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4 Ways to Treat Sinus Congestion

Yesterday's post discussed some dietary and lifestyle changes that can help to prevent or minimize sinus issues; today we discuss four ways to reduce the symptoms. If you are experiencing sinus drainage, congestion or pain, consider the following:

  1. Acupuncture. It can be remarkably effective for relieving acute sinusitis. Acupuncture can ease pain and promote sinus drainage within minutes of the placement of the needles.
  2. Hot compresses. Help promote sinus drainage by placing very warm, wet compresses over the whole sinus area (in your upper face) frequently. Work up to as much heat as you can comfortably stand for 10 minutes at a time, several times a day.
  3. Steam inhalation. Inhaling steam with a little oil of eucalyptus in it may ease sinus clogging.
  4. Saline flushes. Flushing your nasal passages with a warm saline solution can help relieve sinus congestion and prevent sinus infections. Do this two to four times a day if you have an active infection. You can use a neti pot, a traditional, Indian nasal-irrigation device shaped like Aladdin's lamp that lets you pour the water into your nose. Or simply dissolve a ¼ teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water and pour some of the solution into your cupped hand and inhale it through one nostril while a finger from your opposite hand compresses and blocks the other nostril. Alternatively, you can sniff the solution from a small cup or squirt it into your nostrils with a rubber-bulb syringe. The idea is to inhale enough water to spit it out through your mouth.

Also try making this ginger tea!

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Reader Comments (4)

How do you feel about the capacin spray like in the brand Sinus Buster? I found it to be somewhat useful, though pretty painful the first time. But when you've got a lot of sinus pain, it's just nice to find relief.

I didn't think I could handle the saline flush, but once you know the steps and someone explains what the sensations will be, it's very effective. I especially use it immediately after mowing the lawn, to ease my allergic reactions to the grass.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKCDebi

Your article about mosquito repellents reminds me to let you know...about 10 drops of Anise Oil mixed with water in a spray bottle is very effective in repelling mosquitoes. I spray it on my exposed skin and on my clothes when I go out to garden and I do not get bitten. for some reason, my back yard is a home for millions of them...swimming pools and children on both sides seem to always be their breeding ground. No problem now that Anise Oil is around!!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpldeegan

I think Steam inhalation is the best out of these 4 ways. It can be done on own and very effective.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHealth Blog

Investing in a neti pot is ideal if your going to start doing saline flushes. The neti pot looks kind of like a genie's lantern and it helps make guiding the water into your nostril a bit easier. Don't be discouraged when you first try this. It's really bizarre and akward at first, but you'll get used to it and be able to do a quick flush without thinking twice about it.
Please remember to add the salt to the water to make a saline solution! Pouring plain water up your nose will not be fun... trust me =)

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Natural Health Doc
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