Anyone who has had a sinus infection knows how painful and irritating it can be. Known also as sinusitis, this condition is very common and affects a whopping 31 million individuals in the US alone every year.
Sinusitis occurs when the tissue in the sinus passage becomes inflamed, swollen, or both. This happens due to the filling of the sinus with fluid and mucus, which can then harbor germs and lead to sinus infection.
The most typical type of sinus infection is viral and it goes away on its own, but is quite contagious. The less common kind is caused by bacteria, and some of these infections may result from fungus. Regardless of the cause, though, it can be difficult to differentiate sinusitis from other conditions, such as a flu, cold, or an allergy.
Due to this fact, it’s important that you recognize and are aware of the common symptoms of sinusitis. This will allow you to notice when what you have is more than just a little cold! Here are some signs you have a sinus infection, and how to get rid of it.
HERE ARE 5 SIGNS YOU HAVE A SINUS INFECTION AND HOW TO GET RID OF IT
If you’re feeling painful pressure around your nose, it is a likely sign of sinusitis. This pressure is the result of the fluid that is trapped within the cavities of the sinus. In its healthy state, the sinus’ passages should only be filled with air. The trapped fluid can lead to intense pressure and pain.
But it’s not just around the nasal area that you might feel pain. You may experience some in your cheeks, forehead, or even around your eyes, as the sinuses are located in all these different areas. When you bend over, the pressure or pain may intensify and become worse. You might also feel like you need to sneeze often, but be unable to.
It’s worth noting that this pressure might not be extremely painful. It may manifest as tenderness or sensitivity. It is still a possible sign of sinusitis. Here are some ways to reduce that pressure.
As simple as it seems, just keeping yourself well-hydrated can help your body fight sinus infection. This will allow more moisture in your sinuses, thus allowing for easier mucus flow, clearing blockage that causes pressure.
Cinnamon has plenty of properties that make it anti-inflammatory, which is great for the sinuses. Mixing it with honey and eating it is a great way to cure pressure pain. Plus, it has positive effects on sore throats, too! If you’re not a fan of cinnamon, you can instead mix it with some water to make a paste and spread it across areas where you feel the pressure, avoiding the eyes of course.
Quercetin is rarely heard of, but it is a positive all-natural flavonoid and is plant-based. Mostly, it can be found in foods like apples, red wine, onions, and even green tea. It has great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that make it great for stabilizing body cells related to histamine release.
Proponents of alternative medicine state that taking up to 500 mg of quercetin thrice daily can reduce sinus infection symptoms, including pressure pain.
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