Sinus Congestion and Chronic Sinusitis

Sinus Congestion
Comstock Collection/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Chronic sinusitis affects between 30 and 40 million people in the United States alone each year. Symptoms may include trouble breathing through the nose, headache, aching behind the eye area, tenderness in the cheeks, sinus congestion, nasal discharge, or post-nasal drip. Acute sinusitis may start with cold virus. Chronic sinusitis, which recurs or lasts longer than 12 weeks, can be caused by upper respiratory tract infection, allergies, deviated septum or other anatomical conditions, and fungi.

Sinus Congestion and Chronic Sinusitis Remedies

If you think you have sinusitis, it's important to see your healthcare provider. Untreated acute sinusitis can lead to serious infection or the condition may become chronic. 

This is an area of debate. Many conventional doctors do not believe that food sensitivities can cause sinus congestion or sinusitis, although it's a fairly common approach used by alternative practitioners.

Possible offending foods may include dairy, wheat, oranges, and sugar, because these foods are believed to promote the formation of mucous.

Sugar is also thought to have a negative effect on immune function.

Nasal Irrigation
Nasal irrigation is a simple procedure alternative practitioners often recommend for chronic sinus problems. Learn how to do a Nasal Irrigation

Eucalyptus Steam Inhalation
A home remedy for sinus congestion is the Eucalyptus Steam Inhalation.

Other Natural Remedies
  • Horseradish
  • Elderberry

Using Natural Remedies

Due to a lack of supporting research, it's too soon to recommend alternative medicine for sinusitis. Supplements haven't been tested for safety and due to the fact that dietary supplements are largely unregulated, the content of some products may differ from what is specified on the product label.

Also keep in mind that the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established. You can get tips on using supplements here, but if you're considering the use of alternative medicine, talk with your primary care provider first. Self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

Continue Reading