Do you have a headache, toothache, fever, constant sneezing or blockage in one or both nostrils? Then you might be suffering of sinusitis. Some people might develop sinusitis if they also have respiratory allergies (for dust or pollen), or asthma, nasal polyps, a fragile immune system or nasal septum deviation. You will find here fast home remedies that will ease your pain and open up your blocked sinuses.
- In order to drain the sinuses you need to inhale steam 2-3 times a day. You can do this at home very easily. You can use a steam vaporizer or just lean over a bowl with hot water keeping a 10-15 cm distance between the face and the water, cover your head and the bowl with a towel, like for creating a tent and inhale the steam. Sometimes adding a few drops of eucalyptus volatile oil in the boiling water can promote a better drainage.
- Use nasal sprays. These are useful for keeping the nasal pathways opened, but you should not use them more than 3 days. If used more they make you addicted to them, plus they just stop working in time. One idea would be preparing a saline solution at home and use it instead of the OTC nasal drops or just buy physiological serum and use it as a nasal washer. It is less expensive and works quite well.
- Quit smoking. Smoke from the cigarettes can inflame the sinuses and slow down the cilium movement that eliminates the mucus and impurities from the respiratory pathways. This can be the perfect timing for you to quit smoking for good. Also try to avoid for a while any other public places that are clogged up with smoke.
- Be careful how you blow your nose. It is recommended that you blow one nostril first and then the other one, in order for the ear pressure to remain constant, therefore preventing the migration of bacteria deeper and deeper within the sinuses.
- Use anti-inflammatory drugs for relieving pain and local inflammation. Aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be bought OTC and will reduce sinusitis pain and nasal obstruction by reducing the local swelling.
- Sometimes you might not succeed to treat sinusitis in three or four days at home. This might be a sign that the bacteria are still present in the sinuses and advanced treatment should be implemented. Most often light antibiotics are the best solution in these cases. Amoxicillin or erythromycin is usually recommended by doctors, but you should always get a prescription for these drugs before using them.
More severe cases of sinusitis might need special investigations like an x-ray or bacteriological testing or an exam performed by an ENT specialist in order to determine the cause of the nasal congestion. It is possible that the specialist will recommend you a surgical intervention if you have a chronic obstruction.