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Natural Alternatives To Relieve Sinus Infection Symptoms

Ananta F. Benvenuto Friday, July 30, 2010 ,
Suffering from sinus infection symptoms? If conventional treatment does not work for you, why don't you try natural alternatives instead? Natural alternatives are safe to use because there no side effects to the body. Aside from that, they are effective in providing relief from sinus infection symptoms. Also, natural alternatives work by strengthening your immune system against infection and other diseases.

Acute and Chronic Sinus Infection Symptoms
Acute sinusitis is a common problem for many, usually following a bout of common cold. It causes mild sinus infection symptoms such as blocked nose, facial pain and pounding headaches. Luckily, the condition is temporary and drug medications are effective in providing relief and getting rid of the condition once and for all. However, there are people who deal with sinus infection symptoms as a chronic condition. Additional symptoms are also felt such as post-nasal drip, thick and colored mucus, coughing, sore throat and bad breath. When the infection is recurring, conventional treatments do not always work. It may provide temporary relief but more often, the sinus infection symptoms come back. Some medications also have adverse side effects, especially with long-term use. Surgery is also another option, but there is no guarantee of complete relief.

Natural Alternatives against Sinus Infection Symptoms
Natural alternatives are not that difficult to find. Some of the nutrients needed can be found in the foods that you eat especially fruits and vegetables. Others are also marketed in the form of food supplements that are available in your local drugstore.
An enzyme found in pineapple called bromelain is effective against sinus infection symptoms. It breaks down mucus, fights infections and relieves symptoms. Olive leaf extract and goldenseal are proven to be effective against sinus infection caused by bacteria and fungi. To strengthen the immune system and reduce allergic reactions, try taking vitamin C three times a day. It is also helpful in reducing sinus congestion. Another compound that can be found in fruits and vegetables is quercetin, which aids vitamins C in blocking substances such as histamines to prevent inflammation. For common colds, zinc is effective in getting rid of colds and reducing risk of sinus infection. Zinc can also be used to reduce pain and inflammation.
You can also take simple steps at home for faster recovery against sinus infection symptoms. There are certain foods that you can eat for faster mucus breakdown such as fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, hot chicken broths, garlic, onions, chili, ginger, horseradish, mustard and pineapple. Avoid foods that aid mucus formation like dairy products, sugar and fatty foods. Drink lots of liquids, especially water, hot teas and juices. Steam treatments and nasal washing are also recommended for relieving blocked sinuses. Exercise daily to boost your immunity and avoid allergens at all cost.

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