Sinus pain and pressure can cause more than a headache. Because they are attached to or near other parts of your face, the pain can be deceptive. More than one person has had toothaches caused by swollen sinuses. Finding a solution can help make a lot of pain go away.
Over-the-counter: If you can safely take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, this will go a long way in helping with the swelling and the pain. There are several different types of these products, so talk to your pharmacist about which is right for you. This may not relieve all of the problems but they can often bring the pain levels down to a point you can function.
Steam: Plain steam from a hot shower is often helpful in clearing out what’s in the sinuses. This is best for small children, as it is a bit dangerous for them to be around boiling liquids. The process is simple. Turn on the shower all the way to hot, close the bathroom door and let the steam build up. Then either go in or take the child in and sit for about ten minutes breathing the steam. Don’t go into the shower itself, the water will be far too hot.
There are other steam treatments adults or older children can use. My preferred recipe is a cinnamon stick, whole cloves and fresh sliced ginger. Put into two cups of water and bring to a boil. If all you need is the steam, turn the fire off and breathe in. Be careful not to overturn the pan and add burns to your aching sinuses.
Another steam treatment that is helpful is vinegar and water. Be aware that this will make the entire house smell like vinegar. Put a quarter cup of vinegar into a cup of water. Bring to a boil and breathe the steam. As above, turn the fire out first and be careful with the pan.
Herbal remedies: While I wouldn’t recommend drinking the vinegar mixture, simmering the cinnamon/clove/ginger mixture until it is down to one cup can provide a spicy drink that can be useful for the sinuses.
It is always a good idea to check with your doctor and pharmacist before using any herbal remedies. If you have sinus symptoms, getting a diagnosis is of primary importance. While these herbal remedies can help with the pain, you may need medication to resolve the underlying cause of it.