June 21, 2016 4 min read

Sinusitis is no fun. Most of us have suffered sinus pain or sinus infection at some stage of our life, but you can remedy the situation without resorting to sinusitis antibiotics. Of course, if your symptoms are severe, we recommend you see your doctor for diagnosis and medical advice.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis, also known as a rhinosinusitis or sinus infection, is an inflammation of the mucous membranes that line the paranasal sinuses, which then cause symptoms. Sinusitis affects approximately 10% to 30% of the population with women suffering the condition more often than men.

Our sinuses are little hollow pockets that lie within particular facial bones situated around our nose, around and behind our eyes and even in parts of our forehead, which is why sufferers of acute episodes can experience such nasty headaches.

If the condition lasts for less than four weeks, it is defined as acute rhinosinusitis (ARS). When the condition lingers for longer than 12 weeks, it is defined as chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS).

Sinus infection symptoms

Sinus infection symptoms usually include localised infection with thick nasal mucous, plugged nose (caused by blocked sinuses), headache and pain in the face. When suffering from sinusitis, it is often difficult to taste or smell your food, and you may even come down with a fever, sore throat or cough.

Now, before we look at how to remedy the situation, it’s important to understand what causes sinus infections.

What causes sinus infection?

Sinus pain can be caused by a simple allergy or hayfever, or after suffering a head cold or bout of the flu. Occasionally, other conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis or immune conditions can make some individuals more susceptible to sinus infections.

Sinusitis treatment with natural remedies

Time for the good news!

There are some highly effective sinusitis natural remedies available to treat this annoying condition.

Often, there’s no need for you to use antibiotics for sinusitis. Apart from the possible side-effects and potential to contribute to antibiotic resistance, evidence shows that they may offer little benefit for respiratory tract infections.

So before you reach for the pills, try some of these safe and healthy solutions:

  • Sinus rinse/ wash – try salt rinses for daytime relief. Salt sinus rinses and saline sprays have proved to be very effective, according to Spencer C Payne MD, associate professor of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The saline wash helps flush it out of the sinuses by thinning the mucous.
  • Salin Plus salt therapy device - for night time relief, try sleeping with a Salin Plus allergy air purifier, which releases tiny therapeutic salt ions to help cleanse the airways allowing you to breathe more easily.
  • Foods/ spices/ beverages – try including hot spicy foods such as horseradish, mustard, chili and wasabi. We all know how we have to reach for a tissue after a hot, spicy meal, so adding these condiments may be just what the doctor ordered!
  • Allergy-proof your home – minimise dust and get rid of other nasties such as dust mites, pet dander and fleas, and make sure there are no allergy-causing trees or flowers in your garden. Better still, if you are prone to sinus problems, we recommend you have a Salin Plus salt therapy device running in your home or office during waking hours (as well at night). 
  • Stay hydrated – remember to drink up! Maintaining adequate hydration helps keep your sinuses moist and healthy.
  • Apply a warm compress. Simply fold a small, hot, moist towel or a small heat pack to your sinus areas. Warm compresses can be extremely beneficial to relieving sinus infection symptoms– as well as helping to keep your nasal passages moist.
  • Steam showers – a hot steamy shower will help to stimulate your sinuses, loosening up debris and mucus.

Salin Plus Salt Therapy Device – an excellent natural remedy for sinusitis

Along with removing allergens in your home and using a variety of home remedies to help clear your sinuses, the use of a salt therapy device in your home can give you welcomed relief from sinus pain and sinusitis symptoms. You can use the device in the evenings, while sleeping – or if you prefer, amplify the effects by having a device nearby throughout the day. 

Salin Plus is different from other conventional air purifiers. In addition to removing pollutants such as allergens, dust mites and pet dander, it also emits minuscule salt particles which you then inhale. This helps to loosen and clear the mucous which contains the allergens. Its effectively like having a salt therapy room in your own home. See what one of our pleased customers had to say:

We hope that you find our suggested natural sinusitis remedies useful in overcoming your sinusitis – these tried and tested methods can help ease the nasty symptoms of sinus infection. However, if your condition is severe or not improving, we thoroughly recommend you see your doctor. In some cases, further medical treatments may be necessary.