One of the most common infections, the world over, is sinus. The bones near the nose contain cavities, also known as sinuses. An infection in the sinuses causes a sinus attack. The sinus swells due to such infections leading to headache, fever, difficulty in breathing and other discomforts. This physical condition is known as the sinusitis. Though there are surgeries for sinusitis, home remedies for sinus infection are a better option.
But what exactly is sinus? There is an opening in each of the sinuses or cavities for a free exchange of mucus and air. A mucus membrane lining connects one sinus to the other. Some infections and diseases, like asthma, cause inflammation of the membrane lining as well as the sinus. This blocks the mucus and air inside the lining and creates a vacuum. Due to this pressure on the sinus walls, a severe pain is caused.
By treating symptoms like headache, severe pain and nasal blockages, comfort can be achieved. But acute sinusitis demands a prolonged treatment.
In addition to antibiotics and sinus therapies, home remedies for sinus infections can prove to be quite effective. Taking in steam from a vaporizer or a container of hot water can provide immediate relief by decongestanting the blockage. A hot or cold compress, i.e an absorbent pad pressed on to a part of the body to relieve inflammation, over the inflamed problem area is also effective in reducing the pain, and, thus, is one of the best home remedies for sinus infections.
A paste of cinnamon and water, or ginger with milk or water, or basil leaves mixed with cloves and dried ginger, when applied on the forehead provides instant relief. In addition to these, other home remedies like intake of ripe grape juice, having jalapeٌo peppers and warm tea, all have positive effects.
The steam of eucalyptus oil, when inhaled, is found to have healing effects for sinus infections. Above all, a great deal of rest coupled with a big amount of water and other fluids' intake are sure to provide relief from the excruciating pain.
However, as mentioned earlier, chronic infection needs prolonged treatment. Moreover, if the problem still persists even after the above mentioned home remedies for sinus infection, it is advised to consult a doctor.