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Sinusitis relief with home remedies

Updated: Apr 15

Fighting sinusitis or getting relief from sinus pressure is about maintaining a balance between infection and immunity. Our body can fight out the infection in acute sinusitis with good immunity. When the body does not control acute sinusitis, it progresses to chronic sinusitis. Immunity alone cannot fight chronic sinusitis. Although at any stage of any infection, our immunity is the only fighter against any infection, and antibiotics or antifungals are weapons that empower our immunity.

In 95% of patients, immunity can win against sinusitis without medication.

So, adding supportive home remedies to acute sinusitis can prevent the transition to the chronic stage and provide relief. Read our article Is Sinus really dangerous? to understand why it is important to take care of sinusitis in the early stages.

Although these tips can be effective in the later stages of the disease, it is essential to note that they alone are not sufficient to cure the disease. However, they can aid in expediting the healing process and minimizing the likelihood of the disease progressing to a point where surgery becomes necessary.

1. Small but many workouts daily

Any exercise done for 10 minutes that can increase heartbeat by ten bpm will produce adrenaline. Adrenaline reduces the mucus lining(inner skin) swelling, increasing the size of sinus openings. Increased size of the sinus opening will allow easy flow of stagnated fluid from the sinuses. Disposal of this fluid will make it easier for immunity to fight infection.

Exercising continuously once a day in the gym or on a jogging track for a prolonged time is not a good idea in this scenario. People tend to strain themselves in the gym or jogging track for more than 30 minutes, and this strain or stress can result in muscle building or burning calories but can negatively impact immunity. However, this exercise will also reduce swelling. Still, it is better to exercise 3 times a day for 10 minutes instead of 30 minutes in a row, i.e., washing sinuses three times a day is better than washing them once a day continuously for a long time.

Sinusitis relief with home remedies - small but many workouts

2. Steam inhalation

Steam inhalation for only 5 minutes 3 times daily should do the job. We have to breathe the steam. No need to sweat or use a blanket. There is no need to add any medication to the water as it creates only a temporary, unnecessary soothing effect. This steam thins up the stagnated fluids in sinusitis and helps in an easy drain.

Please do not use a blanket to cover while inhaling steam, or do not inhale the steam for more than 5 minutes. This applies to both sinusitis and regular flu. Excess inhalation can increase the temperature of the breathing path and damage the inner lining of your breathing path. A slight temperature rise will give you soothing, and a higher rise will damage cilia in the nose and sinuses. Remember, the whole idea of steaming is to humidify the breathing air and make the phlegm thinner, not to heat it.

To know more about steam inhalation, you can read our article.

3. Magical immunity booster combination for sinusitis relief

This one is the most straightforward home remedy to execute for Indians and will boost immunity. This trick can be used in our daily life irrespective of if one has sinusitis or not.

Any spice in our kitchen, including red or green chili, taken moderately, boosts our immunity. Turmeric is the star ingredient to boost our immunity, as per Ayurveda and in studies conducted by modern scientists. In Indian cuisine, turmeric is consumed daily as an ingredient in dal, sabzi, and other dishes. Black pepper helps our body to absorb turmeric or any other spices easily. Adding a tiny pinch of black pepper with turmeric or other spices means we multiply the nutrients absorbed by our body.

Sinusitis relief with home remedies - immunity booster turmeric black pepper

The action of spices is not dose-dependent, so there is no use in increasing the milligrams or grams of spices in the diet. Spices in huge quantities can lead to gastric problems.

A small fun fact is that tons of immunity boosters are made from turmeric in the market. Check out the ingredients list, and we will find piperine which comes from black pepper.

4. Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated can keep the secreted fluids in the sinuses thin. So, it is important to take adequate water as per your body weight. Here is the formula to determine how many liters of water you need to drink daily to stay properly hydrated.

Daily ideal water consumption in liters = 0.03 * body weight in kilograms

Drinking excess water for long periods can result in heart failure. The chance of heart failure increases with age and in people with mild kidney problems.

5. Adequate sleep

Excess or inadequate sleep can reduce immunity.

To know about standard treatment protocol, you can read the below article.

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What foods cure sinus infections?

There is no specific food that can cure a sinus infection. But a protein-rich healthy, and balanced diet that can improve our immune system can help our body fight off infections, including sinusitis.

Spices can help improve our immunity, but excess can give us gastritis, and by the way, the action of spices is not dose-dependent. To improve the absorption of these spices, we can use black pepper in small quantities. Black pepper has piperine that helps in absorption.

Does steam help in the sinus?

Steam inhalation is a natural and effective home remedy for sinusitis. The steam helps to loosen up the mucus and fluids trapped in the sinuses, making it easier for the body to flush them out. It can also help to relieve congestion and reduce inflammation in the nasal passages.

It's important to note that while steam inhalation can be helpful, it's essential to use caution and follow proper procedures. The goal is to ease the outflow of fluids, not to heat the breathing pathway and cause additional problems. One should avoid inhaling steam that is too hot or too long, as this can lead to damage to the respiratory system.

To learn more about inhaling steam, please refer to the "Steam inhalation" article.

Can sinusitis be cured on its own?

While sinusitis can sometimes resolve on its own during its initial stages, it can also worsen if left untreated. Therefore, it is advisable to seek early treatment under the guidance of an ENT doctor within the first 15 days of symptoms. Typically, a short course of antibiotics and home remedies are recommended. Even though there are chances for the disease to cure on its own, there could be many uncontrollable parameters involved that we might not be able to deal with. So, it is better to treat it early and avoid complications that can occur in the future. The best way to treat sinusitis is by adhering to the prescribed medication from a doctor.

Further, incorporating some home remedies alongside medical treatment can boost the healing process. If we let the disease progress, it can result in a longer duration of antibiotics course and a longer time to recover. You might even need surgery. The worst case scenario is not even the sinus surgery but the occurrence of complications that can be far more dangerous than the sinusitis disease.

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