I have been asked many times especially during the cold and flu season on how to deal with sinusitis, commonly known as sinus problems.
This is a good thing as everyone comes down with some type of sinus problems at least once in their life time. Well, it doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy, yet I have seen many people including athletes complain about sinusitis.
Before you learn how to deal with sinusitis you must learn how to recognize the symptoms. It is similar to the symptoms of cold and flu; runny nose, headache and stuffy nose. But if you experience something like pain and pressure around the face and nose region, nasal congestion, clear or colored mucus discharge, throat irritation and in chronic case, a post nasal drip, then this is clearly the sign of sinus problems.
You have two choices; you can go on medication or deal with it naturally.
For some unknown reason I often like to tough it out and let nature take its course. But not many of you are like me able to tolerant any sinus discomfort.
If you’re prone to sinusitis, then there are a few things you can do to prevent it from getting worst.
Give alcohol a miss, the reason I suggest this is because alcohol dehydrates and cause swelling to your mucus membrane.
Drink plenty of clear fluid or my favorite chicken broth. This will help to stop mucus from becoming too thick, which is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to thrive. Sinus infection is something we really want to prevent as they can lead to complication.
Eat plenty of garlic, this is what a my friend has done as it helps to break up mucus which some people use the fancy term ‘mucolytic’ and also garlic is a natural antibiotic.
Another way of breaking mucus is to eat spicy food. I’m not asking you to eat chili on its own, try to be a little creative and add it into your cooking. Perhaps you might want to add a few slice of ginger and onion into your signature dish or whip up a Mexican chili beef.
If you want to try herbal stuff, then I suggest you try Echinacea. It is a cold and flu herb and is available as tincture (liquid extract) and tablets.
Vitamin C is always the first form of treatment during the cold and flu season to help your body fight infection. Take 1-2 tablets a day as over dosage of this vitamin may cause dry skin.
And if you have sore throat, try gargle with salt solution.
How about nasal congestion?
This is often the number one discomfort most of us encounter and it can make you feel terrible. There are several ways to solve this problem one way is to use an ancient device called the Neti pot.
How do you do this?
You pour saline solution through one side of your nostril (say you start with your right side) and gently blow out the water and mucus on the other nostril and vice versa.
Don’t know or can’t find a Neti pot? A simple trick is to use a small teapot.
Another way is to rub peppermint oil or the cheap Vicks Vapor-rub in the nasal cavities.
These are some of the methods which you can try to deal with your sinusitis if you haven’t done anything about it.Tags: headache, sinus infection, sinus problems, sinusitis, stuffy nose