by Melody Mendalson

A lot of people know sinuses as those just affecting the nasal cavity. However, further reading will tell us that a sinus actually refer to a host of bones in the body. It’s just that paranasal sinuses are the most common that’s why we identified sinus and sinusitis with nasal discomforts. But now that that’s out of the way, let’s open the door to the discussion on the discomforts brought about by sinus infections and the ways these problems may encounter relief.

In order to find effective sinus relief, we have to identify what its symptoms are. These include nasal congestion, usually accompanied by a runny nose or a cough, some pain in the upper jaw, headache, swelling and pressure (normally described as a throbbing in the middle portion of the face) and, in certain cases, fatigue, weakness and even fever.

Pain in the sinuses is primarily caused by a blockage in the nasal cavity, mostly due to an inflammation. When our nasal passageways are hindered from working their usual functions, pressure builds up and pain ensues.

It usually succeeds a viral infection in our respiratory tract, but, more often than not, it is triggered by allergy-causing substances and other pollutants.

Sinusitis is not really deadly, if the proper medication and treatment follows it immediately. Therefore, whenever you feel the onset of a sinusitis attack, you don’t need to fear. There are many ways to relieve whatever ill conditions you’re feeling.

Sinus relief strategies

– Rest, rest, rest.

– You will be able to clear your nasal passages and improve circulation if you exercise during a sinusitis attack.

– Drink plenty of water and other fluids. Hot tea is your best bet against problem sinuses.

– Irrigate your nasal passageways whenever it strikes. Or, as a preventive measure, irrigate daily.

– Stay away from iced and cold drinks, because they will only aggravate the pain and worsen the clogging.

– Papaya enzymes taken around four times a day will help decrease the inflammation and swelling of your sinuses.

– Use a humidifier, particularly one that’s bacteria-free. Getting moisture, especially at night when you sleep, will help clear your clogged sinuses and relieve the pain and wooziness. If a humidifier is not available, inhale steam from a bowl around two to four times a day.

– Steer clear of potential allergens, like pollen, dust, pollutants, etc. They will only make the problem worse and, possibly, lead to asthma.

– If home remedies fail, try taking expectorants to help expel the mucus that has been building up in your nose. Of course, seek the advice of your physician before you take any kind of medicine, just to be one the safe side. Some medications and drugs have been found to aggravate infections in certain people who are allergic to them.

There is available relief for sinus problems. In fact, you don’t really have to resort to taking medication if the discomforts are still at manageable levels. Better yet, be proactive and avoid developing a sinus attack altogether. Keep away from possible triggers and keep a clean and healthy lifestyle. Of course, make sure you get enough humidity and avoid dry air.

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