Discover The Causes, Symptoms And Natural Remedies For Sinus Infection

Sinusitis or sinus infection is the condition when the tissue lining of sinuses gets inflamed, swollen and infected. Normally, Sinus is caused by certain infection or allergy and it lasts for 1-2 week. But it starts to become a matter of serious concern after a couple of weeks when It becomes too difficult to function normally because of uncomfortable breathing, Speaking, eating, and sleeping.

We have several sinuses above and below eyes and behind the nose. When we get infected, any of these sinuses can get swollen, inflamed & starts hurting. There are two types of sinuses: Acute and chronic. In acute sinus, infection lasts up to 4 weeks and in chronic, it can take months and years. Sometimes, in the chronic sinus, the infection can be several times in a year depending upon the cause of sinus.

So let's discuss the causes of sinus:

  1. Infection: Infection can be caused by virus, bacteria or fungi.

  2. Hay Fever: This is most common in allergy-prone areas. It can be caused by pollens, pets, mites etc.

  3. Nasal Polyps: These are small growth inside nasal cavity caused by inflammation inside the cavity due to common cold or allergies.

  4. Medical Condition:  Certain Immune system related diseases can cause nasal blockage and leads to sinus.

  5. Deviated Septum: It is the condition when the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity is off center or displaced. It can be from birth or can happen after an injury.

  6. Asthma

  7. Common Cold

How do you know that if it is cold or sinusitis? In cold, first 3-4 days are severe infection with fever, nose blockage and throat infection then it starts to get better and within a week or so you should be out of it. But in the Sinus infection, the fever and infection take more than a week with severe headaches.

let's discuss some more clear symptoms of sinus infection

  1. Pain in The Sinuses

  2. Nasal Discharge: You will experience the need of blowing nose more than normal with thick cloudy green or yellow discharge.

  3. Headache

  4. Throat Irritation

  5. Cough

  6. A Sore Throat & Hoarse Voice

  7. Bad Breath

  8. Decreased Sense of Smell

  9. Dental or Jaw Pain

  10. Fatigue

  11. Earache

  12. Hair Fall

Now, you know the symptoms and causes of sinus infection let's discuss some cure. There are many treatments or medication over the counter that you can try or if your infection is chronic, you may want to see your doctor. And if you want to try some natural remedies which are very safe without any side effects before going to see your doctor then here's the list of some of the natural remedies:


  1. Drink Water: Drink at least 8 glasses of water. More water you drink, more it will help in clearing your blockages and nasal passage.

  2. Drink Hot Tea: Drink 3-4 cups of tea. Hot tea will help in opening your nasal blockage. Make your tea delicious with some spices like ginger, cloves, mint, cardamom and a pinch of black pepper. These spices will help you with any inflammation and pain.

  3. Inhale Steam: Steam is very old and powerful technique for any nasal infection. Boil water in a deep container, add 1-2 Tsp. Vicks vaporub in it and take the steam by covering yourself with a thick sheet or towel. Make sure the fan is off or you are not getting any direct air from anywhere.

  4. Hot Shower: It will help relax your body and open your sinuses.

  5. Mustard Oil: Dip your finger in mustard oil and massage inside your nose or put 1-2 drops of oil in each nostril. It will give burning sensation inside the nose but it will help you in opening your nose and in better breathing.

  6. Raw Onion: Eat onion in salad, it will help in nose blockage.

  7. Spicy Soup: If you are spicy eater then make some delicious spicy tomato soup for you. It will help in opening any sinus blockage. Put garlic, ginger, red chili, salt and lemon juice in your soup. The tangy and spicy taste will turn on your taste buds and also open your nasal blockage.

  8. Apple Cider Vinegar: Put 2-3 Tsp. of apple cider vinegar in a warm glass of water, it will help with any inflammation inside the nasal passage.

  9. Ginger Juice: Mix 1tsp. ginger juice, 1 tsp. lemon juice, honey, and a pinch of black pepper. Take this 3-4 times a day, it will help with sore throat and cough.

  10. Neti Pot: If you get sinus infection very often, then you should start doing salt water rinse with a neti pot. It will help in getting rid of unwanted mucus and infection.

Try these natural remedies regularly even if you are taking medication for your infection. It will help in curing the infection in the longer term.

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