Sinus infections are an extremely common occurrence, with 90% of adults experiencing it at least once in their lifetime. In Singapore’s hot and humid weather, sinus problems are commonplace and can even be more persistent in nature than in other non-tropical climates.
Of course, none of us wants to contract a sinus infection, but it’s very likely that we’ve experienced it before and will continue to do so in future. Learn how to find relief from sinus infections when it happens
Here are 5 tips on how to find relief when you’re down with a sinus infection.
1. Flush Out Your Sinuses
Blowing your nose may offer temporary relief, but flushing out your sinuses with salt water is a much more effective way to alleviate symptoms of sinus infections.
Mix warm sterile water with pure salt to create a saline solution. Tilt your head to one side, and pour or squeeze the saline solution slowly into the upper nostril; you can do this using either a syringe, neti pot, or a simple squeeze bottle. Hold your head in this position and allow the solution to pour through your other nostril — you’ll want to breathe through your mouth instead of your nose throughout this process. Repeat the above steps for your other nostril, and gently blow your nose into a tissue once you’re done just to clear out any remaining mucus.
Doing the above can wash away allergens, mucus, and debris to relieve sinus pressure. It also helps moisten your mucous membranes, providing some relief from sinus pains that often accompany infections.
2. Get Plenty of Rest and Water
Another way you can find relief when down with a sinus infection is to simply drink lots of water and get some much-needed rest. The former helps thin your mucus such that debris, bacteria, and viruses can be discharged with greater ease, while the latter helps your body fight off the infection by giving your immune system the boost it needs.
Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages that can cause dehydration while you’re experiencing a sinus infection, and be sure to prop yourself up with a couple of pillows when resting to improve breathing while enjoying some good quality rest.
3. Load Up on Vitamin C
An often overlooked relief method is upping your intake of vitamin C when down with a sinus infection. Vitamin C can help your body fight off a sinus infection faster, reduce sinus inflammation and provide relief from symptoms.
4. Add Some Humidity
Using a humidifier or vaporizer in your room can help you recover from a sinus infection by reducing nasal congestions. Avoid dry air, tobacco smoke, and chlorinated water for best results.
5. Using Nasal Sprays
Of course, perhaps the simplest and most effective way to relieve symptoms of sinus infections is to use a good quality nasal spray, such as the Sato Decongestant Nazal Spray or Sato Decongestant Nazal Spray Pump by Sato Pharmaceutical.
These Japanese nasal sprays are known to reduce sinus pain and pressures while providing fast relief during sinus infections.. They also effectively reduce post-nasal drip and overall lung irritation, making them a great one-stop-solution to all your sinus problems.