7 Ways to Get Rid of a Sinus Infection

7 ways to Get Rid of a Sinus Infection

Do you suffer from sinus infections? If you do, you know how miserable they can be. Sinus infections can be caused by a variety of things, and they make it difficult to breathe, cause a headache, and make you feel generally awful. Luckily, there are many ways to get rid of a sinus infection. In this blog post, we will discuss seven ways to get rid of a sinus infection.

Stay Hydrated

One way to get rid of a sinus infection is to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of fluids helps thin the mucus in your nose and makes it easier to drain. It can also help flush your system of a virus or bacteria. Drink lots of water, juice, and clear soups. Ideally, you should aim to consume around 8 oz. of water every 2 hours. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can make dehydration worse.

Use a Neti Pot

neti pot on a wood tray beside wooden spoon and jar of salt

Another way to get rid of a sinus infection is to use a neti pot. A neti pot is a small, teapot-like device that you use to pour saline solution into one nostril and let it drain out the other. This can help flush out your sinuses and reduce congestion. However, be sure to sanitize your neti pot after every use and only use distilled water. These steps will prevent you from introducing contaminants into your sinus cavities and making things worse.

Add Warmth

Adding warmth can also help relieve the discomfort of a sinus infection. Applying a warm compress to your face can help soothe facial pain and reduce congestion by clearing the nasal passages. You can make a warm compress by soaking a clean washcloth in hot water and applying it to your face.

Medications

There are also many medications that can help get rid of a sinus infection. Over-the-counter options include decongestants, antihistamines, and pain relievers. If your symptoms are severe or if they are caused by a bacterial sinus infection, you may need a prescription from your doctor for an antibiotic or steroids. If an antibiotic is prescribed, be sure to take the antibiotic as directed for as long as it has been prescribed.

Rest

woman resting in bed

Another important part of getting rid of a sinus infection is to rest. When you’re sick, your body needs time to heal. Get plenty of sleep and take time to relax. Trying to do too much or keep up with your normal routine can cause a sinus infection to linger longer.

Add Moisture

Adding moisture can also help relieve sinus infection symptoms. Dry air can make congestion and sinus pressure worse. Use a humidifier in your home or office, and take showers with the door closed to add moisture to the air. You can also fill a bowl with boiling water and inhale the steam. Nasal sprays or saline may also be used to add moisture to the nasal passages and sinus cavities.

Seek Help

If your symptoms don’t improve after a week or two, if they seem to be getting worse, or if you have recurrent sinus infections, it’s time to seek help from an ENT specialist. ENTs specialize in treating sinus infections and offer a variety of treatments that can drastically improve your symptoms. In some cases, they may even be able to directly address the cause of your sinus infections.

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we have discussed seven ways to get rid of a sinus infection. Try incorporating some of these tips into your routine if you suffer from sinus infections. And remember, if your symptoms don’t improve or seem to be getting worse, it’s time to seek professional help from your local ENT specialist.

Lee A. Kleiman

Dr. Lee A. Kleiman is a double board certified ENT & plastic surgeon at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, Maryland known for his superior clinical outcomes in all Surgical and Non-Surgical ENT, specializing in Sinus Care, Voice and Swallowing, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, and Facelifts and Non-surgical Aesthetic. He also continues to attend conferences internationally and nationally to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technology. 

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