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The pressure from my sinus infection is unbearable. What can I do to make it better?
Sinus infection pressure is caused by swollen congested sinus tissues obstructing the free flow of nasal drainage. The cause of sinus disease is usually viral, bacterial, fungal or allergenic in nature. If infection is present, your mucus will become especially thick and might even change color to green. There’s a lot you can do at home to provide the needed relief for your sinus infection pressure. However, if you experience symptoms of a sinus infection along with a high fever, see your doctor as soon as you can as it could be a signal of serious condition. Since all your sinuses are located in such a close proximity to brain, optic and auditory nerves, you might be prescribed antibiotics for sinus infection. If the doctor determines you have a sinus fungal infection, then you need anti-fungal medication to help you get better.
Steam inhalation therapy can provide you with instant sinus infection relief. Hot, steamy air in the bath or shower will help bring down the swelling in the nasal tissues and drain the stagnant mucus. If you are unable to take a shower, cut up a couple of garlic cloves or quarter of an onion, place it in a large bowl and pour boiling water over. Drape a towel over your head and the bowl, lean over and slowly inhale the soothing vapors. You can also use 2-3 drops of tea tree, pine or eucalyptus oil if you find the smell of onion or garlic displeasing.
Salt water (saline) nasal irrigation is another most effective solution for relieving sinus infection pressure. You can use a store bought preservative-free spray or make your own by mixing one teaspoon of table salt in one quart of purified warm water. The saline rinse will flush your sinuses out, clear away allergens, bacteria and viruses, thin your mucus to help drain it.
The information in this article is not intended as medical advice and should be used only for educational purposes.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Sinus Infections30 Dec 2009|