Sinus congestion caused due to a sinus infection is as common and as painful as a sinus infection. However, it should not be confused with the congestion due to cold. The differentiating factor between the two is that sinus congestion is accompanied with other symptoms like a body ache with a severe headache, pain in the facial muscles and fever.
But how to cure sinus congestion? First and foremost is the use of decongestants. This aid in the process of evacuation of mucus from the cavities in the nose. Another method that is gaining popularity, particularly for use in case of children, is that of nasal irrigation. Nasal irrigators are easily available in the markets. Water mixed with salt can also be used to clean the mucus. This provides instant relief.
The steam inhaled from a vaporizer is also effective in curing a sinus infection. Placing a hot and cold compress over the affected area is also useful in relieving the pain and clearing the cavities.
Oregano oil, which has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, can be taken with water or juice two-three times a day for curing sinusitis.
A drop of peppermint oil mixed with olive oil, when messaged into the sinus affected area, aids the breaking of the sinus congestion. This cleans the nasal cavities and helps in mucus evacuation. Another natural remedy is the addition of eucalyptus oil into a humidifier and use it. Drinking water mixed with apple cider vinegar is also helpful in curing sinus infections as it cleans out the mucus.
However, if none of the remedies mentioned above prove useful, it is advisable that one consult a doctor at the earliest.