Years back when I was in school, I used to get a very sharp pain in the temples and in the bones of the nose. It was uncomfortable. I couldn’t study because of the excruciating pain. My parents thought it might be a headache and gave me some pain-relieving medications. I was fine for at least two days before the pain recurred; but this time in school. The pain was too much for me to continue classes further. My parents picked me up immediately and rushed me to a doctor. There was worry written over my mum’s face. She was too scared. The doctor was too considerate to calm us down saying that the pain is due to sinusitis or sinus infection. It is nothing serious and there was nothing to worry about. It can be treated completely with antibiotics and nasal spray.
So, today, we will discuss sinusitis in details and how you can easily treat them at home.
What is Sinusitis?
The bones surrounding our eyes, nose, cheeks, and forehead has hollow recesses in them called sinuses. These sinuses are lined with mucous membranes that produce mucus to trap any debris. This usually drains into the nasal passages that are swallowed, but when these drainage sites of the sinuses are blocked and prevents the draining, an infection develops. This sinus infection is also called sinusitis.
Based on the extremity of the sinus infection, sinusitis is classified into acute sinusitis, subacute sinus infection, chronic inflammation, and recurrent sinusitis.
Symptoms of Sinusitis
Sinusitis is very common and there are more than 10 million cases of sinusitis every year. It is usually self-diagnosable and can be treated easily. It gets resolved within a few weeks.
So, here are some symptoms that will help you recognize sinusitis:
- Facial pain and pressure over the sinus
- Nasal congestion
- Thick mucus
- Fever, cough, and cold
- Bad breath
- Ear pressure and pain
Tips to get rid of Sinus infection and pain at home:
Most of us usually take steam treatment when we have a bad cold and nasal congestion. Inhaling the steam will warm up your sinus passageways and soothe the sinus tissue clearing the mucus. You can also add a few drops of eucalyptus oil that will open up the nose and soothe you.
You can also wet a towel with hot water and place it on the face while lying down. This will moisturize the nasal passages giving you relief.
One of the most uncomfortable issues faced in sinusitis is the acute facial pain. To ease the pain, place a warm, damp towel around your nose, eyes, and cheeks.
This is an effective home remedy to relieve the nasal congestion and irritation. It is flushing out your nasal passages with a saline solution. Use a bulb syringe, a special squeeze bottle or a neti pot for the purpose
Chicken soup to the rescue
How we love a bowl of warm chicken soup with some pepper when we are sick. This is not an old wives’ tale but a number of medical studies support the benefits of having chicken soup to treat sinus congestion and cold. The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of the soup help to clear the sinus passages.
It is important to drink enough fluids in the form of water and juices. Also, run a humidifier or vaporizer in your room as it helps to thin the mucus and drain the sinus passages. It also lubricates the sinuses.
Try these home remedies to treat sinusitis. But visit a doctor if these don’t help to relieve sinusitis pain and clear the sinus passages.