Symptoms of Sinusitis

Sinusitis is often misinterpreted as an extended episode of a cold because it lasts longer than the cold that may be cured within two weeks. There are two forms of sinusitis: acute (which does not last for more than four weeks) and chronic (long-lasting and recurring). Headache, difficulty in breathing, and formation and discharge of thick, sticky, green or yellow mucus are typical symptoms of sinusitis. Additional symptoms of sinusitis are swelling around the eyes, dripping from the nose through the throat, impaired sense of smell, mild fever, feeling of heaviness in the head and face (especially around nose and eyes), and occasional cough and sore throat.

Natural Cures

Sinusitis is typically cured by antibiotics. Try some of the following natural cures to alleviate the worst symptoms of sinusitis.

Nasal Irrigation

Nasal irrigation is a traditional procedure that can be done in your home to clear the nasal passages. It essentially uses a saline solution to rinse these passages. Protagonists of alternative medicine and natural cures recommend nasal irrigation as a routine prevention and cleansing method for sinusitis and other such nasal disorders. Here is how to follow an ancient yogic nasal irrigation technique known as “Jala Neti” to treat and prevent sinusitis:

Required Ingredients:

A specialized container known as the “neti” pot, which is a ceramic container resembling a teapot. You can find this at your local health food store or yoga supplies store. Alternatively you can use a nasal bulb syringe.
½ teaspoon of non-iodized salt (kosher or sea salt)
1 pint of filtered water at room temperature
½ teaspoon of baking soda


Mix water, salt, and baking soda in a clean container.
Stand over the bathroom sink. If using the nasal bulb syringe, tilt your head downward and place the syringe gently into one nostril. Squeeze it gently so that the water comes out of the other nostril. If using a neti pot, tilt your head sideways and place the spout into a nostril. Tilt the pot so that the water comes out of the other nostril.
You may notice some mucus in the water that is expelled. Continue the process until no mucus is observed in the expelled water.
Repeat the process for the other nostril.
Gargle with fresh water.

Remember to consult your doctor before performing nasal irrigation at home. If you have an acute sinus infection, avoid nasal irrigation. This procedure may cause coughing or gagging reflexes because the water may drain down the back of the throat.

Additional remedies

Lemon is rich in vitamin C, increases the resistance power of the body, effectively reduces the duration of the common cold, and aids in preventing sinusitis. Put some water in a pan and add sugar and lemon rinds to it. Boil it until the sugar completely dissolves. Allow it to cool and then strain the mixture. Add lemon juice to it and sip it throughout the day.
Ginger is another effective remedy for cough and cold. Prepare a decoction by cutting ten grams of ginger into small pieces and boiling them in one cup of water. Strain this and add one half of a teaspoon of sugar or honey to it. Drink it while it is still hot.
Echinacea is highly effective in strengthening the immune system. Create Echinacea tea and drink throughout the day or take Echinacea in tablet form. Take approximately 500 milligrams four times each day.
Garlic may be used to strengthen the body’s ability to fight infection. Use garlic as often as possible while cooking or take garlic in tablet form. Take approximately 500 milligrams of garlic twice each day.

Preventing Sinusitis

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Consider the following measures to prevent sinusitis:

Treat your common cold before it manifests into something more serious.
When suffering from a cold, avoid swimming, scuba diving, or any other activity that requires you to be in constant contact with water. These activities increase the risk of developing a paranasal infection.
Quit smoking. Passive smoking is equally detrimental to your nasal passages.
Avoid environmental pollutants, fumes, and smoke because they aggravate sinusitis.
Drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated. It aids in maintaining the recommended level of moisture to avoid mucus congestion.
If possible, remain in surroundings with moderate temperatures. Sinus pain may worsen in extreme climatic conditions such as too hot or too cold.

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