Pain from a sinus infection can be uncomfortable. When you're pregnant and can't take medication, it can be unbearable. If this sounds like you right now, you'll be glad to know that relief is near. Here are four all-natural ways to alleviate sinus pain without the use of medication.
Flush With Saline
During a sinus infection, your sinuses can fill with mucus, which can lead to sinus pressure. Once the pressure builds up, you may begin experiencing sinus pain that can turn into a debilitating headache. You can relieve the pressure and clear out your sinuses using saline flushes.
All you need is a neti pot and saline solution. You can make your own saline solution using 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and 2 cups of warm distilled water. Simply combine the ingredients in a bowl, mix well, and pour the solution into your neti pot. Now, lay your head down on a towel with one nostril pointed towards the ceiling. Insert the spout of the neti pot into your nostril and slowly begin to pour the solution. Continue pouring until the saline flushes out through the other nostril. Turn your head to the other side and repeat the process.
Steam Things Up
If you don't have access to a neti pot, you can still relieve the sinus pressure and loosen the mucus. Go in your bathroom and shut the door. Turn the hot water on and start the shower. Allow the room to fill with steam. Breathe in the steam for about 15 minutes. For maximum benefit, place a spoonful of mentholated vapor rub in the tub. The eucalyptus added with the steam will clear your sinus passages, which will alleviate the pressure and relieve you of your sinus pain.
Go Hot and Cold
Sinus pressure and pain sometimes react differently to hot and cold. If you're suffering from pain and pressure, relax with some moist compresses. Because sinus pain and pressure react differently, try alternating between hot and cold compresses.
You'll need two clean wash cloths for this. Soak one in hot water and one in cold water. Place the cold one in the freezer for a few minutes while you apply the hot compress to your face. Once the hot compress cools down, replace it with the cold compress you placed in the freezer. Repeat the process several times a day. You can also make your own hot and cold packs using ingredients you probably have at home.
Fill a sock with uncooked rice. Tie a knot in the sock. Place the sock in the microwave and heat on high for about 2 minutes.
Fill a resealable plastic baggie with 2 cups water and 1 cup rubbing alcohol. Place the baggie in the freezer and allow it to freeze to a soft slushie consistency.
Sinus pain during pregnancy can make you downright miserable. If you can't use medication for relief from the pain, use these natural remedies, and talk to a specialist like those at Asthma And Allergy Center.