I think you will agree that having a sinus infection is HORRIBLE. That said, rushing to your doctor isn’t always the best solution to the problem. It’s why I just had to share my 5 best home remedies for sinus infection. I am a frequent sufferer of acute sinus infections, so it is my mission to find ways to battle those dreaded sinus infection.
Some of these sinus infection home remedies may even surprise you!
Home Remedies for Sinus Infection
As I mentioned above, I don’t believe you should always race to a physician when you feel symptoms of a sinus infection.
Antibiotics are being grossly over prescribed these days. This can lead to antibiotic resistance and the rise of superbugs. Sometimes best to wait and see, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do combat against your sinus infection at home. My home remedies for sinus infection will help you feel better, faster.
I’ve been a big fan of nasal irrigation for years.
Flushing a saline solution through the nasal passages can help wash out mucous and allergens. It’s also a great home remedy for sinusitis because it can help soothe the sinuses and relieve pressure.
You will want to purchase a Neti pot for flushing your sinuses. The product will come with detailed instructions including what kind of solution to use in your Neti pot, how to hold your head, and what kind of symptom relief you can expect.
You might feel a little silly letting water pour out your nostril, but honestly, who cares? It’s all about finding relief when it comes to painful sinus infections, and flushing your sinuses with a Neti pot is one of the best home remedies for sinus infection that I’ve found yet. It’s really a lifesaver.
Apple Cider Vinegar Sinus Flush: I typically stick with a saline flush when using my Neti pot, but, you can also add 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar to the solution to increase the antibacterial and healing benefits.
Just a side note, I actually use the Neti pot to prevent my chronic sinus infections. Even when I’m not suffering with an acute sinus infection, I use my Neti pot about once a week (more during spring allergy season) to keep my sinuses clear and feeling comfortable.
Steam Inhalation for Sinuses
If you’ve ever wondered if steam is good for sinus infections, the answer is an overwhelming yes! This is one of my favorite home remedies for sinus infection and one that I turn to again and again.
When you inhale steam through your nose, it moisturizes dry nasal passages and soothes the inflammation. While I recommend running a cool mist humidifier in your home to keep the air comfortable for breathing, I’ve found that warm, moist air is best for treating my acute sinus infections.
When I’m experiencing severe pain and pressure due to a sinus infection, I like to boil a pan of water and carefully inhale the steam. Sometimes I even put a towel over my head to trap as much steam as possible near my face.
Note, you’ll want to be extremely careful when using this method. You don’t want to burn yourself. If you want something portable and a bit easier to use that will deliver all the hot steam benefits, check out this really clever personal steam inhaler.
Essential oils can also be quite powerful against the symptoms of sinus infection. You can use an essential oil diffuser to reap the benefits of essential oils for sinus infection. The best essential oils for sinus headache include: tea tree oil,
eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and oregano oil.
Taking hot showers is also a great method for easing sinus pain and pressure. Again, be sensible when setting the water temperature.
A hot, steamy shower will do wonders to loosen-up mucous in your nose. Be sure to blow your nose thoroughly after the shower to maximize the clearing benefits of the shower. This is a really basic home remedy for sinus infections, but it does the trick.
Bromelain for Sinus Congestion
Bromelain is an enzyme found in some fruit that is thought to reduce swelling in the nasal passages. It’s found in the stem of pineapples, but from my research it appears that you’re not likely to get enough of the enzyme by eating fruit to impact your symptoms. I’d suggest picking up a supplement containing bromelain.
Along with reducing inflammation, bromelain may also decrease mucus production. When it comes to trying home remedies for sinus infection, I’m always open to giving the latest treatments a whirl.
I’ve also been trying to incorporate more turmeric in my life. The curcumin in turmeric has anti-inflammation properties as well, which can help soothe swollen sinuses.
Drink More Water
Don’t you just hate it when you’re looking for a list of the best home remedies for an ailment, and you always see a bullet point about drinking water? Well, that’s because it’s the foundation for good health and it really does make a huge difference.
Maybe we can work on this together in the coming months? It’s my goal to start drinking a minimum of 64 ounces of water each day to keep my body (including my sinuses), hydrated and moisturized. Will you join me?
Hot and Cold Compresses
Wondering if you should use hot or cold compresses for sinus headache and pressure? Well, I actually use both.
I start by placing a warm washcloth over my eyes. I try to inhale the warm, moist air through my nose if possible to warm my nasal passages and loosen up all of that mucous. After a few minutes, or when the washcloth begins to get cool, I alternate to a cold washcloth.
I leave the cold compress over my eyes and nose for just about a minute, and then repeat the process.
This hot and cold compress to relieve sinus congestion really seems to help get my sinuses loosened up.
How to Get Rid of a Sinus Infection
I’ve listed my personal best home remedies for sinus infection, but in the end, it’s really all about being patient and waiting to see if your sinus infection will go away on its own. The simple truth is, they usually do!
I used to go to my doctor up to seven or eight times a year to get antibiotics for sinus infection. Eventually, a trusted family friend who is also a physician warned me that it’s very unhealthy to take so many antibiotics, and that I should try to see if my sinus infections would clear up on their own. It was good advice, and I even think that I get fewer sinus infections each year since I stopped taking all of the antibiotics.
Please note that I am not saying you should not go to the doctor. If your sinus infection has been going on for more than a week and you aren’t seeing any improvement, you should definitely call your doctor. You know your body best. It’s especially important to go to the doctor if you have a fever, or if the infection is also in your chest.
Is a Sinus Infection Contagious?
The question as to whether or not sinus infections are contagious is hotly debated in my family!
Most people’s sinus infection begins as a respiratory virus. These are spread through hand-to-hand contact and respiratory mist through coughing and sneezing.
However, some sinus infections are caused by structural issues in the nasal and sinus cavities (I have this), blockages, or allergies. These types of sinus infection are not contagious.
The fact is, no one really knows for sure, so keep your hands washed and don’t sneeze on people!
How Long Does a Sinus Infection Last?
Acute sinus infections typically last less than four weeks. If you are having symptoms of a sinus infection that last more than four weeks, please call your doctor. You may be suffering from a subacute or chronic sinus issue.
Can Sinus Infection Cause Tooth Pain?
YES! Sinus infections can cause tooth pain. This usually happens in your upper rear teeth. These teeth are close to your sinuses, and the pain can be quite terrible. This is one of the worst parts of a sinus infection, in my opinion, and can cause severe pain.
I’ve even been convinced at times that I was having a toothache instead of a sinus headache! One good way to tell if it’s your sinuses causing the problem is to gently tap on your nose, forehead and cheeks with your finger. If you feel pain and sensitivity when you tap your face, the pain in your teeth is probably caused by a sinus infection.
For me, this is usually isolated to one side of my face. I find that ibuprofen works best to battle this type of sinus pain in my face and teeth, in combination with the other home remedies for sinus infection that I listed above.
Do you suffer with sinus infections? I’d love to hear your tips for curing and soothing your own sinus symptoms!