Beat your next sinus infection with these 5 tricks that will help you feel better, faster!
I’d like to think of myself as a pro when it comes to beating a sinus infection. Though I’ve been sick for about 1 1/2 weeks now, I’m fortunately on the up and up. And, as much as I’d like to fight it naturally, sometimes the only way is taking what the doctor orders; in this case, just 3 more days of antibiotics away from feeling 100%. But until then…the runny nose, the headaches, the annoying cough that causes achy muscles…its symptoms take a toll on the body. So how does one get through it?? Here are 5 (unique) ways to help survive your next sinus infection!
Now , I’ve personally never tried a Neti Pot. But I know a handful of people who have and swear by them. Neti Pots help thin out mucus and flush it from your nasal passages. It’s a salt flush for your nose. A salt water solution goes in one nostril, then out the other. It’s like pouring a cup of tea for your nose, literally. The mechanism that allows easy passage of water is essentially a teapot. It sounds slightly scary, but enough people have vouched for them that I may just have to try the royal flush next time around. Pick one up at your local drugstore!
I learned this trick from my grandma: grab some Vicks VapoRub, apply a generous amount to the bottom of your feet before you go to bed, then cover with socks. If you have a persistent cough courtesy of your sinus infection, this trick is proven to help relieve coughing throughout the night! It’s worth a try. You can also rub some Vicks underneath your nose to relieve a headache.
Make This Ultimate Sinus Paste
This paste utilizes the healthiest ingredients currently in your kitchen; garlic, turmeric powder, ginger, onions and cayenne pepper. It sounds like something to ward away vampires (which, please by all means…), but to help relieve symptoms of a sinus infection, mix a pinch of said ingredients with some local honey to form the ultimate sinus fighting paste. Eat a spoonful of it, or try spreading on a piece of toast. It may not be the best thing you’ve ever tasted, but it’ll work!
Other than a Neti Pot, steam is the fastest way to break up mucus in a stuffed-up nose. Can’t breathe? Try this:
Boil a pot of water, place your head over the pot, and breathe in the steam (be careful not to breathe too fast or you may burn your nasal passage). Do this for a few minutes until you feel relief. You can also try incorporating an herb mixture for a more therapeutic steam, like this one.
Take a really hot shower. Make sure the bathroom door is completely shut to hold in all of the steam!
You can also try a steam inhaler.
Watch Netflix. A lot of Netflix. Or Hulu. Or whatever it is that you watch. The best way to overcoming any cold or sinus infection is REST. So after you’ve done all of the above, make yourself a cup of tea, put on your favorite movie or that new show you’ve been dying to watch and r e l a x.
+How do you fend off a sinus infection? Let us know in the comments below!