It’s that time of year that we need to know how to soothe a sinus infection, right? I know there is a lot of Influenza, coughs, bronchitis and the dreaded sinus infections going around our neighborhoods right now.
I am not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field, just so you know that upfront. Obviously, if your gut tells you that you should go to the doctor or your child needs to go to the doctor, just do it.
I am sharing my tips today to soothe a sinus infection. I used to have sinus infections for years and I have only learned the last ten years what I can do to try and ward off the infection.
You know how they start, you have that scratchy throat and post nasal drip down the back of your throat. You have a headache or pressure where your eyebrows are, or you may have pain on your facial cheekbones.
After a few days, you may even get a fever. The fever shows your body is trying to fight the infection. If you are sick more than a week more than likely the cold, sneezing, cough or allergies may be a bacterial infection.
If you have tried the over the counter items or certain natural remedies and the pain and fever are getting worse your gut is probably telling you to go to the doctor.
Complications from sinus infections are meningitis and cellulitis, to name just a few, but they can become quite serious if not treated. I’m not trying to scare you, but sometimes we have to ward off the infection before it gets that bad.
Sinus Infection Tips:
- Stay hydrated, water is key to our bodies staying healthy. When I was very young I had bad migraines, or at least, that’s what the doctor said. Looking back I bet I had sinus infections all the time. I lived in a very hot humid climate and you needed to drink more water than other areas of the country because of the heat and dry humidity. If you think about it, when you wake up in the morning your body needs water because it has not had any water in most cases for eight hours. WebMD Water How Much Water
- Eat fruits and vegetables, in other words, eat healthy meals.
- I like to place a warm compress on my closed eyes to help loosen the drainage in my sinuses, (my grandkids love this when they have a headache or sinus issues).
- Get a Neti-pot. If you use one of these when you first feel the allergy or post nasal drip, these really do work, I promise. Please use good water in them because you may have heard someone got sick using poor quality water in one. Well, I have used one for over 8 years and I swear by these Neti-pots. Just be smart when filling them with clean water. SinuCleanse Nasal Wash System, Plastic Neti Pot With Salt Packets
- If you can beef up your immune system that is very important. If I have been around someone who is sick, or I am heading to a group gathering I always take some silver from My Doctor Suggests Co: My Doctor Suggests I prefer the 30 ppm solution. Now I must say, I have to be really careful here because the FDA has actually shut down some bloggers websites because they said certain things cure some illnesses. I am not saying that. This works for me and I have been using 10ppm silver for years. I now use 30ppm and this product is far superior to any I have used. My entire family uses this product, my husband, my daughters, and grandchildren, too. You will not turn blue unless of course, you make your own concoction incorrectly yourself. Please read this article about silver Silver Health Institute. Please educate yourself on silver, at least, this kind of silver. If we have no access to doctors, nurses, and general medical care we will need some other healthcare options after a disaster. I highly recommend Dr. Gordon Pedersens book: A New Fighting Chance: Silver Solution: A Quantum Leap In Silver Technology: How molecular structuring safely destroys bacteria, viruses, and yeast. Please note I do not take this product daily, I only take it when my health may be compromised.
- These are my favorite lozenges in the world: Organic Silver Lozenges – Soothing Honey with Lemon: The Perfect Cough Drop for Cough, Throat & Mouth Health or Even Daily Supplementation and Immune Support – Contains 30ppm Silver Solution in Each Drop – My Doctor Suggests Brand
- Use a cool humidifier to let some moisture in the room where you are to help keep your sinuses moist and open. I actually went back to a cheap warm vaporizer from Walmart for about $15.00. I use it every night, 365 days of the year. This is what it looks like: Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light
- I always store Vicks VapoRub for my feet if I have a cough. You coat your feet with a lot of Vicks VapoRub and put socks on and you will sleep a lot better.
- Chicken soup really does work, it loosens the phlegm in our throats. Add some garlic to that chicken soup with lots of onions and you are set!
- I’m big on essential oils to soothe my sinus infections.
- Wash your sheets and replace those pillows if you need too! Bacteria are hiding in them.
- Replace your toothbrushes, they are filled with bacteria after you have had the flu or sinus infection.
- Wash your hands a lot, and I mean a lot.
- Don’t touch your nose and then spread the germs by shaking hands. Again, wash your hands often when sick.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue if you sneeze, discard it and wash your hands.
- Stay away from crowds if Influenza is going around.
- Exercise helps build up your immunity.
- Pure raw honey soothes your throat for sure (not for small children, but you know that).
- You may want to invest in some disposable face masks to stop spreading the germs in your home. Discard after using. 3M 1860S N95 Health Care Respirators 2-Pack (2 Small, Child Size Masks) 3M 1860 N95 RESPIRATOR AND SURGICAL MASK Box of 20
- Stock some Clorox wipes for those doorknobs, light switches, and phones. I can’t even think of the bacteria that are on those items!
- Open the windows to let the germs out and let some fresh air inside your home.
Let me know your sinus or cold tips and I will add them to my list. Remember to listen to your head, your heart, and your gut because they will tell you what you need to do. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected.
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