How to get rid of sinus infection without antibiotics
Sinus infection means infection in your sinuses. One of the treatment options of acute sinusitis is through antibiotics.
However, everybody does not require antibiotics; it is mostly the case when the infection is in the first stage and is not severe. In that case you can try out home remedies without using antibiotics.
Discover the options below...
Sinus infection also bring alone lot of headache, facial pain and may be slight fever as well. When these symptoms are managed, then you receive substantial amount of discomfort. So you can have OTC pain killers and fever reducing medicines like paracetamol and ibuprofen.
The next option to get rid of sinus infection without antibiotics is- to use decongestants. You can use them till for a few days for temporary relief, but not too often or continuously.
Irrigate your nose
Your nose is congested with infection and irrigation helps to flush out the accumulated mucus. You can either use a Neti pot or a disposable syringe to drain your sinuses. Make sure you use pre boiled water or distilled water for this purpose. Stand before a sink and tilt your head towards one side to release the water in the nostril. Expel the water from the other nostril. Repeat the same with the other nostril.
Try this therapy in the morning to receive the much needed comfort throughout the day.
Keep your nasal passages moist
The simple solution is- get an OTC nasal saline drop. Read the instructions before using. Other techniques that you can try out are running a humidifier in your bedroom. Inhale the steam while taking shower in warm water or while sipping hot beverages or while boiling water during household chores.
Soak in steam
As mentioned above, steam is extremely beneficial for sinus infections. Boil hot water in a container and add few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil. Cover your head with a towel and bring it close to the boiling water. Inhale the stream and allow you face to soak in the steam. Repeat this twice to get relief quickly.
Increase your fluid intake
Why do you feel better after having some hot soup or a cup of coffee when you have cold and sinus infection? Apart from relieving you from sore throat, blocked nose and headache, fluids help in draining your sinuses. This is how the mucus gets expelled from your body.
Increase your water intake when you have sinus infections – drink at least 3 litres of water daily to speed up your recovery. Other fluid options that would also be beneficial for sinus infections are fresh fruit juices, herbal teas including green tea, chamomile tea, ginger tea, etc., chicken soup and vegetable soup.
Start taking supplements
Vitamin C supplement is the best vitamin for immunity issues like sinus infections, cold and flu. You can take one or two tablets daily if you have gotten the infection or are prone to having sinusitis during winters.
Other supplements include omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D and vitamin A which are also helpful for offering protection against sinus infections.
However, consult your doctor before taking supplements together.
Protect yourself from cold
Cold and winter season are risk factors for sinus infections. So protect yourself from cold. Cover your ears and nose with warm scarf or woollens, especially while travelling outdoors. Also protect your throat. Avoid drinking ice creams and cold drinks when you have sinus infection.
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: December 22, 2014