Just like almost any problem, we need to know what’s causing the problem before we can solve it. The same is true when it comes to sinus trouble–in order to find sinus relief that works, we need to know what’s causing the trouble.
Our sinuses (or, more specifically, our paranasal sinuses) are hollow spaces that are formed within the bones of our face. Usually, these spaces are filled with air. One of their important jobs is to allow for the drainage of mucus.
Anything that blocks mucus drainage can cause us sinus trouble. There are several ways our sinuses can become blocked. Often, sinus congestion related to sinusitis or even a common cold is the culprit. But an unusual or abnormal nasal structure can be a cause, too–such as a deviated septum. The blockage can also be mechanical; that is, caused by an object that’s inserted into our sinus passages. (That includes the small toys and objects that children sometimes stick inside their nose.)
Needless to say, if there’s a marble in your nose, you’ve probably solved the problem. But life is rarely that simple, right?
If your sinus congestion is due to a cold virus, chances are that you’ll need to wait it out. If you’re suffering from a sinus infection, then your health care provider may prescribe antibiotics, decongestants, antihistamines, or any of several other medical treatments. A mechanical blockage from an unusual or abnormal nose structure may require surgery, in order to resolve the problem once and for all–but most health care providers are conservative in their approach, and they’ll try other possible solutions before asking you to add your name to the surgery schedule. The key to finding sinus relief is knowing what’s causing your problem.
One way to help keep your sinuses healthy and clear is through using sinus irrigation. For many people, this treatment is their favorite form of sinus relief, and has become a part of their daily routine. Irrigating your sinuses involves cleansing the sinus passages; usually with a saltwater (or “saline”) solution. For more information on how to irrigate your sinus passages, click here.