Sinus Infection Home Remedy Salt

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to get over sinus infection overnight?
    Or over the weekend? I have a bad stuffy nose, my throut hurts, and my sinuses hurt. My mom said it's a sinus infection. I've has it for 2 almost 3 days now, and it's only getting worse. Would you reccomend any seryain over the counter meds, and/ or home remedies? Thanks so much, I can't miss another day of school!

    • ANSWER:
      You can treat the symptoms, but that's not a cure. The only cure is to let the infection run its course. Stay away from other people as much as possible to prevent spreading it. Drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest. Prop your head up to help it drain. Gargle with warm salt water every few hours.

  2. QUESTION:
    I have a sinus infection and it is making my ears hurt. ?
    I have a sinus infection and everytime I blow my nose I get excruciating pain in my inner ear. That leads me to believe that I am forcing mucus into my ears when I blow my nose. My local family physcians are closed today and I cant afford to pay a huge hospital bill just for a cold or flu. Does anybody know some good home remedies for relieving this pain in my ears?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband uses this to keep from getting bronchitis, and I use to to cure sinus infections. THere are many kinds of bacteria that live in the sinuses, and this gets rid of all the bad ones!.This is the only thing that really helped me --- my Dr. told me about a sinus wash that will kill bacteria.
      you need

      distilled water
      sea salt
      liquid chlorophyll and colloidal silver from the health food store.
      in a glass mix 1/4 cup water with a pinch of salt and heat to body temperature.
      add 5 drops each silver and chlorophyll and mix.
      using a large dropper (like one used for infant medication) drop 2 full droppersfull into one side of the nose while laying down.
      Turn the head and let it drain out the other nostril. Be sure to have paper towels handy.
      The silver kills the bacteria and there are several hundred kind that can live in the sinus cavities and anti biotics don't get rid of them all.
      Do this twice a day for a week, mixing up the mixture fresh each time.
      Then do it once a week for maintenance.
      There is nothing in this that will hurt you, and it cured me.
      I do not have to take claritin, or antibiotics anymore.
      best wishes

  3. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for sinus infection? ?
    I have tried antibiotics, nasal sprays, and other sinus medications nothing is working. I am very frustrated do you have any ideas that can help me. I would like natural home remedies. Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      saline nasal drops:

      4 ounces warm water
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      Directions
      1You will also need: 1 dropper.
      2Mix the water and salt.
      3Squeeze some of the mixture through a dropper.
      4Lay across a bed, with your head hanging over, upside down, and sniff a few drops up each nostril.
      or

      saline nasal drops mixed with same amount of regular strength afrin spray. 1 drop in morning, 1 drop in evening... use for 4 days, 4 days without, and then use again for 4 days.

  4. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for Sinus infection and Chest congestion?
    I can not take any meds to due a heart problem the doctor is trying to figure out im on a betta blocker and my sinuses and chest congestion are horrible so any home remedies anything to give me some relief would be helpful Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      My husband uses this to keep from getting bronchitis when he gets a sinus infection, and I use it to cure sinus infections. THere are many kinds of bacteria that live in the sinuses, and this gets rid of all the bad ones!.This is the only thing that really helped me --- my Dr. told me about a sinus wash that will kill bacteria.
      you need

      distilled water
      sea salt
      liquid chlorophyll and colloidal silver from the health food store.
      in a glass mix 1/4 cup water with a pinch of salt and heat to body temperature.
      add 5 drops each silver and chlorophyll and mix.
      using a large dropper (like one used for infant medication) drop 2 full droppersfull into one side of the nose while laying down.
      Turn the head and let it drain out the other nostril. Be sure to have paper towels handy. or just use a neti pot, I like this better.
      The silver kills the bacteria and there are several hundred kind that can live in the sinus cavities and anti biotics don't get rid of them all.
      Do this twice a day for a week, mixing up the mixture fresh each time.
      Then do it once a week for maintenance.
      There is nothing in this that will hurt you, and it cured me.
      I do not have to take claritin, or antibiotics anymore.
      best wishes

  5. QUESTION:
    How to reduce nasal swelling associated with sinusitis?
    I have had many sinus infections and my nose is stuffed up, but no medications seem to clear it up. Any home remedies you suggest?

    • ANSWER:
      I had two sinus operation, so I know the problem very well. I've tried nasal spay. Doesn't work very well. I've bought those nasal decongest. Bad idea, it just dries out. The best thing for me is to buy saline water in a pharmacy (1 liter bottle) that costs and it has the right dose of salt to make it feel good when you put it in your nose. And then you clean each nostril with one seringue of this water. Make sure you keep the water clean by not putting the seringue in the water before you rinced it. You don't have to do that on a regular basis, but just when you feel that your nose is stuffed.
      Hope this will help

  6. QUESTION:
    Can anyone offer any advice to relieving sinus pain?
    I am so miserable. I have a massive sinus infection and I hurt in areas of my head that I didn't know could hurt. Can anyone suggest any home remedies? I would go online myself but researching this myself would just intensify the pain!! =(
    Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      I take it that your sinuses are blocked. First it probably hurts most above the eyes, so take a wash rag, soak it with hot water, ring it out and lay it across your forehead. Leave it there until it begins to cool, then do a second one to replace the first one quickly. Do this several times and lay the wash rag wherever it hurts, temples, neck in the back, top of your head, anywhere.You'll also need to get yourself and steam humidifier and add some Vick's Vapor Rub in it. Use it while you sleep and you'll be inhaling vapor steam which should help open your sinuses. You could also get yourself some of those breathe right strips that keep you nostrils open. They come small, medium. large. But take an alcohol pad or just some alcohol on a piece of tissue and clean any oily residue off the sides and the bridge of your nose. Helps it stick better. Take a Tylenol pm or Tylenol sinus pill which should help with the pain and help you sleep better. You'll need to drain those sinuses. Have some tissue's with you. Put a good size pan of water on the stove, turn up the heat until the water starts boiling. While boiling, you can take a salt shaker and shake in some salt, a good ten or twelve shakes, stir in it the water, shut off the heat after aminute or two. When the steam starts to rise, lean down toward it until you can deep breathe that steam inside your sinuses, keep your mouth closed. Straighten up and blow the steam out. If you blow out while you are near the pan, you will blow the steam vapors in all directions and have to wait until they become one like they were when you first shut the heat off. After a couple times breathing through the nose, open you mouth and breathe deeply in both the sinuses and your lungs. You will need the tissue's to blow your nose. You might not like the smell, but if it works, what the hey. Get some mineral ice that they use on knee injuries and the like, rub it across your forehead, down the sides of your temples, behind your ears and down the middle of the chest. Dab a little on the nostril openings, cover up and go to sleep. When you take a hot shower in the morning, you'll be surprised at what you cough up and blow out of your nose. If you have real sensitive skin, it might irratate you, so look out for that. You can tell if the skin becomes red quickly. Just wash it off and you'll be fine. Drinks lots of Lipton Chicken Noodle Cup Of Soup or just chicken soup. These things work for me and hopefully will help you if you care to try. Wishing you the very best young lady and hopefully you'll soon get some relief from that sinus pain.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I treat a sinus infection at home?
    I've never had a sinus infection before, but everyone I know says I have all of the symptoms and I'm miserable, so I need to take care of it. I don't have health insurance, so I can't afford to go to a regular doctor, but I make just over the limit for a free income based clinc, so I can't go there either. What can I take over the counter or anything else to help take care of this?

    • ANSWER:
      A warm salt-water solution poured through the nose provides great relief in sinusitis. A ceramic pot (a plastic one may also be used, it is far easier to carry) known as a “neti lota”, makes this procedure very easy. Fill the pot with warm water and add enough salt so the solution tastes like tears. Stand over a sink and tilt your head far to one side so that your ear is parallel to the floor, and pour the solution into the upper nostril, allowing it to drain through the lower nostril. You have to breathe through your mouth while doing this. Gently blow your nose using your gut muscles without applying pressure on your lungs as this may throw the mucus along with the bacteria back into your throat and the Eustachian tubes. Repeat on the other side. This procedure may be performed two or three times a day. It is a part of the yogic therapy and is extremely beneficial in sinusitis.

      Yoga (neti pot use is actually a part of it) is extremely beneficial, especially when you use herbs along with it.

      Usually, your sinusitis will require the use of antibiotics (I have myself taken tons of them) to get rid of bacteria and other organisms. Natural and holistic treatments have also been used for centuries to reduce the symptoms of sinusitis. Very often, conventional medications have harsh side effects and using more natural alternatives like herbal and homeopathic remedies are much safer and gentler for the body.

      Herbal remedies are there to alleviate the symptoms by reducing inflammation and, if you still take prescription medications, also help them in curing the infection. Of course, some of them like Echinacea, help tremendously in not only giving a fillip to your immune system but also help prevent colds and shorten the duration of your cold or flu.

      A highly effective herb is Quercitin which contains anti-oxidants and helps to promote healthy circulation and boosts immunity. Another carefully selected herb is Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright) which is beneficial for good eye health. In addition, homeopathic ingredients such as Arsen alb, Nat. mur. and Kali mur. help to maintain the skin and nervous system as well as liver health.

      You may wish to read further an intriguing article on sinusitis and its solutions with regards to diet, certain dos and don'ts and off course natural remedies available, here.. http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/s/sinusitis.htm

  8. QUESTION:
    How do i treat a sore throat sinus mucus that is yellow to grey and a bad headache.?
    How do i treat a sore throat sinus mucus that is yellow to grey and a bad headache.?
    i dont have health insurence and cant vist a doc.
    i do smoke marijuana but it is an infection i can tell.
    home remedies,abstract stuff all welcome. i really need help with this one.
    thankto all that care to answer so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Fluids, rest, musinex and garble with warm salt water.
      The MJ got nothing to do with it. And home remedies will not kill an infection so if it has been a week you will need to see a Dr. There are these things called clinics.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are some of the best home remedies for sinus issues during the fall season?
    This is for my friend, who is suffering from severe nasal congestion and sinus pressure. He has tried the Nettie Pot with salt water but it isn't working, and he wants to stay away from OTC medication - and he's tried most anyway, but they still have not worked. The doctor has said he'll need surgery which will include breaking the bridge of his nose and he's not ready to do that. Any home remedies that you know of would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Natural and holistic treatments have also been used for centuries to reduce the symptoms of sinusitis. Very often, conventional medications have harsh side effects and using more natural alternatives like herbal and homeopathic remedies are much safer and gentler for the body.

      Herbal remedies are there to alleviate the symptoms by reducing inflammation and, if you still take prescription medications, also help them in curing the infection. Of course, some of them like Echinacea, help tremendously in not only giving a fillip to your immune system but also help prevent colds and shorten the duration of your cold or flu.

      A highly effective herb is Quercitin which contains anti-oxidants and helps to promote healthy circulation and boosts immunity. Another carefully selected herb is Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright) which is beneficial for good eye health. In addition, homeopathic ingredients such as Arsen alb, Nat. mur. and Kali mur. help to maintain the skin and nervous system as well as liver health.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/s/sinusitis.htm

  10. QUESTION:
    How long do Sinus infections take to go? Do they eventually go without treatment?
    I'm unsure if I do have a sinus infection or what, but ever since I had the flu. (Over a month a go now). I still feel icky, although some symptoms go away for a few days, but then comes back.

    My head feels heavy and tight, the feeling is worse whenever I bend down or crouch down etc. I have pain around the eyes, cheeks, nose, side of the nose and around the ears. I also have headaches too. My eyes keep watering and im sensitive to bright light, (sunlight, etc). I also feel a throbbing sensation around my forehead. Every time I blow my nose, it bleeds. I also feel tired and occasionally have nausea (not all the time though).
    This has been going on for over a month.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you are right, and it's a sinus infection. They can go away without treatment. Most of the time they will go away without treatment. However, if you have been battling this for a month now, you need to treat it.

      Some great home or herbal remedies include: cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, and horseradish in your soups and meals, to help dissolve and eliminate excess mucus. Combine 1-2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in 6 ounces of water, a teaspoon of raw honey or stevia to sweeten and drink 3 times a day for 5 days. Try grapefruit seed extract GSE). For sinus infections you can purchase GSE as a nasal spray and use it as an adjunct to your treatment protocol.

      If you try any herbal/home remedy, and don't see improvement in 7 days, it's time to see a doctor for an exam and further treatment. Before they write a prescription for an antibiotic, make sure they check to be sure you have an infection. Antibiotics don't treat anything but bacterial infection, so if it's a virus, an antibiotic will be pointless.

      Here is a list of natural antibiotics that should target your sinus problems, but not kill off the good bacteria:
      APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
      SALINE RINSE
      CAYENNE SNORTING
      HYDROGEN PEROXIDE AND SEA SALT
      HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
      GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT
      NETI POT
      STEAMING WITH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
      OREGANO OIL
      OIL PULLING
      GARLIC
      MULTIPLE REMEDIES
      COLLOIDAL SILVER
      DIETARY CHANGES

      Make sure you're also getting plenty of antioxidents, including plenty of vitamin C.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies to aid ear/sinus infection?
    I was just diagnosed with an ear infection in both of my ears and a sinus infection. Ouch! I'm unable to sleep at all - and I'm wondering if there are any simple things I can do to help ease the pain. So far, medicine hasn't worked. I've tried chicken noodle soup and steam. Steam seems to just be temporary relief.. but I'd like to feel relief for at least an hour or two so I can fall asleep.

    • ANSWER:
      peroxide in the ear will help kill the bacteria also pouring some salt water into your nose and letting it drain out the other nose will help also for your sinuses, for the pain laying on heat helps an ear infection or using a blow dryer in your ear.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some some home remedies for post nasal drip?
    The drip is not chronic but has been persistent over the last 2 or 3 days and has quite possibly caused a throat infection (there is pain there). I do not want to go to a physician. What are some home remedies to stop the drip?

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid spicy food and dairy/milk products, turn on your humidifier, drink lots of fluids, especially herbal teas, like chamomile tea or green tea with honey. If you have a sore throat you can try gargling salt water. You may have a cold, but I don't think post nasal drip or a sore throat is a symptom of the flu. I get symptoms like that when I have the cold, or less frequently, when I have a throat or sinus infection. Hopefully it's not a throat or sinus infection because if it is, you probably will have to go to the doctor and get antibiotics. I used to get a runny nose and a dry/scratchy/sore throat when I used humidifiers less frequently. Now I use them all the time and the cold dry air doesn't bother my nose/throat as much.

  13. QUESTION:
    Any good remedies for horseness in voice?
    I am trying to get over a bad sinus/ear/chest infection thing and my voice is still horse and I can hardly utter a word. It has been like 3 weeks already and I am getting frustrated. I tried throat drops, cough syrup, tons and tons of water drinking, gargling salt water and nothing?! Any home remedies or things I can try????

    • ANSWER:
      citrus things work, try herbal tea with honey and lemon and breath it in, and continue with the salt water it heals the throat, even though it tastes horrible. Spicy foods will open the sinuses, but stay away from chocolate, it coats your throat. Also, If you think you have a sinus infection or its worse than just a cold go to the doctor to get meds.

  14. QUESTION:
    Any Idea for hor home treatment for sinus or any other ideas to help remove symptoms?
    My husband have had sinus infection and allergies for awhile now. He's allergic to dust and so far we haven't found an effective nasal spray also. Any Idea for hor home treatment for sinus or any other ideas to help remove symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Mommy, maybe I can help you because I had that situation before. I tried some of these useful home remedies:
      *Raw vegetable juice is beneficial in treating sinusitis. Combine 300ml of carrot juice, 100ml of cucumber juice, 100ml of beet juice and 200ml of spinach juice and drink on a daily basis.
      *consuming fruits rich in Vitamin A, so patients suffering from sinus should have lots of mangoes, pumpkin, leafy vegetables, egg yolk, tomatoes, papaya, carrots, curd and whole milk.
      *roast 100g of cumin seeds and mix them with 200g of pure ghee. Consume daily.
      *take a tsp of black cumin seeds and tie them in a thin cloth. Boil a tsp of fenugreek seeds in a half a glass of water, until the decoction reduces to half. Consuming 3 to 4 cups of this tea would help in expelling all the toxins, increasing the perspiration rate and thereby reducing fever, along with the sinusitis.
      *pungent smelling vegetables, like onion and garlic, are helpful in curing sinusitis. Inhaling their smell would also prove to be beneficial.
      *steam. It opens the nasal passage by draining the sinusitis and making mucous flow easy.
      *avoid cold items and oily stuff. They trigger the upper respiratory diseases, instead of lessening them.
      *gargling with salted lukewarm water is beneficial in treating sinusitis. For this, add a pinch of salt in a glass of lukewarm water and gargle with it.
      *prepare ginger or cinnamon tea and drink it when it is slightly on the hotter side. It is helpful on curing sinusitis.

      ..but don't do any of these remedies if your husband is allergic to the given ingredients.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of a sinus infection?
    I've had it for 3 days and its getting worse. Is there any home remedies to get rid of it? Anything helpful would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      drink lots of liquids (orange juice & lemon ade are good because of the Vit. C., take decongestants, get plenty of rest, use nasal saline spray every couple of ours & gargle with salt water, too. If it doesn't clear up you may need anti-biotics. Are you sure its an infection? Allergies are a posiblity. See your doc.

  16. QUESTION:
    What will doctors do or a sinus infection?
    So basically I've been sick for 4 days and the symptoms are

    Headache

    Pressure on face

    Stuffy/runny nose that won't clear

    100 degree fever 3 nights ago

    Sore/itchy red throat

    Sneezing

    Watery/itchy red eyes

    Post nasal drip

    Basically feeling bad in general

    I have been taking Tylenol and a prescription cough medicine. I have been gargling salt water drinking lots of water and sleeping. It has gotten better but not by much. The headaches have gradually gone away. Is this a sinus infection and what do doctors do for sinus infections

    • ANSWER:
      They may prescribe an antibiotic and tell you to get plenty of rest and fluids (particularly hot, such as tea). If you are feverish they will either suggest taking tylenol (which you already have) or they may prescribe you a different medication to help break it. In reality, since you have already been sick for four days, if it really is just a sinus infection then it will be gone before any antibiotics even have a chance to start working. You may as well just keep up with the home remedies than going to a doctor at this point.

  17. QUESTION:
    Right side of my throat hurts when I swallow?
    I don't know if its allergies or something is infected but my allergies usually don't affect my throat. I just paid 90 dollars at the doc for a sinus infection I don't have money got another visit and this has been going on for 3 days. Any home remedies? I've tried honey, rinsing with warm salt water...do I have throat cancer I'm scared

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  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of homeopathic remedies for sinusitis?
    I have chronic sinusitis. Currently I am on an anti-histamine, a saline nose spray and an antibiotic creme. This isn't going so well as my doctor has prescribed the maximum dosage and I still have trouble breathing. I can't even double up my meds on days when it's worse than normal because I'm already taking too much.

    I was wondering if anyone knew of any home remedies (besides flushing my sinuses) that might help.

    The symptoms of my sinusitis are blocked and draining sinuses. Also sometimes my nose will start to bleed due to the fact that I am trying so hard to clear my sinuses (which is the reason for the antibiotic creme)

    If anyone has any ideas that I might be able to take to my doctor (to check if it will react to my current medication) I thank you very very much for your help and consideration.

    • ANSWER:
      If we offered you a miracle remedy that prevents and cures "Sinusitis" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won’t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

      Try the Natural Cures for Sinusitis.

      Sinusitis refers to an inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the paranasal sinuses. If often follows the common cold, influenza and other general infections. Germs which are usually eliminated from body sometimes find their way into these sinuses or chambers on either side of the nasal passage, leading to sinus trouble.

      The sinuses consist of cavities or chambers contained in the bones situated in the head and face region. The frontal, maxillary, ethmoid, and sphenoid sinuses are the paranasal sinuses which communicate with the nose. The frontal sinuses lie on the frontal bone directly above the eyes. The maxillary sinuses are located one on each side of the nose under the cheekbone. The ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses are situated behind the nose or either side of it. These air sinuses lighten the weight of the skull and give resonance to the voice.

      Symptoms: The symptoms of sinusitis are excessive or constant sneezing, a running nose, blockage of one or both nostrils, headaches and pressure around the head, eyes, and face. Sinus headaches are usually felt in the forehead and in the face just below the eyes. The patient may suffer from a low-grade fever, lack of appetite, loss of sense of appetite, and toothache. He feels miserable because of difficulty in breathing. The voice is also affected because of the blocked nose.

      Causes: Sinusitis results from the congestion of the sinus passages due to catarrh. It is caused by over-secretion of mucus in the membranes lining the nose, throat, and head. This over-secretion is due to irritation caused by toxins in the blood.

      A faulty diet is thus the real cause of sinus trouble. When a person consumes certain types of foods or drinks regularly, these, in due course, have a conditioning effect on the entire system. As a result, some persons become more sensitive to certain allergens, whose reaction ultimately turns into sinusitis.

      The Cure: Correcting the faulty diet is of utmost importance in the treatment of sinusitis. Patients should take a balanced diet. Most persons with sinus trouble also suffer from acidity. Their diet should, therefore, veer to the alkaline side. The intake of salt should be reduced to the minimum as salt leads to accumulation of water in the tissues and expels calcium from the body.

      In the acute stage of the disease, when fever is present, the patient should abstain from all solid foods and only drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices diluted with water on a 50:50 basis. After fever subsides, he may adopt a low-calorie raw fruit and vegetable diet with plenty of raw juices. After the acute symptoms are over, the patient may gradually embark upon a well-balanced diet of three basic food groups, namely seeds, nuts and grains; vegetables and fruits. In persistent chronic conditions, repeated short juice fasts may be undertaken for a week or so at intervals of two months.

      Those suffering from sinusitis should completely avoid fried and starchy foods, white sugar, white flour, rice, macaroni products, pies, cakes, and candies. They should also avoid strong spices, meat and products. Butter and ghee should be used sparingly. Honey should be used for sweetening. All cooked foods should be freshly prepared for each meal. Vegetables should be taken in liberal quantities. All kinds of fruits can be taken with the exception of those belonging to citrus group such as lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit. Milk should be taken in liberal quantities as it contains calcium which has a marked effect in overcoming inflammation of the tissues. A diet rich in vitamin A is the best insurance against cold and sinus trouble. Vitamin A is the "membrane conditioner" as it helps build healthy mucus membranes in the head and throat. Some of the valuable sources of this vitamin are whole milk, curds, egg yolk, pumpkin, carrot, leafy vegetables, tomato, oranges, mango, and papaya.

      When the sinus trouble has already developed, relief can be obtained by taking vitamin A in large therapeutic doses of 25,000 I.U. per day. Vitamin C has also proved beneficial in the treatment of sinusitis and the patient should take one gram of this vitamin per day in two therapeutic doses of 500 mg. each.

      One of the most effective remedies for sinus problems is to eat pungent herbs like garlic and onion which tend to break up mucous congestion all through the respiratory tract. One should begin with small mild doses and increase them gradually. Beneficial results can also be achieved by adding these herbs in moderate amounts to regular meals.

      Carrot juice used separately or in combination with juices of beet and cucumber or with spinach juice is highly beneficial in the treatment of sinus trouble. 100 mL each of beet and cucumber juice or 200 mL of spinach juice should be mixed with 300 mL of carrot juice in these combinations.

      Water Treatment: Cold application over the sinus will give great relief; alternate hot and cold applications will also prove beneficial. Take pans of hot and cold water, bathe the whole face with hot water-as hot as you can bear-and then apply cold water for short duration. Nasal inhalation of steam for five minutes every hour will also give relief.

      Yogasanas such as viparitkarani, bhujangasana, yogamudra and shavasana, yogic kriyas, such as jalneti and sutraneti and pranayamas like anuloma-viloa and suryabhedan will be beneficial in the treatment of sinus trouble.

      Plenty of sleep, adequate rest and fresh air are essential in the treatment of sinus trouble. Patients should avoid the use of perfumes and strongly scented hair oil.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for a sore throat?
    I have swollen glands and can barely swollow...i really dont wanna go to the doctor for them to tell me i have a cold and to rest...ive been sick for nearly 4 weeks now...any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      There are one or two.
      1. Gargle with salt water every 2-4 hours.

      2. Follow this:
      Take a quart of distilled water and add 2-3 heaping teaspoons of canning, pickling, or sea salt.
      1 teaspoon Baking soda.

      Mix well in quart bottle.
      Get a syringe and irrigate your nasal passages. It is acceptable to breathe this solution as well.
      Make sure that you get this in the back of your head, (around the back of the throat).

      Benefits:
      This is a solvent and will clean mucus, crusts, and other debris from the nasal passages. It also works as a decongestant and improves nasal air flow. Because of the high content of salt (saline) it helps develop normal mucus from the sinuses.

      This may sound kinda dumb but my ear, nose, and throat doctor gave me this recipe and it really, really works.

      That is why after surgery is done on a patient and before closing the wound, they use normal saline to prevent wound infection.

      Good luck with your cold.

      If you have chest congestion, you can purchase a product known as Mucinex. Take one or two every 6 hours, but no more than that a day. It you don't like pills, just get Robitussin expectorant or anything containing guaifenesin. This will break up the chest congestion.

      Drink plenty of fluids, especially fruit juice.

      Bless your heart. I hope you get to feeling better.

      If you have not been to a doctor, please go, you may have something more serious than a sore throat. Since it has been four weeks, I would suggest that you see a doctor ASAP. You could have what is called Mono. You could also have a Staph or Strep infection and will need antibiotics.

  20. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a sinus infection? How to get rid of drainage?
    Home remedies

    • ANSWER:
      snorting either water and salt or warm water and baking soda and blowing it out. Tea, a warm shower, lemons, honey, garlic and basil and a few others have antibiotic properties with none of the damage. Chicken soup.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best over the counter remedy for sore throat?
    Im away from home, out of state until Sunday and I can't visit a doctor because I don't have a copy of my insurance card with me. I have a really bad sore throat, only on one side though. Its hard to swallow and my lymph nodes around my neck are swollen. I know I need to be seen but what are some over the counter drugs or home remedies that might help until I can be seen? Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Gargle with salt or baking soda and warm water, it will help neutralize any acidic secretions running down the back of your throat. Buy fresh garlic and chop & saute it and add to food or garlic toast, garlic is a natural antibiotic, make sure you have plenty of it. Lemon juice and water (I know it's acidic but follow with a salt water gargle) will up your vitamin C and help to balance your body's Ph level to normal. Stay away from sweets with the exception of using a bit of real honey to soothe your throat, you can add it to hot tea. With swollen lymph nodes there is a good chance of bacterial infection such as strep or sinus drainage from a sinus infection. Take care. If there is a health food store nearby check to see if they have Andrographis, not expensive, very bitter like Bactrim anti-biotic and it will work against viruses, fungi, and bacteria. I buy a bottle of Full Spectrum, 120 tablets for about , you only should take it 10 days at a time though.

  22. QUESTION:
    Home treatments or otc remedies for a severe headache/sinus infection?
    If someone has a severe headache, what are some home treatments and or remedies that could help them? Thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      Herbal tea is always good for a headache and applying cold or hot pack at the base of your neck helps as well to sooth throbbing head pain cause by the headaches. Sleeping in a cool dark room is a good way to relax as well. As for sinus infection try warm water with salt as a nose wash it is a great way to open up those blocked airways and make u breath better and help the headaches.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are your top 10 favourite home remedies for congested sinuses? Yes, 10, no cheating! ; ^ )?
    I know this isn't a sinus infection or flu (I've had BOTH this year and this is different). I'm pretty sure it's hayfever/pollen as it's just coming into spring here in Aus. I've got some over the counter medications and I'm downing Green Tea and spicy chili basil chicken. What are YOUR ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      1) Look at giving up dairy permanently.
      2) Ginger tea
      3) Look at using a neti pot--that is snorting warmed salted water. Works GREAT. Low tech. Low cost. Easy and good fer ya.
      4) Hot yourself up and put lots of chilis and cayenne in your body.
      5) If you decide you are having congested sinuses caused by allergies, look at Bioallers products. They've helped me alot.
      6) Put lots of fresh lemon and lime juice in your drinking water and diet. This really helps me!
      7) Look at purchasing some feverfew capsules or tincture. This is a classic simple for hayfever/allergy symptoms, and is not terribly expensive.
      8) Buy homeopathic Sabadilla or Solidago or Pulsatilla. Read some books about the homeopathic treatment of disease for the layperson such as Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicine by Dana Ullman or (my preference) Homeopathic Medicine At Home by Maesimund Panos and Jane Heimlich. This should get you started. Homeopathic medicine is great, b/c it's inexpensive, highly effective, non-toxic and if you choose the wrong remedy for your symptom profile, it simply will not work, it won't hurt you.
      9) Put tons of greens and fresh veggies in your diet and massively cut down on the red meats, eggs and full fat (sometimes even ALL) dairy. Allergies are made much worse by eating lots of these foods.
      10) Go on a liver/gallbladder and colon cleanse using French clay and tonifying liver herbs. E-mail me if you want more info about this. In TCM, (Traditional Chinese Medicine), there is a huge relationship between the health of your colon and the health of your respiratory system.

  24. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any good home remedies for sinus congestion?
    I have a sinus infection, and I'm on antibiotics..what can I do in the meantime to get rid of congestion? Besides taking more medicine?

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      I would try a saline nasal rinse (not a spray.) A full warm water saline rinse goes in one nostril and out the other. It draws out all the gunk and shrinks the tissue (like swimming in the ocean).
      The buffered salt doesn't 'sting' as much as plain salt water. You can use a new method like Nasopure, or the vintage, Netipot

      You don’t need a prescription for this therapy. If you live in a state like mine, they’ve pretty much “outlawed” sudafed medicine. Drug-free is really the way to go on a frequent-use basis.

  25. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for clearing out your sinuses?
    I really do not like medications OTC or prescribed but as always when I have a cold my sinuses get all stuffed up and well frankly it hurts -_-

    Anyone have any home remedies that actually work and are not overly disgusting? (last one someone told me involved snorting warm salt water and blowing it back out my nose....)

    • ANSWER:
      boil some water and pour it in a bowl. Then add eucalyptus drops(maybe about 10-20)in the hot water, get a towel and put your head above the bowl, inhaling the hot vapors. Be careful though, let the water cool down to the point where you can tolerate the hot steam and hang a towel around your head to trap the hot steam into your face. Dpending on the severity of your sinus infection you might have to repeat this procedure. If your sinus infections hurt then you have,m in all likeli hood, a serious inflammation going on.
      To prevent sinus infections it is best to build up the immune system with probiotics and Vitamin C, you can also add seaweed because seaweed has vitamins, minerals, and trace elements which also help build up the immune system....good luck

  26. QUESTION:
    What to do when you have the flu?
    Do you know of any good home remedies that can help me get through these aches, pains, sore throat, and coughing?
    Over the counter stuff really isn't helping much at all--I took like 5 advil over the course of yesterday and it really didn't do anything.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      The most visible thing about sinus is swelling. The following works for simple cold, running nose and strep throat, when the throat is hurting.

      The easiest way to control swelling is to give up water and all other liquids for 24 hours. In 24 hours there will be no significant dehydration to cause organ failure. But to be double sure one can stay indoors for 24 hours.

      Now if you decided to try it the next problem is that one who is used to drinking water or other liquids feel thirsty quite often. They find it very difficult to manage without water for more than 6 hours. For that follow one of the following routines. The option 1 is better then 2 and 2 is better then 3.

      1). Start drinking 1 glass of water 1 hour before each meal. So in all there will be 3 glasses of water in 24 hours. Give up all other liquids. After 3-4 days this will help u to stay without water for 24 hours or more.

      2). Start drinking 2 glasses of water with 1/2 spoon of salt 1 hour before each meal. (Those with very high blood pressure - may do so at their own risks. But others who do not suffer from very high blood pressure may do so by taking their blood pressure every day). After 4-5 days you can stay without water for 24 hours or more without water and other liquids.

      3). First thing in the morning drink tea (on empty stomach). It should be normal tea not too strong nor too light. One should not take anything with tea. No water or anything before or after tea for atleast 2 hour. Tea on empty stomach leaves a bitter taste in mouth. Resist drinking water or any other liquid for next 3-4 hours. After this the bitter taste will be gone. AFter this there will be no thirst signals. For the next 48 hours there will be enough fluid in your mouth and food pipe. You can eat your normal meals minus any liquids for next 24 hours. This will resolve all health issues including poor digestion.

      In 24 hours the reduction in the fluids will be about 3 litres or about 5% of the total body weight of a normal adult.

      Never the swelling due to sinus or cold and cough is more than 5% of the body volume.

      During this period of 24 hours the lose of water from the body does not reduce even by 1% to offset reduced water intake.

      The reduction in loss of body water thru urine or sweating starts after 48 hours in most of people. But to be on safe side giving up water and liquids for 24 hours will do the trick.

      The reduced swelling will give immediate relief from pain. It will make is much more easier to eliminate the cough thru nose without any pain.

      That will also improve the blood acid levels by about 10%. This makes changes at the cell level as well. Blood acid levels are the first line of defense against the infections.

      So swelling gone, pain gone, cough moving out, infections taken care of. Now what remains in the body for the next change of season time. Obviously nothing.

      So it has already given u long term relief from sinus. But in some cases one may get sinus during next change of season and may have to do this again. The reason is during change of season the body must adjust the water that is stored in the body. Due to some cell level changes the ability of the body to bring those changes is lost. But after 2-3 seasons that ability of the body will be restored and there will be complete relief from sinus.

      You may refer to Kole on yahoo answers. He posted that he got lot of relief. You may check his comment on my best answers of 14.8.2011

      To decide whether the above is right or not, you may comment whether u are in the habit of regularly drinking water and other liquids or out of work or other reasons u remain without water and other liquids for long periods of time. Those who are very regular in drinking water and other liquids are more prone to sinus and related complications. People who are extremely dehydrated are also very likely to face sinus and related complications. Those who are on and off with water are not likely to face this sinus thing.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy to help with a nasal cold soar?
    My husband seems to develop a nasal type infection/sore every season accompanied with sinus congestion. Since it's recurring, I was wondering if there's something we can buy to help him fight this.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes - I always take lysine if it feels like I'm getting a cold sore. Lysine is an amino acid and it apparently interferes with the cold sore virus.

      There's also a nasal rinse to prevent nasal infections and head colds. My vet swears by them. Ask at the drugstore.

      Or you can do what a Jamaican lady I used to work with recommended -- sniff a handful of sea water up into your sinuses. Living inland, I used sea-salt dissolved in warm water, but it does the trick.

      My osteopath suggested putting a few drops of chlorophyll extract up the nose. This also works, makes your nose drip green for a few minutes, but very effective.

      Good luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of dark under eye circles?
    I am 13 and i have some of the darkest under eye circles of all time. Im not tired i sleep allt the time i drink tons of water so i have no idea what else i can do to get rid of them. My mom wont let me get anything expense or anything like that so please if yo know of any home remedies or oils i could get a walmart or target that would be very helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      the circle could be allergies and sinus. trying using saline spay(which is salt water) up the nose to clean out infection. for make -up to cover circles use a revlon lightener it not expensive

  29. QUESTION:
    Do you have a passed down family remedy for anything?
    I am curious about your remedies for whatever. Here is one of my favorite I will pass on to you. Dryer Sheets to get rid of soap scum. Get a few of those wet and start wiping your shower or tub down....rinse. So easy, works fast and is not harmful to eyes or skin. Can be used on glass enclosed showers as well......you wont believe how clean it gets.

    • ANSWER:
      That is an excellent idea for the tub and shower, thank you. Now here are mine, they are mostly medicinal. Kerosene will stop bleeding. Flaxseed oil tablets 2 daily will lower your cholesterol. Wet tobacco will take the pain from a bee sting. If you get a tick, just put Vaseline over it, it will eliminate the oxygen and the tick will turn lose of you and die or you can just remove it and burn it. If you have a sore throat or chest cold put Vicks Vapor Rub on the area and it will break up the stuff in your lungs, just be sure to wash it off before you go outside. A drop of kerosene on a sugar cube will help you open your sinuses and break up the infection in your lungs. Every spring take a teaspoon of caster oil in orange juice or any juice. It will purge your body of any infections and works to help your immune system work better and it will definitely clean your clocks if you know what I mean. If you get a splinter in your finger wrap the finger in a slice of raw bacon, it will help push the splinter out so you can get hold of it with tweezer's and remove it, also raw fat or raw bacon will bring zits and blemishes to a head and you can pop them with a pin and use two fingers to pull on the area, never push a zit or blemish, it damages your skin, and the muck in the zit or blemish will come out. You can clean brass with Brillo pads. Crushed mint leaves and lay them wherever you see the ants will keep ants out of your home. To keep rabbits and other animals out of your vegetable or flower garden, just throw some moth balls in them, this also helps keep snakes away. When you water your inside plants use lukewarm water, cold water can shock the plant and cause it to die. Always cut your rose bushes just above the first 5 leaves on the stalk and cut all flowers at an angle, they retain water better and will last twice as long. If you are terribly constipated and nothing is working, take a tablespoon of Epsom Salts into warm water, do not leave the bathroom and do not sneeze, it works that fast.

  30. QUESTION:
    any home remedies for sinus infection?
    im 14 yeas old and i think i have a sinus infection is there any home remedies
    and DON'T say go to a doctor!
    thanks for your help :)

    • ANSWER:
      I am being serious here.

      You can purchase a rectal syringe (it's rather large) or a nasal syringe (much smaller). I use a rectal syringe, since it holds so much more water. Fill it with warm salt water. You can then put the end of the syringe up one of your nostrils, and press on the syringe with both hands and push warm saline solution up into your sinuses. Don't use too much salt or it will burn. The sinus mucous will come out either through the nostril or through the throat, which you can spit out. You can do this several times and you may just break up the infection, but then again, it may not work all the way, depending on how far up and wide your sinus infection goes.

      I have cleaned out my nose of infection several times using this method. You can purchase a rectal or nasal syringe at most drug stores. They are hard rubber and usually blue in color, while the tip is white. Best wishes.

  31. QUESTION:
    Do you know any at home remedies to treat a sinus infection?Is there something in my diet I should eat/avoid?
    I heard steam is good is that just a myth? I have a blocked nasal passage, sinus headache, throat ache..
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Netty pot is always good. Basically that is rinsing your nose with salt water.

      Yes to Vitamin C, Echinacea and Garlic! Helps your body fight the infection.

      Yes to soup!

      I use a heating pad on my face or take a really hot bath. I avoid things that make my mucus thick if it feels really bad. I eats lots of fruits and veg since they contain so many vitamins and minerals. I do take advil cold and sinus with my anti-biotic to help with the pain and congestion. I try to keep my nose and hands clean so I do not re-infect myself when I star getting better. I avoid ac (I had one hang around all summer once because of the ac. I took 3 days after the weekend off from work so I did not have to sit in it. At that point something gross and sticky which was multicolored came out of my nose and viol-la, I was better. I think I would still be sick if I had not gotten out of the ac. Now its back on and I am getting sick again, WTF.) Get as many Vitamins as possible. I usually take Echinacea and Garlic supplements and Advil Cold and Sinus. I wash it all down with air-borne. Is it a lot, well yeah... But most of it is vitamins, and I never mix cold medicines or take more then needed, just vitamins.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are ways to soothe a bad sore throat?
    My sinuses are draining and its causing me to get a horrid sore throat. I've tried sucking on cough drops but they just aren't working. Cold water helps a bit but only gives me a few minutes of relief. Any suggestions on what I could do to help this sore throat?

    • ANSWER:
      Gargle and rinsing your mouth with salt water several times a day. To make a salt water gargle, dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.

      Use sore throat lozenges to increase saliva production and lubricate the throat.

      Drink plenty of fluids, which keeps the throat lubricated. Some people get relief by sucking something cold, such as a popsicle, while others find warm drinks, such as warm water with honey, helpful.

      Get plenty of rest.

      Cinnamon is regarded as an effective remedy for a sore throat resulting from a cold. One teaspoon of coarsely powdered cinnamon, boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder, and two teaspoons of honey can be taken as a medicine in the treatment of this condition. Two or three drops of cinnamon oil, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, also give immense relief.

      You could also use ginger along with cinnamon and honey to prepare one of the most effective sore throat remedies for quick sore throat relief. Both ginger and cinnamon are highly valued for their healing properties and have been widely used among naturalists and in traditional medicine to aid the treatment of sore throats and throat infections in a variety of sore throat home remedies.

      Liquorice is a recognized home remedy for sore throat in all parts of India. A small piece of raw liquorice should be chewed or sucked for treating this condition. The healing property of the herb soothes inflammation quickly.

      Sage is another effective cure for a sore throat. Half a litre of boiling water should be poured on a handful of sage leaves. When moderately cool, a little vinegar and honey should be added according to taste. This mixture should be used as a gargle. A teaspoon of this mixture call also be taken internally at the same time.

      Sage is highly valued because of the oils and tannins in it that give it its antiseptic and astringent properties. Sage is therefore one of the effective sore throat remedies and sore throat treatment using sage is widely used across the world. Herbal teas prepared with a mixture of sage and chamomile can also be quite effective.

      Since dryness of the throat and a loss of moisture is a common cause of sore throats and dryness can also cause further irritation of a sore throat it would make sense to use a humidifier or vaporizer as this can offer some sore throat relief, particularly if your environment uses artificial heating or cooling.

      Honestly, I just sip a cup of cold milk until I fall asleep. The milk forms a kind of film in your throat, and soothes the soreness. It lasts only a bit longer than water, but it's minimal effort.

      Good luck and I hope I helped!

      [Romilly]

  33. QUESTION:
    Will being sick your first month of pregnancy harm a baby?
    I have a sinus infection and am SUPPOSED to take Augmentin twice a day for 2 weeks... 1.) Will the infection harm a possible pregnancy? 2.) Would Augmentin go to the baby and hurt or kill it?

    • ANSWER:
      1) Sinus infections are relatively common in pregnancy because of the increased nasal congestion, and fighting one may require the use of antibiotics. Women with asthma should pay special attention to their breathing and see their practitioner without delay if they are having difficulty.

      If you develop a severe cough, rest assured that the fetus is protected inside your uterus--you cannot cough so hard that you miscarry or go into labor. However, the loss of urine is, unfortunately, pretty common.

      2) Augmentin® (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium) is a Pregnancy Category B medication.

      Meaning:
      Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but that do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.

      When Augmentin was given to pregnant rats and mice, it did not cause any problems. Studies have shown that Augmentin crosses the placenta to the baby in humans, but it does not appear to cause problems. Although the medication has not been systematically and adequately studied in pregnant women, case reports and surveys seem to suggest that Augmentin does not increase the risk of birth defects or miscarriages.

      However, since Augmentin has not been adequately studied in pregnant women, it may have negative effects that are not currently known. Therefore, a pregnancy Category B medicine should be given to a pregnant woman only if her healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.

      So if your doctor prescribed it knowing that you are pregnant, than the continue to take it. Obviously the infection is more dangerous in his mind to be left untreated than the medicine.

      If you are still concerned about taking the medicine however, you can try to at home, non-medicine remedies for sinus infection that are perfectly harmless to you and baby. Such as:

      * Drink plenty of fluids, as this will help to thin secretions. Water, chicken soup, juices, and warm tea are good sources.
      * Use a humidifier. Place it close to your face when you sleep. During the day, you can make a tent out of a sheet draped over your head. Stay under the tent for 15 minutes, three or four times a day.
      * Rub a mentholated product (like Vicks Vaporub) on your chest according to package instructions.
      * For nasal stuffiness, use saline drops. You can buy these at drugstores
      or prepare a solution at home. Just dissolve 1/4 teaspoon salt in 8ounces of water. Place a few drops in each nostril, wait 5 to 10 minutes, and then gently blow your nose.
      * To make breathing easier, sleep in a recliner or prop up your head with lots of pillows so that you are in a semi-upright position.
      * Take a warm shower. This can help clear nasal stuffiness and mucus.
      * Get plenty of rest.

      Good luck and congratulations on the baby. Hope your infection clears up soon!

  34. QUESTION:
    Sense of smell was gone, now everything smells the same. Any suggestions?
    I had a bad sinus infection in December and since then up until I went to the doctor I hadn't been able to smell anything. My sinuses are not stopped up I can breathe just fine. I still had a small cough I could feel it in my chest. I went back to my doctor he gave me a strong antibiotic (Omnicef) to take for 3 weeks plus a decongestant. Now EVERYTHING smells the SAME. Its weird if its peanut butter or cat food it all smells the same. And everything tastes the same too. (I didn't try the cat food lol) It's hard to explain the smell and taste but it is awful. I thought it might be the medicines so I quit taking them after 2 weeks (I know you are not supposed to quit an antibiotic but I couldn't stand it anymore. Has anyone ever heard of this before? I have an appointment with an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor next week. Does anyone have any home remedies or suggestions? I'm pretty desperate.

    • ANSWER:
      Home remedy definitely. Helps my smell and my hearing. Try a saline nasal RINSE (not a spray) A full warm water saline rinse goes in one nostril and out the other. It draws out all the gunk and shrinks the tissue (like swimming in the ocean). I've been doing it at work too.

      The buffered salt doesn't 'sting' as much as plain salt water. You can use a new method like Nasopure, or the vintage, Netipot. The special bottle and salt is about .

      You can do this a often as you like with no bad side effects.

      You don’t need a prescription for this therapy. So if you live in a state like mine, they’ve pretty much “outlawed” sudafed medicine. Drug-free is really the way to go on a frequent-use basis. (I put in a link for “what” and “how” – there’s also some good info on wiki)

  35. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies to get rid of mucus in the nose and throat?
    I had this mucus since yesterday and it has gotten thicker. Is there any ways to get rid of it or lessen it without medication?

    • ANSWER:
      How to get rid of mucus in my nose? Well, to overcome the mucus problem in throat I would tell you a home remedy or a natural remedy of mucus. A mixture of water and sea salt is poured into one nostril and waited till the time this mixture comes out from the other nostril. This seems a quite difficult task, but as you practice you will expertise in it. The treatment is favored for instant relief and that too without any side effect. Furthermore, this curing method is 100% natural and it can be done without getting the help of any expert.

      How do I get rid of my mucus in throat? For treatment you just need hot or warm water and inhale its vapors sitting at coach anywhere in your house. Its better if you add little mint or lemon juice in it. Hot vapors have the tendency to thin your mucus. The thinned mucus later on will come out from your throat as you cough. This method is also among the best natural cure of sinus infection

  36. QUESTION:
    How to unclog a stuffed nostril?
    Hey guys, today my right nostril has been 100% clogged all day with just a clear liquid coming out at times. My left nostril is 100% clear.

    No matter how much I blow my nose this blockage remains, are there any home remedies that anyone could suggest to fix this!

    Thanks in Advanced

    • ANSWER:
      suck salt water up your nose and out your mouth, or up your nose, hold it then let it drain or blow out, it sounds weird but it works. Or just go get a 12 hour nasal spray and use it for a few days, at night. It sounds like you have a sinus infection, The doc always gives me nasal spray and sudafed or actifed, til it clears up.

  37. QUESTION:
    What are home remedies for a runny nose?
    I've already taken Claritin D, and tried everything to stop my nose from running. Only clear mucus is coming out, and it's driving me crazy! Every time I lean forward, it feels as if I were to have a bloody nose - it just drips out! Does anyone have any suggestions for me that doesn't require medications since I've already taken some?

    • ANSWER:
      Runny Nose

      When you consider that the average nose produces up to three quarts of mucus each day to keep your upper respiratory tract lubricated, you have to expect a few extra drips now and then. (And if you have allergies, that three-quart average may turn into six.) Sometimes a stray ounce or two trickles down the back of your throat in the form of postnasal drip. Other times, that mucus contributes to a classic case of runny nose.

      All the blame can't be placed on the mucus-making nasal and sinus cavities, or even on allergies. "Only about half of the people with runny nose are actually allergic," says Hueston C. King, M.D., an otolaryngologist in Venice, Florida, and visiting professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. "Many other people have nonallergic rhinitis, which can be triggered by the wind blowing, a change in temperature, even eating."

      The obvious solution to any kind of runny nose is to blow your nose, which brings immediate relief and helps remove any irritants. But here are some other ways to make a nose stop running.

      Eat Mexican.

      It's been well documented that spicy foods--particularly hot peppers, Tabasco sauce and other foods with capsaicin--help relieve congestion. It may seem like a contradiction, because this hot stuff triggers the same reflex that causes a runny nose.

      So why eat spicy food? "Blasting yourself with hot and spicy food might be a good way to increase the nasal discharge to the point where it will remove whatever is causing it to run. In addition, this same response releases chemicals in the nose that protect you against infection," says Gordon Raphael, M.D., an allergist and former researcher at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland. "It certainly won't hurt you and could be very beneficial."

      Use antihistamines with care.

      "If your runny nose is caused by allergies, then taking an over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamine will help," says Dr. King.

      Another reason to exercise caution: "All over-the-counter antihistamines cause drowsiness to some degree," adds Dr. King. The only "nondrowsy" antihistamines, terfenadine (Seldane) and astemizole (Hismanal), are available only by prescription.

      Soothe with salt water.

      Another effective way to remove allergens causing a runny nose--and to dry out secretions--is to "irrigate" nostrils with a saltwater solution. It may be uncomfortable at first, says Jerold Principato, M.D., clinical professor of otolaryngology in the Department of Surgery at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., but it gets easier with practice.

      Simply dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of table salt in eight ounces of warm water. Draw the water into a nosedropper (aspirator), and with your head tilted back, put the tip of the nosedropper in your nostril. Then breathe in to "suck" the water into your nostril. You may need to do this a few times before you feel relief. When you're finished, blow your nose to remove the watery discharge.

      Nudge out nasal sprays.

      You can also buy nonprescription saline nasal spray or mist at most drugstores. But these products should be used sparingly, because they can have a "rebound effect" and actually worsen the problem.

      "For instance, many people may notice that they get a runny nose when they eat. It's not necessarily the spice but rather the change in temperature of the food that causes a runny nose," says Dr. King. For these situations, according to Dr. King, it's fine to use the nasal spray in advance,just to avoid the awkwardness and discomfort of having a runny nose in a restaurant. "But you should use the nose spray only when you dine out," says Dr. King. "When eating at home, you should just endure it."

  38. QUESTION:
    Quick home remedy for a runny nose?
    So it's the middle of the night, and I can't go out and get some medicine for my nose that will not stop running. I know about all the meds out there - had allergies my whole life - but I'm starting to get a sinus infection, and my nose is on the fritz.

    Anyone know of any home remedies I could try to make it stop running? I've already taken some medicine, but it's not working.

    I look like rudolph :(

    • ANSWER:
      Use a warm salt water solution. One cup of warm water to about a quarter teaspoon salt. Gently sniff it up your nose. My pediatrician told my son to do this. He has allergies, also, and this is easy and inexpensive. It may burn a little, even plain water will burn sensitive mucus membranes.

  39. QUESTION:
    What could these be the symptoms of and what home remedies can reduce these symptoms?
    - itchy throat
    -itchy/irritated face near the nose
    - itchy thighs
    -itchy nose and its stuffy
    - i kind of almost threw up but my stomache did not hurt before hand and the vomit tasted alot like the throat medicine I used.(i pushed the vomit back down)
    - my ears are itching to

    • ANSWER:
      The most visible thing about sinus is swelling. The following works for simple cold, running nose, sore throat and strep throat, when the throat is hurting.

      The easiest way to control swelling is to give up water and all other liquids for 24 hours. In 24 hours there will be no significant dehydration to cause organ failure. But to be double sure one can stay indoors for 24 hours.

      Now if you decided to try it the next problem is that one who is used to drinking water or other liquids feel thirsty quite often. They find it very difficult to manage without water for more than 6 hours. For that follow one of the following routines. The option 1 is better then 2 and 2 is better then 3.

      1). Start drinking 1 glass of water 1 hour before each meal. So in all there will be 3 glasses of water in 24 hours. Give up all other liquids. After 3-4 days this will help u to stay without water for 24 hours or more.

      2). Start drinking 2 glasses of water with 1/2 spoon of salt 1 hour before each meal. (Those with very high blood pressure - may do so at their own risks. But others who do not suffer from very high blood pressure may do so by taking their blood pressure every day). After 4-5 days you can stay without water for 24 hours or more without water and other liquids.

      3). First thing in the morning drink tea (on empty stomach). It should be normal tea not too strong nor too light. One should not take anything with tea. No water or anything before or after tea for atleast 2 hour. Tea on empty stomach leaves a bitter taste in mouth. Resist drinking water or any other liquid for next 3-4 hours. After this the bitter taste will be gone. AFter this there will be no thirst signals. For the next 48 hours there will be enough fluid in your mouth and food pipe. You can eat your normal meals minus any liquids for next 24 hours. This will resolve all health issues including poor digestion.

      In 24 hours the reduction in the fluids will be about 3 litres or about 5% of the total body weight of a normal adult.

      Never the swelling due to sinus or cold and cough is more than 5% of the body volume.

      During this period of 24 hours the lose of water from the body does not reduce even by 1% to offset reduced water intake.

      The reduction in loss of body water thru urine or sweating starts after 48 hours in most of people. But to be on safe side giving up water and liquids for 24 hours will do the trick.

      The reduced swelling will give immediate relief from pain. It will make is much more easier to eliminate the cough thru nose without any pain.

      That will also improve the blood acid levels by about 10%. This makes changes at the cell level as well. Blood acid levels are the first line of defense against the infections.

      So swelling gone, pain gone, cough moving out, infections taken care of. Now what remains in the body for the next change of season time. Obviously nothing.

      So it has already given u long term relief from sinus. But in some cases one may get sinus during next change of season and may have to do this again. The reason is during change of season the body must adjust the water that is stored in the body. Due to some cell level changes the ability of the body to bring those changes is lost. But after 2-3 seasons that ability of the body will be restored and there will be complete relief from sinus.

      You may refer to Kole on yahoo answers. He posted that he got lot of relief. You may check his comment on my best answers of 14.8.2011

      To decide whether the above is right or not, you may comment whether u are in the habit of regularly drinking water and other liquids or out of work or other reasons u remain without water and other liquids for long periods of time. Those who are very regular in drinking water and other liquids are more prone to sinus and related complications. People who are extremely dehydrated are also very likely to face sinus and related complications. Those who are on and off with water are not likely to face this sinus thing.

  40. QUESTION:
    What's the best home remedy for a sinus infection?
    I do NOT want to take antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      Saline nose drops. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Rinse your nose three times a day. Eat fresh pineapple. Take rest.

  41. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of my terrible cold/sinus infection?
    i have a bad cold and i have took sudifed, motrin,benidril,and motrin. any home-made remedies??

    • ANSWER:
      This works, I have had it work every time.
      My husband uses this to keep from getting bronchitis when he gets a sinus infection, and I use it to cure sinus infections. THere are many kinds of bacteria that live in the sinuses, and this gets rid of all the bad ones!.This is the only thing that really helped me --- my Dr. told me about a sinus wash that will kill bacteria.
      you need

      distilled water
      sea salt
      liquid chlorophyll and colloidal silver from the health food store.
      in a glass mix 1/4 cup water with a pinch of salt and heat to body temperature.
      add 5 drops each silver and chlorophyll and mix.
      using a large dropper (like one used for infant medication) drop 2 full droppersfull into one side of the nose while laying down.
      Turn the head and let it drain out the other nostril. Be sure to have paper towels handy. or just use a neti pot, I like this better.
      The silver kills the bacteria and there are several hundred kind that can live in the sinus cavities and anti biotics don't get rid of them all.
      Do this twice a day for a week, mixing up the mixture fresh each time.
      Then do it once a week for maintenance.
      There is nothing in this that will hurt you, and it cured me.
      I do not have to take claritin, or antibiotics anymore.
      best wishes

  42. QUESTION:
    My husband is sick, and I want to know what it could be and how I can help?
    My husband isnt feeling very well. He has a headache, stuffy nose, sinus pressure, body aches and his eyes hurts. Anyone know of home remedies that could help make him feel better or something else that could help him.
    Category
    Health > General Health Care > Other - General Health Care

    • ANSWER:
      A nasal flush, then to bed with an ibuprofen or whatever pain reliever helps him.

      For the nasal flush mix 8 oz of slightly warm water with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp baking soda. I use a baby nasal aspirator (but a neti pot works great too) to gently flush it in one nostril, alternating nostrils, while the water goes into the sinuses then comes out the other nostril. It's kind of uncomfortable if he's really sick, but 3x a day and if he doesn't already have a sinus infection, he should be back to normal in 1-2 days. If he's already got a sinus infection (green or orange stuff coming out of nose) then he'll require an antibiotic. But the nasal flush will help, so do that too.

      You could also make him some vegetable broth with a ton of organic spinach boiled in it then strained out. That has a zillion minerals and will help him fight the infection.

  43. QUESTION:
    Natural remeides for sinusitis and common cold?
    i want to know any natural remedies to cure my cold like kinds of fruits, vegies, i heard something about gatorade becuase of its electrolytes, i was also wondering what other drinks contain electrolytes, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      HOME REMEDIES FOR COMMON COLD
      ·Vitamins are most helpful in fighting against the cold as well as other diseases. Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is helpful in preventing the colds and it can be found in many foods such as citrus fruits, some vegetables.
      ·Zinc is also helpful for cold that can cut colds short. When you first feel that you may be getting a cold, start taking zinc
      ·Garlic, as well as onion, is sometimes taken for the relief of congestion and minor infections.
      ·Horseradish is another herb that has an excellent property to treat sore throat and upper respiratory tract infections, reduces fever, and expels concentrations of mucus.
      ·Another effective remedy for sore throat is to gargle with a strong solution of table salt and warm water. Gargle several times a day.
      ·Echinacea is an herb that acts as nature's antibiotic. It helps to increase the body's immunity and thus helps in fighting against the infection and illness.
      ·Goldenseal is another herb that acts as a natural antibiotic, and can be taken to help fight against the cold.
      ·Add 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to about 5 ml lukewarm water. Use this solution as a nasal drop. Use 1 to 2 drops in each nostril about 3 to 4 times daily.
      ·A ginger tea can be prepared by boiling ginger in normal tea. It gives relief to congested nose.
      ·Drink a teaspoonful of ginger juice mixed with equal quantity of honey.
      ·Take hot water in a bowl and put some Thyme leaves. Inhale vapors by covering head with a towel.
      ·Add 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 shot of lemon juice, 1 shot of whiskey to a coffee cup. Fill the remainder of the coffee cup with steaming hot water, stir, and sip until cold is relieved.
      ·Make hot chicken soup with lots of garlic. Have when hot. It will help unclog nasal passage.
      ·Warm ¼ katori mustard; add 4-5 cloves of chopped garlic. Apply this on nose, chest and back. Cover up and sleep.
      ·Boil half a bowl of water, add few drops of eucalyptus oil and inhale the steam.
      ·Sage is used to cure sore throat, stuffed nose, gingivitis and coughs, is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Use as a gargle.
      ·Warm up coconut oil. Gently massage the coconut oil over the child’s chest for about 5 minutes. Repeat the same on the upper portion of the back. The massage should be given just before child goes to sleep.
      ·Avoid sugar (even natural sources) as it can impair immune function. Orange juice contains a much higher level of sugar than vitamin C. Therefore consuming lots of orange juice during a cold may do more harm than good.
      ·Chilies, especially Jalapeno, are the best, most available and most effective antiviral.
      ·Elderberry has been used for centuries to treat colds and flu. Recent research indicates that elderberry fruit extract may de-activate cold and flu viruses by preventing them from replicating.
      ·A diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, low saturated fats and whole cereals will provide protection against infective organism. Raw fruits and vegetables are better than the cooked one.
      ·Take 1 tbsp of fresh gooseberry juice with 1/2 tsp ginger. It is a very effective remedy. This can be taken regularly to prevent recurrence of cold.
      ·A tablespoon of ajwain crushed in the palms and tied up in a thin kerchief can be used for inhalation to relieve nasal block.
      ·Boil 1 tbsp of pepper powder in a cup of milk along with a pinch of turmeric. Add some sugar for taste. Drink this once a day for three days.

      HOME REMEDIES FOR SINUS INFECTION
      ·Inhale steam 2-4 times per day by leaning over a bowl of boiling hot water or using a steam vaporizer with a towel over the head and bowl to prevent the escape of the steam.
      ·Get plenty of rest. Do not lie down it will make your sinuses feel more stopped-up, so try lying on the side that lets you breathe the best.
      ·Sleeping with your head elevated will encourage drainage during the night.
      ·Eliminate sugar from your diet.
      ·The juice of garlic has on the entire system as it helps dissolve an accumulation of mucus in the sinus cavities, bronchial tubes and the lungs.
      ·Prepare a mixture by adding one eyedropper of 3% hydrogen peroxide, one pinch salt, one pinch baking soda, and purified water. Shake well. Put a little in each nostril and keep in there awhile, making faces to move it around, move head, etc. to move it around.
      ·Always avoid dairy products when you have any sinus congestion of any kind.
      ·Prepare a mixture of these herbs, fennel seeds, flaxseeds and fenugreek seeds. Allow it to steep for a few minutes, stir and drink copious amounts.
      ·Put a little salt in the palm of your hand, mix with warm water, plug one nostril and sniff the water & salt solution up. Repeat for the other nostril.
      ·Gargle with salt water and flush your nose/sinuses out with salt water.
      ·Chop up two or three cloves of garlic. Put in small cup and cover with about 40 drops of water, let it stand (10-15) min's so the water can absorb the oils from the garlic. Put 20 drops in each nostril.
      ·Take large doses of vitamin C to cure sinusitis.
      ·Make a solution by adding colloidal silver, diluted tea tree and eucalyptus oil and apply to sinus area.
      ·Avoid taking too much fruit juice. Avoid completely milk and dairy products.
      ·Applying a hot or a cold compress over the inflamed area would also provide relief.
      ·A decoction of mustard seed powder and water, instilled in the nostrils gives relief.
      ·Drinking a lot of water and other fluids would also help.
      ·Keeping a towel, hat or warm scarf over forehead, cheeks as you sleep can really help.
      ·Using a humidifier in the room where you sleep is an excellent way to prevent and treat a sinus infection.
      ·Persons suffering from sinusitis should avoid swimming in swimming pools treated with chlorine, since it irritates the lining of the nose and sinuses.

  44. QUESTION:
    any ideas on home remedies for sinus congestion?
    I suffer from really bad allergies. Now I have a cold on top of that. My sinuses are really messed up, to the point of being swollen. I have tried over the counter mucus relief tablets but they are not doing much. I think I'm bordering on the lines of an infection! HELP!
    Maybe I should have said over the counter solutions.

    • ANSWER:
      The only things that really helped me was when my Dr. told me about a sinus wash that will kill bacteria.
      you need

      distilled water
      sea salt
      liquid chlorophyll and colloidal silver from the health food store.
      in a glass mix 1/4 cup water with a pinch of salt and heat to body temperature.
      add 5 drops each silver and chlorophyll and mix.
      using a large dropper (like one used for infant medication) drop 2 full droppersfull into one side of the nose while laying down.
      Turn the head and let it drain out the other nostril. Be sure to have paper towels handy.
      The silver kills the bacteria and there are several hundred kind that can live in the sinus cavities and anti biotics don't get rid of them all.
      Do this twice a day for a week, mixing up the mixture fresh each time.
      Then do it once a week for maintenance.
      There is nothing in this that will hurt you, and it cured me.
      I do not have to take claritin, or antibiotics anymore.
      best wishes

  45. QUESTION:
    I constantly keep hacking up flem. I what can I do to get rid of my sinuses?
    I have post nasal drip. I use Flonase, but it doesn't seem to help. I had some pills from the doctor, but no results. This flem makes it hard for me to talk and sing. Can anything be done to get rid of this?

    • ANSWER:
      HOME REMEDIES FOR SINUS INFECTION

      * Inhale steam 2-4 times per day by leaning over a bowl of boiling hot water or using a steam vaporizer with a towel over the head and bowl to prevent the escape of the steam.
      * Get plenty of rest. Do not lie down it will make your sinuses feel more stopped-up, so try lying on the side that lets you breathe the best.
      * Sleeping with your head elevated will encourage drainage during the night.
      * Eliminate sugar from your diet.
      * The juice of garlic has on the entire system as it helps dissolve an accumulation of mucus in the sinus cavities, bronchial tubes and the lungs.
      * Prepare a mixture by adding one eyedropper of 3% hydrogen peroxide, one pinch salt, one pinch baking soda, and purified water. Shake well. Put a little in each nostril and keep in there awhile, making faces to move it around, move head, etc. to move it around.
      * Always avoid dairy products when you have any sinus congestion of any kind.
      * Prepare a mixture of these herbs, fennel seeds, flaxseeds and fenugreek seeds. Allow it to steep for a few minutes, stir and drink copious amounts.
      * Put a little salt in the palm of your hand, mix with warm water, plug one nostril and sniff the water & salt solution up. Repeat for the other nostril.
      * Gargle with salt water and flush your nose/sinuses out with salt water.
      * Chop up two or three cloves of garlic. Put in small cup and cover with about 40 drops of water, let it stand (10-15) min's so the water can absorb the oils from the garlic. Put 20 drops in each nostril.
      * Take large doses of vitamin C to cure sinusitis.
      * Make a solution by adding colloidal silver, diluted tea tree and eucalyptus oil and apply to sinus area.
      * Avoid taking too much fruit juice. Avoid completely milk and dairy products.
      * Applying a hot or a cold compress over the inflamed area would also provide relief.
      * A decoction of mustard seed powder and water, instilled in the nostrils gives relief.
      * Drinking a lot of water and other fluids would also help.
      * Keeping a towel, hat or warm scarf over forehead, cheeks as you sleep can really help.
      * Using a humidifier in the room where you sleep is an excellent way to prevent and treat a sinus infection.
      * Persons suffering from sinusitis should avoid swimming in swimming pools treated with chlorine, since it irritates the lining of the nose and sinuses.

  46. QUESTION:
    i developed a very bad cold that cropped up on me on saturday.?
    dayquil and niquil i bought at cvs. not feeling great improvement yet. any home remedies i can try for these symptoms: stuffed up nose, sneezing, sore throat and ears, burning throat, coughing, and intense head pain like my head and eyes feel like the whole world is sitting inside. i don't have money for a doctor's visit yet. my chest hurts too. hot tea is soothing my throat somewhat, but not for very long. any ideas for me?

    • ANSWER:
      are you sure it's a cold & not a sinus infection or bad allergies. Colds are treated differently than a cold. I learned that 34 years ago with my first sinus infection. The burning throat is caused by sinus drainage sticking on your throat. If you can get plain water or mild salt water snorted up your nose, it will help unclog that & it will bathe down your throat & loosen up that stuck on drainiage. A super easy way to do it is just get in a hot shower, sniff up the drops of water on your finder tips, one nostril at a time. in about 30 minutes it should show some improvement. Do it often during the day. I've been doing that for years & it works with plain water and is less trouble than salt water. Take some advil, tylenol or whatever you normally take for a headache & if you are running a fever at all, you will most likely have a sinus infection. Antibiotics will fix that, but if you DO have a fever, don't bundle up. It makes it worse...remember, you've had kids. You are supposed to cool off a fever to bring it down. Drink tons of water. It helps thin out the mucous & will help you wash that gunk out of your system. I haven't had a cold in 34 years, so I may not be a doctor, but I've been dealing with bad allergies & sinus infections long enough to believe I'm not giving you a load of crap to read! Love you, get better!

  47. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my throat? Anyone experience this before?
    Hey guys,

    I recently had a sinus lift surgery along with 4 implants (6 days ago). Since the surgery I have had extreme pain in my throat, which I heard is common after surgery from the endotracheal intubation. However, this pain has gotten worse, and almost unbearable.I was given antibiotics following the surgery to prevent infection, and everything appears to be healing nicely, but my uvula is now my biggest concern. It looks severely swollen,infected (dark red and white specs) and is becoming a problem for me to breathe and eat. I went to the doctor 3 days ago, and he reassured me it was just an infection, and that the antibiotics will soon take effect. This is NOT the case. I am still having this pain, and the doctor seems to not want to prescribe me anything else. Has anyone ever experienced this sort of pain and discomfort before? Any remedies out there? I was advised to gargle with salt water, which I have been doing, but still nothing. I've had endotracheal tube pain before, but this is like no other. I really can't afford to miss anymore work. Any tips/home remedies would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Why do I always have a stuffed up nose?
    My nose is always stuffed up and I get frequent ear infections due to mucus build up behind the ear drum. What is the cause of this, and how can I fix it? I've gone for allergy tests and they told me I'm not allergic to anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Dylan, Friend Stuffed Nose is so irritating Stuffy nose is a result ‎of many things, including allergies or illness. Mucus buildup in the ‎nasal cavity can cut off airflow through the nose entirely, and ‎sometimes it can cause unpleasant pressure on UR sinuses that can ‎be distracting or create headaches. Clearing Ur nose. Take bromelain ‎either as a supplement or through pineapple, where the enzyme is ‎abundant. Bromelain breaks down mucus &fights infections in UR ‎body while relieving the symptoms of a clogged nasal cavity. Taking ‎about 1,500mg of bromelain, daily 2 relieve sinus problems. Take 3, ‎‎1g doses of vitamin C daily 2 strengthen UR immune system & ‎minimize allergic reactions. Both of these can contribute 2 mucus ‎blockages & clogged sinuses. Use zinc supplements boosting UR ‎immune system. Zinc can also interact with Ur body's chemicals 2 ‎aids the reduction of pain & inflammation. Taking 15mg zinc ‎supplements 3X daily. Use a lukewarm saltwater mixture 2 improves ‎UR clogged nose's condition. Mix 1/2 tsp. salt into 4 oz. warm water, ‎then hold a small amount of water in UR hand & inhale a small ‎amount of the fluid 2 help break up the mucus blockage & clear ‎sinuses. Using as needed up to 3X each HR. Use a lukewarm ‎saltwater mixture 2 improve UR clogged nose's condition. Mix 1/2 ‎tsp. salt into 4 oz. warm water, then hold a small amount of water in ‎UR hand & inhale a small amount of the fluid 2 help break up the ‎mucus. using this as needed up 2 3X each hr. Apply hot compress ‎‎2UR nose & forehead 2 warm the sinus cavity & encourage the flow ‎of mucus. Hold against UR nose until the pain subsides. Try over-‎the-counter medications 2 relieve UR sinus problems with natural ‎remedies fail U. Antihistamines as Claritin & Zyrtec can calm the ‎effects of UR allergies & can alleviate the pressure & blockage in UR ‎nose. Decongestants R used 2 treat-clogged noses related to colds & ‎the flu. They work in a similar way 2 antihistamines by relieving the ‎symptoms. Corticosteroids R powerful decongestants delivered 2 the ‎sinus through a nasal spray. It contains a steroid 2 boost the strength ‎of the drug's decongesting power. All R over-the-counter & ‎prescription medicine dosages. 4UR, Middle ear infection can be is ‎triggered by bacteria, virus or fungi. Chronic in adults. The main ‎components of the hearing mechanism of the ear consists of ear ‎drum, hearing nerve and Eustachian tube, a narrow tube that lies in ‎between the ear &back of the nasal passage. Middle ear infections ‎occur when there is an inflammation in this Eustachian tube. Such ‎inflammations occur when mucus that causes nasal congestion ‎during an upper respiratory infection, sinus infection, tonsillitis, ‎rhinitis or allergies get accumulated inside the Eustachian tube. The ‎harmful germs that cause infection in the nasal passage then start ‎multiplying in numbers inside the ear. Signs and symptoms of ‎infection in the middle ear are, Ear pain along with fever R the most ‎obvious signs of ear infection. The intensity of the pain may vary ‎from dull pain 2 severe stabbing pain in ear. Tinnitus’s that can B ‎described as a ringing sensation is often felt in the ear. U can get a ‎heavy feeling inside the ear due 2 accumulation of pus & mucus ‎behind the eardrum. If the infection is left untreated, it can cause ‎damage 2 the eardrum that may affect UR hearing ability. ‎Antibiotics, ear drops & pain relieving medicines. SOME HOME ‎REMEDIES 4 middle ear infection R: 1, Dip a clean washcloth in hot ‎water & wring out the extra water from it. Place it over the ear 4 a ‎soothing relief. U can pour some hot water in a bottle, wrap it up ‎with the towel, & hold it on the painful site. OR 2, ear-drop 4 ear infection ‎pain relief. Take some olive oil in a small bowl & heat it in ‎microwave till it becomes warm. B4 applying the oil in the ear, make ‎sure it is not 2 hot as it can cause burns. Put 2 drops of the warm ‎olive oil in2 the ear using an ear dropper. OR 3, garlic juice as its natural ‎antibiotic properties can fight off the infection really well. Crush 1 or ‎‎2 garlic cloves 2 extract fresh juice from it. Take the juice in a dropper ‎& put it in2 the ear. As it starts healing up the infection, U will notice ‎that the pain decreases OR 4, Crush an onion 2 obtain its fresh juice. ‎Heats the juice slightly 2 make it lukewarm. Now, put 2-3 drops of ‎this warm juice in2 the ear. OR 5, Heat one cup of salt in microwave for ‎‎2-3 minutes. Then put it into a small cotton bag &place it near the ‎infected ear. It will bring down the pressure inside the ear by ‎facilitating draining out of the liquid buildup. It should be repeated ‎several times in a day 4best results.‎

  49. QUESTION:
    What home remedies are good for a sinus infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Get all steamed up. "Humidity is the key to keeping the cilia working, the mucus flowing, and the sinuses drained," says Stanley N. Farb, M.D., chief of otolaryngology at Montgomery and Sacred Heart hospitals in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Twice a day, stand in a shower hot enough to fog up the mirror. Or lean over a pan full of steaming water with a towel draped over your head, creating a steam tent. Inhale the vapors as they waft up toward your nostrils.

      Get a snootful at work. If stuffiness hits during the day when you're at work or on the run, get a cup of hot coffee, tea, or soup, cup your hands over the top of the mug, and sniff, suggests Howard M. Druce, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine and director of the Nasal and Paranasal Sinus Physiology Lab at St. Louis University of Medicine. It won't work as well as a steam bath, but it will provide some relief.

      Humidify your home. Running a cold-mist machine in your bedroom will keep your nasal and sinus passages from drying out, says Bruce Jafek, M.D., a professor and chairman of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. Just make sure you clean it once a week so fungus can't set up shop.

      Bathe your nostrils daily. To flush out stale nasal secretions, Dr. Jafek suggests using a commercial saline product or mixing 1 teaspoon of table salt with 2 cups of warm water and a pinch of baking soda. Pour it into a shot glass, tilt your head back, close one nostril with your thumb, and sniff the solution with the open nostril. Then blow your nose gently. Repeat on the other side.

      Drink to your heart's content. Drinking extra liquids—both hot and cold—throughout the day, Dr. Farb says, thins out the mucus and keeps it flowing. Sipping hot teas made with herbs such as fenugreek, fennel, anise, or sage may help move mucus even more.

      Blow one nostril at a time. This will help prevent pressure buildup in the ears, which can send bacteria further back into the sinus passages, Dr. Farb says.

      Forget your manners. Go ahead and sniffle. It turns out, says Dr. Farb, that sniffling is also a good way to drain the sinuses and escort stale secretions down the throat.

      Unstuff yourself with decongestant tablets. The best over-the-counter medication to dry up sinuses is single-action tablets that contain only decongestants, such as Sudafed, says Dr. Farb. Decongestants constrict the blood vessels, put air through the nose, and alleviate pressure. You should avoid products containing antihistamines if you are stuffed up from an infection, says Dr. Farb. "They work by drying nasal secretions and may plug you up more."

      Use nasal sprays sparingly. Nose drops are fine to use in a pinch, but frequent use could actually prolong the condition or even make it worse, warns Terence M. Davidson, M.D., an assistant professor of head and neck surgery and director of the Nasal Dysfunction Clinic at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego. It's what the specialists call the rebound effect.

      "What happens is that, initially, the sprays shrink your nasal linings," explains Dr. Davidson. "But then the mucosa reacts by swelling even more than before, creating a vicious cycle of use. It can take weeks for the swelling to finally subside after you stop using the sprays."

      Walk to clear your head. Exercise, says Dr. Farb, may bring blessed relief because it releases adrenaline, which constricts the blood vessels, thereby possibly reducing swelling in the sinuses.

      Press here for pain relief. Rubbing your sore sinuses brings a fresh blood supply to the area and soothing relief, suggests Dr. Jafek. Press your thumbs firmly on both sides of your nose and hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat.

      Wash your pain away. Applying moist heat over tender sinuses, Dr. Druce says, is an easy way to wash away sinus pain. Apply a warm washcloth over your eyes and cheekbones and leave it there until you feel the pain subside. It may take only a few minutes.

  50. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any home remedies to relieve sinus pressure?
    My head hurts sooo badly.

    • ANSWER:
      Steam is good. You can add osha root to the steam, as well as chewing on the root. Osha is a powerful herb.

      Taking garlic can address sinus infections very effectively. At the first sign of pressure take a tablet or two, or if you're die hard chew a clove or two. If you have a sinus infection keep taking the garlic three times a day until you feel better. Grape fruit seed extract is another natural antibiotic and antifungal that works well.

      There's also a product called the neti pot. It's used to gently irrigate and cleanse your nasal passages with a weak salt (saline) solution. My daughter suffers from sinus infections and headaches and this is an amazing product. It takes a little practice to use, but her problems have dropped from once a week in the cold season to rarely. There are videos on youtube demonstrating how to use it (a little gross, but might be helpful). NEVER NEVER use lite salt though... for some reason potassium chloride is intensely painful :).

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