I am not a doctor, but these are some easy and effective ways that I have found to treat a sinus infection at home.
Helpful Tips for When You have a Sinus Infection
- Sinus Rinses (ON REPEAT)!
- Drink lots of fluids
- Keep tissues with you all the time!!
- Whenever I am feeling under the weather, regardless of why, I take a good multivitamin and a probiotic (you can also add in some other vitamins like specifically Vitamin C and Vitamin D3)
- At night, use a humidifier to help your nasal passages
- Use a saline nasal spray to moisten your nose when it hurts!
- Eucalyptus oil is great for opening the airways — add it to a diffuser, put a drop on your clothes or rub it on your chest!
Different Types of Sinus Rinses?
To start off with, I usually do two types of sinus rinses when sick or when I feel myself starting to get a sinus infection.
- Saline Nasal Rinse — used to soothe the passage ways, open up/ remove congestion
- Colloidial Silver Nasal Rinse — used to kill bacteria that may be causing an infection
How to do a Sinus Rinse?
- For Colloidal Silver Rinse: Using distilled water, mix 1/2 cup water with 1/4 tsp of a reputable colloidal silver brand. Do not mix with saline.
- For Saline Rinse: If using saline, mix according to the instructions on the packet/box — usually 1 cup distilled water to 1 package of saline solution.
- Take a Nasaline Irrigation Device, or other brand like – Netipot, and rinse out both nostrils.
- Repeat as many times as needed.
Tips about Sinus Rinses
- To avoid water going down your throat, tip your head to the side.
- The brand Nasaline generally makes the best nasal irrigation devices because they have a plunger that allows for you to control the pressure needed to clear out your blocked passage ways.
- Doing a nasal rinse when congested, or when you have allergies, is also helpful in avoiding sinus infections!
- I like to warm up my water a little bit to make it closer to body temperature. This helps it to be less irritating!
- When I don’t have access to distilled water, I still make sure to keep the process sanitary. I do this by sanitizing my nasal irrigation system (usually in dishwasher high heat) and by using water that was first filtered and then boiled.
- Not using Distilled water can result in sinus infections!
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