The chronic sinusitis is happening when the spaces inside your nose and head are swollen and inflamed for 3 months or longer, despite treatment. This condition interferes with the way mucus normally drains and it makes your nose stuffy. The breathing through your nose can be difficult and the area around your eyes might feel tender or swollen. The chronic sinusitis can be caused by swelling of the lining of your sinuses, by growths in your sinuses or by an infection.
This condition can affect both children and adults. The most common signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis include reduced sense of smell and taste; nasal inflammation; pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead; thick, discolored discharge from the nose; nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose; drainage down the back of the throat (postnasal drainage). Also, there can be other signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis, such as fatigue, bad breath, sore throat, cough or throat clearing, aching in your upper jaw and teeth and ear pain.
You need to talk with your doctor if you suffer from chronic sinusitis, so in this way you can avoid any side effects from the usage of home remedies. If you have had sinusitis a number of times and this condition does not respond to the treatment, then you should see your doctor as soon as possible. The most common causes for chronic sinusitis include allergies, such as hay fever; nasal polyps; respiratory tract infections; deviated nasal septum; HIV and cystic fibrosis. Here are some home remedies for chronic sinusitis:
- 1 Avoid cigarette smoke and polluted air in chronic sinusitis
- 1.1 Take a rest in chronic sinusitis
- 1.2 Manage your allergies
- 1.3 Moisturize your sinuses
- 1.4 Avoid upper respiratory tract infections
- 1.5 Yoga
- 1.6 Clean out the nasal passages
- 1.7 Drink plenty of fluids
- 1.8 Use a humidifier
- 1.9 Wash your hands
- 1.10 Steam inhalation
- 1.11 Hydration
- 1.12 Acupressure
- 1.13 Quercetin
- 1.14 Bromelain
- 1.15 Apply warm compresses
Avoid cigarette smoke and polluted air in chronic sinusitis
It is known fact that the tobacco smoke and air contaminants can irritate and inflame your lungs and nasal passages, so if you suffer from chronic sinusitis, then you should avoid them as much as you can.
Take a rest in chronic sinusitis
You need to rest as much as you can, because rest can help your body to fight with the inflammation. Also, you will have speedy recovery from the symptoms of chronic sinusitis while you are resting. Also, you need to sleep enough during the night, so your body can maintain a healthy immune system.
Manage your allergies
You need to work with your doctor to keep your symptoms under control. You should avoid exposure to things that you are allergic as much as you can. Allergies can worsen the symptoms of chronic sinusitis, so you need to stay away from allergens whenever possible.
Moisturize your sinuses
You need to drape a towel over your head as you breathe in the vapor from a bowl of medium – hot water. You should keep the vapor directed toward your face. Also, you can take a hot shower, breathing in the warm, moist area because this can help to ease the pain and help with the mucus drain.
Avoid upper respiratory tract infections
You need to minimize your contact with people who have colds. You need to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before your meals.
If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis, then a supported yoga pose where your head is elevated, will help you to feel better without putting too much pressure on your sinuses. You should place a bolster or rolled up blanket under your back and lie on the floor or bed. You should bend your knees and bring the soles of your feet together. You can place the rolled towels or yoga blocks under your knees, so can make this more comfortable.
You should relax your arms out to your sides and remain here for as long as is comfortable. You need to come out of the pose by curving (rolling) off the bolster or blanked and onto your side, then pressing your hands against the floor to sit up.
Clean out the nasal passages
You should use a specially designed squeeze bottle, saline canister or noti pot to rinse your nasal passages. This home remedy, which is also known as nasal lavage, can help to clear your sinuses.
Drink plenty of fluids
It is known that fluids can help to thin out mucus and this makes easier to pass through your sinus passages. When you are drinking enough water, then your urine is pale yellow. When you are hydrated, then this will keep your sinuses moist, so you will feel better and it can decrease the thickness of sinus mucus, so it flows out more easily. It is recommended drinking eight ounces of water on daily basis, so you need to stay as much as you can to this advice. You should stay away from too much coffee or alcohol, because they can cause dehydration and worsen the symptoms of your chronic sinusitis.
Use a humidifier
If the air in your home is dry, such it is if you have forced hot air heat, then it is very important to add moisture to air, because it can help to prevent the chronic sinusitis. You should be sure to keep your humidifier clean and free of mold with regular and thorough cleaning.
Wash your hands
It is very important to wash your hands regularly, especially after coming in contact with other people who suffer from cold or other illnesses.
You should use steam to open the passages in the nose, because it can help you to get a relief from the sinus pressure. The steam inhalation is easy home remedy which you can make at your home. You need to boil water, pour it into a large bowl and lean over, so your face is directly above the water. Then, cover your head with towel and breathe through the nose.
Every single time that the person feels unwell, it is important to keep the body hydrated. You need to keep the mucus membranes in your sinuses moist by drinking plenty of fluids. This can help them to work properly. Herbal teas, fruits juices and water are good alternatives to tea and coffee.
This technique is used a lot in the traditional Chinese medicine. It is involving applying pressure to specific points in the body to relieve pain or other symptoms of illnesses. Scientists are not sure if the acupressure will work for the chronic sinusitis, but it can ease some symptoms. The acupressure has been used for long period as a home remedy for the treatment of cold, types of flu and sinus problems. You can make it at home, but it is recommended doing it with a professional practitioner. If you are making at home, then you should be careful not applying too much pressure, which can lead to discomfort or pain.
You should link the fingers of both hands together, forming the shape of a cup. You should use the linked hands to cradle the back of the head, where the neck and skull join. You should extend the thumbs and find the dips on either side of the spine. You should use your thumbs to massage the area in small circles. You need to relax, breathing slowly and deeply. You should do this for four to five seconds at a time. You need to use your fingertips to massage the cheeks and the bridge of your nose, so in this way, you will also get a relief from the pressure. This massage should be firm, but gentle.
This is a natural plant component which is found in everything from onions and apples to green tea and red wine. Like the other plant ingredients, quercetin is antioxidant. It has been found that the quercetin can help with the treatment of chronic sinusitis. It can help to stabilize the cells in the body which release histamine (this is a chemical which stimulates the mucus secretion in the sinuses). It is recommended taking a typical oral dose of 400 – 500 mg, three times per day, but talk with your doctor for the best dosage.
This is a proteolytic enzyme complex from pineapple. It has commonly been used as a home remedy for chronic sinusitis, because it has anti – inflammatory and mucolytic properties. It can thin nasal secretions and it is an effective mucolytic agent in other respiratory tract diseases. You can easily find the bromelain in as a dietary supplement.
There are some studies in which are said that the bromelain is effective in taming the inflammation and it can help to improve the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Usually, doctors are recommending taking oral doses of bromelain from 500 – 1000 mg per day, but some people take 2000 mg. You should ask your doctor which is the best dosage for your condition, so you can avoid any side effects.
Apply warm compresses
You should create a warm compress using a soft washcloth and warm (not hot) water. This compress can help to open up your sinus passages and soothe the swollen facial tissues to make breathing easier.