What’s been the best home treatment for my sinus problems? Believe it or not, the home treatment that relieved my sinus problems was just a regular sinus cleaning and maintenance routine. After years of taking over-the-counter medications and antibiotics, I finally went to an ENT doctor for advice.
He explained to me that the sinuses work properly when the mucous in your body is relatively thin. Taking antihistamines and allergy medications dry up your sinuses and makes the mucous thicker. That is really counter-productive.
Over-the-counter pills and sprays may relieve your symptoms in the short term. But they’re not effective long-term. And going that route can be very expensive, especially if you have sinus problems several times a year.
My ENT doctor wanted me to:
1. Keep myself hydrated by drinking more water (keeps mucous thin and membranes moist)
2. Rinse out my nose and sinuses regularly (cleans allergens like dust and pollen out of the sinuses) and
3. Inhale steam 2-to-4 times a day (this both moisturizes and flushes sinuses and lungs)
I followed his advice and haven’t had any significant sinus related symptoms since – and it’s been over four years now.
Simple Home Treatment That Works
Here’s the maintenance routine that’s been working for me:
|Nasal Rinse||Inhale Steam|
|First thing in the morning||15-20 mins mid-morning|
|After I’ve been in a polluted environment (outside on a high pollen day, mowing the lawn, woodworking, etc)||I add more inhalations throughout the day if I feel like I might be getting a cold or the flu or experiencing allergy symptoms.|
|If I notice runny nose, stuffy nose or congestion|
|Early evening||20 mins about 1 hour before bed, usually watching TV|
For me at least, the doctor was right. I now believe that one of the best home treatments you can do for chronic sinus problems and post nasal drip is to keep your sinuses clean and moist.
And with a simple squeeze bottle and a personal steam inhaler, it’s not that difficult to do. You’ll thank yourself for giving this easy cure a try. What have you got to lose?
Find out how I did it:
Check out this simple sinus rinse recipe for details of an effective saline solution that you can easily make at home.