Sinus inflammation can cause severe pain and swelling. The mucus-producing membranes line our facial bones around our noses, eyes, and cheeks. They act as a filter for germs and warm and moisten inhaled air. When these membranes become clogged and cannot drain properly, mucus can build up and eventually become infected.
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The most common sinus treatments include antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and steroids. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary. It is a sad fact many people take up to five different medications to treat a sinus infection.
There are natural remedies for sinusitis that you can use if you’re concerned about being too medicated. It is important to be aware of what you eat when you have a sinus infection. Moderation is key.
- Eat more beans, cold-pressed oil, lentils, soups, and whole grains. Avoid chocolate, dairy products and eggs. Also avoid processed foods like fried and fried foods.
- Drink plenty of water. Eucalyptus and peppermint are effective sinus home remedies.
- Cayenne pepper and garlic, as well as horseradish, garlic and onion, are all effective in removing excess mucus. A teaspoonful of crushed horseradish with lemon juice is a great way to get rid of excess mucus. This will cause your nose to run immediately so make sure you are near a sink.
- For centuries, the best sinus treatment has been to use a neti pot. It’s easy and quick. Simply dissolve one teaspoon of sea salt in two cups of warm water. Then, place your netipot over a sink, and raise the spout to one nostril. Turn your head to the side, and let the water flow out of the other nostril. Repeat the process with the opposite nostril.
- People who prefer natural remedies are slowly embracing apple cider vinegar. Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar with 6 ounces water. Add a teaspoon honey to sweeten the mixture. Drink it three times per day for five days. Apple cider vinegar thins the mucus and makes it easier to drain.
- Grapefruit seed extract is an effective and powerful natural antibiotic. It prevents the growth of bacteria, parasites and viruses, as well as about 30 types fungi, including Candida yeast.
Sinusitis affects approximately 37 million Americans. Many of these people can improve their condition by changing their diet and making some changes in their environment.