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How to Heal Sinus Infections

by Sheila Krehbiel
  • Overview

    Sinus infections can become a nuisance or, if left untreated, a major issue---sometimes becoming chronic problems. The Mayo Clinic defines acute sinusitis as a swelling of the sinus passages, which interferes with proper mucus drainage. When the passages become narrow from inflammation, mucus builds up and bacteria has a fertile breeding ground. The result often is an infection that only responds to antibiotic treatment. Home remedies may reduce inflammation and encourage the flow of mucus out of the body, thus staving off an infection. Such remedies are inexpensive and free of negative side effects associated with prescription medication.
  • Steam Treatment

 
  • Step 1

    Add steaming water to a bowl.
  • Step 2

    With a towel draped over your head, lean over the bowl, to within about 10 inches of the water, and inhale the steam. Adjust your distance to the water to a comfortable level.
  • Step 3

    Alternatively, a hot shower is also an effective steam treatment.
  • Warm Compress

    • Step 1

      Heat a compress to a comfortably warm temperature.
    • Step 2

      Apply the compress to the affected sinuses (e.g., cheeks, bridge of your nose or forehead).
    • Step 3

      Repeat as needed.
  • Saline Spray

    • Step 1

      Exhale. Insert the bottle's tip into one nostril.
    • Step 2

      Inhale while squeezing the bottle once into the nostril.
    • Step 3

      Repeat process for the other nostril.
    • Step 4

      Use saline spray at least twice a day to relieve symptoms of a dry nose.
  • Nasal Wash

    • Step 1

      Heat 8 oz. of distilled water in a microwave for 15 to 20 seconds; transfer to a neti pot.
    • Step 2

      Add 1/2 tsp. of non-iodized salt and 1/4 tsp. of baking powder to the neti pot; stir until dissolved.
    • Step 3

      Lean over a sink. Gently insert the tip of the neti pot into the left nostril until a seal is created.
    • Step 4

      Breathing through your mouth during the entire process, tip the neti pot up while rotating your head to the right (as if the left ear is pointing to the ceiling) until water flows through the sinuses and exits out the right nostril into the sink.
    • Step 5

      Once all the water has exited the right nostril, gently blow the right nostril a few times and then the left nostril a few times.
    • Step 6

      Repeat the entire process for the right nostril.
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    • Bowl of hot, steaming water Towel Warm compress Saline spray Neti pot Distilled water Non-iodized salt Baking soda
    • Bowl of hot, steaming water
    • Towel
    • Warm compress
    • Saline spray
    • Neti pot
    • Distilled water
    • Non-iodized salt
    • Baking soda
    • Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
    • Rest and drink plenty of fluids.

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