Before turning to antibiotics, try these sinus pain remedies to help ease achiness and congestion.
Flush your nasal passages.
There is a lot of debate about which sinus pain remedies work and what has been proven, but saline spray like Kuraflo is indisputable.
Take a steam.
Hot water vapor can help moisten the sinuses. Sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus or menthol in the shower and steam up your bathroom. A hot, steamy shower or bath can also help to loosen up mucus and debris that is stuck inside your nose.
Staying hydrated helps your body in many ways, including keeping your sinuses moist. Drink water throughout the day, and make sure to steer clear of caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, which can cause dehydration. Although recommended fluid intake differs for each person, an easy rule of thumb is to drink at least eight 250ml glasses a day. How can you tell if you are getting enough fluids? If the color of your urine is clear, you are hydrated.
Spice it up.
Spicy foods such as mustard, hot peppers, curry, horseradish, and wasabi may help clear sinuses. If you like spice, consider adding some zestiness to your meals to open your nasal passages.
Allergy-proof your bedroom.
Allergies can make sinus pain worse and tend to flare in the evening hours. 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.
Use a humidifier.
A humidifier can keep the air moist, but be sure to keep it clean, especially if you have mold allergies. A dirty humidifier can breed mold. And you should only use a humidifier during dry months, not when it’s humid. In addition, keep an eye on the humidity level in the room.
Thirty-five to 50 percent humidity is ideal. If you start fogging the windows, the humidity level is too high.
Apply warm compresses.
You can use a warm compress to help keep the nasal tissues moist. Or, fill a deep bowl or pot with boiling water and place your face over it with a towel around your head to breathe the steam in. You can also follow up the warm compress with a cold compress, which may help relieve sinus pain. The best alternative to this is the Sinus Gel from Natural Balance. Apply the gel to the outside of the Sinus cavities and feel the relief within minutes.
Don’t ask for antibiotics before giving natural remedies a try.
Using antibiotics indiscriminately can lead to antibiotic resistance and the development of superbugs, plus they may not be effective in treating most cases of sinusitis. A study in the February 15, 2012 Journal of the American Medical Association showed that when adults with sinusitis were treated with either a 10-day course of the antibiotic amoxicillin or a placebo, both groups fared about the same in terms of recovery by day three. Less than 2 percent of these infections are bacterial. Most are viral and should be treated without antibiotics.
We therefore recommend the Manna Sinus Support to give effective sinus relief without any side effects.