Even without chronic sinus problems, the average person still produces around one liter of mucus twice a day. (For me, I think it’s more like a gallon each day, but…)
Far from being disgusting, mucus production is essential to keeping bad bacteria and fungus out of your respiratory system. However, it can be a most annoying problem in cases of environmental pollution, allergens, nasal obstruction, or inflammation of the sinuses.
Do You Have Chronic Sinus Problems?
Chronic sinusitis is a prolonged swelling of the lining of the sinuses, a series of cavities or sacs found in your forehead, between your eyes, and behind your cheekbones.
You may be experiencing chronic sinus problems if you have these symptoms:
- Yellowish or greenish discharge: This is due to swelling of the nasal cavity and purulent discharge.
- A congested nose: This is caused by an excess production of mucus that becomes dry and clogs your nose. Chronic congestion can also be caused by allergic inflammation.
- Headache: This is sometimes the most predominant symptom. A sinus headache often feels oppressive and focused in the forehead and around the cheeks.
- Tenderness in your cheeks: Pressing on your cheeks and forehead may trigger dull pain and tenderness.
- Altered sense of smell: Due to inflammation in the lining of the nasal cavity, you may experience a reduction in your sense of smell.
- Increase in body temperature: This is more prevalent in acute cases, especially if you have a severe infection.
Treat Sinusitis at Home
These symptoms can become a real nuisance, especially on important occasions.
So, what can you do at home to treat sinusitis?
Here’s a list with a few ideas:
- Irrigate your nose: Flushing your nose with saline nasal spray is one of the most effective home treatments for chronic sinus problems.
- Use a massager on your sinuses: Light vibration can help in treating sinus congestion and pressure. Try using a massager designed for facial use.
- Reduce allergen exposure: One of the reasons sinus problems become chronic is because your home contains allergens such as dust, mold, and/or pet dander. To combat this, use an air purifier, maintain your home as your health allows, and pay special attention to wet areas to keep them free of mold.
Natural Remedies for Sinus Congestion
Besides these easy home treatments, there are some natural remedies you can also try.
These remedies include:
- Menthol: As steam or a topical cream, menthol has a soothing effect that relieves inflammation and significantly improves sinus congestion and other symptoms that come with chronic sinus problems.
- Essential oils: You can also try different essential oils to help improve your symptoms. Eucalyptus and peppermint are usually the most effective in the treatment of chronic sinus problems.
- Steam inhalation: This is what they do when they give you respiratory therapy at the hospital, and you can do it at home by boiling water and sitting nearby to inhale the steam. You can enhance this technique by putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the water after you’ve taken it off boil.
Chronic sinus problems are terrible. Not being able to breathe properly through your nose and constantly clearing your throat can really take their toll on you, physically and mentally. These remedies should help you get some much-needed relief.