Miscellaneous Tips

Tips For Dealing With Nasal/Sinus Discomfort

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  • Acupuncture and shiatsu meant to improve nasal blood supply and nerve function.
  • Dressing warm, drinking plenty of water and sleeping in a warm environment.
  • Regular physical activity and a healthy life style are most important too.
  • DO NOT USE AFRIN regularly, only for short periods like major colds or allergy attacks.
  • DO NOT USE SUDAFED regularly unless you have MAJOR seasonal allergies or a cold and swelling. It will dry you out so much that your nasal tissue will feel dry and raw, you won’t be able to wear contacts easily, and all it does is decongest – just like the Saline Irrigation. ENTS that tell you to use Sudafed or Claritin D or anything D do not understand ENS and how dried out we already are.
  • Take showers before bed.
  • Tea and other hot liquids help to loosen things up.
  • Winter can be rough when the heat is on high and the air is so dry. Even with humidifiers, the air is just dry, so if you can stand it, turn down the heat. Your nose will thank you and so will your body if it helps you sleep.
  • Before you get medicine again, get your mucus cultured.
  • Try acupressure.  Acupressure is an ancient practice that where you can use your fingers to stimulate key points on your skin that will in turn promote the body’s self-healing processes. Getting that increased blood flow to the nose is important to ensure improvement of nasal sensations. And there are key points for people with nasal problems, such as placing some pressure underneath your cheek to relieve nasal congestion or in the web between your thumb and pointer finger.  Acupressure’s Potent Points: A guide to self-care for common ailments by Michael Reed Gach.
  • Try craniosacral therapy.  Craniosacral therapy is a light touch therapy that a therapist does on you to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. This technique enhances the craniosacral system, the area in which the brain and spinal cord function.
  • Chew some sugar-free gum for good oral hygiene
  • Biofeedback
  • Inversion Therapy, this helps blood rush to the nasal passages.  Using an inversion table can be helpful.
  • Zinc lozenges
  • The best hot teas: Throat Coat and Breathe Easy.  Hot tea with lemon and honey is an excellent mucus thinner. A few cups of day is recommended for good health, and even more if you notice you might be coming down with or have a sinus infection.  Throat Coat includes a blend of herbs, including licorice root, Echinacea, cinnamon bark. It really does coat my throat.  Breathe Easy, which also includes the herbs licorice root, eucalyptus leaf, peppermint leaf, ginger rhizome, among others.
  • Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Tablets help take care of acid reflux.
  • Swimming Nose Plugs. I buy them at sporting goods stores. I wear them when the pain is bad and on planes or anywhere else with harsh air.
  • Swimming
  • Steam Room at gym
  • Nasal Neural Activity.  Keep an aroma-therapeutic smelling oil bottle around and sniff from it periodically.
  • Use cotton in the nasal cavity to stimulate the nasal mucosa to evoke a sneezing response. Try and make yourself sneeze a good few times a day. Works wonders.

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