Sinus Infection Remedies
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Home Remedy for Sinus Infection
Which natural sinus infection remedies work best? Recently, I started coming down with what felt like a sinus infection. I poured a 1/4 cup of organic apple cider vinegar into a small (4 oz) glass of water. I also added some stevia, a natural sweetener to the vinegar and water to make it more palatable. I sipped this mixture over the next 10-15 minutes. I was pleasantly surprised with the results. The next morning when I got up I still had some congestion but the pain in my sinuses had gone away. During the day the congestion also decreased substantially.
Another excellent home remedy for sinus infection is colloidal silver. Some colloidal silver products come with a special dispenser designed for use in the nose and sinuses. Scientific research studies show that colloidal silver is effective at killing many forms of bacteria, viruses and fungus.
Tomato Soup Recipe
Here is a sinus infection remedy that you may find not only beneficial but tasty too!
Photo by adatioTOMATO TEA RECIPE
(used with permission)
- 2 cups V8 Juice
- 2-3 cloves Garlic crushed (use more if you can)
- 2 T Lemon Juice
- Hot Sauce (the more the better, so as much as you can handle)
Mix and heat in a pan or in the microwave. Sip slowly and re-warm as needed to get the full effects of the fumes. Let it sit in the back of your throat to bathe it. Suck the fumes through your sinuses and also down into your lungs. Its all natural and healthy, so drink as much of it as you want or need until you are SURE the infection is gone. This is past the time when you "feel better."
Our sinuses are located in the skull behind our forehead, nasal bone, cheeks and our eyes. They are lined with mucus membranes and cilia, little hair like structures. Healthy sinuses are filled with air and do not contain bacteria, viruses or fungus. Mucus drains easily from healthy sinuses and air circulates freely.
Severe sinus infections or sinusitis begins when too much mucus builds up and begins to block the sinus openings. Under these conditions bacteria and other pathogens can begin to grow.
Sinusitis can be the result of:
- Improperly functioning cilia There are people who suffer from a medical condition that affects the cilia's ability to move mucus out of the sinus cavities.
- The common cold or allergies may create additional mucus that blocks the sinuses.
- A deviated septum, a bone spur or nasal polyps may inhibit mucus discharge from the sinus openings.
Sinusitis can be one of the following:
- An Acute Sinus Infection - Symptoms that last from two to eight weeks.
- A Chronic Sinus Infection - When symptoms last longer than eight weeks.
Sinus Infection Symptoms
The classic symptoms of acute sinusitis in adults usually follow a cold that does not improve, or one that worsens after 5 - 7 days of symptoms. Symptoms include:
- Bad breath
- Loss of smell or taste
- Cough, often worse at night
- Fatigue and generally not feeling well
- Headache -- pressure-like pain, pain behind the eyes, toothache, or facial tenderness.
- Nasal congestion and discharge
- Sore throat and postnasal drip
Causes of Sinus Infections
There are three basic kinds of sinus infections:
- Bacterial sinus infection
- Viral sinus infection
- Fungal sinus infection
An effective antibiotic for bacterial sinus infections depends on the type of bacteria that is causing the infection. The doctor may have to take a swab sample and grow it in a laboratory before prescribing a specific antibiotic.
A viral sinus infection can be caused by the same virus that causes a common cold. There is no medication you can take for a viral sinus infection. You can use salt based nose drops to keep the sinus cavities open. It is also recommended that you use hot, damp towels on your face to relief the pressure and swelling. It normally takes 10-14 days for a viral sinus infection to clear up.
A fungal sinus infection may require special anti-fungal medications or even surgery in extreme cases.
Many health conscious consumers prefer natural sinus infection remedies over an allopathic approach using antibiotics, steroids or surgery.
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