Last Modified on Feb 27, 2015
Sinus infections are a very common but highly curable condition that causes pressure in the nasal cavity. Effective natural remedies can relieve the symptoms and limit the duration of the condition. Different rinses can be used to clear the nasal passages while effective nutritional passages work to clear the lymphatic system and boost immunity.
What is a Sinus Infection?
A sinus infection is defined as the inflammation and blockage of the sinuses. During a sinus infection, the nasal passages become filled with fluid that contains germs and cause infection. Symptoms include facial pain, nasal stuffiness and discharge, loss of smell and a cough. Conditions that result in sinus blockage include the common cold, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps and a deviated septum.
Natural Remedies for Sinus Infections
Treating an infection of the sinuses hinges on relieving inflammation, clearing the passageway and eliminating infection. A variety of nasal cleanses can be used to achieve these results including apple cider vinegar and saline. Nutritional supplements, such as cayenne, also help clear the sinuses and maintain an active, effective immune system.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic apple cider vinegar can be used as both a nasal rinse and nutritional supplement. Taken before or at the onset of a sinus infection, apple cider vinegar delivers a number of nutrients to the body that support overall immune health and prevent infection. Once an infection has developed, the substance can be diluted and used as a rinse to thin mucus almost immediately and to eliminate infection.
A saline rinse is another effective treatment option that can be used to irrigate the nasal passages. A tonic of sea salt and water functions to eliminate infection naturally. The mixture also helps loosen the mucus that is blocking the nasal passages and prevent recurrence of the condition.
Cayenne is also effective for treating sinus infections in that it naturally promotes circulation in the body. Cayenne is comprised of a potent amount of capsaicin – a stimulant that encourages blood flow and boosts the functioning of the nasal passages. Cayenne can also be used as a swab for the nasal passages; however, the treatment burns.
A sinus infection can be a painful condition that involves inflammation and blockage of the nasal passages. Effective treatments, however, deliver almost instantaneous draining and relief.
[YEA] Tried neti pot but that only facilitated the mucus to leave my sinuses. Tried acupuncture and that helped a lot, but when on a course of Phellostatin and that was my first real relief...along with one capsule of Cayenne pepper which took away the post nasal drip...this should not be taken too often as it moves the blood and really clears the system. Chronic sinusitis with digestive problems...it was felt by myself and my acupuncturist that fungus was my problem even though I had take Diflucan almost 2x a month. Acupuncture really helps me along with the Phellostatin and the Cayenne Pepper. Acupuncture assists the body to do the clearing and healing needed. Acupuncture was my final and last straw to try as I had tried most conventional medicine doctors and their treatments. Nasal sprays and prednisone. I do stay away from dairy products, but am now noticing that even if I have some I do not react with inflammation as I did before! I can eat cheese and not sneeze or get stuffy anymore. Wish I had gone this route from the beginning.
Replied by Wendy
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Approval Ratings SIDE EFFECTS (3) 100% Posted by Goose (Pittsburg, Pa) on 05/16/2012
When a air conditioner is running it removes all most all the humidity in the room. The air conditioner coil gets so cold that it dawls in moisture from the air. Similar to how a cold drink will sweat on a hot day. I think the absence of all this humidity dry out the nasal cavity and makes you more prone to infection.Posted by Art (Everett, Washington) on 02/20/2012
Well there is enough from high end doctors and scientist air conditioners do cause sinus problems in a lot. Spewing mold spores, viral parisites, ect. the cooling unit is a toxin waste site. Repairman who do not handle correct can get very sick. Most don't know the connection 40 years ago I learned this and avoid like a plague and that's what it is. My sinus do still get infection of course my cures have been1- 2tbl sp ACV in large water 3x day, good results. 2- baking soda 1tsp in warm water and nettie pot and 1tsp in large water 3x day. Good results 3- 1tsp food grade activated charcoal in glass of water 3x day good results. At 70 I've never used pharmacuticals as they all weaken the immune system and most likely cause something else to go wrong. Let's face it, if they get you well, they make make no money.Posted by Faithinhealing (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 10/23/2011
NOPE, I think the CAUSE IS MOLD... somewhere in the ducts or window a/c's...Replied by Amanda
Virginia Beach, Va
02/10/2013Posted by Arica (Columbus , Usa) on 09/16/2011
I've had 4 sinus infections in my 32 year life and every single one I can tell you was a result from sleeping in a direct air path from an ac unit. EVERY ONE! I told my husband it was the ac's fault I get these infections and he thinks I'm crazy. Well, it's good to read that others have the same experience. I know it's from the ac but I didn't understand fully why until now.Posted by Marie (Nashville, Tn) on 01/21/2011
I have had sinus surgery and have struggled with these sinus infections for over ten years.
Air conditioners are related to sinus infections, and having any type of heater on is even more related. Sinus infections develop when there are irritants in the sinus cavities that your body normally flushes out, but if there is not enough moisture (or other reasons like a deviated septum) they will not flush out like normal. So even just being dehyrdated can help a SI to flourish, but air conditioning and heating systems remove humidity from the air so if your body is used to having humidity help regulate the nose, and it is removed, it can cause bacterial growth in the form of infection.
Every year when the heat gets turned on in our house, I battle them and throughout the winter. That's why Doctors tell people with chronic sinusities to get to (or move to) the beach where the humidity and salt can help naturally.Replied by Travis