Doctor Oz did a segment on the pain of Sinus Infections, which can cause an intense pressure build up in your head until it can feel like it might explode. He gave some great sinus infection home remedies, which is something I love since I always seem to be having problems in that area! Dr Oz said that Sinus Infections can even lead to brain infections, which can be life threatening, along with blindness.
Dr Oz said that people often complain about sinus pain in their temples, between their nose, in their frontal sinus underneath the eyes and above the eyebrows. Sinuses are like a network of air space running though your head. Dr Oz showed how there are tiny hairs in your sinuses above and below your eyes. The hairs help to remove mucus from your sinuses. However, if there is inflammation, the membrane of your sinuses can get thick and fluid can collect. If you drain out the liquid, you will feel better usually.
Dr Oz showed a cool trick for how you can check at home if you have fluid in your sinuses or not. Shine a small flashlight through the inside of your upper lip straight up in the direction of your sinuses. If you can see light, then there is no fluid building up in your sinuses. However, if you cannot see the light, then you could have liquid built up.
Sinus Infection Home Remedies
Dr Oz gave the following ideas for how to treat sinus infections at home:
1. Pseudoephedrine / Decongestant
2. Butterbur Capsules
Dr Oz said that you can take butterbur capsules to help reduce the inflammation in your sinuses, and thus relieve your sinus infection a bit.
3. Waterpik SinuSense Neti Pot & Waterpik SinuSense Water Pulsator
Dr Oz showed how you can use a neti pot to clear our your sinuses. A neti pot looks somewhat like a small tea pot. You put slightly warm water and salt in the neti pot, and pour the liquid through one nostril and out the other. The liquid and salt helps to wash away all of the mucus in your sinuses and helps to reduce allergies, as well as to decrease your risk of a sinus infection. A few tips that I have found helpful when using a neti pot are the following:
– Lean your head forwards, and to the side (if you are pouring water through your left nostril, you will tilt your head to the right).
– Breathe through your mouth while you use a neti pot, otherwise you can end up getting some of the salty solution down your throat… which is not a major problem really, but it is not pleasant.