Sinuses are lined with mucous membrane, which produces mucus that traps dirt and other particles that might cause illness if they enter the body. The sinus lining can swell if an individual has an infection or an allergic reaction. This swelling may cause pain or lead to a feeling of pressure around the cheeks, nose, and around the eyes. Infection of the sinus or sinusitis can lead to pain, uncomfortable pressure in the face, headache, etc. Clearing up the sinus can help to ease these symptoms. There are plenty of home remedies that can help ease symptoms and provide relief from sinus pain. If you continue to experience sinus pain even after a week, or if it begins to worsen, you should seek medical attention.
What to do to get relief from sinus pain naturally?
There are a few natural and effective solutions for sinus pain that are often safe for most people who suffer from sinus. Home remedies for sinusitis can provide significant relief from symptoms of sinus infection and can also help in the prevention of chronic sinusitis. Safe and effective natural remedies for sinusitis pain are-
1. Irrigate to relieve sinus pressure- Doctors usually recommend saltwater irrigation as the best way to cleanse the sinuses. This can also prevent and relieve sinus pain. You can use an over the counter saline nasal spray, a sinus rinse bottle, neti pot, or bulb syringe irrigation kit for this. However, this natural remedy can only provide temporary relief and may need to be repeated often.
2. Alternate hot and cold compress- Using hot and cold compression will help relieve sinus pressure and pain. Recline back and a hot compress or washcloth over your eyes and nose. This can help warm and soften the nasal passages, which loosens secretions and relieves sinus pressure. You can also alternate with a warm and cold compress to relieve sinus pain and pressure. To do so, start by placing a hot towel or cloth over your sinuses for about 3 minutes. Then place a cold compress over your sinuses for about 30 seconds. Alternate the same 2 more times, and repeat the same about 4 times a day.
3. Use a saline nasal spray- You can also try inhaling saline solution to clear a blockage. You can easily make a saline solution yourself at home using sterile water, baking soda and salt. Combine all the ingredients in the following portions:
- 1/4 pint of clean, sterile water
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
Gently and carefully sniff the saline solution into your nostril. You can also use a clean, dry nasal spray bottle and insert the nozzle into the nostril and spray in the solution. Repeat the same 2 to 3 t times per day.
4. Acupressure- Acupressure is a key practise among traditional Chinese medicine and involves applying pressure onto specific points of the body, in order to relieve pain or symptoms of an illness. It is not clear whether acupressure works or not, but it has been proven that they work effectively to ease some symptoms. Acupressure has been used for several decades to treat colds, some types of flu, and sinusitis pain. You can do your acupuncture yourself at home or you can visit a professional practitioner. If you are doing your acupuncture yourself, be careful and do not apply too much pressure as it may cause pain or discomfort.
5. Drink more water and fluids- This is the simplest and the most basic remedy for sinusitis pain. If you have sinusitis, you should drink a lot of water, juices and fluids daily. This will help thin out the mucus and will encourage drainage of the sinuses. Hot tea is also a good option to get rid of sinus pressure. Also, avoid drinking too much caffeine or alcohol as it may trigger the symptoms and make sure to remain dehydrated.
It is important to understand that even if your sinus infection responds well to natural and home remedies, you may be experiencing underlying (and associated) medical issues that need to be addressed by an ENT specialist.
Sinus infections can at times be an indicator of complicated medical problems. Often, chronic and long-lasting sinusitis infections can have a major impact on the individual’s overall health. If you are having recurrent sinusitis (3 or more sinus infections in one year), or chronic sinusitis (sinus infection that lasts longer than 3 months), you should visit an ENT doctor for a detailed diagnosis and treatment.
For individuals suffering from chronic or severe sinusitis, ENT doctors usually recommend FESS or functional endoscopic sinusitis surgery. There are many cases when nonsurgical treatments and home remedies for sinusitis only provide temporary relief and the individual requires surgery to get permanent relief. If you have been suffering from sinusitis and sinus pain/ pressure for a long time, you should consider FESS for sinusitis in order to live a pain-free and healthy life ahead.