When sinusitis hits, you want to feel relief. Sinus infections can pack a punch — leaving you bed bound, missing work, valuable time with your family and friends, and missing out on your daily life.
So what’s a sinus sufferer to do? Firstly and most importantly, you should check with a doctor. Each patient and each case is unique, so it’s important to get personalized advice.
Beyond professional medical help, certain home remedies may help with symptom relief while you’re following your doctor’s orders. The following tips are some of the most commonly recommended home remedies.
Turn on a humidifier
Dry air can wreak havoc on sinuses, so when the air is properly humidified, your sinuses tend to be happier. However, you should be careful because there is such a thing as too humid. For example, humidity levels above 50% can be linked with dust mites, which have been known to trigger allergies.
Your bathroom can become your “personal steam room.” Some sinus suffers often take to the bathroom, turn on a warm shower and sit in the bathroom with the door closed for 10 to 15 minutes. The warm water builds up steam in the room, which helps relieve sinus problems. For an extra bonus, try sprinkling a few drops of soothing eucalyptus oil into the shower.
Use pillows wisely
Sleeping on your back with your head elevated about 30 degrees can help promote sinus drainage. Make sure you don’t try the same trick while sleeping on your side. This incline can affect alignment, which won’t help your sinuses.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Drinking water (and lots of it!) is important when you’re facing a sinus infection. When sinuses are well hydrated, they’re better prepared to recover and get back in shape.
Try warm compresses
If you’re dealing with sinus aches and pains, place a warm compress over your face to make sure your airway remains clear. Compresses will help your nasal tissues stay hydrated. Alternating hot compresses with cold ones can provide double duty relief against facial pain.
Be wise with exercise
Thinking about training for a marathon? When you’re dealing with a sinus infection, doing too much exercise like going for a long run is definitely not what the doctor is going to order. Light exercise, such as gentle yoga, can help relieve pressure and pain, but don’t overexert yourself. If you are in doubt about how much and what type of physical activity you can do, ask your doctor.
Take some tea time
Certain herbal teas, including chamomile, peppermint and ginger, can offer pain relief during the healing process. Be sure to choose a caffeine-free variety, because caffeine can dry the sinuses and impair recovery.
When it comes to sinus trouble, it is always best to get specialized individual treatment advice from a doctor. If you need guidance give us a call. We’re here to help you feel better.