Anyone who suffers from sinus congestion knows that it can be miserable. Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies like hayfever or from the stuffiness that accompanies the common cold, the symptoms can be similar but also vary from person-to-person.
There are different theories about the function of the sinuses. Since the sinuses are empty pockets within the head, they allow the head to weigh less than if it were solid bone. Some people think that the sinuses help to humidify the air that we breathe in and others think that they help to amplify our voices. At any rate, they fulfill more than one purpose.
When the sinuses are in good working order, they go unnoticed. However, when all is not right with these cavities, it can be quite debilitating.
There are tiny holes that lead from the sinuses into the nose, allowing them to drain. When someone has an allergic reaction or has a cold, these holes can become blocked. Once blocked, the sinuses become the perfect environment for bacteria, viruses, or fungi to multiply.
When the sinuses are irritated, the symptoms can range from runny nose, sneezing, coughing, watering eyes, sore throat, fever, headaches, pain behind the eyes, cheeks, or forehead, and even aching teeth. Once the symptoms start, they can last for anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months in severe cases.
The treatments for the sinuses range from over-the-counter medicines like sudephedrine, cough syrups, benadryl, mucinex, and claritin. Of course, there are prescription level medicines as well. Some of the prescriptions are just stronger versions of the over-the-counter medicines and others are antibiotics that help to kill off any infection that may have set in.
Some of the best medicines are those that you may have in your kitchen already or that you can find in your nearest store. I’m going to share my go-to remedies that help me to prevent sinus infections, allergies, and colds in the first place.
I suffered from seasonal allergies from about 3rd grade on. I got usually 3 or 4 sinus infections a year, whether they started from allergies or from a cold or virus. These sinus infections always ended in a trip to the doctor with antibiotics being the end-result.
Since I started using these natural remedies, I’ve not had to go to the doctor for antibiotics for sinus infections in at least two years. I hate to use antibiotics or any medicine if it’s not necessary and I’m so glad that I’ve found natural remedies that work and am constantly telling others about these remedies.
The best way to deal with the sinuses is to prevent problems before they really get going. Every day when I get up, I have a regimen that I do that helps to keep me healthy. I squeeze at least half of a lemon, if not a whole lemon, into a glass of warm/hot water. I sweeten it slightly with stevia to take the edge off.
The lemon is helpful for many reasons. Lemons have a natural dosage of Vitamin C in them, which most people acknowledge to be a great way to boost the immune system and help to fight off sickness. This fresh lemon juice also takes the edge off of a sore throat, which usually accompanies any sinus problems. Besides these reasons, the lemon also detoxes the liver.
I never cared for lemonade and was never one to want lemon in my water or tea. It took some getting used to, but now I have to have my lemon juice in the mornings.