Due to numerous factors such as colds, the flu or bacterial infections, these cavities can get clogged and cause painful headaches, difficulty breathing and even snoring. Sometimes, a severe nasal infection (sinusitis) can cause inflammation in the brain and lead to meningitis, a deadly disease.
There are 4 different types of sinusitis – acute, which lasts for less than a month; sub-acute, which lasts for 4-8 weeks or chronic sinusitis which lasts for 8 weeks or more. Recurrent sinusitis may come and go several times a year, and can be especially painful.
The usual treatment for sinusitis are antibiotics, corticosteroids of surgery in severe cases. However, all these treatments do not guarantee that the infection won’t be back. Luckily, there are several simple lifestyle and diet changes you can make in order to relieve the infection.
First, you need to avoid consuming hot spices, starchy and fried foods as well as meat. Increasing your vitamin A intake works well as the nutrient strengthens the immune system and helps the body fight infections.
According to Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, dairy products should be avoided as well as they can cause constant production of mucus in the sinuses. Chocolate, sugar and yeasts can do the same, so they should be avoided as well. Finally, cold drinks are also not recommended as they can cause obstructions in the proper nasal mucus flow in the nasal passages. Besides these tips, here are some other recommendations you should follow in cases of sinusitis:
Staying hydrated is absolutely essential in cases of sinusitis. Drinking plenty of water as well as warm herbal teas will keep you hydrated and thin out the excess mucus in your sinuses. This will allow you to breathe better and stop the infection from progressing. Make sure not to drink coffee and alcohol if you’re suffering from sinusitis as they will dehydrate your body.
Hot spices such as cayenne pepper can bring down the inflammation in your sinuses and eliminate any bacteria that have caused the infection in the first place. A mixture of ACV and horseradish works great as well. Mix a bit of both ingredients with some lemon juice and drink the pungent drink to dissolve the mucus and breathe better. You can also hold a bit of grated horseradish in your mouth in order to do the same.
Boil a pot of water and add some rosemary and thyme in, then lean over the pot and inhale the steam to dislodge the accumulated mucus and boost the airflow in the sinuses. This will quickly clear out your clogged sinuses and relieve the symptoms of the infection.
Both turmeric and ginger have powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and are rich in antioxidants that can relieve the infection. Brew a cup of ginger and turmeric tea and sip it several times a day, and you should feel much better.
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most potent antibacterial liquids which will also strengthen your immune system and deal with any kind of infection. Just add 2-3 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of lukewarm water or tea and drink it to thin out the mucus in your sinuses and get some much-needed relief.
A bowl of hot soup will reduce the congestion in your sinuses and help you breather easier. Make a bowl of chicken soup and add some spices and herbs in it for an even more powerful effect.
Nasal irrigation is a process which can easily get rid of the accumulated mucus in your lungs. Also known as saline irrigation, it involves the use of a special device (nasal irrigator) which flushes the mucus out with a mixture of salt and water. Add ½ a teaspoon of salt in ½ a cup of lukewarm water, then mix until it dissolves. Pour it into a nasal irrigator next, then tilt your head to one side and stick the nozzle in the other nostril.
Let the mixture flow out of the other nostril, then repeat on the other side. This powerful solution will clean your sinuses and eliminate the bacteria in them as well.