Introduction to Sinusitis
You probably know sinusitis by a different name, or at least by a very specific set of symptoms that have bothered you since childhood. Every year, approximately 25 million people suffer from sinusitis in the United States alone. In short, it is an inflammation of the nasal sinuses, which results in a number of irritating symptoms that we will outline below. It can be caused by a variety of things as well, including various infections, illnesses, allergies, and autoimmune disorders. Typically, sinusitis resolves itself in a week to ten days, and is commonly eliminated at the same time as the illness itself.
For most people, sinusitis is simply another name for the common cold. Many people immediately seek out allopathic remedies, like steroids, cold medicines, or even antibiotics in extreme situations, but that is largely unnecessary.There are plenty of simple home remedies that can be used to eliminate sinusitis before it becomes too serious. Also, it is important to know that many people know this condition by another name, rhinosinusitis. However, despite the ability to treat the symptoms and boost the body’s immune defenses against it, there remains no hard and fast cure for sinusitis.
The symptoms that occur during all types of sinusitis are quite similar, and more than 90% of adults will have suffered from them at some point in their lives. However, despite your familiarity, let’s go over some of the most common symptoms.
Symptoms of Sinusitis
Dull, aching pain in the sinus cavities
Pain behind the eyes
Headaches and migraines
Green or yellow mucous discharge from the nose
Pressure, pain, and tenderness on the forehead, cheeks, and eyes
The infection of the mucous membranes is the fundamental aspect of sinusitis, so anything to reduce mucous formation, which can hold or perpetuate the infection, is a good method of treatment. While sinusitis is often connected to the “common cold”, it can also be due to other factors, and can often be more complex than the patients initially realize.
There are a number of variations of sinusitis and it’s important to know the differences between them so that you can properly treat yourself.
Acute Rhinosinusitis: This infection can last for up to four weeks of severe inflammation in the mucous membranes of the nasal passages, and can fluctuate between severe and non-severe. Also, there is a variation called recurrent acute sinusitis, which means that this happens more than 4 times in a single year.
Chronic Rhinosinusitis: When the infection or condition lasts for more than 12 weeks. The condition between acute and chronic rhinosinusitis is called subacute rhinosinusitis, which lasts somewhere between 4 and 12 weeks.
It is often difficult to tell the difference between these types of sinusitis, particularly because the symptoms come in waves and it may seem like you are getting better before the condition surges back again. Chronic rhinosinusitis may be evidence of a deeper or more serious health concern that should be addressed by a doctor, or should be kept in check with allopathic remedies. For the less severe versions of this illness, home remedies or natural treatments is the best choice if you want to avoid side effects and take the organic path to health!
Home Remedies for Sinusitis
Diet Choices: Although this may sound like common sense, many people fail to eat properly when they suffer from sinusitis, often because it is not very enjoyable, as your sense of taste is often compromised. However, as you are probably well aware, your diet impacts every part of your health, both what you intentionally include, as well as what you intentionally avoid. For sinusitis, a small, balanced diet of grains, lentils, and vegetables is the best choice, since it boosts your body’s immune system and regulates your metabolism to flush out toxins. On the other side of the coin, you should avoid any food that generates more mucous in the sinuses. Basically, you should avoid dairy products like cheese, milk, yogurt, and wheat. Also, in a strange twist, citrus juice and fruits can often increase mucous, despite the fact that citrus fruits are often used as a home remedy for boosting the immune system.
Herbal Options: Adding certain herbs to your diet can have strong effects on the nasal sinuses, as well as on the immune system’s ability to flush out toxins, eliminate mucous, and alleviate the symptoms. Some of these are strong stimulants or contain antioxidants, but the main reason for their use, either in food or in some sort of mixed liquid, is to flush out the mucous in the nose where the infection is usually located. Some of the best herbs for stimulating this emptying of the sinuses is garlic, onions, horseradish, and cayenne pepper. They might make you cry or force your nose to run, but consuming some of these herbs might be your best chance of eliminating sinusitis without allopathic medicine.
Wasabi: As with the herbs listed above, wasabi is specifically praised as a method of intensely affecting the sinuses, which is why we experience the “clearing of sinuses” when we eat too much of it at once. This same effect can be used to flush the mucous and toxins out of the sinuses and into either the stomach or the mouth before it is eliminated from the body.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This useful beverage, which is suggested for many different illnesses, is known to thin mucous and make it less viscous, thereby keeping it from blocking up your breathing and perpetuating the condition.
Grapefruit Seed Extract: This oil can be dropped in the mouth (but only a few drops) or mixed in water, as a way to eliminate the sinus infection very rapidly. However, never take this on an empty stomach, as it is very powerful and can make you sick.
Neti Pots: Using a neti pot has been a technique for centuries, and it is very simple and effective. Simply purchase a neti pot from any drugstore or health shop and fill it with warm distilled or bottled water. Then, pour the water into one nostril and allow it to come back out the other. It can be an uncomfortable or strange sensation, but it can easily flush out toxins and other materials that you don’t want to remain in your system.
Inhaling Steam: As simple as this sounds, inhaling steam is one of the most popular home remedies for sinusitis. Boiling a pot of water, taking a hot shower, or utilizing an actual steam machine for sinusitis relief can quickly warm the mucus and reduce its consistency, therefore allowing you to blow it out of your nose or spit it out. If you can get rid of the mucous that is making you sick, you’re much more likely to defend against the development of chronic rhinosinusitis. Using humidifiers can also be a good idea while sleeping to help the healing process overnight!
Peppermint Tea: One of the active ingredients in peppermint tea is menthol, which cuts through mucous and thins it out, allowing it to flush easily out of your system. The combination of heat, steam, menthol, and liquid in peppermint tea can be a fast-acting solution for sinusitis of all varieties.
A Final Word of Caution: As mentioned earlier, more serious, long-lasting varieties of sinusitis should not be taken lightly, and if you want relief, allopathic options are normally quite mild and the side effects are limited. However, it is always your choice of whether to use home remedies or medical treatment. Just pay attention to your body and do your best to get healthy!