I have had sinus infections for around 30 years. Each year growing up I would have at least one sinus infection if not more and every year my parents would take me to the medical center where a nurse or doctor would prescribe antibiotics. Someti
mes this would make me even more sick or they would include something in the antibiotics that I would be allergic to. It would then take weeks before I was completely cured. I am not a medical professional but I do not have a problem with long hurtful sinus infections any more.
The way to know if you have a sinus infection is if the stuff coming from your nose has color. Could be yellow, orange, even green but there will be color instead of clear and then you will start to feel sinus pressure in your face along with a lower energy level. I use this irrigation technique even when I do not have a sinus infection just to keep my sinuses in top condition but only every few weeks or months. It also works to remove allergies and any congestion.
I visited a doctor in Seattle that helped me understand the benefits of sinus irrigation. This technique is very simple, inexpensive, and it has worked for me 100% of the time to completely cure a sinus infection. No need for doctors, antibiotics, insurance companies, or driving to the pharmacy.
Sinus Irrigation Procedure
1) Fill a microwave safe container with about 2 cups of water. Spoon one or
two teaspoons of baking soda and salt and make a solution to microwave for about 40 seconds. The heater water will help drain the sinuses. You could also heat the filtered water in a kettle and then pour it over the salt and NaHCO3.
2) Blow your nose and clear your throat of anything that you can. This will help allow the water to reach your sinuses.
3) Use an ear squirting device (normally blue with a bulb on one end) to squirt the water into each nostril and allow to drain. You may sneeze and there should be mucus that will come from the nose. Repeat this about 3-5 times in each nostril until you can breath through your nose at least a little.
4) Now the slightly strange part. Spray the water into each nostril but this time breath the water through your sinuses and out through your mouth. I suggest doing this in a shower or at least over a sink because it may get messy.
5) Use any solution left to gargle for about 30 seconds with your head lifted back. This will also help clear excess mucus and other gunk.
Repeat this process when ever you want your sinuses to be clear and your infection should go away in a few days. You will find relief right away but you may want to repeat this process a few times a day for 3 days until the problem is completely behind you.
If you try it and it does not work for you please leave your comments here and we will continue to improve the procedure so it will work for everyone. So far everyone that has tried has cured their infection. I have been using this process for many years and I have had almost no major problem with my sinuses since starting.
Caution – Spreading New Problems
Ocean, Sea Mist Brand
Nasil spray like Ocean Sea Mist suggest that you do not touch the tip to the nose. This could be due to the spread of new problems:
“Try not to touch the container tip to the inside of your nose. If this happens, rinse the tip with hot water and dry with a clean tissue before recapping the container.”
Sometimes you may have some inner ear pressure at the same time your sinuses are infected. This can cause pain and sometimes an ear infection. This steaming procedure works great and again it is totally free.
If you hear clicking in your ear or if you have pressure:
1) Fill a pan or bowl with 6 or more cups of boiling water on a table in front of you.
2) Drop a few drops of essential oil or rosemary into the water to make it more comfortable.
3) Place a large beach towel or small blanket over your head and breath through you nose and out through your mouth for about 15 minutes.
If the water or steam is too hot just move your head a little away until you can bring it closer. Repeat a few times a day and try to clear you sinuses when they start to drain. Did it work?
Other Sinus Options
Some people are certain that they need to take antihistamines, pain killers, decongestants, and other drugs to help with a sinus problem. My opinion is that it really depends on the severity of the sinus congestion. When I was younger, every medical professional I saw would immediately prescribe antibiotics if there was any color to the mucus. We now know that misuse, resistance, and many other side effects make antibiotics a less than perfect choice to treat the usual sinus infection. Also, many of the other over-the-counter drugs that say they can help with sinus problems have a variety of negative long-term side effects. Normally if the irrigation has not completely worked in a few days or if I just can’t stop the pain I will use an over-the-counter drug to help me sleep or to reduce pain and swelling but this happens in only about 10% of my infections.
One non-intrusive way to help with sinus pressure is with a humidifier. You can use code “usduovg” on diapers.com for 20% a humidifier that will use filtered water (RO water, distilled water) and a little electricity. The humidification seems to help keep the sinuses from becoming too dry and works very well after an irrigation session or while you sleep.
One person has mentioned that they experienced some fluid in their ear after spraying water in their nose however this has not been experienced by most people but if you have any problems or concerns with this technique please leave your comments here!