How to Treat Sinusitis in a Natural Way
Any inflammation of the nasal passages is known as “sinusitis.” It affects the top part of the nose and can cause strong headaches and nasal congestion. If you want to know how to treat sinusitis in a natural way, do not hesitate to read the following article.
What you should know about sinusitis
As just mentioned, sinusitis is an inflammation of nasal passages, that is, of the hollow cavities that are located in cheekbones, and around and behind the nose. This condition can be chronic or acute. Some people suffer from it for weeks, months or even year, due to not treating it or not paying enough attention to the condition.
What are they symptoms of sinusitis?
- Pain in the sinuses
- Constant secretion from the nose
- Red nose
- Bad breath
- Sensation of a swollen face
- Bloodshot or watery eyes
- Eye pain
- Pain in the teeth, especially in the molars
- General discomfort and uneasiness
- Cough and cold (for those who suffer from chronic sinusitis)
- Lack of smell (hyposmia)
- Pain when chewing or swallowing
- Dysphonia or hoarseness
There are two types of sinusitis and each depends on the appearance of one or more symptoms, and also if they are more or less intense and when they appear.
In the majority of cases, this is usually cause by a bacterial infection. It happens due to a late complication from a respiratory viral infection, such as a common cold, flu or “badly cured” cold. This is the most common.
While it can also caused by a bacterial infection, often the cause is due to an inflammatory disease, such as bronchial asthma. Seasonal allergies can inflame the lining of the sinuses and the nose, hindering and preventing the elimination of bacteria. Since this condition appears several times (each year, for example, or when the seasons change), chronic sinusitis is widespread and is more difficult to treat and eradicate.
Caring for sinusitis at home
If you suffer from one of these two illnesses, acute sinusitis or chronic sinusitis, take a look at the following tips and home remedies to treat the inflammation of the paranasal passages or sinuses. These will help you to prevent, treat and or eradicate the problem. Although it is true that the results will take longer to see than when using drugs or medications, it is also certain that the natural options “attack” the root of the problem and help prevent its return to developing this illness.
One of the ways to always be healthy starts with your food. Many allergies, inflammations, infections, and illnesses are caused by a poor diet. If you are not careful with your diet, if you consume too many products which contain refined sugar (pasties, cakes, soft drinks), saturated fats (hamburgers and hot dogs), salt (breaded and processed foods), canned foods, etc., your health will be adversely affected.
When the body becomes toxic with this type of food, it is more disposed to suffer from allergies, develop illnesses or “permit” bacteria and germs to enter, all of which brings, as a consequence, infections and inflammations, and also diseases.
Therefore, both if you are at this moment suffering from a type of sinusitis or if you want to avoid doing so or you have suffered from it in the past, you must begin to eat in a more healthy manner. A good detox diet will help you as a first step. Afterward maintain a more balanced diet by choosing whole grain products instead of refined, eat fruits and vegetables, choose cooked foods which are not fried (such as oven baked or steamed) and do not eat at fast food restaurants.
As is already known by nearly everyone, vitamin C helps prevent illnesses and the appearance of virus and bacteria which, in this case, can cause sinusitis or inflammation of the nasal passages. Each morning you should consume orange juice to strengthen your immune system. To season your salads, use lemon (which can also help to give a new flavor to your juices, smoothies and infusions) and for dessert eat mandarin oranges or grapefruit. In this way, not only will you be adding a good quantity of vitamin C to your body, but you will also help balance the pH levels of your body.
In addition to these fruits, there are other foods that have the same (or more) quantity of vitamin C, such as broccoli and carrots. On the other hand, try to avoid consuming dairy products, processed meats and sugars so as to not hinder the action of this nutrient.
Environment – Surroundings
An irritating room or surrounding is not good for people who suffer from or are prone to sinusitis. This means that you should be alert to avoid as much as possible areas where there are the following:
- Toxic waste, such as a factory for example.
- Places where they clean with very strong products, such as bleach.
- A concentration of environmental pollution, such as the city center.
Another cause of sinusitis is emotional imbalances. Your mood can have a big influence on how your body reacts. Tension, irritation, stress, fatigue, nerves, anxiety and depression can play against you in many ways. In this case in particular, they will increase the chances of suffering from sinusitis or suffering it for the first time and then it becoming a chronic condition.
Try to relax, take things more calmly, put aside the concerns and pressures, go on vacation more often (or at least spend a day in the country), get enough sleep, take immersion baths (which will also help “relax” the nasal passages) and drink relaxing infusions such as chamomile, valerian root, linden, etc.