If having personal experience with sinus problems qualifies you to speak to the topic, I’m basically a medical doctor. All joking aside — I’ve suffered from regular sinus infections for as long as I can remember. Ask anyone else who deals with this and they’ll tell you, it’s a frustrating and unfair condition that can take you out for weeks at a time. I’ve been to both allergists and ENTs, and over the years I’ve learned a few good techniques that have helped me bounce back from extreme allergies and also minimize my cold symptoms when I have a virus. So keep this list handy for that moment when you feel a sore throat coming on, and stay well my friends!

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Take a shower and stay indoors.

The toughest thing about sinus problems is that we often don’t know what’s really causing them. So implementing a strategy of elimination is key to figuring out how to get well fast. If seasonal allergies are the culprit, then taking a shower and making a conscious effort to stay indoors will provide some relief.

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Stop what you’re doing and get a good night’s sleep.

When you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re much more susceptible to contagious bugs and viruses because your immune system is weakened. Even if you’ve already caught a cold that you can feel in your head and throat, your symptoms will be much less severe if you stop what you’re doing and get a good night’s sleep.

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Try the neti pot.

Other cultures have been using the neti pot for centuries, but this ancient method of nasal irrigation has only recently caught on in the US. The neti looks like a little ceramic tea pot, and you use fill it with warm water and special salt to gently rinse your sinus passages. As a longtime sinus sufferer, the neti pot has been nothing short of life changing for me. The neti can’t prevent you from catching a cold or flu, but’s it’s very very good at staving off sinus infections and relieving sinus pressure when you’re already suffering from sinus congestion.

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Staying hydrated is always important, but it’s especially crucial when your body is dealing with a virus or allergies. Drinking plenty of fluids can help prevent colds and allergies from turning into sinuses infections. OTC allergy medications and antihistamines are notorious for their dehydrating side effects, so if you’re taking any of those medications you’ll need to consume more water than usual. And if what’s got you feeling down ends up being the flu (gasp!) staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to take good care of yourself.

Make a bowl of Camille’s magical turmeric soup.

Turmeric powder contains curcumin, an active ingredient with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. So Camille’s recipe for turmeric chicken soup isn’t just delicious — it’s also a healing remedy, too. A bowl of this soup followed by an early bedtime is a good recipe for getting well soon.

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Make a doctor’s appointment.

During flu season, it’s especially good to check in with your GP if you start feeling really sick. Over 35,000 people die from the flu every year in the United States, and they’re not all elderly people. Younger people sometimes make the mistake of ignoring worsening symptoms instead of going to the doctor or ER. Regardless of what’s causing your sinus problems, your doctor can help you figure out the best way to treat your symptoms and make sure you’re on the path to recovery.

 

9 comments
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    fleurt | November 17, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I’ve found out that a long lasting cure of ionic sulfur can completely cure regular sinus problems. No other treatment really worked. I had been suffering from them since 8 years: it was awful. I rarely encounter them now. I am not a doctor though – be advised by a professional if you take it! And I am not allergic to anything. Good luck!

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    Tamika | November 18, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Such a great list! My number one step? Rolling a powerful oil blend for immune support on my feet and spine morning and night. In a 10 mL glass roller bottle, add 10-20 drops of Thieves oil, top with your favorite carrier (I love fractionated coconut oil), rock to mix and you’re good to go.

    Be well Friends!

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    Alison | November 18, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    This may seem like a weirdly personal question but…do you still have your tonsils? Having mine out as a kid relieved me of chronic ENT problems and probably saved me from about a million sick days. I have a few friends who’ve had them out as adults and saw pretty much the same miraculous results.

    Hope you’re breathing easy this cold and flu season!

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    • Laurie | November 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      ME TOO!!! I got mine out at 31 yo (not a fun experience!!!!) but I very rarely get sick now..& that was 16 yrs ago!!! I always ask my friends the same question. Getting them out has been a lifesaver!!!!

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    Patricia Ellis | November 26, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    my sinus problems have gotten worse the older I’ve gotten. the problem is so bad that i may have to move away from my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. I keep a hat on when I’m outside, wear a scarf to bed, drink plenty of water, and run my space heater all night. The medicine, OTC, dries out my sinuses, but at least it dries up the congestion. Since I don’t have insurance going to the doctor isn’t an option, plus I would have to take a day off from work to go to a clinic.

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    Martina Ventura | November 28, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I loved all of the suggestions. I had never heard of the Neti pot. I’m intrigued.

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    Natalie Redman | November 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Good suggestions. I recommend lots of hot tea especially lemon,ginger,honey and a bit of blackcurrant juice to disguise the flavour.

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    Miz Val | December 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Here a good one don’t be like picture number 2 .Put on some warm clothing and socks! Keep warm.The reason most of us get sick is because we don’t dress properly Or in my case we travel from a warm climate back into a cold one. I’m fighting something right now but was able to catch it on time because my throat got itchy and dry

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    Kara Louise | January 15, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    A dry skin brush followed by a warm salt bath with essential oils (Young Living for sure) does the trick for me! Plus I advise glutathione too!

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