Sinus infections affect 31 million people in the United States each year. Understanding when and how to seek treatment is crucial to finally finding relief.
What Is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the air-filled cavities behind your cheeks, forehead, eyebrows and nose. It is typically caused by a virus, bacteria or fungi. Symptoms include:
- Postnasal drip
- Discolored nasal discharge
- Nasal congestion and stuffiness
- Tenderness of the face
- Tooth pain
- Bad breath
Chronic vs. Acute
There are two types of sinus infection: chronic and acute.
Acute sinusitis is an inflammation in your sinus that lasts up to four weeks. Anything longer is characterized as chronic.
Home Remedies for Sinus Pressure
In addition to over-the-counter medication and antibiotics, home remedies can help reduce sinus pressure and help you find relief.
Taking a hot shower can moisten your sinus cavity and thin the mucus, helping it to drain. For more long-term relief, try a humidifier.
Saline spray can help add moisture to your noise and reduce sinus pressure. You can buy a spray from the store or make your own at home.
Sleep gives your body time to heal itself. Getting enough sleep allows your body to release hormones that encourage tissue growth and produce white blood cells to help fight off infection. Going to bed early can help reduce sinus pressure and speed up your recovery time.
In order to get a good night’s sleep, you should avoid exercise and beverages with alcohol or caffeine before bed.
Your sinuses can become dry, which can increase facial pressure if you are dehydrated. Try increasing your fluid intake at the first sign of sinus pressure, as it can help reduce blockages in your sinuses.
Being active can increase blood circulation and relieve congestion. Exercise can also help speed up your recovery time and reduce sinus pressure.
If you follow these home remedies and continue to experience sinus infection symptoms for longer than a few weeks, you should schedule an appointment with a medical professional.
To learn more about sinus infections or to schedule an appointment with an ear, nose and throat doctor, contact Nevada Ear + Sinus Institute today.