START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

Home Remedies for Sinusitis

  • 1 of 4
Home Remedies for Sinusitis

By Kimberly Wong, Natural Solutions

When October rolls around in San Francisco, a burst of warm weather makes locals forget the chilly summer that fogged them in for months. But for 37-year-old waitress and student Tiffinie McEntire, it’s the time when her allergies often turn into a nightmarish bout of sinusitis.

“When the weather changes drastically, that’s bad news for me,” she says. “My nose gets clogged, my eyes get watery, and if I touch my face it hurts. My whole head just feels like it’s going to pop.”

More than 32 million people suffer from such misery-making symptoms, which are typical of chronic sinusitis–an inflammation of the sinus cavities that can drag on for weeks. When agitated by allergies or a cold (or sometimes because of an abnormality in the sinuses), the mucous membrane lining the nose and sinuses swells, closing off the nasal passages.

“It’s basically like a drain that’s been blocked off,” says Rich Barrett, a naturopathic physician at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland. Mucus gets trapped inside and the cilia, tiny hairlike projections that sweep the membranes clear, can’t do their job. The congestion makes infection more likely to take hold, and when it does, the results can be wretched: postnasal drip, sore throat, cough, facial pain, and grinding headaches.

  • 1 of 4

Read more: Allergies, Alternative Therapies, Cold and Flu, Conditions, Health

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Mel, selected from Natural Solutions magazine

Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living offers its readers the latest news on health conditions, herbs and supplements, natural beauty products, healing foods and conscious living.

160 comments

+ add your own
5:52AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

noted

10:39PM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

thanks

1:42PM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

Thanks for the info.. Will try some of these remedies...

11:34AM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

good to remember

7:36AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Thanks

4:33AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Thank you for sharing the info!

2:44PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

Either the hot tub or a warm, steamy washcloth across my eyes and nose give me a lot of relief, if the symptoms aren't bad, yet. And a cool washcloth for my itchy eyes.

3:51PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Yes

10:08AM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

I think I haven't been persistent enough :(
Thank you for sharing.

9:20AM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

aips for what can be a very debiltating condition

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Let's hear it for lemons!

My beloved dogs were both shelter rescues; I'll adopt again. They were perfect, wonderful, goofy mu…

I adopted my last cat in January and I love him so much. He was living in an abandoned hotel and pla…

Thanks for sharing.

I have three rescue black cats and love them all. Also, I volunteer at the Thrift shop for HALO (a …

Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.