A sinus infection may often be mistaken for a bad cold but is a common health problem. In fact, sinusitis is an inflammation and congestion of the nasal passages. The condition may be triggered by a number of causes such as airborne allergens, dietary irritants, common pollutants, viruses, polyps, or even the overuse of nasal products in some cases.
Many people recover from sinusitis without any prescribed medication by following a number of natural remedies to get better and minimise the discomfort associated with the condition.
Staying hydrated helps the body in many ways including keeping the sinuses moist. When suffering from a sinus infection it is important to drink enough water throughout the day while staying clear of caffeinated beverages and alcoholic drinks since they can cause dehydration.
Other helpful ways of staying hydrated include drinking warm teas, having clear broths, soups and juices with no sugar added. All these fluids can help thin out the mucus and aid to drain it from the irritated sinuses. Fluid intake while promoting nasal drainage will also help the sinuses restore to their normal state.
Try a face massage
To seek temporary relief from the discomfort of blocked nasal passage, try giving the face a massage. A face massage can allow the individual to breathe easier by activating pressure points. To perform the massage, start with the index fingers of both hands on either side of the nostrils and rotate until both nostrils are closed. Continue for 10 seconds.
Now, apply the same rotating pressure with both index fingers but a little above the inner corners of the eyes for 20 seconds. Next perform the same rotation over the cheek bones and apply pressure for 10 seconds.
The next step involves stroking the cheekbones to the ears and applying pressure behind the earlobes using both index fingers. Continue this motion for 20 seconds and finish by massaging the earlobes for 30 seconds at least.
The total time it takes to perform this face massage is no more than a minute and a half yet it can provide temporary relief much like any over the counter medication. Repeat whenever you feel the sinuses blocking up again.