Sinus Allergy

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sinus-allergiesThe best natural remedies for sinus infections are alternative treatments you can do at home. People are more commonly seeking these remedies due to the side affects normally associated with traditional medical treatments.  Sinus infections are systemic which means it affects the whole body, as you probably know if you have ever suffered from sinus problems.

Sinus infections affect over 36 million United States residents every year.  Sinus infections is also called sinusitis and is usually caused by allergies, a cold, a deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps, bacterial infection or an abnormal growth that is blocking the nostrils. Immune System Disorders is another less frequent cause of sinus infections.

Here are some great natural remedies for sinus allergies and their related infections:

Neti Pot – A popular natural remedy for sinus infections is a neti pot. Fill the neti pot with warm saline solution, then place the tip of the pot into one nostril, tip your head slightly and let the solution flow through the nasal cavities and the other nostril. In doing so, you wash the allergens, irritants and other mucous membranes and moisturize the sinuses. Neti pots come from India, which have been used to unclog infected sinuses for centuries. Known in Yoga circles as “Jala Neti”, the term is refers to an ancient cleansing technique that literally means the “water purification”.  However, some people have reported ear problems when using a neti pot because they must turn their head to the side when using allowing water to flow into their ear tube.

Neil-Med Sinus Rinse – This plastic bottle is filled a with warm saline solution similar to a neti-pot and is actually easier to use. This device is very good for both prevention and cures. Effective results have been reported by most users and even the editor-in-chief of this web site uses this method regularly with great results.

Humidifier with Essential Oils -You can also add eucalyptus in your humidifier every night during the worst spells. However this method only seems to work for mild cases.

Apple Cider Vinegar – One of the most popular natural remedies for sinus is apple cider vinegar which can be effective in helping dissipate the mucosal infection. Take two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, mixed with a teaspoon of honey in 8 ounces of warm water and drink 4-6 times per day. Once again, this method is reported to help in only the mildest cases.

Goldenseal Extract – One of the simplest natural resources for sinus infections since they are often the result of a weakened immune system, is using the herb goldenseal.  Goldenseal can boost immunity. and helps reduce mucus congestion. Goldenseal is known for its antibiotic properties that may help the body to get rid of the infection. The root of the goldenseal plant is a powerful astringent that helps reduce the flow of mucous into nasal cavities. However, this method may take up to 3-5 days before results.

Garlic – One of the most effective natural remedies for sinus infection is using garlic. Garlic is both a antibacterial agent and an antimicrobial agent. It’s great for people with sinus problems and also increases your immunity system. However, it can be hard to get into your diet in sufficient amounts needed. With that said, garlic is always a good additive to any diet and can help prevent all types of infections.

Doctors refer to “acute sinusitis” as lasting 2-8 weeks while sub-acute infections may last from 1-3 months long. Sinus infections which last longer than 3 months are considered chronic. Reducing indoor allergens which can cause sinus problems while at the same time using prevention techniques is paramount to the cure and the prevention of sinus allergies and their related infections.

About the author: Stan K. Hall a.k.a. The Sick House Doctor is a recognized specialist in Indoor Air Pollution as well as Health & Safety in the home. He has performed over 400 indoor environmental evaluations over the past 26 years and has helped hundreds of homeowners make their homes a haven. He is widely known as the originator of T.E.A.M., the scientifically proven approach to controlling and resolving indoor air pollution.

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