A sinus infection is very painful. Some people have chronic, recurrent sinusitis, and drug stores have entire aisles replete with OTC medications to help alleviate the symptoms. Many people skip the drug store and call their doctor for an antibiotic.
But the National Institutes of Health (NIH) cautions against taking unnecessary antibiotics. Most sinus problems are caused by viruses, which antibiotics don’t treat. And even those brought on by bacteria don’t usually improve any faster with antibiotics, the agency says.
The good news is that many natural remedies for sinusitis can provide significant relief from the pain and pressure. In fact, many physicians recommend using these approaches that help the flow of mucus while your own immune system successfully fights the infection.
What is sinusitis?
Sinus problems occur from too much mucus that accumulates in the cavities behind your face. This results in one or more of those cavities becoming inflamed or swollen. For people with allergies or asthma, this painful condition can recur rather regularly leading to constant pressure, postnasal drip, exhaustion, and headaches.
Natural Home Remedies to Improve Mucus Flow
Natural home remedies for sinus issues can effectively improve inflamed, swollen sinuses. These treatments soothe irritated passageways and improve the flow of mucus to allow you to breathe a little easier. Give one or more of these approaches to avoid OTC or prescription medications.
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