Sinus infections are caused by the occurrence of bacterium, virus, or most rarely fungus within the sinus. An inflammation of the sinus (air) cavities within the nose can lead to congestion and retention of fluids, which becomes a medium for the growth of viruses, bacteria, or fungus causing sinus infection. Here are some of the sinus infection symptoms.
Congestion and stuffiness
A blocked and stuffy nose is one of the early signs that you could be having a sinus infection. This is true for both infectious and allergic sinusitis. Sneezing and itching eyes are other common symptoms for noninfectious sinusitis. Irritation due to postnasal drip may affect the throat leading to cough as the body tries to clear the irritants.
Simple home remedies can help get rid of these symptoms without the need to visit a doctor. Homeopathic steam treatment with a drop or two of essential oils, especially eucalyptus and neem extracts, can be done safely at home. The hot steam will soothe the facial tissues as it clears sinus cavities to relieve pressure.
Pure 100% natural homeopathic antiseptic nasal sprays that do not cause irritation like steroids can kill germs and irritants, giving you relief from a congested nose and are safe without chemical irritants that compound the condition.
Multiple pains in sinusitis
The onset of a sinus infection comes with multiple pains, especially around the head and can be quite uncomfortable. The blockage in the sinus causes pressure that leads to a throbbing headache and facial tenderness with puffiness when touched.
The constant pressure may exert on nerves leading to pain in the eyes and gums causing toothache. Postnasal drip will also cause a painful sore throat with an irritating cough.
A quick and safe home remedy is a cup of neem tea to lighten the sinus congestion and relieve pain. A cup three times a day will help reduce the body aches and pains, lower the fever, alleviate the cough, and reinvigorate you.
Neem can inhibit viruses from infecting cells by attaching to and covering them and killing their potency. Inhaling steam from boiled neem leaves not only clears nasal passages but also reduces bacterial infections.
Ulcerations and bad breath
When bacteria cause sinus infection, nasal drainage is usually foul and smelly. Unlike the whitish colored discharge in noninfectious sinus, the bacterial infection discharge is greenish or yellowish in color with a bad odor.
Since this discharges through the nose and mouth, it causes bad breath leaving an equally bad taste in the mouth. Ulcerations also occur in the nasal cavities due to fungal infections but this is a rare condition.
Neem natural products are still best for eliminating bad breath and have been used for centuries to fight oral bacteria. Pungent spices like cayenne pepper and citrus fruits used in varying combinations are good for managing bad breath.
Saline nasal irrigation with lukewarm water can help in flushing out mucous from a congested nose. The saline element is also good for cleaning the ulcerations and speeding up the healing process.