At some time or the other, we all have suffered at the hands of a relentless sinus infection (sinusitis). These infections account for some 25% of hospital visits in the United States, and result in loss of valuable man hours. Sinus infections may be caused by various triggers; the most common ones being response to an allergen (dust/pollen), or bacterial or viral in origin. The duration a sinus infection runs its course may be classified as acute ( lasting under four weeks), sub-acute or intermediate ( between four and eight weeks), or chronic ( ongoing/ recurrent). Although sinus infections classified as chronic may warrant prescription medication, the other categories are only self limiting and may resolve with simple home remedies.
How To Cure a Sinus Infection
The following list represents simple, yet effective means to help cure your sinus infection:
Apple Cider Vinegar Solution
Considered the best home remedy by many, this is best employed at the first sign of development of a sinus infection. Usually as soon as sneezing or allergic reactions manifest, by ingesting apple cider vinegar it helps to suppress the histamine response, preventing further inflammation. Even though the likelihood that the infection will still develop is possible, it is advisable to consume it throughout the duration of illness, since it improves symptoms significantly.
Using a Saline Solution
Also referred to as a saline rinse, this method helps to reduce symptoms or in some case prevent sinus infections all together by flushing out the mucus and allergic triggers out of the nostrils. Another possible mechanism by which this irrigation method works, is by reducing congestion in the nostrils, allowing for improved breathing.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract has been promoted as one of the best natural anti-biotic and anti-fungal agents around, with somewhat proven efficacy in treating sinus infections. The two main ways how grapefruit seed extract may be used for treating an infection would be: drinking a few drops diluted in water (may be two or so), or a novel idea of vaporizing the mixture and inhaling it. Vaporization yields steam which is by itself a good mucolytic ( breaks down stubborn mucus), coupled with the anti-bacterial properties of grapefruit seed extract it should relive your sinus infection in no time.
This is an essential extracted from the leaves of the oregano plant, grown in the Mediterranean regions. This oil has been touted as one of the strongest natural plant based anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiviral/antibacterial compounds and which can exert dramatic effect against pathogenic organisms in the human body. To use for sinus infections, around two drops of the oil is mixed into water and drank everyday. Other possible ways to effectively utilize the oil would be to heat it in water and make a steam inhalation; this seems to be the preferred method for many people. Alternatively, it can be applied directly around the nasal area to act as a decongestant. It is important to first properly dilute the oil in another oil based vehicle, most likely olive oil. This is to reduce risk of dermatological reactions or possible burns.
This has been an established anti-bacterial agent for decades, most commonly used to sterilize cuts or wounds. There has been a growing body of evidence, however, demonstrating its effect in alleviating sinus infections. Although there are conflicting reports as to the most effective way to employ hydrogen peroxide use, it is most likely to be given as a nasal spray, with an approximately 1:1 ratio being employed. There have also been reports of hydrogen peroxide being ingested, but the results of this are not conclusive. Another common method that may be employed is nasal irrigation, which involves diluting a few drops in water and flushing out the nasal cavities, a few times per day.
While this may seem eccentric to many, cayenne pepper has definite physiological benefit when treating sinus infections. For one, pepper is known to be a potent vasoconstrictor, which are chemicals that relieve nasal congestion. Secondly, it has possible anti-pyretic effects ( fever reducing), and finally may act as a mucolytic. Normally, a few sprinkles of cayenne pepper is added to water, which is then mixed and either swabbed into the nostril or “snorted”. Despite the obvious discomfort the pepper itself will impart, it is quite effective for in relieving your sinus infection.
Summary of How To Cure a Sinus Infection Using Home Remedies
There you have it, if you’re home and can’t get to a pharmacy, try these remedies, which you may not come to regret for treating your sinus infection