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Natural solutions for sinus infections

Many people suffer from Sinus infection. This occurs when the nasal passageways become infected, swollen, and inflamed.

The most common symptoms are facial pain, congestion, and infected nasal discharge. The infection can be viral, bacterial, or sometimes fungal. You can have short-term acute or chronic long term sinus problems.

If you have allergies, your symptoms may be aggravated by inhaling airborne allergens like dust, perfumes, or pollen.

Symptoms can also be aggravated by eating dairy foods because they can promote the formation of mucus. A simple change in diet could be the ideal solution. Of course this means no milk chocolate, ice-cream or any dairy products.

The build-up of thick mucus clogs the nasal passageways and the sinus cavities. Sometimes the mucus drains down the back of the throat. This is known as postnasal drip.

For acute Sinusitis you may be offered an antibiotic to clear the infection; however, an antibiotic will only treat a bacterial infection. It won't help if it's a viral or fungal infection. If you do take an antibiotic, remember to take a good quality probiotic.

Some of you have chronic sinus problems that can last for months and months. Thankfully there are herbal remedies that can help. They include Garlic, Elderberry, Astragulus, and Oregano. You'll find combination blends of these herbs that work quite well together.

Terra Nova Astragulus, Elderberry and Garlic is a great example of this targeting bacterial, viral and fungal infection. This supplement has worked for lots of people. For on-going/recurring sinus infections you will need to take your chosen supplement for a couple of months.

You could also reduce dairy products, red meat, wheat, coffee, alcohol and of course sugar during a flare up to give yourself the best chance of overcoming the infection.

If you don't think that infection is the cause, then the Higher Nature Salt Pipe that I wrote about recently could help reduce inflammation and swelling and offer relief to your symptoms. Some people get relief using steam inhalations of Lavender, Eucalyptus or Oregano essential oils.

In order to eradicate the problem, you'll need to treat the infection, support immunity, and you may need to make dietary and lifestyle changes.

So why suffer? Call into your local independent health food store today for more advice. The staff there will be happy to help.

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