Sinus Infection Treatment and Remedies

Effective sinus infection treatment needs to be focused on finding the cause of the infection: is it bacterial or viral; allergy related; or triggered by a nasal blockage caused by polyps, dental or bone issues, or facial injury? Time is also a factor in finding the best remedies for sinus problems as the treatment for acute sinusitis is different than for chronic sinusitis.
Sinus Infection Treatment
Sinuses are connected cavities located in the face – in the frontal are of the forehead, across the nasal bridge, behind the nasal cavity and in the cheekbones on both sides of the face. Typically, sinus issues are triggered by other health issues such as a cold, flu, smoking, allergy, asthma, and/or untreated dental or ear problems,

Acute Sinusitis

     Symptoms

  • A heavy, achy feeling in the sinus areas – forehead, nose and cheeks
  • Nasal congestion and/or runny nose
  • Frequent and uncontrollable sneezing – usually triggered by mucus irritation in the sinuses or nasal passages
  • Often comes on quickly and is over quickly as well – within a couple of weeks

     Causes

  • A bacterial or viral infection
  • Sometimes acute sinusitis is a result of a secondary infection where the primary infection is a cold or the flu

     Remedies

  • Home remedies for sinus infection include
  • Drinking lots of water for hydration and flushing of toxins from the body
  • Application of warm, wet compresses or cloths on the affected areas to reduce congestion and achiness
  • Nasal saline solution or spray to open the nasal passage and help ease of breathing
  • Humidity – a bowl of hot water, a drop of eucalyptus oil or oregano oil in the water, and a towel to cover your head and the bowl – this intense humidity will open up the nasal passage and may help the sinuses; a long, warm shower will also help; and/or a humidifier in your room at night.

Chronic Sinusitis is the constant, or continuing, inflammation of one or more sinuses

     Symptoms

  • Runny nose, swollen and achy sinuses, a head-achy feeling – all occurring for more than eight to twelve weeks and/or continuing on intermittently for months, and in rare cases, for years.

     Causes

  • Chronic sinusitis is rarely a bacterial infection because most people effected with this condition without relief over a longer period of time have gone to their doctor for assessment – if bacterial, the doctor can prescribe antibiotics as an effective treatment;
  • A viral infection, sometimes a result of a secondary infection after a cold or flu;
  • An untreated or serious dental infection can spread into the sinuses (in some cases, inflamed sinuses can also create dental issues or ear aches as the swollen sinuses irritate the surrounding area);
  • Allergies – particularly undiagnosed allergens. Many people don’t realize that over time they, or members of their family, can develop allergic reactions to things they have been in contact with before. If you, or a member of your family, have chronic sinusitis and don’t know the cause, get an allergen test. Common undiagnosed allergens are dust mites, pet dander, specific foods, chemicals, hay fever (pollens), and mold;
  • While asthma is generally a breathing and chest issue, it can also trigger sinus blockage and infection;
  • Smoking is believed to be a contributing factor for chronic sinusitis;
  • A compromised immune system can increase the risk of all infections, including chronic sinusitis.

     Remedies

  • Drinking water to flush toxins from your body, humidity and nasal saline solutions or sprays to open the nasal passages, and warm compresses to provide relief from the pain of congestion are all helpful but will likely not be enough to treat a persistent, chronic infection.
  • If allergies are the cause of your chronic sinusitis you need to treat that cause – avoid the allergen, take anti-histamines, and/or talk to your doctor about allergy shots. Once allergies are diagnosed and you are managing your allergic reaction you can use a nasal saline spray to keep the nose moist and help to decongest. Warm, wet cloths applied to the infected areas will also loosen the congestion and provide relief;
  • If asthma is the trigger event for chronic sinusitis then it is important to properly manage the asthma and its causes;
  • All underlying conditions need to be uncovered before any treatment can be effective;
  • Visit a naturopath for a full assessment of your overall health – often naturopaths provide a natural remedy program that improves overall health and positively affects one, or a number, of the underlying conditions;
  • Visit a specialist for eyes-ears-nose-throat – they may be able to most quickly diagnose the cause and the best remedy;
  • Surgery can be effective if all other treatment fails, your doctor will provide you with advice on this step if it becomes necessary.

The difference between rhinitis and sinusitis is that rhinitis is inflammation of the nose and nasal passage and sinusitis is the inflammation of one or more of the sinus cavities. Often rhinitis is a condition related to the common cold or to allergies; sinusitis can also be related to colds or allergies or to bacterial or viral infections.

If a sinus infection does not clear up using natural old home remedies within five to 7 days, visit your doctor for assessment and testing.