Sinusitis is a term generally used to describe inflammation of the sinuses. If you experience sinus pain and pressure due to seasonal nasal allergies, you may be inclined to try over-the-counter decongestants. However, some individuals experience side effects from using oral decongestants, such as elevated blood pressure or insomnia. If you are looking for a drug-free solution to easing your allergic sinus issues, try the following methods:
1. Eliminate Allergens in Your Home
Pet dander, dust and even cigarette smoke can worsen your allergy symptoms, causing chronic sinusitis. One of the most effective ways to cut down on these irritants is to install a portable air purifier or air filter in your bedroom or living area, which traps allergens. A system with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will trap even the smallest particles, and help reduce pollen, dust, smoke and mold, so look for this feature. Be sure to clean or change the filter as directed. Other ways to reduce allergens in the home are to vacuum your carpets with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter and to use a hypoallergenic bedding.
2. Try a Saline Wash to Flush Your Sinus Cavities
When allergens cause your sinuses to become congested, an effective and all-natural remedy is to flush the sinuses with a drug-free solution. Saline spray is all natural, as it contains purified salt water and no harmful drugs. You may use a saline spray as often as needed, without the concern of side effects.
Another effective way to flush the sinuses is to use a neti pot. Such a system will typically contain salt packs to be mixed with sterilized water, and the neti pot bottle. To use this method, you simply tilt your head over the sink, while inserting the nozzle of the container into your nostril. You will then pour the solution into your nose and allow it to drain through the other nostril. You'll repeat this step for the other nostril. Flushing your sinuses with a sterilized saltwater solution helps get rid of mucus and irritants, thus relieving the pressure and pain.
3. Unclog Your Sinuses With Steam
Nasal Allergy symptoms and sinusitis respond well to the use of steam. Take a warm, steamy shower or use a humidifier in your bedroom. Another helpful method is using a personal steam inhaler. This device comes with a reservoir for holding the boiled water and a "hood" to cradle your face as you inhale the steam.
Alternatively, you might try breathing the steam from a pot of boiled water, while draping your head with a towel so the steam does not escape. To prevent the risk of burning yourself, keep your face at least 18 inches away from the pot.
4. Give Aromatherapy a Try
The essential oils used for aromatherapy may bring relief of allergy-related symptoms and clogged sinuses. Rather than making your own batch of essential oils, purchase these at your health food or homeopathic supply store. Simply boiled your distilled water in a bowl and add a few drops of peppermint, eucalyptus or rosemary oil. All of these work well for relieving congestion.