Sinuses are cavities located in the facial bones. These cavities are under normal circumstances empty, but viruses, chemicals or allergens may cause inflammation or sinusitis. Sinus cavities then get blocked and filled with mucus.
Sometimes, foreign objects (microorganisms or air pollutants) enter sinuses. Sinus drainage enables sinuses to expel them and this drainage is considered normal. Normal sinus drainage can be nasal secretion or post nasal drip, depending on the way of drainage, nose or throat.
However, sinus drainage can get pretty unpleasant and provoke cough or bad breath. Viral or bacterial infections might also cause mucus secretion. It could affect normal sinus drainage and lead to sinusitis or ear problems.
Sinus Drainage Treatment
Many times therapy should stop unpleasant symptoms of a medical condition. In sinus drainage therapy the main goal is to drain sinuses completely, cure sinusitis and consequentially stop excess sinus drainage.
The most commonly used drugs for sinus problems are antihistamines, antibiotics, and sometimes, saline drops or sprays. Never use medications without the consultation with your doctor and a proper drug prescription.
Doctors often recommend medications to treat sinus drainage problem, but many people prefer more natural ways of therapy. Most naturopaths will recommend proper hydration as one of the easiest sinus treatments. They suggest drinking plenty of water and herbal teas, in order to get rid of the excess mucus in sinuses. Proper amount of water will dilute the mucus and make it more easily excreted. Healthy people should drink about 8 glasses of water, but when you experience sinus problems raise the water intake a bit higher and take another 2 glasses of clear water every day.
Neti pots are common tool for nasal irrigation for many people practicing yoga. The pot itself looks like a teapot and can be found in many health stores. People use slightly warm saline solutions to cleanse sinuses. You may easily prepare saline solution by yourself: mix a teaspoon of non-iodized salt and a teaspoon of baking soda with a quart of warm clear water.
Tilt your head to the shoulder and back and sip the saline form the neti pot into one nostril. It might take you some time to get used to the feeling, but after a minute or two, the saline solution should come out of the other nostril. Blow your nose and repeat the process through the other nostril. Yogis recommend using neti pot every day to clear your sinus cavities. You shouldn’t share your neti pot with others, since it may cause different infections transfer.
Be careful when using the neti pot for the first time. It might be unpleasant at first, until you learn how to sip the solution properly into the nostrils. However, it mustn’t be painful. If it is, you are not doing it properly or there might be some other medical problem you are not aware of and you should consult your doctor.