How to treat a sinus infection?
A sinus infection is an unwelcome guest that likes to settle in your nasal cavities, making it difficult for you to breathe and sleep soundly. If left untreated, it can cause severe discomfort and even lead to more serious health issues. But before you run off to the drugstore or call your doctor, let’s take a look at what causes a sinus infection and how you can treat it effectively.
What Is a Sinus Infection?
A sinus infection occurs when the lining of your sinuses becomes inflamed and swollen due to excess mucus buildup caused by bacteria or viruses entering your body.
There are four pairs of sinuses in your face – frontal (forehead), maxillary (cheeks), ethmoid (between eyes) and sphenoid (behind nose) – which help regulate air flow through our noses. When these fill up with mucus due to illness or allergies, they become breeding grounds for germs which then trigger symptoms such as congestion, headache pain, inflammation in ears etc.
Sinus infections suck!
In order to identify if you have one:
- Check if there is pressure around cheeks
- Is phlegm flowing down back of throat?
- Do you have headaches that worsen on laying down?
While watching yourself sneeze into another person is obviously frowned upon (and may land ya some dirty looks from bystanders) It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible, so here are some recommended remedies for treating a sinus infection:
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Drinking plenty fluids such as water helps relieve blockage caused by chronic rhinosinusitis; this hydration aids mucus clearance while also helping alleviate inflammation-causing upper respiratory tract infections(URTI). You could add Lemon juice or green tea bags in warm water. Green tea’s anti-oxidants will give you a glowy and bright complexion while fighting infection!
Avoid Dairy Products
Milk-based products tend to enhance mucus production, so it’s best to avoid them when you’re suffering from a sinus infection. It may be difficult in some cases but no pain no gain.
Take Over-the-Counter Medications
Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil) or aspirin can help reduce fever, headache symptoms caused by the buildup of pressure in the sinuses by reducing inflammation around nasal cavities if used correctly. These consumables are effective treatment methods for respiratory tract issues that might escalate and cause other health problems(nobody wants THAT trouble)
If decongestants have not worked effectively – trust me at this point imagine drilling your nasal cavity with those pokers they use for oil wells (Ok…maybe not). For moderate-to-severe persistent conditions, intranasal corticosteroids help alleviate symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis -useful treatments include Mometasone furoate (Nasonex), Triamcinolone acetonide(Nasacort AQ).
Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections & are prone to being overprescribed which ultimately leads bacteria developing resistance; unless necessary (trust me folks we don’t want that either) antibiotics should not be taken lightly without consultation . In circumstances weaker immune systemsantivirals like oseltamivir(Tamiflu) could provide some relief however one needs prior medical clearance before consumption albeit current studies aren’t definitive enough (I know life is complicated right?)
|Clear out Congestion||Drink plenty water + Lemon juice + Green tea|
|A major DON’T: Dairy products|
|OTC Meds: Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Acetaminophen|
|Invasive Treatments (intranasal corticosteroids)||Mometasone furoate(Nasonex), Triamcinolone acetonide(Nasacort AQ)|
Nasal irrigation is another way to relieve your sinus infection symptoms. It involves flushing out your sinuses with a saline solution using a neti pot or bulb syringe (Wear goggles folks! Trust me you don’t want an eye infection). This method helps clear out mucus from the nasal cavities while soothing irritated tissues & providing some much needed relief can be done up to two times each day.
Humidifiers are great at moistening air conditions making it easier for excess mucus in the nose area liquify whilst relieving congestion;Adding essential oils such as eucalyptus also works well(Don’t overdo it though folks – Hey allergies aren’t the agenda here) Needless to say humidifying large areas may end up being detrimental if left unmonitored so ensure minimal or adequate levels.
Hot and Cold Compresses
Hot compresses help alleviate facial pain,migraines,congestion by reducing swelling of strained sinus tissue; Moistcloths/sponges help best conduct heat hence they come highly recommended. Colder alternate need be applied tonumbs inflamed areas(relieves pressure buildup). Trans-facial temperature manipulation works wonders on bleeding edges headaches (Just kidding just migraines) Avoid extreme temperatures ,it’s always better safe than sorry!
|Cleanse||Neti pot/bulb syringe Saline solution|
|Moisturize||Utilize Humidifier + aromatic essential oil|
|Relieve Pain||Hot and cold compresses i.e moist/sponge cloths|
Disinfection and Prevention
Preventing sinus infections from ever occurring is the most reliable way of safeguarding your health, but it can be a tall order given our individual immune systems. Thus disinfect ingeveryday objects at home working environment or shared equipment if you are germ-conscious- Keep hands away from the face especially during flu seasons (corona anyone) to mitigate infection rates.
In conclusion, sinusitis symptoms can range from general fatigue due to malaise, breathing difficulties involving coughs sniffs etc., facial pressure/pains,(weird enough) even clumsy/factors like ear ringing may occur! The good news in this painful mess is that treatments methods are many & some straightforward-&disposable household products(!); don’t let congestion cause needless discomfort –there’s something for everyone.
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