Remedies for Sinus Headaches

The best remedy for a sinus headache is prevention. It is important to determine what the underlying cause of your sinus headache is and prevent that trigger.

Many people with allergies have known triggers. Those who work in, or frequent polluted areas or dusty environments may find themselves coming down frequently with a sinus headache.

Other people are sensitive to harsh chemicals such as perfumes and cleaning products and others find they suffer after consuming an overload of dairy products. If you can keep track of when you get a sinus headache and what you were doing prior, you may discover potential triggers to avoid.

It is recommended you keep a journal until you can pinpoint your potential or known triggers. After all, ‘prevention is better than cure.’

Strong Immune System

Keeping your immune system functioning optimally will help you to fight off sinus infections, which in turn can cause a sinus headache. If your body is not able to fight off a sinus attack you will be subject to re-occurring headaches.

Drink Lots of Water

Staying well hydrated will help ensure that your mucus doesn’t become thick and viscous. It is normal and healthy to have nasal discharge, as this traps bacteria and irritants and enables us to blow them out before they get into our system.

Neti Pot

 

A Neti Pot is another great solution. They are available from most pharmacies. Water from the Neti Pot can decrease inflammation and increase drainage in the nasal passages that contribute to sinus headaches.

 

Generally, you will want to fill the Neti Pot with a water and saline solution. Next, place your head over a sink and angle your head to one side so that your chin and forehead are in alignment. Put the Neti pot into the higher nostril and make sure there is no space between the nostril and the spout. Gently lift the pot so that the water flows into your raised nostril and out of the lower one. As you let the water flow, breathe through your mouth.

 

Once you have used all the water, gently clear your nose by blowing, without closing off your nasal passages as you exhale. Tilt your head to the other side and repeat the process. Once you are finished with the Neti Pot, wash it out with soap and water and let it air dry.

 

The gentle nasal irrigation helps you to flush out your sinuses and provide relief. Using the saline solution helps to dispel the mucus from your nasal passages which can greatly alleviate the pressure.

 

You can also try a bulb syringe. It is important to use sterile, distilled or previously boiled and cooled water. Make sure you thoroughly wash out your apparatus and let it air dry before using again.

 

If you don’t have any of these products, you can tilt your head back in the shower and let the water run into your nostrils for a sinus clean.

 

Humidifier

 

A vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom can help ease your sinus pain and nasal congestion just as warm, moist air from a steamy shower or hot bath can provide relief too. The warm and humid air can be helpful for bringing down the inflammation and enabling the nasal passages to drain.

 

You will find that your nose will often become more irritated if exposed to chronic dry air. If you don’t have one, for immediate relief, use water from a boiling kettle and lightly tent a towel over your head and inhale the steam, being careful not to scald yourself.

 

However, if you are prone to broken capillaries on your face, steaming is not recommended.

 

Sinus Massage

 

Even though it may be painful, massaging the sinus areas with your fingertips can be beneficial. Gently work over the regions in your temples and forehead where you are feeling pain.

 

Visualize the sinus spaces opening up and drainage commencing as you work through the area. If you notice no relief after 5 minutes, stop. There is no point creating pressure if it is not providing relief.

 

As you can see there are plenty of natural remedies for sinus headache relief to try. You can also keep a saline nasal spray, available from any pharmacy, handy for those little emergencies.