Friday, August 1, 2008

Sinusitis Treatments - Home Treatment Methods

By Paul Tamens

To treat sinusitis there are many options based on home treatment strategies that you can use to cure the illness. While each treatment varies in terms of its effectiveness, there?s nothing wrong with trying them to see which ones are most effective for you if any.

Over the counter methods is one strategy that you can use for sinusitis treatments. If you are looking for comfort from aches and pains, one option that you can take is to take a pain reliever like Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin and Aleve. If you are looking for comfort from being congested, you can look at a decongestive like Sudafed or Afrin. If you are having a runny nose, you can take Benadryl or Dimetapp to treat that.

The air you breathe at home also plays a role in the treatment of sinusitis. If you are a smoker you should avoid smoking and if you live with smokers you should avoid 2nd hand smoke. If your sinusitis is as a result of an allergic reaction to pollen, you should avoid breathing in pollen. It also helps to breathe moist air at home by either using a humidifier or leaving the hot shower running.

Your diet also plays a role as sinusitis treatments. Alcohol actually makes the sinusitis swell up even further and compounds the sinusitis condition. Therefore it should be avoided while you are still experiencing symptoms. You also need to drink plenty of liquids. Otherwise, you run the risk of experiencing dehydration.

One remedy that you can use to gain relief from the symptoms of sinusitis is to use nose drops and a hot water towel. Nose drops are designed to clear out the nasal passages and make it easier for you to breathe. As such you are able to gain fast relief of your symptoms. Taking a hot wet towel and wetting it and put it on your face several times a day.

Spending some time getting some exercise also helps to treat sinusitis symptoms. Rest isn?t necessary going to help relieve symptoms simply because the symptoms are being caused by an allergy trigger, not by bacteria or viruses. Instead a better approach is to get plenty of exercise. You can try walking outside if you live in an area with fresh air, little pollution and no pollen. If your area is not suitable for this you can do aerobics. This type of exercise can be done inside so you can avoid breathing in the bad air.

By applying these home treatments, sinusitis should clear up on its own after several days. However, if you find that you are still suffering from symptoms after a few days or if you begin to develop new symptoms, you should seek the attention of a medical professional. Your doctor will be able to prescribe for you a stronger and more effective treatment. In addition, your doctor will be able to diagnose for you whether you are suffering from something else other than sinusitis. The last thing you want to do is to be experiencing a more serious illness and put off seeking medical intervention.

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