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Home Remedies for Sinusitis

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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.

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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


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

3:25AM PDT on May 31, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

6:30AM PDT on May 16, 2014

FYI - People who react to gluten, especially if it is from flour dust, are more likely to get chronic sinusitis problems.

1:53PM PDT on May 6, 2014

A common problem. Thanks for sharing.

11:02AM PDT on Apr 22, 2014


9:39AM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

I was told by my naturopath that chronic sinusitis came from your body trying to remove toxins due to another allergic reaction, and it's often from a good that you commonly consume. Once I quit drinking coffee, and removed canola oil & soy from my diet, I quit having problems.

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