Cold and Flu Seasons: How to Effectively Combat a Sinus Infection

Sinus infections are no fun, but people get them year after year during the cold and flu seasons. Many people think that there is nothing they can do about a sinus infection, and that they just have to tough it out until it goes away. Thank goodness this isn’t the case, because there are actually quite a few things you can do to combat a sinus infection.

Try Bromelain

Bromelain, also referred to as Bromelin, is an enzyme that is found in pineapples. For people suffering with sinus infections, it is best to take it in its more concentrated supplement form rather than gorging on pineapples all day long. Bromelain may help on its own, but it is believed to work best when combined with antibiotics. Studies have shown that Bromelain may be able to help people who suffer from chronic rhinosinusitis and have had surgery because of it.

While there is no standard dose recommendations for Bromelain, it has been suggested that people can safely take between 80 milligrams to 320 milligrams of extract 2-3 times a day. Be sure to talk to your doctor before you take Bromelain as it might react negatively to other medications you are taking.

Nasal Flushing

While many sinus infection remedies are up for debate, nasal flushing is not. It is a proven technique to combat a sinus infection, and clinics like Premier Urgent Care Centers of California, Inc. have seen many people try this solution. Neti pots are the most popular way of doing a nasal flush, and they use a saline solution to remove mucus as well as lower inflammation in the nasal cavity.

Prevent Allergens from Making it Worst

It’s true; allergens can make your sinus infection much worse than it already is. Keeping pets out of the bedroom you are spending most of your time in, installing an air filtration system in your home, dusting furniture and other areas of the home where dust collects, and cleaning mold and condensation from windows or anywhere else it collects are ways to make your home more allergy-free.

Wrap Up

If you are suffering from a sinus infection, you don’t have to simply wait it out and do nothing. One of the above remedies might be of use to you. They sure have for many other people who continue to swear by them. Just remember, if you don’t see improvement with any of these, be sure to contact a doctor as soon as possible.

the author

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure.

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