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What I would do for: Sinus pressure relief:
Using my middle finger tip, left hand, firmly press at a point in the center of the back of the head in a large hollow just under the base of the skull. I make sure I am precisely on the correct spot. It is a very sensitive spot
do for 3 - 4 minutes
do several times as needed
As I do the above I use my index finger tip, right hand, firmly pressing directly between the eyebrows, in the indentation where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead. For 3 - 4 minutes
Drink a large glass of water at room temperature. Continue to drink much water during the next several days
I also drink herbal teas
thyme is considered to be decongestant
If the above protocol does not bring relief quickly, then I would try this:
using the tips of both index fingers press firmly on each side of the nostrils for 3 minutes
do steam inhalation
place your face at least a foot from steam source--to protect your cilia.
use some eucalyptus oil in the water
if necessary use a sinus rinse like Neil Med Sinus Rinse or from some other OTC brand I trust
What You Should Know About Your Sinuses and Pressure
Does your sinus pressure come and go? Is it a chronic sinus problem which you would like to get rid of quickly?
Either way I have good news for you: Your sinus problem relief could be easier to achieve than you may have anticipated. Let me explain:
Sinus pressure causes It can be caused bythe accumulation of mucus in the sinus cavities that cannot get out. Why not? Because the openings at the end of the sinuses--which connect to the nasal cavity so mucus can drain properly--are blocked by the sinuses' swollen membranes. Or the mucus production, even of clear mucus, may be so great that it cannot be drained fast enough. In either case, mucus accumulates, builds up pressure, sinus headache sets in. If mucus stagnates an infection with its symptoms can easily follow. Knowing the meaning of the color of mucus can be helpful in nipping an infection or other sinus disorders in the bud. At any rate, sinus pressure relief, to be effective, can involve knowledge and application of the right relief methods.
Mucus is vital to keeping the entire body functioning smoothly. It is produced by the sinus and nasal cavities membranes. It has lubricating and protective functions, and it serves as part of the body's defense mechanism against unwanted intruders, for example: foreign particles, irritants, viruses, germs, etc. When it is colored or excessive it can indicate that something needs attention. For example, a sinus infection--if the mucus is yellow or green. Mucus is secreted by the body all the time, but we don't often notice it until it becomes thick. Phlegm, on the other hand, is a special type of mucus. It works as a tool for our immune system mechanism, and it is mostly produced in the lungs. Incredible as it may sound we normally produce every day an amount of mucus that can reach one quart. Knowing the meaning of the color of mucus can be a handy thing to know in combating a sinus disorder early on, so it can be nipped in the bud. Yellow and green mucus usually denote that the immune systems is actively engaged in fighting an infection in the respiratory apparatus, often in the sinuses.
Irritation of the sinus membranes
These are things which can trigger a bout with sinus pressure:
Do you smoke? If you do then do yourself and others a big favor by quitting.
There is plenty of help available in the internet, from the government, non-profit organizations, etc. We all know there is a host of potential health problems associated with smoking: lung and throat cancer, emphysema, premature death. These are not small illnesses;
especially if you have to have a tube placed in your trachea after surgery to be able to breathe. Give it some serious thought and act. Would you?
Allergiesand the sinus pressureconnection
Allergic reaction to the environment is a major cause of sinus pressure. Pollen allergy being one of the most common. Excessive sinus drainage can also accompany an allergic reaction. The home environment can be the cause of allergies. For example, animal dander, house dust, dust mites droppings, cleaning and washing chemicals. You can make a simple test yourself: take good sniff close to the suspected item and see what happens. If you have an allergy you would know it almost right away. Allergies and hay fever are often exacerbated by certain foods we eat, and we should be aware of this. The simplest approach to dealing with allergies and hay fever is to stay away from the source of the allergenic that bothers us; but this is often not possible. Work on strategies to deal with the allergy problem. Maintaining the nasal and sinus passages clear and bringing sinus pressure relief as soon as it starts can avoid a bout with sinusitis.
When dark yellow mucus followed by green mucus is present it is usually an indication of a sinus infection; should it not go away in a few days a visit to the doctor would be wise.
Helpful Information About Sinus Pressure
Colds and sinus pressure connection There will be a watery mucus at the beginning, followed by a light yellow to a darker yellow mucus, which can sometimes accompany coughing. The process will last a few days and then you will begin to feel better. There is not much you can do to expedite the cure which is done by the immune system itself. It should be recognized that acute bronchitis frequently develops from a cold, flu, virus. Hay fever that is allowed to cause serious irritation can infect the nasal cavity membrane by not dealing with it soon and effectively. Recent research has also shown that sinus infection can develop from a fungus in the nasal mucus itself. Thus the importance of properly caring from a common virus or cold and preventing mucus to develop harmful fungi or bacteria. There are a some things you can do to make the sickness from a virus or cold more tolerable.
Nasal Cavity and Upper Respiratory Tract a - vertebrae, b - esophagus, c - trachea
d - cricoid cartilage, e - laryngopharynx, f -
pharynx, g - nasopharynx, k - tongue,
l - hard palate,
o - superior turbinate,
p - middle turbinate, q - inferior turbinate
What I Would Do:
Rest and relax all I can to help the immune system do its job
to excrete toxins from the body
boost the immune system
Antibiotics will not do any good
Use 3 times a day for 3 days "nature's antiviral botanicals" EB and G or A
Drink all the water I can possibly manage--minimum of 6 glasses a day
Supplement P is an excellent antioxidant which can help boost my immune system also
Watch what I eat since what we eat does matter to the sinuses
The color of mucus can tell about an infection progression
Sinus pressure and sinus infection connection
If not relieved sinus pressure can convert into a chronic sinus pressure condition, especially when the cause of the pressure is not eliminated. When sinus pressure mucus stagnates it can infect and bring about a bacterial sinus infection. Symptoms of a bacterial sinus infection:
Fever - except in the case of an infection in the ethmoid sinus cavity
Do not eat foods that can contribute to mucus production
Lesser known causesof sinus pressure
Allergies are high on the list. Then a significant cause of chronic sinus pressure can sometimes be the result of a weaken immune system caused by attitudes, emotions and conflicts within ourselves, for example:
Intense, prolonged emotional stress: Guilt, sorrow, work place and family problems. These strong emotions can cause muscular stress. Which in turn can restrict the sinus passages and can cause mucus to accumulate, resulting in sinus pressure and infection, etc.
Structural: Whenever structural mal-formations are present in the nasal cavity that impedes the free flow of air and mucus. Mucus accumulates, pressure, infection follows. It can also cause phlegm to emerge in other areas
Poor diet, lack of exercise, constipation: It is common knowledge that there exists a correlation between physical exercise and good health. The detrimental impact of certain foods on sinus pressure and other sinus ailments is becoming more obvious. Three categories of foods sinus sufferers should avoid is explained in detail in "Three Steps to Sinus and Mucus Relief"
Foods and Sinus Pressure Relief. Although not everyone agrees on the role of foods in relation to sinus pressure and related ailments, such as drainage, one thing is certain: In my particular case and that of all other sinus pressure sufferers I have approached on this subject, the answer has always been the same: When certain foods are eaten they affect the sinuses negatively in direct proportion to the quantity of food ingested. Sinus pressure, drainage, congestion, were typical reactions. The degree of their effect is in direct proportion to the amounts that are eaten of those foods. In the publication: Three Steps to Sinus and Mucus Relief this subject is thoroughly discussed and specific foods are listed that could make a huge difference for those suffering from sinus pressure, congestion, drainage, and other related ailments.
Foods Which Can Help Clear the Sinuses
it has cleansing properties
bromelain is its active medicinal ingredient
cruciferous are known for their cleansing and medicinal properties
many different vegetables are needed daily for a balanced diet
deemed to be a "miracle herb"
called nature's "antibiotic"
deemed to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
the list of remedial benefits is long
thousands of scientific research attest the validity of many claims
together with other hot spices it clears the and sinuses breathing passages
it's inexpensive and readily available
Cayenne pepper containing spices - see under "chiles", above
Foods Which Can Help the Healing of Sinus Issues
Non-mucus forming foods:
they should not over used
most of them are acid forming
it has bromelain
it contains other medicinal properties
it has cleansing properties
lemons and limes
has cleansing properties
promotes general health
promotes general health
helps the body cope better with sinus mucus
it has been called the body's lubricant
Fresh green-leaf vegetables
it is considered by some to have cancer preventing properties
their decongestant properties
help prevent sinus mucus accumulation and pressure
other "hot" peppers
they should be used with moderation
allicin is its active medicinal element
it has been called "nature's antibiotic"
it can help prevent and relieve sinus infection
it has much potassium
it is credited with bodily cleansing properties
Over-the counter remedies for sinus pressure relief
For many of us non-drug, natural remedies for sinus pressure relief would be preferable over commercial preparations. It is recognized, however, that it is not always feasible to obtain them. Furthermore, commercial remedies for sinus pressure relief have the advantage of accomplishing expected
results, sometimes, sooner than natural ones, with the possible exception of acupressure--sinus pressure points--to drain the sinus cavities.
Here are some OTC remedies one can consider to relieve (consult the doctor if there is any question) sinus pressure symptoms:
Neo-Synephrin - please, read side effects on label
This is a very limited list; there are other remedies more potent, but which require a prescription.
Sinus pressure prevention
Considering that sinus pressure is often accumulated sinus and nasal mucus, one of the things to remember on prevention is that there can be a sinus pressure-yellow mucus-green mucus connection. That an unaddressed or poorly relieved sinus pressure can have undesirable consequences as sinus drainage, or other respiratory system infection--and the annoying excessive mucus or phlegm that usually accompany one. Life style is king when it comes to sinus pressure prevention. If you have rhinitis (hay fever) or allergies you should take care of these conditions if they are significant the best way you can. These are things you can do to prevent the next bout with sinus pressure
If you have chronic sinus drainage from allergies or otherwise you should try to take of it to avoid complications
Remember that house dust is a potential source of allergenic, sinus pressure and sinus drainage
If you believe hay fever (rhinitis) is involved consider seeing and allergist physician, he/she can single out specific allergens that may be causing the sinus pressure. Sometimes sinus drainage is also a symptom of an allergic reaction, therefore it should also be addressed.
A combination of healing systems working synergistically (cooperatively) for your sinuses is the key to sinus healing
Combining empirical research and reading many sources of information is how I found this new approach
The right sinus relief is more than just taking medications. It involves: Right eating, botanicals, some regular medications & pressure points for the sinuses
Foods can significantly affect your sinuses. Learn which foods can cause problems and which ones promote healing
Disclaimer: I am not a physician nor a licensed health care practitioner. The statements made in this web site or in the publication: Three Steps to Quick Sinus and Mucus Relief, have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are intended to describe what I did or would personally do only, and not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease or condition for others. The reader should continue to regularly consult a physician with regard to his or her health. Especially with respect to any matters or symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical care.