Headaches, halitosis, irritability and head congestion are all symptoms that sinusitis sufferers battle against. Sinusitis is the most chronic condition in the United States, affecting millions of people. Whether your sinusitis is chronic or acute, you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are effective ways to treat your sinus pain from the comfort of your own home. If you are tired of fighting what feels like a losing battle, here are steps to take to help reduce your sinus pain:
1.Buy an Air Filter
If you have sinusitis, you can chalk the majority of your symptoms up to allergies. Whether you are sensitive to pet dander, pollen or dust, the particles floating through the air in your home can worsen your sinusitis symptoms and, in turn, the discomfort that you feel. Buying an air filter for your home and installing HEPA filters on your heating and cooling systems can reduce the number of pollutants in the air inside of your home. Additionally, check the pollen count daily and keep your windows closed when levels are high.
2.Boost Your Immune System
If your immune system is compromised, your symptoms will quickly go from bad to worse. By boosting your immune system, you may quickly find that your sinusitis flares are drastically reduced. To boost your immunity, make sure that you are getting adequate levels of vitamins C and E, as well as selenium, zinc and carotene complex. Not only will boosting your immune system help your sinusitis symptoms, it will make sure that you are less likely to catch a cold or get the flu.
3.Watch What You Eat
Many people don’t realize that food products containing yeast and dairy can produce mucus. If you suffer with sinusitis, mucus is the last thing that you want building up inside of your nasal passages. Those with chronic sinusitis should also do their best to limit refined carbohydrates and sweets; both can suppress immune function, making the symptoms of sinusitis worse.
4.An Apple a Day
An apple a day really can keep the doctor away. Apples and, more specifically the skin of apples, contain quercetin. This natural anti-inflammatory is also an immune booster that is found in the skins of apples and red onions. Quercetin helps to decrease mucus production by blocking histamine release. The next time you’re aching for a crunchy snack, head to your fridge and grab an apple; your sinuses will be the better for it.
5.Use a Hot Compress
Not only do hot compresses feel great, they actually reduce inflammation. Grab a clean hand towel, fold it and soak it in ginger infused water. Alternately, you can fold fresh ginger into the center of your towel and soak the towel in hot water for five minutes. Ring the towel out slightly and place it over your eyes, nose and cheeks. The combination of steam and ginger will open your nasal passages and reduce inflammation.
Whether you have acute or chronic sinusitis, you aren’t doomed to fight a losing battle for the rest of your life. If you follow the five tips above, you’ll find that your sinusitis is controlled or even eliminated altogether.