Sinusitis is an inflammation, or swelling, of the tissue lining the sinuses. Normally, sinuses are filled with air, but when sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, bacteria or virus or fungi can grow and cause an infection.
Conditions that can cause sinus blockage include the common cold, swelling of the lining of the nose, nasal polyps (small growths in the lining of the nose), or a deviated septum (a shift in the nasal cavity).
People who have the following conditions have a higher risk of sinusitis:
- Nasal mucous membrane swelling as from a common cold
- Blockage of drainage ducts
- Structural differences that narrow the drainage ducts
- Nasal polyps
- Conditions that result in an increased risk of infection such as immune deficiencies or taking medications that suppress the immune system.
- In children, common environmental factors that contribute to sinusitis include allergies, illness from other children at day care or school, pacifiers, bottle drinking while lying on one’s back, and smoke in the environment.
- In adults, the contributing factors are most frequently infections and smoking.
Eucalyptus steam: Breathing into steam with eucalyptus can relieve the sinuses and mucus. In a pot half filled with water, add eucalyptus leaves or a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Bring it to a boil. Cover a towel over your head and breathe in the vapors.
Infusion of ginger, eucalyptus, lemon and honey: Another home remedy for sinusitis consists of an infusion made with grated ginger, eucalyptus leaves, lemon juice and honey. Boil the grated ginger and eucalyptus leaves in a bowl of water for approximately 15 minutes. Then, remove it and add lemon juice and some spoonfuls of honey. If you drink it daily, you’ll notice a huge improvement.
Humidify Your Air: Strive for an indoor environment that’s not too dry and not too humid. Dust mites love greater than 50% humidity. A too-humid indoor environment can also encourage the growth of mold, which can also set off sinus problems. And you should only use a humidifier during dry months, not when it’s humid. Keep allergies out of the bedroom by using dust covers on your pillows and comforter and making sure that your pet doesn’t sleep in the bedroom
Apply warm heat: Put a warm, wet towel on your face. It can help relieve some of the pressure. You can also follow up the warm compress with a cold compress, which may help relieve sinus pain.
Drink lots of fluids: Drink lots of water or juices throughout the day. Drink warm water when possible.They’ll help thin the mucus, reducing the blockage in your sinuses.
Rest: When you’ve got a sinus infection, try not to overdo it. Get plenty of sleep and give your body a chance to recover.
Food decongestants: There are some foods that you should eat in cases of sinusitis such as garlic and onions which have decongestant effects. Carrots are also recommended, because they contains carotids that are amenable for clearing mucus. Spicy foods such as mustard, hot peppers, curry, horseradish may help clear sinuses. If you like spice, consider adding some to your meals to open your nasal passages.
How to Clear Your Blocked Nose in 5 Minutes:
These five quick steps take less than two minutes to perform and, when done correctly, will allow you to breath more easily. You’ll need your index fingers only for this simple massage, applying firm pressure on a few points on your face, as described below:
- Start with the points on each side of your nostrils. Rotate your index fingers until both your nostrils are closed. Do this for 10 seconds.
- Apply the same rotating pressure with both your index fingers a little above the inner corners of your eyes.
- Head over to your cheek bones and apply pressure for 10 seconds.
- Using both your index fingers, stroke your cheekbones to your ears and apply pressure, behind the earlobes.
- Massage your ear lobes for 30 seconds at least. This has an amazingly calming effect as well.