There aren't any natural ways to improve colds, but zinc lozenges and supplements have been shown to prevent or shorten the duration of colds. Learn about instilling saltwater into the nasal cavity to relieve sinus infections with help from a pediatrician in this free video on sinus problems.
Hi I'm Dr. David Hill, and today we are going to be talking about natural cures for sinus infections. Now when we think about sinus infections first of all we've got to say what are the sinuses. These are literally holes in your head or are air filled spaces. There are two here behind these bones, two behind these bones, and two more pairs of sinuses deeper in the head in places that I can't really point to. The most common infections of these sinuses are just a viral cold. Now there is not a whole lot of natural therapy that has been shown to improve colds, vitamin C doesn't really do it, echinacea has a very little data for it, but zinc lozenges and other zinc supplements do seem to prevent colds or even shorten the duration. The problem is you have to use a lot of them frequently in order to have an adequate effect, and sometimes it is easier just to suffer the cold than to take the zinc. But that does help. Relieving symptoms in babies and small children is best done with salt water drops. You can make these yourself using a half teaspoon of salt and one cup of water, and just dribble two or three drops in each side of the nose, suck them back out with one of those suction bulbs that you get in the hospital or the drug store. You don't want to put it very far in, just go straight back a couple of millimeters, that's plenty. And just do it before feeds and bedtime, you can't over do this. Now something that works really well for adults, both in viral colds, and even in bacterial rhino sinusitis, is called a netty pot. This is an instrument that was developed probably in India and Pakistan, and the surrounding areas, hundreds and even thousands of years ago as part of aerovatic medicine, and it allows you to instill salt water into the nasal cavity, and then let it run back out. This actually does seem to relieve congestion, and may shorten the duration of viral and bacterial infections of the nose. Now there's several reasons to seek medical care, if you have a prolonged fever greater than three days, a fever greater than one hundred two to one hundred and three, symptoms greater than ten to fourteen days, acute pain right here where one of the sinuses are, there is certainly puffiness or swelling of the face you really need to seek care, because you are probably going to need antibiotics. However, for the milder cases, and for those things where your doctor really doesn't have much to offer there are the neti pot, and the zinc lozenges, as well as nasal saline drops for kids that you can try, and that may actually work quite well. Talking about natural sinus relief for sinusitis, I am Dr. David Hill.
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