Sinus Problems & Infections
- Mix 2 tblspns (2 tablespoons) each of Ginger root powder, turmeric, bromelain powder (may use capsules) into a airtight container (for storage purposes).
- Use a tspn (teaspoon) and mix this with a tspn of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of tepid to hot water with honey to taste.
- Drink this at least once a day, for at least a month to remove excess mucus and reduce inflammation in all soft tissue in the body including sinuses.
- It should also energise you over time (dependent on individual use and obviously at what stage of flare up or infection you are when you start using it) and also neutralise acid in the body.
- This is a good habit to keep up on a daily basis!
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR REMEDY:
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is our favorite remedy for stopping sinus infections. We wish more people knew about this amazing home treatment. The idea is to take apple cider vinegar before the sinus infection occurs, which for most people is at the start of allergies, colds, flu, etc.
There are a couple ways you can drink apple cider vinegar ("ACV"). One way is to put 1/8 to 1/4 cup ACV in 16 oz of water and sip it throughout the day. The other method is to gulp 2 TBSP of ACV in 8 oz of water all at once.
If you have an existing sinus infection, keep drinking a mixture of ACV and water throughout the day for several days.
N.B. The key to successful treatment is to use apple cider vinegar before a sinus infection appears (i.e. during the first stages of a flu or allergy attack, or after you've eaten a bowl of ice cream). Better still use ACV everyday - for other health benefits e.g. cleansing, digestion, fat loss and more
Question: Why does ACV alleviate sinus congestion so quickly?
Answer: ACV thins mucus almost immediately. One of the first things you will notice after drinking apple cider vinegar is that the color of your mucus goes from white or green and thick, to thin and clear. The thinning of mucus is the key to kicking your sinus infection. Once you have thin mucus, you can clobber the infection with one of many remedies from this page. Wild oregano oil is one of our favorites for bacterial infections, but grapefruit seed extract, ginger root or thyme essential oil are also very potent as antibacterial, cleansing agents.
More natural remedies
- SALINE RINSE
- STEAMING WITH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
- CAYENNE SNORTING
- HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
- HYDROGEN PEROXIDE AND SEA SALT
- OIL PULLING
- NETI POT
- GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT
- OREGANO OIL, Thyme oil used in a steamer or mix in carrier oil as a rub, is also very effective
- AIR CONDITIONERS AND SINUS INFECTIONS
- PAIN RELIEVER AND SINUS MEDICATION LINK
- ICE CREAM, FLU SYMPTOMS AND SINUS INFECTIONS
More on Sinuses
What are sinuses?The sinuses are air-filled spaces behind the bones of your face that open up into the nose cavity. They are lined with the same membrane as your nose. This is called the mucous membrane and it produces a slimy secretion called mucus to keep the nasal passageways moist and to trap dirt particles and bacteria.
You have four main sets of sinuses.
- The maxillary sinuses are in each cheekbone.
- The frontal sinuses are on either side of your forehead, above your eyes.
- The smaller ethmoid sinuses are behind the bridge of your nose, between your eyes.
- The sphenoid sinuses are between the upper part of your nose and behind your eyes.
The location of the frontal, ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses
The location of the frontal and maxillary sinuses
What is sinusitis?Sinusitis is inflammation of the mucous membranes of one or more of your sinuses.
If your sinusitis lasts anything from a few days up to a month it's called acute sinusitis. If your sinusitis is an ongoing problem lasting three months or more you may have chronic sinusitis (see Related topics). The medical terms acute and chronic refer to how long the condition lasts for, rather than how severe it is.
Acute sinusitis is common and can affect people of any age.
A maxillary sinus
SymptomsIf you have sinusitis you may feel generally unwell and have a blocked nose. Sometimes people think they have a common cold when they have sinusitis. If you have sinusitis, your symptoms may include:
- pain and pressure in your face, which is worse when you lean forwards
- a blocked nose with green or yellow mucus, which can drain down the back of your nose into your throat and may cause a sore throat and cough
- a headache when you wake in the morning
- a fever
- toothache or pain in your upper jaw
- Frontal sinusitis can cause pain just above your eyebrows, and your forehead may be tender to touch.
- Maxillary sinusitis can cause your upper jaw, teeth and cheeks to ache and may be mistaken for toothache.
- Ethmoid sinusitis can cause pain around your eyes and the sides of your nose.
- Sphenoid sinusitis can cause pain around your eyes, at the top of your head or in your temples. You may also have earache and neck pain.
CausesAcute sinusitis is caused by an infection of the mucous membranes with a virus, bacterium or fungus. Most people with sinusitis have a viral infection such as the common cold.
The mucus that is produced by the mucous membranes in your sinuses normally drains into your nose through small holes called ostia. The ostia can become narrow or even blocked if the sinuses get infected and inflamed so the mucus cannot drain properly.
This can also happen if your membranes are irritated by something. Examples of irritants include:
- airborne allergens such as grass and tree pollen
- smoke and air pollution
- sprays containing chemicals (eg household detergents)
- nasal decongestants, if overused
- chronic drug misuse (snorting substances such as cocaine)
DiagnosisYour GP will ask you about your symptoms and will examine you. He or she may also ask you about your previous illnesses and operations.
Your GP will usually be able to diagnose your sinusitis just from examining you and no further medical tests are usually necessary.
TreatmentMost people with acute sinusitis get better without treatment. However, you may find that home treatments and over-the-counter medicines provide some relief.
Some people find that breathing in steam from a bowl of hot (but not boiling) water containing a few drops of menthol oil (eg Olbas oil or Karvol) provides some relief from the symptoms. However, this isn't scientifically proven. Another method is to sit in the bathroom with the hot shower running and inhale steam this way. Some people find that applying a warm compress on the areas of the face that are painful and sleeping with their head and shoulders propped up with pillows provides relief but again there is no scientific evidence that this works. See natural remedies above.
You can take the painkiller you usually take for a headache to relieve pain and lower your temperature if you have a fever.
Decongestant tablets, such as pseudoephedrine (eg Sudafed), may reduce swelling in your nose and allow your sinuses to drain. Decongestant nasal sprays are also available but you should not use them for more than a week, as prolonged use can actually make nasal blockage worse in the long run. Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine and ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice.
If your symptoms continue for more than a week you may wish to see your GP. If the sinusitis is thought to have been caused by a bacterial infection, your GP may prescribe antibiotics.
PreventionThere are a number of things you can do to help prevent sinusitis developing such as:
- taking a short course (usually no longer than seven days) of decongestant medicine when you have a cold
- having a flu vaccination each year
- staying well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids
- not smoking
- staying away from smoky environments
- keeping your allergy symptoms under control - ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
- maintaining good general health by eating healthily and taking regular exercise
- The British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists (ENT-UK)
020 7404 8373
Stress or body fighting stress is usually susceptible to flare up's of sinus problems, so it is important to have methods of relieving stress in order to prevent flare up's.
There are many methods available ranging from massage to acupuncture to NLP to meditation to herbs, supplements and homeopathy to Aromatherapy to Reflexology to 'Tapping' to yoga or Pilates and . There's something to suit everyone - you just have to try them out to see what suits best!
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