A sinus infection is caused when bacteria infects the sinuses resulting in inflammation and congestion. The symptoms you are suffering with – phlegm build up, difficulty breathing, sneezing and running nose – are all signs that your body is trying to fight the infection and drive out the invading bacteria. While this is a good thing then, it’s also highly frustrating and can leave you teary eyed, unable to sleep and with a scratchy throat and red nose.
There are many medical treatments for a sinus infection, which include the use of antibiotics, steroids, anti-inflammatory medications and even surgery in extreme cases. While many of these things can work, they often aren’t necessary and you will instead be told to wait it out as the condition will be self-limiting (meaning it ends all on its own!).
Problem is, you’re meanwhile left wheezing and sneezing, coughing and snotting… So what can you do?
Fortunately, there are a number of different ways you can treat the symptoms of a sinus infection and also help to speed up your recovery. Read on and we’ll take a look at some of the best ways to get over a sinus infection fast!
Water is the ultimate cure-all. No matter what the complaint or condition, there is a better than average chance that water might hold the answer.
There are a number of ways that water can help you to more quickly overcome a sinus infection. Firstly, water will help you to flush out your system and more quickly drive out the invading bacteria by supporting the immune system. At the same time, water will help to dilute and break up the phlegm, thereby helping you to get more relief from your blocked nose.
And if you are also coughing a lot, then water will help to soothe and cool the throat. Often we forget to eat and drink when ill, but don’t forget to keep hydrating yourself!