8 Natural Remedies for Sinus Pain

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  1. Flush your nasal passages - A saline wash thins mucus and helps flush it out of the nasal passages. According to Dr Spencer C. Payne, MD, an associate professor of Rhinology and Endoscopic sinus surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, "saline washes have been studied and proven to be effective, and should be the first line of defense against sinusitis".
  2. Bromelain - Sold as a supplement, is a protein found in pineapple stems and has been used by prize fighter to reduce swelling for years. Some research suggests Bromelain can also speed recovery of acute sinusitis.
  3. Take a steam - Hot water vapor can help moisten the sinuses. A hot, steamy shower or bath can also help to loosen up mucus and debris that is stuck inside your nose.
  4. Stay hydrated - It helps your body in many ways, including keeping your sinuses moist. Drink water throughout the day. Try to steer clear of caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, which can cause dehydration.
  5. Spices - Spicy foods such as mustard, hot peppers, curry, horseradish, and wasabi may help clear sinuses.
  6. Allergy proof your bedroom - Allergies can make sinus pain worse and tend to flare in the evening hours. To keep allergies out of the bedroom by using dust covers on your pillows and comforter and making sure that your pet doesn't sleep in the bedroom.
  7. Humidifier - It can keep the air moist, but keep it clean especially if you have mold allergies as a dirty humidifier can breed mold. A humidifier should only be used during dry months, not when it's humid.
  8. Apply warm compresses - Warm compresses can be used to help keep the nasal tissues moist. Or fill a deep bowl or pot with boiling water and place your face over it with a towel around your head to breather the steam in.

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  • Dave Fuller
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