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How to beat a sinus infection and live to talk about it.


The sinuses are thin, air filled chambers in the cartilage around the nose, sides of the forehead, the eye sockets and in the cheekbones. When sinus openings are obstructed, infected pus collects in these pockets causing pain and swelling.

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus mucous membranes. Symptoms of sinusitis include: difficulty breathing, mucous clogged head, feel achy, have pain behind your eyes, throbbing facial pain, runny nose, inflamed nasal passages, greenish discharge dripping down your throat, loss of smell and taste, indigestion, and bad breath, frequent sore throats, earaches, toothaches.

Suppressive over the counter sinus medications can trigger an infection by not allowing the draining of infective material, and aggravate one by driving the infection deeper into sinus cavities.  Trapped or stagnant mucous provides a breeding ground for bacteria so keep it fluid by drinking plenty of liquids, preferably purified water.

Sinusitis can be caused by a fungal, viral or bacterial infection, can be triggered by an allergy, overuse of nose drops with benzalkonium chloride preserver in the drops, deviated nasal septum, tooth infection, enlarged or infected adenoids in children, or complications of cystic fibrosis, GERD, or immune system disorders.

How to prevent sinusitis

Avoid upper respiratory infections

  • Minimize contact with people who have colds

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before meals

Carefully manage your allergies

  • Work with your doctor to keep symptoms under control

Avoid cigarette smoke and polluted air

  • Tobacco smoke and other pollutants can irritate and inflame your lungs and nasal passages

Use a humidifier

  • Adding moisture to the air may help prevent sinusitis

  • Be sure the humidifier stays clean and free of mold with regular, thorough cleaning

How to relieve symptoms of sinusitis

At the first sign of infection combine 1-2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in 6 ounces of water, a teaspoon of raw honey to sweeten and drink 3 times a day for 5 days.

  • The apple cider vinegar helps to thin congested mucous, so it can easily be eliminated.

Apply warm compresses to your face, eases facial pain

Rinse out your nasal passages

  • Use a specially designed bottle, bulb syringe or neti pot

Sleep with your head elevated. This helps sinuses drain, reducing congestion

What can be done

Avoid or limit

  • Mucous forming foods

  • Dairy products and sugars

  • Too many salty and fried foods

  • Flour products

  • Eggs

  • Chocolate

  • Environmental allergens (house dust, animals, foods, pollens, molds)

  • Tobacco smoke and chemical irritants will cause further swelling of the mucous membranes

Add or increase

  • Green vegetables

  • Exercise

  • Drink plenty of pure quality water or juice (helps dilute mucous and promote drainage)

  • Avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol, they are dehydrating

  • Whole grains

  • Beans

  • Lentils

  • Lightly cooked vegetables

  • Soups (clear broth based)

  • Herbs (Cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, horseradish)

  • Get plenty of rest ( aids your body in fighting the infection and speeds recovery)



Page, L. (2004). Healthy healing: A guide to self-healing for everyone.(12th ed.). Healthy Healing, Inc.



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