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You know what it feels like. Your head feels like it is in a vise, as your nose is either plugged or leaking. It feels better to keep your eyes closed because they are puffy. Your throat feels like it swallowed nails.

It can be hard to deal with a sinus problem. Chicken soup, suck, and other remedies can be used to alleviate the pain of the sinus issues.

Drink fluids and run a humidifier or vaporizer.

Why is this important? Thin mucus and drain your sinuses can be achieved by fluids and humidification. They keep your skin hydrated.

Hot beverages, like herbal tea, can be especially hydrating. Hot beverages also provide an extra benefit from the steam.

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Nasal irrigation is very effective at relieving nasal congestion and irritation.

Saline irrigation simply means gently flushing out your nasal passages with a saline solution. You can do this with special squeeze bottles, bulb syringes, or a neti pot.

A neti pot is an inexpensive apparatus that looks like Aladdin’s lamp. The saline mixture is available prepackaged. You can also make your own by following these steps:

  • To make a dry mixture, mix 3 and 1 cups of baking soda with 3 cups of salt.
  • In 1 cup of distilled, sterile, orfiltered water, add 1 part of the dry mixture.

You will want to stand over a sink or basin to capture the liquid. If you tilt your head, you can pour, spray, or squirt a liberal amount of solution into one nostril. Do this with each nostril. It also removes harmful organisms.

Be sure to thoroughly clean your neti pot after each use, as bacteria can build up inside. In addition, never use straight tap water as this may contain bacteria that can infect your sinuses. If you do use tap water, be sure to boil it beforehand.

Steam helps relieve congestion by loosening mucus.

Give yourself a steam treatment using a bowl of hot water and a large towel. Add menthol, camphor, or eucalyptus oils to the water, if you like.

The steam can be trapped inside the bowl if the towel is placed over your head. Most people do this for a while. The steam from a hot shower can work, but it is not as concentrated.

One older 2000 study found that chicken soup reduces inflammation associated with sinus congestion and colds.

So what’s the secret? Scientists haven’t identified the active ingredient in chicken soup, but they speculate that the steam combined with the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the soup’s ingredients are what help clear the sinuses.

Warm and cold compress should be used on your stomach.

  1. You can lay back with a warm compress on your face for three minutes.
  2. Remove the warm compress and replace it with a cold one.
  3. Do this multiple times.

You can repeat this process twice a day.

If you have a bacterial infection, honey may be a good alternative.

Some research suggests that honey has antibacterial properties. Manuka honey, in particular, has many therapeutic uses.

Adding manuka honey to a cup of tea will make it more warm.

There are a number of things that can cause your sinusitis.

Sinusitis is an infection that causes inflammation and swelling of your sinuses.

The 2015 clinical practice guidelines from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) state that a viral or bacterial infection can cause acute rhinosinusitis. Viral infections can’t be treated with antibiotics, but bacterial infections can.

Chronic sinusitis is an inflammatory condition that normally lasts more than three months. Nasal polyps, which are noncancerous growths, can accompany chronic sinusitis.

If you have allergic rhinitis, your immune system triggers the release of histamines that irritate your nasal membranes. This leads to congestion and sneezing. Allergic rhinitis can lead to sinusitis.

If you experience any of the above, it is time to see your doctor.

  • Symptoms last for 10 days.
  • a fever of 102°F (38.9°C) or higher
  • symptoms that get worse, including a spike in your fever or increased greenish nasal discharge
  • Changes in vision.

You should also see a doctor if you have asthma or emphysema or if you take medications that suppress your immune system.

30 million Americans have at least one bout of sinusitis each year, according to the AAO-HNS. These home remedies can help relieve your symptoms.