain is continuous it means that the infection is very serious and you need to urgently visit your doctor, because sinusitis surgery might be required for the sinus pathways to be cleared.
Stuffed Nose: this is another clear indicator that there is a sinus blockage in place.
Runny Nose: is a good sinusitis symptom because it means that the sinus pathways are decongesting. In this case you need to blow your nose as often as possible and use a decongestant to keep your pathways clear.
Loss of Smell: This is yet another sinusitis specific symptom. You will have a strange feeling while eating. Suddenly all tastes that you are used to, fade away. Even water will have an uncommon taste.
Cough: Is usually present one or two days after the initial signs of sinusitis because it’s a secondary symptom. The leaking infection from your sinuses ends up in your throat during sleep and causes a cough. It’s best to expectorate it as soon as possible.
Fever: Is a symptom that could appear later on. In cases of mild sinusitis when sinus pathways are drained from the start by blowing nose or by expectoration, fever might not even appear. However, if the sinus blockage is present fever is the body’s normal reaction for fighting against the infection.
Fatigue: Is another secondary symptom caused by fever. The patient will start feeling drained because his body will fight the infection. This is a clear sign that you need to help out and help your body to clear-up the sinus pathways.
Dental pain: is a symptom that should trigger your alarm signal because now your sinusitis could be pretty severe. A visit to your doctor should be mandatory.
No matter if you’re suffering from acute or chronic sinusitis here are some home remedies that are very efficient.They’ll help you to clear your sinuses and aid your body fight the infection away.
1.Hot Steam Inhalations: Any stuffed nose can be easily decongested with the help of a hot steam inhalation. This is the best remedy for clearing your sinuses at home.
– Use a sinus specific inhalant. It should contain all or some of the ingredients: Pine oil (Abies Pectinata Oil), Peppermint oil (Mentha Piperita Oil), Eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus Globulus Oil), lavender oil (Lavandula Hybrida Oil) and Terpineol.
– Boil water and turn into a large bowl so that when you lean over it your entire face is exposed to the hot steam.
– Drip 20 drops of inhalant and gently mix the composition.
– Start inhaling by placing a large bath towel on your head and lean over the bowl so that the steam hits you directly in the face. Be careful!!! At the beginning steam will be very hot so negotiate your distance. Gradually descent your way to the bowl, as steam temperature decreases with time. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Be careful!!!… while exhaling over the bowl, because you could accelerate the hot steam. Repeat the inhalation / exhalation procedure for at least 7 minutes or until you feel that the steam remains hot enough to clear your sinuses.
– After you complete inhalation blow your nose a few times to drain it properly. Next you can use a decongestant or continue with procedure number 2, available below.
2. Salt Water Suctions: This is a great disinfecting procedure for your sinuses!
– You only need a glass with warm water and some sea salt. It works with normal salt too. Add a teaspoon of sea salt and dissolve it in the warm water glass.
– Now, go in your bathroom. Place yourself above the sink. Pour a little warm salt water in your palm and suck it as hard as you can with a nostril. To be as efficient as possible cover one nostril with your fingers and use the other one to suck with full power so that the salt water should reach as deep as possible in your sinuses. Be warned!!!… this will sting heavily for a few seconds, but your sinuses will be cleaned. Blow your nose a few seconds after the suction, to drain everything. Repeat the process at least three times for each nostril.
3. Fever Reducing Tea: Fever is an unpleasant sinusitis symptom that can have you sidelined for a few days. Excepting the conventional fever lowering pills like paracetamol you can use a specific herbal tea that lowers fever, disinfects and helps you to expectorate. This tea can be found in specific shops under various names. Ask the pharmacist for a fever lowering tea and make sure that it has most of these ingredients: basil (Basilici herba), willow bark (Salcis cortex), hyssop (Hyssopi herba), cinnamon (Cinnamomi cortex), rosemary leaves (Rosmarini folium), chamomile flowers (Chamomillae flos), ginger rhizomes (Zingiberis rhizoma).