Sinusitis is a health condition caused due to excess mucus and swelling inside the sinuses and nose. Read this article to find out the causes, symptoms, and home remedies for sinusitis.
Sinusitis is a common condition where the space inside the nose and sinuses gets swollen and inflamed. Sinuses are normally filled with air, but due to inflammation and infection, it gets blocked with fluids/mucus creating problems like nasal congestion, headache, blocked nose, swelling on the face, etc.
There are mainly 4 types of sinusitis. They are:
- Acute Sinusitis: It lasts for 2-4 weeks and then it goes away on its own.
- Sub-acute Sinusitis: It lasts for 4-8 weeks.
- Chronic Sinusitis: When a sinusitis infection lasts more than 8 weeks then it becomes chronic.
- Recurrent Sinusitis: Multiple re-occurring sinusitis.
The common symptoms of sinus may include:
- Thick and discolored nasal discharge
- Nasal inflammation
- Blocked and runny nose
- Nasal congestion and difficulty in breathing
- Swelling on the face/around the eyes
- Ear pain
What Causes Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is mainly caused due to excess mucus and swelling around the lining of the sinuses and nose. It blocks the path of air creating congestion and nasal irritations. The sinus problem occurs due to cold, flu, allergy due to dust. Also, regular consumption of certain foods like deep-fried and starchy foods, excess spicy foods, red meat, etc. can cause sinus problems.
Sinusitis Home Remedies
Here are mentioned some effective home remedies for sinus.
The most prescribed and effective way to treat sinus problems. It helps in clearing the blocked nasal passage providing immediate relief to patients.
Add 3 drops of rosemary oil, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint to a bowl of hot boiling water. With your face down over the hot water (while covering it entirely with a cloth/towel), inhale the steam for 2-5 minutes. Repeat this process 2-3 times a day for better results.
Ginger has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and many other medicinal properties which can be helpful in the sinus.
Take 1 teaspoon of ginger juice with 1 teaspoon of honey 2-3 times a day to reduce sinusitis irritations.
You can also drink ginger tea by adding chopped ginger, and turmeric in the tea. Drinking this tea 2-3 times a day will clear the clogged nose and ease the sinus pressure.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV is popular for its tremendous health benefits. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of ACV to one glass of lukewarm water and then consume this solution 1-2 times a day to get relief from sinus pressure and irritation. It also helps in thinning out the mucus providing relief from congestion. You can also add honey to this ACV solution to increase its effectiveness and taste.
Nasal irrigation is another effective process to clear out the congestion and irritation. This process includes flushing out the mucus from the nasal passage with a saline solution.
Mix ½ teaspoon of salt with 1 cup of hot water to make a solution. Pour the solution into a squeeze bottle and apply the 5-10 drops of this solution to the one side of the nostril while bending the head to the flow of the other nostril. Do the same with the other nostril. This process will flush out the mucus and other irritants from the sinuses.
Mustard oil is also proven to clear nasal congestion effectively. Apply 2-3 drops of mustard oil in both the nostrils to soothe the congestion immediately.
Drink More Liquid
Staying hydrated is another way to fight sinusitis. Drinking more water, juice, tea helps in thinning the mucus and hence providing you relief from congestion.
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