Sinusitis, the condition of having an active sinus infection not only manifests its symptoms in your sinuses, it also makes your nasal feel miserable. In fact, it may have been your nose that started your whole infection to start with. Don’t despair, there are things you can do to make your nasal area feel better and start to heal your sinuses too. Here are some of the best sinusitis nose treatments you can use.
All of these treatments are easy to do. You don’t need anything special but there are some things you can get that will make it easier to apply the remedies. The only real ingredients you need are water and salt.
When sinusitis flares up it is usually because of a blockage. The blockage usually occurs in the nasal area. The sinuses connect to the nose and the normal drainage route from the sinuses is into the nose then the throat and into the stomach. That is how your body is supposed to work.
When your nasal passages get blocked and swollen they can easily block the small openings that lead to the sinuses. Once that happens the sinuses can’t drain. Fluids back up and fill the sinuses. Bacteria that would normally drain away now is trapped and begins to multiply. Once that occurs you have a sinus infection.
In order to begin the process of reversing this situation you need to open the nasal passages and eliminate the blockages. That’s what these treatments are all about.
The first thing you can do is to use steam to treat your nose. The easiest way to do that is to just go into the bathroom, close the door and run a hot shower or bath and breath in the steam. Another way to accomplish this is to hold your head over a steaming pot of water. Make sure you take the pot off the heat first.
You can cover your head and the pot with a towel to isolate the steam and make this treatment more effective. Be careful that you don’t get too close to the steam and make sure some cool air can get in. It is possible to scald your nose or throat if you breath in only hot steam and no cooler air. Use caution.
The last and slightly more difficult thing you can do is a complete irrigation of your sinusitis nose. There are a number of ways you can do this. Nasal irrigation machines are available for purchase but do cost between 100 and 200 dollars. A less expensive alternative is a neti pot. This is a device that you can purchase at a health equipment store or online or at a yoga store. It costs between 15 and 25 dollars.
The procedure is simple enough. You pour 4 to 8 ounces of a saltwater solution into one nostril and let it drain out the other nostril. You repeat the procedure with the other nostril. This will thoroughly clean out your nasal passages. You should immediately be able to breathe better and it should open the blocked areas.
Your nasal areas and your sinuses are part of your overall respiratory system. If your nose has problems so do your sinuses. If you use these treatments on your sinusitis nose, you should start to get some relief within minutes. Continue to use this therapy and it should speed your overall recovery.