How to clear a sinus infection
Sinus infections are painful and debilitating. Sinus infections can cause headaches known as migraines, but most importantly, a sinus infection can be dangerous if left untreated due to the close proximity to brain, ear canal and throat. Fortunately there are a variety of remedies available to restore sinus health and preventing recurrences. The treatments range from easy home remedies to medical solutions.
— A saline spray to keep the sinuses moist is helpful to keep infections at bay.
— A Nettie Pot used with non-iodized salt to rinse the sinuses twice a day kills bacteria and keeps the sinuses clear and eliminates obstructions that house harmful bacteria.
— Reduce dust mites and allergens in the home by all means necessary. Replace carpeting with wood flooring, wash walls with a wet microfiber towel, replace furnace/air conditioning filters, vacuum upholstery weekly.
— Reduce pressure pain by avoiding air travel when having a cold.
— Use nasal strips to aid in breathing while sleeping.
— Open windows during the winter to allow an exchange of air flaw. Stale air can be saturated with allergens and bacteria.
Medical Prevention and Treatment
— A specialist in ear, nose and throat (ENT) can determine if the septum is deviated and needs to be corrected surgically to allow proper breathing.
— A chronic condition requires antibiotics that can only be prescribed by a physician.
— Other types of surgical intervention can, and should, be discussed with a professional for recurrent sinus infections.
Connecting the dots
The following areas are closely connected and can allow bacteria to travel freely from one area to another. Sinus infections can be curtailed by doing the following:
— Keep ears clean
— Keep nose and sinuses clean
— Keep oral hygiene at optimum levels.
— Gargle with mouth wash to kill bacteria past in the tongue and beyond.
— Wash hands often and avoid rubbing eyes.
— Have gums and teeth professionally cleaned, follow a maintenance regime at home.
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