Sinus: How to manage infection and relieve discomfort

Sinus: How to manage infection and relieve discomfort

A sinus infection or sinus congestion can be really discomforting. The latter is caused by dust, perfume, cold weather.  It’s also caused by Allergies that stimulate the sinuses which result in blocked ears, a choked nose, stuffy head, and pain in cheekbones. Sinus infections occur due to inflammation of nasal passages and a lot of times medication does not help. However, there are some steps you can take to relieve the discomfort.

Pressure Points

One way to relieve sinus discomfort is to take advantage of the sinus pressure points. What are pressure points? Some areas on your body or skin are more sensitive to touch than others. When stimulated, these points release endorphins which release tension in these areas and help the body function normally. So, you can apply pressure to some points on the body to relieve the discomfort from sinus infections. Here’s how to relieve sinus pressure:

Image: med-health
Image: med-health
  • Referring to the figure above, use your index finger to apply light pressure to the areas of your nostrils. Applying pressure for 4 or 5 minutes will help the sinus to drain and relieve congestion discomfort.
  • Again, referring to the figure above, you can also apply pressure near your eyes. To locate the exact position, look for the point where the eyebrows start to meet the nose, just between the eyes and the nose. Apply pressure on both sides for 4-5 minutes and it’ll help relieve mucus congestion relatively quick.
  • Pushing into the cheekbone directly below the pupil helps relieve pain from a sinus infection. Doing so also results in reducing eye pain and fatigue.
  • One great pressure point starts from the forehead. Start by placing your thumbs just above the nose (middle of forehead) and then drag them towards the temple. Repeat this for 10-15 times to feel instant relief.
  • One very sensitive pressure point is a fingertip. Use one hand to apply pressure to the fingertips of the other. This sensitive pressure point helps relieve aches experienced from a sinus infection.

Using Pressure Points to avoid a Sinus infection

Pressure points are highly useful not for just relieving discomfort but for avoiding the infection in the first place. Here’s what you do:

  • Apply pressure to the upper edge of elbows for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Use webbing or a string between your forefinger and index finger at their top points and apply pressure for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Just outside the upper portion of the breastbone lies a hollow region where your collarbone also protrudes. Apply pressure in this area for 4 to 5 minutes

Applying pressure to the pressure points discussed above will help keep you away from a sinus infection. These can also help in relieving discomfort, so these points are quite powerful.

How to manage a Sinus Infection

  • Stay Hydrated. Hydration is a key component of not only infection management but your overall health. In the case of a sinus infection, staying hydrated has a lot of benefits. Drinking lots of fluids keep the sinuses moist inside your body. Try to drink warm beverages like tea as they not only keep the sinuses moist but they also have decongestant properties. Lemon/Ginger tea also help boost the immune system.
  • Ginger is also a great way to deal with a sinus infection. Ginger extracts help relieve pain and they also act as an anti-inflammatory agent. Thus, ginger extracts have the potential to even cure a sinus infection due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Try to consume one or two teaspoons of ginger every day or drink ginger tea every day for maximum results.
  • Use nasal spray or a hot shower to get moisture into the sinuses and relieve pressure.
  • Keep the air around you moist. Perhaps invest in an air humidifier in your home as moist air helps in keeping the sinuses lubricated which helps avoid swelling and irritation.

 

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