Sinus infections or sinusitis affect over 31 million Americans each year and we spend over 1 billion dollars each year on over-the-counter medications to treat sinus infections. People with allergies, asthma, weak immune systems, or nasal blockages are more familiar with sinus infections as they are the greatest risk.
Causes and Symptoms of Sinus Infection
Our sinuses are a system of ‘hollow cavities in our skull. These cavities are lined with mucus that moves germs and other air particles from our nose to our stomach. When our sinuses become inflamed, the mucus with all of the air particles and germs is trapped due to inflammation and swelling. This inhibits the flow of mucus, trapping it in the sinus cavity.
Swelling of the sinuses is typically triggered by viral infections such as the common cold or by allergies.
Symptoms of a Sinus Infection
Symptoms of a sinus infection can include:
- Nasal drainage
- Ear pressure
- Pain and pressure in the face that can sometimes travel to the teeth
- Dental pain
- Nasal congestion
Natural Solutions for Sinus Infections
Although most sinus infections are post-viral or due to allergies, many people are prescribed antibiotic medication as if the infection were bacterial. Only a small percentage of sinus infections are considered to be bacterial. While antibiotics do kill off bad bacteria, they also kill off the good bacteria creating an imbalance in your digestive system.
7 Wellness Cabinet Must-haves & Natural Solutions to Fight Off Sinus Infections
Here are 7 natural remedies to keep in your wellness cabinet and a couple of lifestyle changes that will actually address your nasal inflammation while improving your overall health.
1.Vitamin C and Vitamin D
These vitamins are extremely powerful when it comes to supporting your immune system. Take 500mg – 2500mg of vitamin C and 5000 IU of vitamin D, especially during times of infection. Livingood Daily Vitamin C and Livingood Daily Vitamin D are easy and convenient ways to get your daily dose!
2. Colloidal Silver
This will help you fight off infections affecting your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Livingood Daily Silver Serum uses patented technology that suspends the silver in water and makes our Silver Serum safe to use. It can be sprayed in your eyes, ears, mouth, and nose to help fight off infections.
3. Oregano Oil and Monolaurin
These nutrients are well known for their powerful antimicrobial antibacterial antiviral properties making both a great defense system for the body. Livingood Daily Oregano Oil + Monolaurin combines them into one easy formula that you can use during times of infection.
Allergen Support contains naturally sourced herbs and minerals to help fight off histamine reactions.
5. Omega 3 Fatty Acid
Omega 3s are known to fight off inflammation and turmeric is great for inflammation and pain relief. Livingood Daily Omegas + Turmeric are a powerful combination that can drive down inflammation and support pain without any negative side effects.
6. Hot Compresses
These can also be used to relieve pain and pressure during sinus infections. An air purifier to help get rid of pet irritants, mold, dust, and mold. Use sleep aids such as the Livingood Daily Posture Aid and Sleep Support to create a curvature in your neck while you sleep. This will help open up your sinuses.
7. Lifestyle Changes
If your symptoms aren’t too severe, exercise may help your situation. It is also important to avoid sugar, carbs, alcohol, and dairy as these will just add fuel to your inflammation fire. The Livingood Daily Lifestyle offers resources and a large community that can give you step-by-step instructions for detoxing from sugar and other inflammatory foods, plus on-demand, 10-minute workouts, and resources to build sustainable healthy habits.
Sinusitis is one of the most common conditions affecting Americans. Using natural remedies aforementioned can not only help you fight off a sinus infection but they can also help you to prevent future sinus infections, improve inflammation throughout your body and boost your immune system.