Steps for Natural Sinus Relief
For so many who suffer through sinus problems including sinus congestion, pressure and pain the pursuit of sinus relief is a cyclical never-ending process. In the winter we must contend with mucus and the common cold. In the spring through the fall we have to manage a host of sinus problems by hiding from a wide array of allergens and other irritants.
There are triggers no matter where you turn which is why it is so easy to come up short no matter how vigilant you are. This is why so many people turn to over-the-counter remedies. They’re looking for that easy perhaps cure-all solution. But we all learn one way or the other that the easy solution simply doesn’t exist. What does exist, however, is a series of natural sinus relief techniques that you can apply which will provide you with some significant relief.
Eat Right And Exercise
Sounds simple enough but eating right and proper exercise is something that far too many sinus sufferers overlook. When you’re in good shape your body is better prepared to control the inflammation caused by allergies. When eating a balanced diet your body will use those antioxidants effectively in its battle against your sinus infection. Together, these two strategies can limit infections and have a remarkable effect on your overall comfort level.
Recognize Your Triggers
Most sinus sufferers think they know their triggers but they’ve never taken the time to investigate their sinus problems fully. That’s unfortunate because this understanding is a key to achieving natural sinus relief. Keep a journal. Speak to a doctor. Some people assume allergies only to find that they have nasal polyps or a deviated nasal septum. Many of these nasal problems can cause a number of symptoms that seem like an infection.
Avoid Allergens And Irritants
Armed with the knowledge uncovered while researching your triggers, you can now take some well-informed steps toward avoiding them. However, let’s cover the basics that everyone should account for. If you smoke, quit. If others in your home smoke, have them smoke outdoors. Clean regularly which includes vacuuming daily and washing your bedding weekly or more. Finally, remove airborne irritants with a HEPA air purifier.
Humidify Your Indoor Air
The air in naturally dry climates and artificially heated environments can dry out nasal membranes. That dryness causes cracks and crusting both of which prevent the proper draining of mucus. This can lead to a wide range of sinus issues. At the very least, use a bedroom humidifier from October to April. Consider using a humidifier and a dehumidifier or a combination unit year round to maintain a relative humidity of approximately 60-percent.
Keep Your Sinuses Open
Keep your sinuses open especially during the peak seasons even when it doesn’t feel necessary. It opens up the transition spaces in your sinuses. It can also help prevent infections and stave off other symptoms. The most convenient way to do this is to drink plenty of clear fluids and to use a warm moist washcloth on the face. For stronger treatment breathe steam in a bathroom or over a pot of water.
Irrigate Your Nasal Passages
A neti pot is one of the best forms of natural sinus relief. It is also an excellent and all-natural way to clean and refresh your nasal passages even when you’re not experiencing symptoms. For best effect use it at least once or twice a day. You can make your own solution by adding a teaspoon of salt to 16 ounces of lukewarm water. A half-tablespoon of baking soda can help make the solution gentler.
Acupuncture is the process of creating internal reactions by manipulating external points. In many cases, acupuncture can actually remedy sinus issues for which traditional medicine has no solution and offers little or no relief. People usually employ acupuncture to cure particularly severe symptoms. It can also be used quite effectively to treat some long-term conditions for which there is no other treatment such as nasal congestion.
One of the newest and most exciting natural sinus relief remedies is locally produced honey. Scientists aren’t completely certain why it works as well as it does, but the prevailing theory is that it works similarly to a vaccine. Consider that bees derive it from many of the plants and flowers that trigger allergies.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration is an incredibly effective form of air purification that removes nearly one-hundred percent of all particulate matter from the air. In fact, it is so effective that it is the air filter of choice for hospitals all around the world. Airborne particulates are one of the primary nasal triggers, and many people experience significant relief by running a portable HEPA air purifier in their home or even just their bedroom.
- Administration Staff