A new study states that people living in places like New Delhi or Beijing may be at greater risk of developing chronic sinus problems due to high levels of air pollution in these cities.
This is because smog, ash and other particulates from industrial smokestacks and other sources pollute air quality and raise rates of respiratory diseases.
There are different kinds of sinus infections such as Acute Sinusitis, Subacute Sinusitis, Chronic Sinusitis and Recurrent Sinusitis, along with other problems like Deviated Septum, Hay Fever, Nasal Polyps, etc.
Sinus is caused due to irritants like virus, pollutants, bacteria, pollens, dust, etc. The common symptoms include nasal blockage, cold, cough, fever, sore throat, headache, etc. In chronic cases, the symptoms last for over 12 weeks or longer, and can even cause breathing problems, sleep apnea and brain infection.
1. Block Irritants
Sinus is common among those who are prone to allergies or have respiratory problems. Spring time also happens to be time when the process of pollination is in full swing, and as such the air is filled with pollens. Pollution is another factor. It is therefore advisable to cover your nose every time you step out and also keep your windows shut.
2. Use Fresh Ginger
When the sinuses become clogged and congested, it is important to drain them. A mixture of fresh ginger juice (or freshly grated ginger pulp) with 1 teaspoon honey taken 2 or 3 times a day will be quite helpful.
3. Stay Away from Dairy Products
Dairy products, especially cheese, yogurt and ice cream should be avoided. Also, stay away from chocolate, sugar and yeast containing foods as they trigger excess mucus production in the sinuses.
4. Avoid Cold Drinks
Cold drinks are a big no-no. The intake of cold liquids will stall cilia movement within the nose, making it difficult for nasal mucus to flow through the nasal passages. But stay hydrated, making sure that you drink good amounts of water.
5. The Power of Ghee
Desi ghee is known for its miraculous properties. An ancient practise is to instil a little warm ghee in each nostril once a day and sniff. You can use an eye-dropper or a clean finger dipped in ghee.
6. Use Garlic
“Here is a more powerful remedy that you can use for severe sinus congestion and pain. You may not enjoy doing this, but it works. Use a garlic press to squeeze out some fresh garlic juice.
7. Nasal Wash
Another common practice is to inhale a little amount of water through one nostril and exhale it through the other nostril. It is tough to do this, but it proves to be good for the sinuses. You can also make a mild solution by dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 1/2 cup lukewarm water and instill 5 drops of the solution into each nostril with a dropper and then drain it. >