Headache? Pressure behind the eyes? Blocked nasal passages? Fatigue? These are just some of the most pronounced symptoms of a sinus infection, also known as sinusitis. If you yourself are suffering from this ailment, here are some ways to cope:
Take a decongestant or antihistamine. A decongestant, as the name implies, works to shrink the nasal passage’s swollen blood vessels, which would then result in the air passing through more smoothly. Decongestants come in the form of pills and nasal sprays; avoid using a nasal spray for more than three days, as this could cause you to become overdependent on this.
Antihistamines block the cause of the sinus infection. Because antihistamines tend to cause drowsiness, it’s best to take them at night before you go to sleep. Do not take antihistamines if you are taking sedatives or antidepressants.
In addition, your doctor might prescribe you with an antibiotic. In this case, remember that it is very, very important that you follow the dosage and medication schedule religiously. Know that if you don’t take antibiotics properly, there’s a big chance that there will be a significant number of disease-causing bacteria left which will develop a resistance to the antibiotics. This could lead to death.
Drink lots of liquid. Water, fruit juices, hot tea and soup will help thin your congestion, and will help you avoid the risk of getting dehydrated. Not to mention that drinking water is always good for your body. On the other hand, avoid drinking creams, milk, or dairy products (because they tend to increase congestion).
Do steam inhalation. Inhaling steam is effective at opening up your sinuses for better airflow. To do this, you could use a steam vaporizer; if you don’t have one at home, you could simply place hot water in a bowl and breathe in the steam that rises. If you have some apple cider vinegar, you could add it in the water for better results.
Apply warm packs to your face and nose. Doing this will help relieve your discomfort, assist in opening up nasal passages and help promote circulation in your sinuses. It’s recommended that you apply the warm pack to your face for five minutes, three times a day.
Try natural remedies. As an alternative to commercial medicine, you could try out tried-and-tested natural remedies that would alleviate symptoms the safer way. One such natural remedy you could try out is apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water. Drink this in one gulp, and do this three times a day for four to six days. It should clear the symptoms in about two days; if no noticeable improvement occurs, stop this treatment.
Rest your body. Please, do yourself a favor and let your body rest throughout the time that you experience the sinus infection symptoms. Forcing yourself to keep on working will fail you in the long run, as this will just cause the symptoms to last longer.
Remember, it’s very important that you give your body time to heal, and with the proper modes of treatment, you should be back on your feet in no time. Good luck, and hope this helped!