Natural Remedies For Sinus Infection Pain

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are natural remedies for sinus infections?
    i'm taking some medications that don't mix well with the ingredients in most sinus relief medications. what are natural things that i can do to get rid of my sinus infection and help with my sinus pain and pressure?

    • ANSWER:
      improve your immune system with vitamin C and echinacea. Steam inhalations with eucalyptus oil to help break up the mucous. Drink plenty of fluids (ie water) to help keep the mucous thin, avoid mucous producing foods ie dairy. Drink heaps of honey and lemon, honey and lemons are natural antiseptics and the lemon is high in vitamin C. If you smoke tobacco then dont, it will lengthen your healing time

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the natural equivalent to a decongestant?
    I have a very bad sinus infection and I am trying to find a quick natural cure. Maybe I should drink salt water. Any suggestions?
    Or ..................
    I meant to also ask the equivalent of an antihistamine?

    • ANSWER:
      Antihistamine drugs workby blocking the release of histamine in response to an allergen.This prevents the allergic reaction in the short term and helpsto clear allergic reactions like sneezing, red, itchy and wateryeyes and nose.

      However, they also often have unwantedside effects like drowsiness, heart palpitations,impaired concentration, etc.

      Because they often become less effective over time,it may be necessary to keep trying new drugs to try and achievethe same therapeutic effect.

      Acute sinusitis typically causes symptoms of nasal congestion and a thick yellow or green discharge. Other symptoms include tenderness and pain over the sinuses, frontal headaches, and sometimes chills, fever, and pressure in the area of the sinuses. Chronic sinusitis differs slightly, in that symptoms can be milder and may only include postnasal drip, bad breath, and an irritating dry cough.

      Bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple, has been reported to relieve symptoms of acute sinusitis.

      Histamine is associated with increased nasal and sinus congestion. In one study, vitamin C supplementation (1,000 mg three times per day) reduced histamine levels in people with either high histamine levels or low blood levels of vitamin C. Another study found that 2,000 mg of vitamin C helped protect people exposed to a histamine challenge test.

      The main ingredient of eucalyptus oil, cineole, has been studied as a treatment for sinusitis. In a double-blind study of people with acute sinusitis that did not require treatment with antibiotics, those given cineole orally in the amount of 200 mg 3 times per day recovered significantly faster than those given a placebo. Eucalyptus oil is also often used in a steam inhalation to help clear nasal and sinus congestion. Eucalyptus oil is said to function in a fashion similar to menthol by acting on receptors in the nasal mucous membranes, leading to a reduction in the symptoms of nasal stuffiness.

      One of the most popular supportive treatments for both acute and chronic sinusitis in Germany is an herbal combination containing gentian root, primrose flowers, sorrel herb, elder flowers, and European vervain. The combination has been found to be useful in helping to promote mucus drainage ("mucolytic" action) from the sinuses. The combination is typically used together with antibiotics for treating acute sinusitis.

      Horseradish is another herb used traditionally as a mucus-dissolver.One half to one teaspoon (3-5 grams) of the freshly grated root can be eaten three times per day. Horseradish tincture is also available. One quarter to one half teaspoon (2 to 3 ml) can be taken three times per day.

      Wood betony (Stachys betonica) is used in traditional European herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory remedy for people with sinusitis. Modern clinical trials have not been conducted to confirm this use of wood betony.

      A warm salt-water solution poured through the nose may offer some relief from both allergic and infectious sinusitis. A ceramic pot, known as a "neti lota" pot, makes this procedure easy. Alternatively, a small watering pot with a tapered spout may be used. Fill the pot with warm water and add enough salt so the solution tastes like tears. Stand over a sink, tilt your head far to one side so your ear is parallel to the floor, and pour the solution into the upper nostril, allowing it to drain through the lower nostril. Repeat on the other side. This procedure may be performed two or three times a day.

      I don't know if these products would give you a 'quick cure' but may help keep others at bay once cleared up.

  3. QUESTION:
    What's a good natural remedy for chronic sinus infections?
    I tried various remedies and surgery and now the ENT doctor said I need surgery again for blocked sinuses, I want a natural cure for this

    • ANSWER:
      Dr. Alan Hirsch says in his book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Sinusitis, that septoplasty is perhaps the most over-sold form of surgery. As a person who had sinus surgery twice (yes, twice because a correction was necessary after the first one which created a bump inside my nasal cavity) and as a practicing naturopath, I want to assure you that the relief of sinus surgery does not last more than 12 months. Then, you are alone with your chronic sinus problems, pains, pressure and all the discomfort.

      The true cure to chronic sinus problems comprises strengthening body's own defense against airborne microbes and irritants, reducing sensitivity to airborne allergens, particularly to fungi and relieving some nerve conditions which may clog the nasal passage.
      You may not hear from your doctor since most important discoveries of the underlying causes of sinusitis have been made in the last decade, mostly after 2002, and most doctors have not adopted them into their treatments. Actually most physicians haven't heard or read about.
      I recommend reading about fungal alergy in web-site of Mayo Clinic and have a look at here: www.HowtoGetRidofSinusitis.com/sinus-surgery.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some good home headache remedies?
    I have terrible headaches all the time what are some good natural remedies? They really wear me out!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, that depends a bit on what type of headache you have, and what is causing it. The common types of headaches are sinus, tension and migraine headaches. You may have headaches because of other reasons, but those typically need medical attention, and medication.

      SINUS HEADACHE

      Usually intense pain between and above the eyes, around the nose, and mostly involving the face. These are caused by swelling, blockage or irritation of the sinus passageways. The pain can occasionally radiate to the ears, but when that happens, you will need to see a physician, because that usually means that you have an ear infection.

      In order to treat this type of headache, you need to release the pressure. Boil water, pour it into a heat proof bowl on a counter or table. Add a good quantity of chamomile or peppermint tea (peppermint is better), or add peppermint, spearmint or eucalyptus oil to the hot water. Get a thick towel, cover your head and the bowl so you create a steam chamber, and inhale deeply for 20 minutes. After a few minutes, your nose should start to run quite heavily. Clear it out as often as necessary to get rid of the buildup of mucous in your sinuses. After you are done, press a cold towel or icepack to your face and forehead. This will shrink blood vessels, and release swelling, not to mention make you feel refreshed. You can do this safely two to three times per day. You will also feel better by drinking lots of hot tea and broth, and you should bulk up on your vitamins to help your immune system fight this off. Unfortunately, if you don't receive relief within 5 days, you likely will need medication, because you will have contracted sinusitis, or some other infection.

      TENSION HEADACHE

      Commonly cause pain in the temples, between the eyes, and the back of the neck. May also have pain above the ears. This pain is caused by muscle tension. Typically, you will experience this when you are stressed, sitting or sleeping in a bad position, or otherwise have bad posture. Hunching, squinting and frowning can also exacerbate these. Since these types of positions are commonly adopted unconsciously because of stress, bad lighting, or an otherwise bad mood, Relaxation techniques tend to help. Placing a warm, moist towel on the affected area, or using a heating pad, will make you feel better. Also try drinking a mild, stimulant free tea to help further relax, and hydrate you. Drinking lots of water will also help, if for no other reason than that the frequent bathroom breaks will give you a change of scenery every now and again.

      MIGRAINE HEADACHES

      You may feel pain along a sharply delineated area. Eyes may hurt or feel like they are being compressed. You will be sensitive to light, sound and sudden movements. These are caused by stress or environmental factors. An increase in blood flow to the brain will cause blood vessels to bulge, causing pressure on sensitive nerves in the head. Understandably, these cause intense pain. You will likely also experience nausea, dizziness, disorientation and irritability. To begin, take a cold shower, and drink lots of ice water. Your goal is to bring your body temperature down. This will slow your heart rate a little bit, decrease your blood pressure, and thus, decrease the blood volume in your brain. You will begin to get relief within 20 minutes or so. You'll be freezing cold at this point (you won't have hypothermia, you'll just be cold) so get into bed, put a cool cloth over your face, make sure it's dark in the room, and take a nap. A simple migraine can typically be stopped or at last reduced by this method. Unfortunately, migraines tend to be complex and caused by a wide variety of things, so if you experience these headaches frequently, you will need to talk to a physician to deal with the issues.

      OTHER

      Headaches can also be caused by a variety of health issues. High intracranial pressure can lead to excruciating headaches which are often accompanied by vision changes or loss of motor function. These, even if intermittent, must be treated by a physician, because they are indicators for serious medical conditions. Diabetes can cause severe headaches often accompanied by dizziness, disorientation and nausea. If headaches persist, become unmanageable, or interfere with day to day activities for long periods of time, a physician must be involved to rule out serious causes.

  5. QUESTION:
    How long does sinus pain last following sinitus?
    I recently suffered with sinitus which lasted about 5 days. After that although most of the symptoms cleared I still find the pain /pressure in my sinus's wont completey subside. Has anyone else had this & is it normal it takes a while for it ALL to clear even though the initial infection has gone?

    • ANSWER:
      my dear, i think u shuld give the pain a lil while,it last for several days u know, i know not much abt sinus and i dont know if u wuld want to try this home remedies for it , is this the kind of sinus sympton u had and if u get hold of this herbs would u try it :Sinus infections can be painful and for many they are a common occurrence. The medical cure for a sinus infection is often to treat it with antibiotics. However, these can have negative side effects and are not effective when taken too often. For these reasons it is helpful to try taking a home remedy for sinus infection. There are some easy sinus home remedies that you can try. These don’t have the side effects of drug medications and can be even more effective in curing a sinus infection.

      Sinus infections usually set in after several days of having a cold or the flu. If you are prone to sinus infections try some preventative measures. As soon as you start to get a cold make sure that you drink plenty of water. Fluids will prevent mucous from becoming thick and keep the sinus cavities clear. Increase the humidity level in your home by using a portable humidifier or boil some water on the stove.

      Once you get a sinus infection start taking immediate action. Use a steam tent several times a day as needed. To make a steam tent boil a pot of water. Use a towel over your head and stand or sit with your head over the steam. The towel will help keep direct the steam into your nose and mouth. Be careful not to burn yourself. If your sinuses are completely blocked, add an herbal extract to the water. Eucalyptus and menthol help open up nasal passages and make breathing easier.

      Nasal irrigator can be used to help open up nasal cavities. It looks like small a teapot that uses warm water to irrigate and open up the sinuses. It can be found at most natural health food stores. Some people may find a nasal irrigator difficult to use but many with sinus problems have used it successfully. It is a natural home remedy for sinus infection.

      Herbs have been used for centuries as a sinus infection remedy. They can be safer and more effective alternatives to drug medications. Here are some common herbal remedies for sinus infection that can be easily found at any health food store.

      Echinacea – Taken internally, this ancient Chinese herb is known to help treat infections. It is available in capsule, tincture and tea. Do not take this herbal remedy for sinus if you are allergic to ragweed or other members of the aster family.

      Astragalus – Another ancient Chinese remedy that is taken orally, astragalus is effective in preventing and treating sinus infections. Available in the form of capsule and tincture, this is usually safe for children. For young children, check with the doctor before administering.

      Oregon Graperoot – The berberine in Oregon Graperoot acts as a natural antibiotic that can kill many types of bacteria. It is available in capsule form; follow the directions on the bottle. Do not take if you are pregnant.

      Lemon Balm – A good-tasting herb, lemon balm is a natural anti-virus, anti-bacteria fighting herb. It is calming and soothing, and commonly available as tea. You can drink up to 4 cups of tea per day.

      this is wat i told a friend it worked for her so if u feel like u cud try it ok, take care, cheers.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of a sinus infection without medication?
    I don't have health insurance, and the sinus pressure is killing me. any suggestions on natural/homeopathic/or over the counter remedies that actually WORK?

    • ANSWER:
      Without medication will be tough if it is truly an infection, but drinking more clear fluids and a humidifier may help. If you go with over the counter type medicine, try sudafed, afrin, and a pain reliever. It may require an antibiotic though :(

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for sinusitis?
    My sinuses have NEVER bothered me this bad! At least, that's what I'm hoping is wrong... I really don't want the baby to get sick right now. Anyway, my face feels like it's going to blow up, I have to go back to school tomorrow, and I can't get any Sudafed tonight. So help!

    • ANSWER:
      My doctor told me that more than half of patients who were diagnosed with migraine used to think that they were suffering from sinusitis until the diagnosis of migraine.

      Migraine pains may be just at the exact sinus locations. And, interestingly Sudafed helps more to migraine sufferers than to sinus sufferers. So, if you do not have other symptoms like nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, diminished sense of smell, etc, you may need to visit a doctor for a migraine inspection.

      If you are sure that you have sinusitis, visit http://www.HowToGetRidofSinusitis.com
      to learn the possible, underlying causes of sinus infections (You will be surprised with what you read) and think about trying their treatment.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some homemade remedies for a sore throat and chest?
    I've been coughing hard for two days, and would love to hear your tricks for getting rid of the pain! I'm looking for things like hot water with lemon and honey, garlic, etc. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a holistic cure I've used since I was little

      It works fast (in most cases) and tastes great! These ingredients are well-known serious herbals for their medicinal properties... Used together they do wonders for sinus/ear infections, colds, coughing and sore throat.

      TOMATO TEA RECIPE
      2 cups V8 Juice
      2-3 cloves Garlic crushed (use more if you can)
      2 T Lemon Juice
      Hot Sauce (the more the better, so as much as you can handle)

      Mix and heat in a pan or in the microwave. Sip slowly and re-warm as needed to get the full effects of the fumes. Let it sit in the back of your throat to bathe it. Suck the fumes through your sinuses and also down into your lungs. Its all natural and healthy, so drink as much of it as you want or need until you are SURE the infection is gone. This is past the time when you "feel better."

      Substitutes:
      V8 Juice - tomato juice, vegetable juice, canned or fresh tomatoes crushed, tomato soup (if really desperate, try another kind of fruit juice, vegetable soup or even chicken soup . you're aiming for high Vit C content)
      Garlic - garlic in olive oil, dehydrated garlic, garlic salt (aiming for the strong anti-bacterial/fungal effects)
      Lemon Juice - Fresh lemons, bottled juice, limes, lime juice, oranges, frozen lemonade
      Hot Sauce - ANY kind of hot sauce works, fresh hot peppers, cayenne pepper, dried pepper flakes (if really desperate, try horseradish, black pepper or even mustard . you're aiming for the highly anti-bacterial/fungal properties of capricin which is found in hot peppers, and its effectiveness at clearing out the sinuses.)

  9. QUESTION:
    is there a natural remedy to a cold/flu?
    Any ideas on natural remedies for colds and flus? I've tried a few different things but want to find out more so I can really hit this thing. It's driving me crazy. I think it's a head cold cos it includes headache, blocked and runny nose, and sore eyes.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, there are lots. My mom is way into natural remedies, and I get sick a lot, so I've used a lot of them. Drink lots and lots of water. Hot showers will also help your runny nose to drain. And you can buy little bottles of saline spray to squirt up your nose, which will also help with the congestion. Vitamin supplements that work well for dealing with cold/flu are vitamin C (definitely lots of vitamin C!!), garlic, echinacea, and goldenseal. You should be able to buy all of these things in the pharmacy section at your grocery store. There's also this stuff from Canada called ColdFX which is new to the U.S. market. It's made from some sort of derivative of ginseng, and it's amazing. I'm not sure if you can find it everywhere, though, but I'm pretty sure Rite-Aid carries it. It's been a huge lifesaver for me, although it seems to work best if you take it right when you're first starting to feel sick, so it might be too late now. But remember it for the future!
      You should also check out TheraFlu. You mix it up in hot water and drink it like tea, and you can buy different sorts depending on your symptoms, but mostly it'll soothe your throat, help clear up your congestion, and knock you out for a while so you can get some good sleep.
      Finally, and probably most importantly, get lots of sleep!!
      One other thing--your symptoms sound like you could have a sinus infection, which is usually characterized by pain around your eyes (upper cheeks and lower forehead, worse if you bend forward) and green mucus. Sinus infections sometimes take a really long time to go away on their own, so it's probably a good idea to go see your doctor and get this checked out. If it is a sinus infection, an antibiotic will get rid of it MUCH, much faster. Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    What determines Sinus drainage?
    Whenever I lay on my left side, the left nasal passage will clear will the right one will remain blocked and vice versa. I would have thought that gravity would reverse such effects. Why doesn't it?

    Oh, and are there any natural remedies or safe OTC meds a 32-week pregnant woman can take to clear up the stuffy nose before it turns into a sinus infection?

    • ANSWER:
      This is the same question another user asked and this was my answer (by the way the package of my neti pot says--"Safe during pregnancy")

      Try using something called a "neti pot". I know it looks and sounds weird, but it REALLY works. I just bought the plastic one by: NeilMed NasaFlo Unbreakable Neti Pot, because a friend recommended one for my cold. How it works is simple....just mix the solution with purified water, and pour it in one nostril and out the other it comes!

      Sounds like it hurts doesn't it? Well...IT DOESN'T!!! The trick is the saline solution that it comes with--that makes it pain free! Best of all, it really clears your sinuses....and I mean like never before! It's available online and at your local drug store. I prefer the one with the lid, because others have said the porcelain, lid-less ones, are harder to control. You won't regret it, look at the reviews on amazon .com for "neti pot". You'll see :)

  11. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on how to ease the pain with my sinusitis? I have really bad sinusitis and the pain is killing me.?
    Whenever I yawn my ears pop, my bottom teeth are killing me. I have a 24/7 headache, and my cheeks and my eyebrow bones hurt. And ideas on how to ease the pain? Home remedies? I dont want to go to the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      Herbal Remedies

      Powerful natural antifungal and natural antibiotic properties can be found in the following herbs and plants. These can be especially effective remedies to open sinuses and kill infection when used as follows:

      Steam Formula:
      Garlic - 1/2 clove or 500 mg capsule
      tea tree oil - 2 drops
      eucalyptus (found in vapor rub products) – ¼ teaspoon
      the South American herb pau d’arco - 2 drops or half of one 500 mg capsule

      Dissolve ingredients into 2 cups of boiled steaming water. Inhale deeply for 2-3 minutes twice daily until mucus loosens and expels.

      Alternative or add to formula these essential oils: Combine 2-3 drops each: thyme, rosemary, and lavender.

      The pot of water should be changed once each day.

      Hydrotherapy

      Dip a hot cloth in the Steam Formula. Use it as alternating hot and cold compresses directly on sinus areas: 3-4 minutes hot, 30-60 seconds cold. Repeat several times/day. The vapors will penetrate

      also try this site
      http://health.howstuffworks.com/home-remedies-for-sinusitis.htm

  12. QUESTION:
    Quick natural remedies for a sinus infection?
    Ive had a sinus infection for almost 3 days and I want to try something to get it to cure naturally, anything with salt? peroxide? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      1. Eliminate food allergies
      2. Take 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C, or as much as your bowel will tolerate.

      Vitamin C:
      The most publicized antioxidant vitamin is vitamin C. Numerous experimental, clinical, and population studies have shown positive results from increased vitamin C intake; reducing cancer rates; protecting against cigarette smoke and air pollution; boosting immunity; and increasing life expectancy.

      As is true of the many-faceted value of most nutrient, this vitamin is absolutely essential to our very being. The active tissues of the body respond particularly well to large concentrations of vitamin C. The level of vitamin C in the blood is about 0.5 milligrams per deciliter, whereas in the adrenal and pituitary glands, the level is 100 times higher. In the liver, spleen, and lens of the eyes it is concentrated by at least a factor of twenty.

      In order for these concentrations to be maintained in these tissues, the body has to generate enormous amounts of energy to pull vitamin C out of the blood against this tremendous gradient. By taking large amounts of vitamin C, you can assist your body in its attempt to concentrate vitamin C into active tissue, by reducing the gradient

      Studies have shown that in order to increase the vitamin C content of some of these tissues (such as the lens of the eyes), dosages of at least 1,000 milligrams at a time are required.

      Immune Function: Considerable biochemical evidence shows the vital role vitamin C plays in many immune mechanisms It appears in high concentrations in white blood cells, particularly in lymphocytes, which points to the value of taking increased amounts of vitamin C during infections.

      If the vitamin is not replenished, a relative deficiency will ensue. Many positive clinical and experimental trails have shown its efficacy.

      3. Usegolden seall and bromelain in combination at recommended levels.
      4. Take measure to promote drainage.

      Quick natural remedies for a sinus infection:
      First, if you are already feeling some sinus pain, I suggest three simple, common sense, inexpensive, natural measure for acute conditions.

      The technological implements for these medical procedures are less sophisticated than those used to create antihistamines and antibiotics. The medicine chest includes hot or warm water, towels, gravity, a bulb syringe, and some exotic medical agents called salt and baking soda.

      *Strategy number one features gravity, the postural drainage technique. With sinusitis, use a warm towel or a hot water bottle in place of a poultice
      1. Apply a heating pad, hot water bottle to the chest for twenty minutes.

      2. After the hot pack, perform postural drainage by lying with the top half of the body off the bed using the forearms as support
      The position should be assumed for a 5 to 15 minutes period while you try to cough and expectorate into a basin. Postural drainage can be hard work, so it is a good idea to have a helper.

      *Strategy number two involves warming a concoction of two cups of water, a teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of baking soda. Pinch one nostril and breathe in the mix through the other. This "washes" the nostril. The sensation can be a little unpleasant at first but it gets easier.

      Or, alternatively, use a bulb syringe to squirt the water in the nostril. Then gently blow your nose. This can help rinse out the offending agents. Another technique involves heating water and a towel. Heat the water until it is steaming, then place the towel over your head to create a tent and hold your tented head over the steaming water.

      Breathe in the steam for at least 10 minutes; this will help open up the nasal passages. I recommend doing this twice a day. Some find it helpful to put a little Vick's VapoRub or White Flower Balm in the water.

      Even for those with a rare, acute condition, these simple techniques should be all your body needs to work the infection out of your system.

  13. QUESTION:
    SINUS infection - any natural ways to heal it, to recover ?
    Hi, i get sinusitis every year and always have to take antibiotics.

    I was wondering are there any natural ways to heal my sinus without the need 2 take antibiotics ??

    Accupresure, some excercises or anything like that ?
    FOR me to get sinusitis is just enough to be in a cold place or a windy place without wearing my cap, hat .

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I am sorry you are experiencing sinusitis every year. That sounds very annoying. Antibiotics will only work if the source of the sinusitis is bacterial. Sinusitis can be due to viruses, bacteria, fungi, allergies, or other causes. Depending on the cause, treatments can include antibiotics, antihistamines, immunotherapy, or corticosteroids. If your doctor does not know or did not test what the cause is and did not specifically tell you to take the antibiotics, I would shelve them for now. I hope you get a more definitive diagnosis!

      Until then, below is some info about some stuff you can do at home to quell your symptoms. I copied it from mayoclinic.com, which is an excellent resource that can give guidance on both conventional and natural remedies that are grounded in evidence- based medicine:

      Steam your sinus cavities. Drape a towel over your head as you breath in the steam from a bowl of hot water. Keep the steam directed toward your face. Or take a hot shower, breathing in the warm, moist air.

      Apply warm compresses. Place warm, damp towels around your nose, cheeks and eyes to ease facial pain.

      Drink plenty of fluids. Dilute mucous secretions and promote drainage by consuming additional fluids.

      Avoid alcohol. Consumption of alcohol can worsen the swelling of the lining of the sinuses and nose.

      Use a humidifier. If the air in your home is dry, such as it is if you have forced hot air heat, adding moisture and clean air may help prevent sinusitis. Be sure the humidifier is clean and free of mold.

  14. QUESTION:
    looking for home remedies for sever ear infections?
    I have a double ear infection. Sinus infection. I am on antibotics and a nose spray. My ears are still popping. They itch like crazy. I've been on my medicine for about 2 weeks. I have been told to blow smoke in my ears, pour warm oil in, pour alcohol in them. Any other suggestions. I would deeply appreciate a tried a proven answer.

    • ANSWER:
      hi, ouch, ok i suggest vinegar, warm, a few drops in each ear. its a natural aniseptic, and it dries moist ears out, (great for dogs too! and after swimmimg.) it dissolves wax and dirt and wont cause any damage.
      if your really going bonkers and want to try, i would be using olive oil with ONE drop of clove oil added. again it is a valuable antiseptic. say to 2 tspns of olive stirred well and applied ONE drop at a time with a syringe. or wiped in with a cotton bud.
      if you have any allergies to clove oil...do not do this.
      try a test drop on the external ear to see how you react first!
      third one is a PURE tea tree oil , with a little water, drops not lots. again it kills many bacteria, inc golden staph, and removes wax and goop, and has itch and pain relieving properties.
      in order. Vinegar!
      then TT oil,
      then clove.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can sinus infection lead to throat infection?
    I'm almost possitive I have a sinus infection again. I get them quite often now. I think it could be because if the cyst in my sinus. My throat is killing me. There's so much mucus in my nose is dripping down my throat. Is it possibly that the mucus dripping down my throat is causing the sore throat problems? It hurts to eat and the glands lymph nodes what ever are swollen.

    • ANSWER:
      yes.
      Sinusitis*— A narrow opening leading to an abscess. A sinus for sometimes discharges pus and then the opening seems to close but after sometimes pus is again discharged. This process goes on alternately.
      Remedy [1]. Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO. U can, not only diagnose any disease instantaneously, but, also prevent/treat any disease& or the affected organ[s] with the aid of natural remedies.
      With ur thumb, press Ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      Remote control points for sinuses are located @ the tip of Ur fingers, just below the nails, in the palms and soles. With Ur thumb and index finger, U must press these finger-tips daily for 3 times; so also the point for lungs located @ the base of Ur middle & index fingers in both palms and soles.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. If U r completely tired, take complete bed rest for 2 hours and then do it. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.

      2. Remedy---Mixture of CF 3x, CS 3x, KP 3x and NM 3x.
      Sil 12x, alone or the mixture given in the book to which Sil 12x may be added; failing which take 3 or 4, Putia fish Sahri burn in fire get it charred—Take pao Matha, put it in Kaskut pot for 3 or 4 days—Take green part of that Matha wash the wound with tootia (copper sulphate) water and apply above green Matha and put charred fish; repeat morning and evening.

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.
      3. Kapalbhati and Bhastrika: Kapalbhati - Sit upright in a quiet place. Inhale and Exhale very fast through the nostrils. Start with 10 times and gradually go upto 50 times in a minute through the nostrils. Do this Pranayam for two minutes twice a day.
      Bhastrika – Open the mouth and inhale slowly through it and then immediately blow out hard. Do it 1 to 15 times. Do this pranayam every time after you do Kapalbhati. These will clear any congestion in the head as well as nose..

      4. Pranayam:The easy four-step way –

      1st step: Inhale the air counting 1,2,3,4.
      2nd step: Then keep the air in the lungs counting 1,2,3,4.
      3rd step: Then exhale the air counting 1,2,3,4.
      4th step: Pause-do not inhale counting 1,2,3,4.

      5.

      Then repeat 10 to 15 times, three to four times a day and with practice go on increasing the count to 10. During the pause, the lungs will get rest and are revitalized.
      Once you reach a count of 10, you do Pranayam as follows:
      [4]
      Inhale counting 10
      Retain counting 20
      Exhale counting 10
      Refrain-Pause counting 10.
      i.e., 1:2:1:1

      PS:If satisfied, U may inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source:
      'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  16. QUESTION:
    Who has a favorite, natural, remedy for a blocked sinus from flying?
    Of course the docs recommend pseudoephedrine but I'd prefer a homeopathic or herbal capsule. Most of the health food store options are for sinus pain not for drain. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      1.In cases of acute sinusitis, the therapeutic goals are to reestablish drainage and clear up the infection. Various measures can be used: local application of heat, local use of volatile oils and botanicals with antibacterial properties, and immune system support.

      2.Since chronic sinusitis is associated with allergy, long-term control can be dependent on isolation and elimination of the food or airborne allergens which may be contributing to the overall allergic load and correction of the underlying problem which allowed the allergy to develop. This may require desensitization procedures. During the acute phase, elimination of the common food allergens (milk, wheat, eggs, citrus, corn, peanuts) is indicated until a more definitive diagnosis can be made.

      Recommendations -
      Place warm compresses on your face to help open up your sinuses.

      Consider using a sinus irrigator, a device found in health-food stores and pharmacies, that uses saltwater to flush out mucus.

      Reduce congestion by inhaling eucalyptus-scented steam. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a pan of water. Heat to boiling and remove from the stove. Place a towel over your head and the pan and breathe in the steam through both nostrils. Blow your nose frequently.

      Though there have been no major scientific studies conducted to support this theory, some experts believe spicy foods, such as horseradish, Japanese wasabi, garlic, or cayenne pepper, may help clear out congested sinuses.

      Euphorbium Nasal Spray - homeopathic remedy. Available in US.

  17. QUESTION:
    What foods help make your immune system stronger?
    What foods help make your immune system stronger?

    • ANSWER:
      Chicken Noodle Soup:

      Grandma was right -- nothing beats chicken soup for fending off sniffles. Not only does it provide the fluids needed to help fight off viruses, it's a powerful mucus stimulant so it helps clear nasal congestion as well as thin mucus. It's also thought to have a mild anti-inflammatory effect than can help ease cold symptoms. Keep some organic chicken stock on hand, because studies have found that even commercial soup is as effective as homemade.

      Onion And Garlic:

      If you want to punch up the healing power of your chicken soup -- or any other dish -- add plenty of garlic and onions. When combined, these flavorful healers contain numerous antiseptic and immunity boosting compounds. As an added plus, garlic helps to open clogged sinuses.

      Mushrooms:

      No herbal medicine cabinet should be without mushrooms. They increase the production of cytokines, which are cells that help fight off infection. They also contain polysaccharides, which are compounds that support the immune system. The most potent cold- and flu-fighting shrooms are shitake, maitake and reishi.

      Citrus Fruits:

      Citrus fruits contain hefty doses of powerhouse vitamin C. Studies have found that this antioxidant can reduce cold symptoms by 23 per cent, and all that's needed is just one to eight grams (1,000 to 8,000 milligrams) to do the trick. Besides citrus fruits, other foods that have high amounts of vitamin C include papaya, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, tomatoes, broccoli, brussel sprouts and red bell peppers.

      Yogurt:

      Studies have shown that eating a cup of low-fat yogurt each day can reduce your susceptibility to colds by 25 percent. The beneficial bacteria is Lactobacillus reuteri which has been found to block the replication of viruses that invade the body when we get sick. Not all brands have that particular bacteria, so check labels and be sure to go organic.

      Immune-Boosting Supplements:

      While yogurt is a great source of probiotics, some have more than others and we can really benefit by taking an additional supplement. Other immune-booster "musts" are vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acid.

      Hot Tea:

      Hot tea is soothing and a great home remedy, helping to thin mucus and ensure proper hydration. For added health benefit, sip green or black tea -- both are filled with flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants.

      Ginger:

      Ginger comes to the aid when we're sick in some powerful ways. Besides soothing a scratchy throat, it has chemicals called sesquiterpenes that target rhinoviruses -- which are the most common family of cold viruses -- as well as substances that help suppress coughing. Ginger is also a natural pain and fever reducer and a mild sedative so you -- ll feel more comfortable and be able to rest easier. Add a couple of tablespoons of shredded gingerroot to your tea, or make ginger tea (it comes in tea bags, but you can also simmer fresh sliced ginger to make a potent brew).

      Honey:

      Honey has numerous medicinal properties and because it coats your throat it is a natural way to soothe sore throats. It also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Skip the common clover honey that you'll find in the supermarket as it has the lowest antioxidant level. Look for buckwheat honey, which has the highest. (A note of caution: never give honey to children under one years of age because their immune systems are not developed enough to ward off infantile botulism, which is carried in honey spores.)

      Black Pepper

      It's ironic that black pepper -- the spice best known for making you sneeze -- can ward off the sniffles. Black peppercorns are high in piperine, a compound known for its anti-fever and pain-relieving qualities.

      Spices

      Make recipes more flavorful with garlic, thyme, rosemary, sage and oregano --

      Pumpkins:
      Beta coretine breaks down and creates vitamin A which regulares cell duplication and believe to aid in cancer prevention and keeping respiratory systems healthy

  18. QUESTION:
    Can I stay home even if I have no fever?
    I've had a cold for 3 days and this is the 3rd day and it keeps getting worse. My sinuses hurt and it's not like a sore throat but the pain is in my throat from the sinuses and it burns and it keeps getting worse. I keep asking my mom if I can take medicine for cold, such as Tylenol, but she said no because I have no fever. I feel weak too. Is my mom right or can I take medicine? Is there any other quick remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      No. You are weak, and exposing you to more germs will make you feel worse. Stay home. You may have a sinus infection. Call your doctor and let them check that out. For medicine, i would suggest Sambucol. Its an all natural cold/flu medicine that you can take once every three hours every day to get rid of cold/flu symptoms. STAY HOME

  19. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies or ways that really work to get rid of sinus infections?

    • ANSWER:
      Alternative treatments are also available, such as acupressure that can relieve the pain without causing any side effects, but this treatment is not effective for all. Drinking plenty of hot liquids and applying warm compresses to your face will help loosen the trapped mucous, and vaporizers also provide a natural remedy that has long lasting effects.

      When the infection is prolonged, the body's immunity is weakened. Eucalyptus, lavender oil, and menthol relieve congestion, and Echinacea will help build the immune system. Just a few drops of these potent herbs can be added to water and vaporized so they are inhaled directly in their purest form.

      The steam created by vaporizers relieves stuffiness, makes breathing easier, and provides relief to the nasal passages. A cool mist vaporizer encourages healing by supplying moisture to the sinuses.

      After using a vaporizer at night, be sure to air out the room during the day. The increased heat and humidity can cause mold and mildew to grow and aggravate the problem. Keep the vaporizer out of the reach of small children and infants as the hot, moist vapor can cause burns.

      Using essential oils in your vaporizer at nighttime will aid in sleeping by diffusing them into the air where they are inhaled. Some of the most effective essential oils are black pepper, cardamom, cedar wood, cypress, Eucalyptus, frankincense, lemon, peppermint, pine, rosemary and sandalwood. Apple cider vinegar has also been proven to be effective in treating sinus infections.

      Some herbs that can be used in a vaporizer include English plantain, licorice, thyme, sweet chestnut and comfrey. Garlic is also effective as it is able to alter the body's chemistry and also helps to fight infection.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is an ENT the same as a sinusitis specialist?
    Since pain and pressure is still remaining with no mucus or drainage and no fever as well as lack of enegry, not much of an appetite and weak he is not making any progress toward wellness. My son has already had an MRI with the results of a massive infection in front of the brain.
    I would appreciate any type of referral so I can get help for my son.

    • ANSWER:
      NAUSEA:
      *Sip room temp ginger ale. Nibble some ginger snaps. If you can get powdered ginger into your guts, that's the most effective natural remedy. I sometimes put it in capsules & swallow it, or I mix some in with applesauce. It doesn't taste great, but it works. You know you've had enough when you burp & taste ginger.
      *Room temp, FLAT cola. Or coke syrup. Emetrol is the same type of stuff if they don't have coke syrup at the store. I have even gone to the McDonald's drive-thru in a pinch & asked for coke syrup. They gave me some!
      *When I'm desperate & I have nothing else at home & do NOT feel up to running out to the store, I take a Dramamine (meclazine). It will help you sleep a few hours & take away your dizziness & nausea for a while.
      *Clear liquids for now. Tea & juice at room temp, not cold. Cold will further shock & upset your stomach. Drink only 1 or 2 ounces at a time.
      *FOOD: only if you can: eat light carbohydrates in small amounts- toast or crackers. As your tummy de-nauseates, graduate to light protein, like chicken breast or fish. Fatty foods are the last thing to add to your diet.
      *ACUPRESSURE POINTS: Apply pressure to the webbing between your thumb & index finger on either hand. Use firm, deep pressure & a rapid massaging movement for several minutes. I don't mean caress it. Using the same kind of motion & pressure, rub with your thumb or thumbnail on the top of your foot between the tendons of the second & third toes.
      *The last option is to go ahead & allow yourself to vomit. This does not mean MAKE yourself vomit. That is not recommended.

      SINUSES, NOSE, THROAT, AND LUNGS:
      Boil some salty water in a pot on the stove. Turn off the burner. Blow your nose & cough out some phlegm. Make a steam hood by draping a small-to-medium-sized towel over your head & the pot. Breathe the salty steam in your nose, out your mouth several times. Breathe some in your mouth & out your nose a few times as well. Blow your nose often. Keep this up until the steam stops. You can do this trick a few times throughout the day until you feel better. Salt is great.

      OVER THE COUNTER MEDS TO TRY:
      **Sinus decongestant: Phenylephrine 5mg. You don't necessarily need all the extras it's often mixed with.
      **Expectorant: Guaifenisen (Mucinex is the brand name, but it's way cheaper at dollar stores. Always read ingredients!!) liquefies your mucus so it's much easier to expel. But you have to drink TONS of water or it won't work, & you must be near a bathroom because it makes you pee a lot. (yet causes constipation... another reason to stay hydrated!)
      **Pain, inflammation, body aches, headache, fever: Ibuprofen (Advil) should be alternated with Acetaminophen (Tylenol).

      IMPORTANT! IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT:
      -Stay home. (even one day can make a difference. plus, you'll keep your germs to yourself.)
      -Sleep!!
      -Drink plenty of water. (8 8oz servings a day=bare minimum!! pee out those germs & flush 'em away!!)
      -Take vitamin C, zinc, and echinacea.
      -Eat garlic. (sorry, but it really is great for your health! and it will give you a good reason to stay home. hehe)
      -Wash hands well & often. Moisturize skin to keep from cracking your hands to bits.
      -Avoid milk & chocolate, which thicken your mucus and make your fight that much harder.
      -Moderate exercise helps too!

      NOTE: the meds and garlic are harsh, so don't take them on an empty or upset stomach.

      COUGHING FITS:
      >DAY: Mucinex and water. (generic is fine, and cheap!) Cough it out while you're awake.
      >NIGHT: Delsym (cough suppressant, DEXTROMETHORPHAN). Get some restful, coughless sleep.
      HOMEMADE EXPECTORANTS: Mix very hot water, cayenne pepper, white vinegar, and honey. >GARGLE & SPIT OUT!!!!!!!<
      Or drink hot water with lemon and honey.

      NOTE: I am not a doctor or nurse. Consult a medical professional to tailor any of the above suggestions to your particular circumstances, especially taking into consideration your weight, age, health, whether you're pregnant or nursing. FEEL BETTER SOON!!

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for a sinus infection?

    • ANSWER:
      You could try many things! One of my favorites is a sinus rinse. You can buy these at your local drug store and just rinse the sinuses out. It sounds kind of weird, but it actually is very soothing. You could also try cold packs on your forehead if there is any pain associated with the infection. It sounds kind of old fashioned, but holding your head over a steaming pot of water actually helps temporarily relieve the congestion and any dryness that might occur. Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    natural way to treat severe gas/ stomach pains w/o antacids?
    I'm on Avelox for a sinus/ ear infection and while the antibiotic is making that go away it is giving me intense gas and very bad stomach pains. Is there a way to ease these symptoms or atleast stop the gas WITHOUT antacids? The directions on the Avelox say that I should not take antacids while on it because it will interact and make the antiobiotic absorb improperly. Are there any home remedies to get rid of gas? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi "embryonicreject", use the baking soda is bad idea - the baking soda - will increase stomach gas.

      Doctors usually recommend a plan to help move gas through the intestines more readily, combined with preventive measures, such as eliminating certain foods from your diet and avoiding chewing gum.

      You may use a tablets of activated charcoal, it may provide relief from gas in the colon. Studies have shown that when taken before and after a meal, lower-intestinal gas is reduced.
      Jason Homan

  23. QUESTION:
    I am 6 months pregnant and have a sinus infection, what are some remedies that can help??
    I have already been to see a doctor and he prescribed a medication but it is not working?? What should I do? The sinus pressure pain is so strong it makes me cry.

    • ANSWER:
      Get a cleansing nasal pot. You can get them at health food stores or herbal remedy stores. They cost about . Don't use drugs. Drink lots of water!!!!

      go to http://www.pacifichealthcenter.com/updates/62.asp
      It is natural and won't effect your baby at all. Feel better.

  24. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies for sinus cold symptoms?
    Does anyone know of natural cures, or aids for sinus congestion, and pressure? I feel miserable!

    • ANSWER:
      One day to new year and you feeling miserable? We cant have that.

      therbal and natural remedies.
      Below are a few to consider:

      a) Ground Ivy: The leaves of this sinus infection herb can dry out the bronchi and sinuses when used in an infusion or tincture.

      b) Goldenseal: The root of the goldenseal plant is a powerful astringent and coolant, which comes in a powder capsule form. Take one or two 200 mg capsules or create a tincture, where 1 ml is taken for three times per day.

      c) Bayberry: Bayberry bark is known to stimulate the circulatory system and also possesses warming properties that helps with nasal discharge, pain, and sinus tenderness. The powder can be used as snuff, or used to create a tincture. Add 5ml of tincture to 20ml of emulsifying ointment to make a substance that can be used for sinus massage.

      d) Long Pepper: It is the fruit of this herb that is useful in treating sinus headaches and infection brought on by allergies. You may use the fruit to create a milk infusion or choose the capsule form (1-2 200mg powder capsule per dose).

      e) Colloidal Silver: Sinus infections respond to this safe and non-toxic approach that has been known to treat more than 500 illnesses caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

      f) Apple Cider Vinegar: An apple cider vinegar sinus infection treatment can be used to thin out mucous. You should add the vinegar to large glasses of water and drink throughout the day.

      g) Oregano: The wild oil of oregano can be used as an effective sinus infection treatment that possesses powerful anti-bacterial properties. The capsule form is considered best when taking two every 3-4 hours

      h) Do saltwater nasal irrigation to clear nasal passages. Hot foot baths and alternating hot and cold compresses over the sinuses help symptoms. If you smoke, seek help to stop. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke and excessively cold or dry air.

      i) To improve breathing and fight infections, inhale steamed vapors of the essential oils of camphor, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, pine, or tea tree.

      j) Useful herbs for sinusitis include Echinacea, elder flowers, eyebright, goldenrod, goldenseal, stinging nettle, wild indigo, and yarrow.

  25. QUESTION:
    why do i have sore gums and throat?
    Hope someone out there can help. I have been having pain for the past 3 months. The pain will start in gums and then on to my throat, when it moves to my throat it will make my asthma worse. I also get pain in my ears like a probing feeling
    I have to get an operation on my nose because of a twisted bone on my nose which is giving me sinus problems and pain. I am also taking dizzy spells.
    I also have bad heart burn.

    This problem is starting to get me down, the doc has sent my for test on my heart which came back clear.

    Can anyone advise me on how to get to the bottom of this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      If we offered you a miracle remedy that prevents and cures "Sore Throat" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won’t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

      Try the Natural Cures for Sore Throat.

      Sore throat refers to the inflammation of the pharynx, or back of the throat. It occurs frequently when a person has a cold or an attack of influenza. This inflammation may also involve the tonsils and adenoids if these have not already been removed. An irritating condition of the throat may range from the harmless to the potentially serious.

      Symptoms: In case of acute sore throat, the patient complains burning and dryness in the throat followed by chills, fever, and some hoarseness or laryngitis. The lymph glands along the sides of the neck may become swollen and tender. The back of the throat may become very red and even covered with a greyish-white membrane. The patient may find difficulty in swallowing, especially during the acute stage. There may also be postnasal discharge if the irritation has spread to the nasal passages. The patient with sore throat, caused by ‘ Streptococcal’ germs suffers from high fever and sharp pain with swelling.

      Causes: Sore throat is mainly caused by bacteria or a viral infection. Many different kind of ailments can give rise to this condition. The most common of these ailments are common cold and influenza. Other diseases which can causes sore throat are tonsillitis, mumps, sinusitis, measles, and diphtheria. Even leukemia on rare occasions may lead to sore throat. Other causes of this disease are excessive smoking and talking, frequent use of voice as in certain professions like singing, acting, and teaching.

      Treatment: The patient suffering from sore throat should fast on orange juice and water for 3-5 days, depending on the severity of the condition. He should take orange juice diluted with warm water every two or three hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during this period. The bowels should be cleansed daily with warm water enema. This should be done twice daily in more serious cases. A wet pack should be applied to the throat at two-hourly intervals during the day, and also one at night. The procedure is to wring out some linen material in cold water, wrap two or three times round the effected part, and cover with some flanner. The throat may be gargled several times with warm water mixed with a little salt. A hot Epsom-salt bath, taken daily during this period, will be highly beneficial.

      When the more severe symptoms subside, the patient may adopt an all-fruit diet for three or four further days, taking three meals a day of juicy fruits such as orange, apple, pineapple, and papaya at five-hourly intervals. Thereafter he may gradually adopt a well-balanced diet, with emphasis on seeds, nuts and grains, raw vegetables and fresh fruits. The daily dry friction and deep breathing and other exercises should form part of the daily health regimen.

      Home Remedies: Certain home remedies have been found to be beneficial in the treatment of sore throat. One such remedy is use of mango (aam) bark which is very efficacious in sore throat and other throat disorders. Its fluid can be applied locally with beneficial results. It can also be used as a throat gargle. This gargle is treated by mixing 10 mL of the fluidextract with 125 mL of water. The herb belleric myrobian (bahera) is another valuable remedy for sore throat. A mixture of the pulp of the fruit, salt, long pepper (pipli) and honey should be administered in the treatment of this condition. The fried fruit, roasted after covering it with wheat flour, is also a popular remedy for sore throat.

      Betel leaves (pan-ka-patta) have proved beneficial in the treatment of this disease. The leaves should be applied locally for obtaining relief. The fruit of the betel tree, mixed with honey, can also be taken beneficially to relieve irritating throat cough.

      The bishop’s weed (ajowan) is valuable in treating sore throat. An infusion of the seeds mixed with common salt can be used beneficially as a gargle in acute condition caused by colds. The spice cinnamon (dalchini) is also regarded as an effective remedy for sore throat, resulting from cold. Coarsely powdered and boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder and honey, it can be taken as a medicine in the treatment of this condition. The oil of cinnamon, mixed with honey, also gives immense relief. A gargle prepared from fenugreek (methi) seeds has been found very effective remedy for treating sore throat. To prepare this gargle, two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds should be put in a litre of cold water and allowed to simmer for half an hour over a low flame. It should be allowed to cool to a bearable temperature. It should then be strained and entire quantity used as a gargle.

      The leaves of the holy basil (tulsi) have also been found beneficial in the treatment of this condition. The water boiled with basil leaves should be taken as a drink and also used as a gargle in sore throat.

      The patient should avoid rapid changes in temperature like hot sunshine to air-conditioned rooms. He should avoid cold and sore foods which may irritate his throat. To prevent the disease, a person should avoid touching tissues, handkerchief, towels or utensils used by the patients suffering from sore throat.

      Suffered the same problem like you.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  26. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any natural remedies for ear infection?
    My ear has green wet foul smelling discharge and theres pain again after cleaning it two days ago.

    Ive already seen a Dr. two weeks ago said looks normal after complaining of pain and inflammation!
    Told me to take Tylenol sinus unbelievable.........

    • ANSWER:
      Go see another doctor. Ear infections should not be taken lightly.

  27. QUESTION:
    Why use unproven medicines from plants when there are so many tested proven medicines?
    There are thousands of proven and tested medicines made from chemicals that can be reproduced exactly each time. Why use alternative medicine? Nature can't teach us anything new.
    Excellent Answers. Please keep them coming.
    Thank you.These are exceptional answers. Byderule has let the cat out of the bag. I was acting as devil's advocate and wow has it produced great results. It would be really great if you can keep the answers coming.
    Alternative health is a moral and ethical system. By considered observation of nature and natural systems alternative health practitioners recognize and use patterns and natural principles to design sustainable solutions to every day problems. Alternative health may not be defined as one discipline. It is the connecting system between disciplines. It is a whole systems approach to living. The whole is greater than it's sum of parts so diversity is key. Alternative health ethics of Earth care, Fair Shares and People Care support and rely on reciprocity.

    Alternative health demonstrates that all relationships are reciprocal. We can use Systems Theory from Social work (Meyer, 1983:29-30). This approach recognizes the interrelatedness of people and their environments. It seeks a balanced approach for best, not perfect, fit.
    Systems theory demonstrates the relationship between the person, the family, community along with the social, economic and political environment that people are also part of. Systems Theory states that a person functions as part of many systems and that each of these systems are equally affected by the system itself and equally it itself effects the system. A change in one part of the system has consequences for other systems or parts of that system. The core aims of all systems is to seek balance and attain goals. Problems occur when there is a poor fit between the person and the systems which they are part of.
    It recognizes that all systems have boundaries and are made of of subsystems and that all systems creates feedback. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts (Hoffman and Sallee, 1994) System theory seeks partnership in participation. It recognizes that practitioners facilitate change but are not expert. The person themselves is unique so is expert in their own problem and environment. It recognizes social connections and is holistic.
    As you can see I support Alternative Health practice. I am demonstrating that Permaculture and other disciplines have the same principles and ethics. See my answer to Byderule's question 'Should Permaculture be a Sub-Category of Environment'. I have changed the words Alternative Health with Permaculture. We are more similar than different and should work together for the same aims. Thank you. Amazing Answers. And yes, I am into herbal medicine for those who noticed my name. Thanks belladonnadeadlynightshade.

    • ANSWER:
      Here's just a partial listing of drugs of natural origin used TODAY. Some 25% of the current USPS is botanical or animal in origin and this doesn't even begin to include mineral-based meds. In the 1800's the percentage of medicines that were botanical or animal in origin was closer to 80%. During one of the World Wars (sorry to be so imprecise...I'll look up which one later.), the Russians ran out of sulpha drugs during a pneumonia epidemic. They had to resort to using garlic and other "home remedies". When the Russian physicians checked their survival vs. death rates, they found they had MUCH better rates of survival w/ garlic and home remedies than they did w/ the sulpha drugs. Go ahead. Tell me herbal medicine doesn't work, and that all herbalists and alternative practitioners are quacks. Go ahead. Tell me.

      1) Aspirin (originally from Salix species of White Willow; used to treat pain, inflammation, etc.)
      2) Vincristine (used to treat Childhood Leukemia; comes from Madagascar Periwinkle)
      3) Quinine (used to treat Malaria; comes from Qhinchona and Quassia barks)
      4) Morphine, codeine, laudanum (used in treatment of intractible pain; comes from sap of opium poppy)
      5) Insulin (originally from pork, cow and sheep pancreases; was life-saving in its day; now is genetically engineered)
      6) Heparin (used to treat DVT and blood clots in other sites; originally from bovine and porcine sources; another life saver!)
      7) Castor oil (used in midwifery to bring on labor)
      8) Senna, cascara sagrada (used as laxatives)
      9) Psyllium husks (used as fiber supplement)
      10) A drug called BCNU from Scutellaria Baicalensis derived from the root of Baikal Scullcap and is used to treat Brain Cancers in humans.
      11) Digitalis (used to treat heart arrhythias, and as a cardiac stimulant; comes from Foxglove; used in this country since 1775 by whites, and long, long before by native peoples)
      12) Epinephrine (comes from Ephedra, ma huang, Brigham tea and other related plants; now synthesized as Pseudoepinephrine; used to treat asthma, allergies, sinus conditions and other lung and adrenal disorders)
      13) Paregoric (also from opium poppies; used to treat diarrhea)
      14) Curare (used to as a paralyzing agent in surgeries and intubations; comes from the skin of an Amazonian Rain Forest frog)
      15) Malt Soupex; maltex; maltose (from barley malt; used to this day to loosen bowels, aid in treatment of constipation)
      16) Penicillin (derived from a mold, which is a plant folks; used to kill bacteria and to treat bacterial infections)
      17) Reserpine (derived from an Asian shrub; used to treat high blood pressure

      This is just the merest tip of the iceberg. Folks NEED to remember that the AMA came into existence NOT to protect the public, but as a lobbying, trade union of sorts and governing agency to protect doctors, and to put all other competitors--chiropractors, herbalists, midwives, naturopaths--out of business. Just b/c something is "new" or "scientific" or "FDA approved", does NOT mean it's been tested enough, is without side effects, or that it's good for you.

      PS: Herbs CAN and do have side effects folks, so please don't kid yourselves about that.

  28. QUESTION:
    Should I Be Concerned About My Sickness?
    I have had, what seemed at the beginning, a cold for almost two weeks now. Its been going from bad, to okay, to bad, and, now to worse. My throat doesn't hurt but I can hardly breathe without coughing. My nose has been going back and forth between stuffy and runny. Those things I can handle, yeah. But now I am beginning to get sick to my stomach. And I haven't been able to sleep because I can't breathe. I have tired all sorts of medicine but nothing has made it go away. Any suggestions as to what I have and how to treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same thing the past two weeks. For me it felt like a sinus infection. I recommend drinking tea with Echinacea. Echinacea is very good for the immune system to help relieve symptoms and give a soothing effect. Garlic is another amazing herb. Garlic capsules are a great thing to take when you are sick, It is also very good for enhancing the immune system. Take a Fresh mint leaf and crush it between your fingers. Releasing the natural Essential oils and creating a wonderful natural Vic's vapor rub. Rub a little oil just under nose and around the nostrils. This will get rid of all the stuffy gross stuff. Super Supplements has this really awesome all natural oil called White Flower. If you get the chance and have this available rub some under your nose right before bed. It will clear up everything! It is also good for aches and pains. Coughing is no fun. Vitamin C is always good to take as well. If you can I really recommend going to a local health store and see if they carry a herb called Golden-seal. Goldenseal is very good for clearing up and stopping the mucus flow. Take it in combination with Echinacea, the herb contains alkoids which stop the mucus flow. 500milligrams along with the Echinacea three times a day. Brew a tea containing Slippery Elm this herb will help suppress a cough and sooth a sore throat. Or simply look for cough drops with Slippery Elm. Chicken soup is also a very well known remedy. Helps break up congestion and other cold or flu symptoms. If your symptoms get worse or don't go away after about 5 days i would start thinking about going to a doctor. Feel better hope this helps!

  29. QUESTION:
    Why i'm I still not feeling well ? I have had a sinus infection and bronchies 3 differnt meds .?
    It has been 3 weeks now maybe 4 and still not feeling well throat hurting sick on stomach . The cough is better some felt like I may have been running a fever clam feeling sweating . Feel like I could sleep all day long . Wish I could start feeling myself again . Should I wait it out or what ? Ideas

    • ANSWER:
      NAUSEA:
      *Sip room temp ginger ale. Nibble some ginger snaps. If you can get powdered ginger into your guts, that's the most effective natural remedy. I sometimes put it in capsules & swallow it, or I mix some in with applesauce. It doesn't taste great, but it works. You know you've had enough when you burp & taste ginger.
      *Room temp, FLAT cola. Or coke syrup. Emetrol is the same type of stuff if they don't have coke syrup at the store. I have even gone to the McDonald's drive-thru in a pinch & asked for coke syrup. They gave me some!
      *When I'm desperate & I have nothing else at home & do NOT feel up to running out to the store, I take a Dramamine (meclazine). It will help you sleep a few hours & take away your dizziness & nausea for a while.
      *Clear liquids for now. Tea & juice at room temp, not cold. Cold will further shock & upset your stomach. Drink only 1 or 2 ounces at a time.
      *FOOD: only if you can: eat light carbohydrates in small amounts- toast or crackers. As your tummy de-nauseates, graduate to light protein, like chicken breast or fish. Fatty foods are the last thing to add to your diet.
      *ACUPRESSURE POINTS: Apply pressure to the webbing between your thumb & index finger on either hand. Use firm, deep pressure & a rapid massaging movement for several minutes. I don't mean caress it. Using the same kind of motion & pressure, rub with your thumb or thumbnail on the top of your foot between the tendons of the second & third toes.
      *The last option is to go ahead & allow yourself to vomit. This does not mean MAKE yourself vomit. That is not recommended.

      SINUSES, NOSE, THROAT, AND LUNGS:
      Boil some salty water in a pot on the stove. Turn off the burner. Blow your nose & cough out some phlegm. Make a steam hood by draping a small-to-medium-sized towel over your head & the pot. Breathe the salty steam in your nose, out your mouth several times. Breathe some in your mouth & out your nose a few times as well. Blow your nose often. Keep this up until the steam stops. You can do this trick a few times throughout the day until you feel better. Salt is great.

      OVER THE COUNTER MEDS TO TRY:
      **Sinus decongestant: Phenylephrine 5mg. You don't necessarily need all the extras it's often mixed with.
      **Expectorant: Guaifenisen (Mucinex is the brand name, but it's way cheaper at dollar stores. Always read ingredients!!) liquefies your mucus so it's much easier to expel. But you have to drink TONS of water or it won't work, & you must be near a bathroom because it makes you pee a lot. (yet causes constipation... another reason to stay hydrated!)
      **Pain, inflammation, body aches, headache, fever: Ibuprofen (Advil) should be alternated with Acetaminophen (Tylenol).

      IMPORTANT! IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT:
      -Stay home. (even one day can make a difference. plus, you'll keep your germs to yourself.)
      -Sleep!!
      -Drink plenty of water. (8 8oz servings a day=bare minimum!! pee out those germs & flush 'em away!!)
      -Take vitamin C, zinc, and echinacea.
      -Eat garlic. (sorry, but it really is great for your health! and it will give you a good reason to stay home. hehe)
      -Wash hands well & often. Moisturize skin to keep from cracking your hands to bits.
      -Avoid milk & chocolate, which thicken your mucus and make your fight that much harder.
      -Moderate exercise helps too!

      NOTE: the meds and garlic are harsh, so don't take them on an empty or upset stomach.

      COUGHING FITS:
      >DAY: Mucinex and water. (generic is fine, and cheap!) Cough it out while you're awake.
      >NIGHT: Delsym (cough suppressant, DEXTROMETHORPHAN). Get some restful, coughless sleep.
      HOMEMADE EXPECTORANTS: Mix very hot water, cayenne pepper, white vinegar, and honey. >GARGLE & SPIT OUT!!!!!!!<
      Or drink hot water with lemon and honey.

      NOTE: I am not a doctor or nurse. Consult a medical professional to tailor any of the above suggestions to your particular circumstances, especially taking into consideration your weight, age, health, whether you're pregnant or nursing. FEEL BETTER SOON!!

  30. QUESTION:
    are there any remedies for a busted eardrum?
    this guy I know has had problems with his ear. He went to the doctor and they told him eardrum was busted. They gave him an antibiotic and told him it would heal itself. That was like 6 months ago. He recently has been having pain and his ear is swollen shut. He still has drainage coming from his ear. It's like a yellowish color and it smells really bad. Has anyone ever heard of the eardum healing itself and if so, how long does it usually take?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can heal itself but in this case he has an infection.
      It needs to be drained constantly and flushed.
      He should see another doctor and have this seen to before permanent damage is done. Not too much can be done for him naturally now although probiotics will help the side effects of antibiotics.
      If he insists on natural treatments then try these:

      Natural Therapies
      Acute ear infection requires professional treatment, which may include:

      Horseradish & Garlic - dries up mucus in the nose, sinuses and ears, and may relieve the pressure of ear infection

      To break a cycle of recurrent ear infections, try vitamins A and C, zinc and the herb Echinacea to stimulate the body's resistance.
      Verbascum ear drops will help as will help as will flushing the ear with clean (Boiled and cooled) salty water every two hours or so.

      A drop of liquid echinacea in the ear will help also.

      These have worked well for me in the past.

      Hope this helps.

      Craig - Naturopath

  31. QUESTION:
    Had some kind of cold/bronchitis-weeks later I am left with this post nasal drip and the constant feeling that
    I have to clear my throat-what natural thing to do to remedy that?

    • ANSWER:
      I know this sounds weird, but try a nasal wash. You can get a Neti pot or other nasal cleaning device at your drugstore. They are pain free and will usually eliminate post nasal drips and make you feel a ton better. I wasn't a believer until I tried one and they work so well I try to it once a week to keep from getting sinus infections. Its natural, no drugs, and makes you feel better instantly. What could be better.

  32. QUESTION:
    What can you give children for a stuffy nose and bad cough?

    • ANSWER:
      It may not be a "flu" as menchioned below but it will clear all that up!

      9 Tips to Treat Colds and Flu the 'Natural' Way
      With no cure in sight for the cold or the flu, current treatments can at best bring symptom relief or shorten the duration of those symptoms. You can take one of a variety of medications that may help relieve your symptoms. Or you can take the natural approach. WebMD went to Charles B. Inlander, president of The People's Medical Society, for some home remedies that may help you feel better along the way.

      No. 1: Blow Your Nose Often -- and the Right Way
      It's important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. But when you blow hard, pressure can cause an earache. The best way to blow your nose: Press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other. Wash your hands after blowing your nose.

      No. 2: Stay Rested
      Resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. This battle taxes the body. So give it a little help by lying down under a blanket.

      No. 3: Gargle
      Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief. Try a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water, four times daily. To reduce the tickle in your throat, try an astringent gargle -- such as tea that contains tannin -- to tighten the membranes. Or use a thick, viscous gargle made with honey, popular in folk medicine. Steep one tablespoon of raspberry leaves or lemon juice in two cups of hot water; mix with one teaspoon of honey. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before gargling. Honey should never be given to children less than 1 year old.

      No. 4: Drink Hot Liquids
      Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and can soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat.

      No. 5: Take a Steamy Shower
      Steamy showers moisturize your nasal passages and relax you. If you're dizzy from the flu, run a steamy shower while you sit on a chair nearby and take a sponge bath.

      No. 6: Use a Salve Under Your Nose
      A small dab of mentholated salve under your nose can open breathing passages and help soothe the irritated skin at the base of the nose. Menthol, eucalyptus and camphor all have mild numbing ingredients that may help relieve the pain of a nose rubbed raw.

      No. 7: Apply Hot or Cold Packs Around Your Congested Sinuses
      Either temperature may help you feel more comfortable. You can buy reusable hot or cold packs at a drugstore. Or make your own. Take a damp washcloth and heat it for 55 seconds in a microwave (test the temperature first to make sure it's right for you.) Or take a small bag of frozen peas to use as a cold pack.

      No. 8: Sleep With an Extra Pillow Under Your Head
      This will help with the drainage of nasal passages. If the angle is too awkward, try placing the pillows between the mattress and the box springs to create a more gradual slope.

      No. 9: Don't Fly Unless Necessary
      There's no point adding stress to your already stressed-out upper respiratory system, and that's what the change in air pressure will do. Flying with cold or flu congestion can hurt your eardrums as a result of pressure changes during takeoff and landing. If you must fly, use a decongestant and carry a nasal spray with you to use just before takeoff and landing. Chewing gum and swallowing frequently can also help relieve pressure.

      Remember, serious conditions can masquerade as the common cold and a mild infection can evolve into something more serious. If you have severe symptoms or are feeling sicker with each passing day, see a doctor.

  33. QUESTION:
    my child has cold and cough also ear infection what can i do?
    my 11 months boy baby had cold and cough 1o days back ,fever was high only in nicht times,doctor gave augmentin antibiotic syrup 3 days we gave but he had diahorea and vomiting so we stopped but he got fever and ear pain so took to dr he sais not to stop antibiotic and gave another syrup also pain syrup.what can i do to avoid baby from cold?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some remedies for different symptoms you or the kid might experience:

      NAUSEA:
      *Sip room temp ginger ale. Nibble some ginger snaps. If you can get powdered ginger into your guts, that's the most effective natural remedy. I sometimes put it in capsules & swallow it, or I mix some in with applesauce. It doesn't taste great, but it works. You know you've had enough when you burp & taste ginger.
      *Room temp, FLAT cola. Or coke syrup. Emetrol is the same type of stuff if they don't have coke syrup at the store. I have even gone to the McDonald's drive-thru in a pinch & asked for coke syrup. They gave me some!
      *When I'm desperate & I have nothing else at home & do NOT feel up to running out to the store, I take a Dramamine (meclazine). It will help you sleep a few hours & take away your dizziness & nausea for a while.
      *Clear liquids for now. Tea & juice at room temp, not cold. Cold will further shock & upset your stomach. Drink only 1 or 2 ounces at a time.
      *FOOD: only if you can: eat light carbohydrates in small amounts- toast or crackers. As your tummy de-nauseates, graduate to light protein, like chicken breast or fish. Fatty foods are the last thing to add to your diet.
      *ACUPRESSURE POINTS: Apply pressure to the webbing between your thumb & index finger on either hand. Use firm, deep pressure & a rapid massaging movement for several minutes. I don't mean caress it. Using the same kind of motion & pressure, rub with your thumb or thumbnail on the top of your foot between the tendons of the second & third toes.
      *The last option is to go ahead & allow yourself to vomit. This does not mean MAKE yourself vomit. That is not recommended.

      SINUSES, NOSE, THROAT, AND LUNGS:
      Boil some salty water in a pot on the stove. Turn off the burner. Blow your nose & cough out some phlegm. Make a steam hood by draping a small-to-medium-sized towel over your head & the pot. Breathe the salty steam in your nose, out your mouth several times. Breathe some in your mouth & out your nose a few times as well. Blow your nose often. Keep this up until the steam stops. You can do this trick a few times throughout the day until you feel better. Salt is great.

      OVER THE COUNTER MEDS TO TRY:
      **Sinus decongestant: Phenylephrine 5mg. You don't necessarily need all the extras it's often mixed with.
      **Expectorant: Guaifenisen (Mucinex is the brand name, but it's way cheaper at dollar stores. Always read ingredients!!) liquefies your mucus so it's much easier to expel. But you have to drink TONS of water or it won't work, & you must be near a bathroom because it makes you pee a lot. (yet causes constipation... another reason to stay hydrated!)
      **Pain, inflammation, body aches, headache, fever: Ibuprofen (Advil) should be alternated with Acetaminophen (Tylenol).

      IMPORTANT! IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT:
      -Stay home. (even one day can make a difference. plus, you'll keep your germs to yourself.)
      -Sleep!!
      -Drink plenty of water. (8 8oz servings a day=bare minimum!! pee out those germs & flush 'em away!!)
      -Take vitamin C, zinc, and echinacea.
      -Eat garlic. (sorry, but it really is great for your health! and it will give you a good reason to stay home. hehe)
      -Wash hands well & often. Moisturize skin to keep from cracking your hands to bits.
      -Avoid milk & chocolate, which thicken your mucus and make your fight that much harder.
      -Moderate exercise helps too!

      NOTE: the meds and garlic are harsh, so don't take them on an empty or upset stomach.

      COUGHING FITS:
      >DAY: Mucinex and water. (generic is fine, and cheap!) Cough it out while you're awake.
      >NIGHT: Delsym (cough suppressant, DEXTROMETHORPHAN). Get some restful, coughless sleep.
      HOMEMADE EXPECTORANTS: Mix very hot water, cayenne pepper, white vinegar, and honey. >GARGLE & SPIT OUT!!!!!!!<
      Or drink hot water with lemon and honey.

      NOTE: I am not a doctor or nurse. Consult a medical professional to tailor any of the above suggestions to your particular circumstances, especially taking into consideration your weight, age, health, whether you're pregnant or nursing. FEEL BETTER SOON!!

  34. QUESTION:
    Diabetes and the flu, should i just wait it out or do i need to see a doctor?
    I'm Diabetic and just had the flu since yesterday. I have a shooting pain in my head from temple to temple. I have constant earache that will just not stop. my nose is all bunged up and running at the same time and every bone and muscle in my body hurts. I feel really hot and cold at the same time. So far my blood sugar levels are fine but as it's the weekend and i can't see my gp, im not sure what to do for the best. im female and 40.

    • ANSWER:
      Get plenty of rest, especially while you have a fever. Rest helps your body fight infection.
      Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke, which can make cold symptoms worse.
      Drink lots of fluids such as water and clear soups. Fluids help loosen mucus. Fluids are also important because they help prevent dehydration.
      Gargle with warm salt water a few times a day to relieve a sore throat. Throat sprays or lozenges may also help relieve the pain.
      Use saline (salt water) nose drops to help loosen mucus and moisten the tender skin in your nose.
      Take warm baths with epsom salts in the bath this will help your painful bones and muscles.
      You might want to call your doctor and ask him/her what you can take like an anti-viral that he/she can prescribe or over the counter (read labels).
      Sweet olive oil drops (warmed) put in each ear helps with the pain and helps drain the ear and sinuses. This is a natural remedy but it really works! Ask your doctor if your ear pain continues. This will help in the meantime.
      Tylenol helps with the overall pain and stuffy feeling but this is only if you can take it.

      Hope you feel better. Hope this helps.

  35. QUESTION:
    how do you stop blushing without seeing a doctor?
    i keep blushin in front of the class at school and no one else really does. i need to no how to stop that

    • ANSWER:
      you need to get over that awful cold to stop blushing

      Clear up your cold fast: the trick to recovering from your cold quickly is to let your symptoms run their course. Here's how to take the edge off while you wait - Do-It Yourself Cures
      Natural Health, Jan-Feb, 2002 by Maria Noel Mandile
      123Next ..CONVENTIONAL OVER-THE-counter cold medicines merely mask symptoms and, when fighting a cold, that's a crucial mistake. Symptoms like congestion, fever, and sore throat happen for a reason--they help rid your body of the cold virus. When you let your symptoms run their course, holistic doctors say, you'll end your cold sooner and strengthen your immune system in the process.

      But refusing to mask your symptoms doesn't mean you have to feel exhausted and remain bedridden. Here's a symptom-by-symptom guide to finding gentle relief that won't interfere with your body's healing process. Use as many remedies as you need.

      Sore Throat

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      WHAT'S GOING ON: The cold virus often enters your body through your mouth. When virus cells become lodged in your throat, virus-fighting antibodies build up in that tissue. Those antibodies cause inflammation and soreness, but the symptoms are usually a sign that your immune system is doing its job.

      HOW TO FEEL BETTER FAST: Give your antibodies a hand. Zinc helps fight the virus on contact, explains Dina Khader, R.D., a nutrition consultant in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. As soon as you feel a sore throat tingle, suck on a 15 mg zinc gluconate lozenge. Continue twice a day until you're symptom-free for 24 hours. Zinc throat sprays can also be effective, though they carry less scientific proof than zinc lozenges do. Don't exceed 50 mg a day because too much zinc will actually damage your immune system. If your throat pain persists longer than 48 hours and is accompanied by a fever, see a health care practitioner. That's a sign of a bacterial infection rather than a cold, and you may need a treatment better suited for that type of infection.

      Aches and Fatigue

      WHAT'S GOING ON: While your immune system fights a cold virus, your body becomes depleted of nutrients, white blood cells, and immune-boosting T cells. The result: achy muscles and low energy. This is a sign that you need to nurture yourself so your body can recharge, explains Judith Hanson Lasater, a physical therapist and yoga instructor in San Francisco and co-author of Living Your Yoga (Rodmell Press, 2000).

      HOW TO FEEL BETTER FAST: First, make sure you get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Rest your body further by doing the Basic Relaxation yoga pose at least 20 minutes a day. Lie down on the floor on your back with your arms by your sides. Use rolled blankets or pillows to support your neck and knees. Close your eyes, pay close attention to your breathing, and visualize your body being healthy, says Lasater. This pose helps your body relax, which, according to studies, will strengthen your immune function.

      In addition to getting more rest, strengthen your antibodies with a multivitamin; take a powdered form (mixed in water) because your weakened body can absorb and use it more easily than pills. If you already have multivitamin capsules on hand, open those up into your drink. And take 1,500 mg of the enzyme bromelain three times a day between meals. This anti-inflammatory supplement helps relieve aching muscles.

      Nasal Congestion

      WHAT'S GOING ON: Your sinus cavities produce mucus to help expel viruses, so a runny nose is actually desirable. It becomes a problem, though, if thick or dried mucus blocks your nasal passages, causing new mucus to build up and your tissue to become inflamed.

      HOW TO FEEL BETTER FAST: One of the best ways to keep nasal mucus flowing is with a neti pot, says Alan Keith Tillotson, Ph.D., medical herbalist in Wilmington, Del., and co-author of The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook (Kensington, 2001). Use this teapotlike Ayurvedic device to flush your nasal cavity with warm salt water and to keep mucus thinned out. Follow the directions that come with your pot and perform the process when needed. After each treatment, dab a few drops of a solution made with 5 teaspoons of sesame oil and 10 drops of sandalwood essential oil (Santalum album) just inside your nasal passages.

      If your sinuses become blocked, use the neti pot and take 500 mg each of ginger (Zingiber officinale) and cayenne (Capsicum annuum) capsules twice a day. These two herbs stimulate circulation in sinus tissue, which helps drain the mucus, says Khader.

      Because bacteria thrive in mucus, see a doctor if your nasal congestion lasts for more than two weeks.

      Cough

      WHAT'S GOING ON: When your bo

  36. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of phlegm and ths cough?!!?
    I have this cough and its annoying, i can't really fall asleep because of it, and it bothers me. Sometimes I have phlegm too... how can I get rid of both... no buying medicine or anything I already have it but It only dulls the cough and doesn't get rid of the phlegm.
    Why shouldnt you swallow the phlegm.... sometimes i cant spit it out i am in school

    • ANSWER:
      Technically Phlegm , is mucous, but when mucous becomes congealed and visible it is considered phlegm, the product of your mucous membranes attempting to fight an infection of sorts--and it is good for you. Phlegm is differentiated from other mucous in that it comes from the lungs rather than from the nasal passages; though, post nasal drip, a common symptom of colds, flus, sinusitis, and inhaling other irritants is often the cause of a phlegm like build up. If you're coughing up colored phlegm, it's usually a sign of bronchial infection, but simple diagnoses can be made from the color of the phlegm. If you're coughing up yellow, green, or brown phlegm, your body is in the process of fighting an infection. If the color of your phlegm is brown or gray, it may be your body is expelling tars or resins built up from smoking or inhaling large amounts of dust. Regardless of the color of your phlegm, if you're cough it up, you should probably go see a doctor. For the time being though, let us focus on getting rid of phlegm, because that's what you came here to learn, isn't it?

      Are you a smoker? If so, it's obvious that to get rid of phlegm you'll need to quit smoking. Lung and bronchial infections are common enough, but they are even more common in people who smoke regularly. If you are cough up brown or grayish phlegm, it's your body trying to tell you you're smoking too much. Do yourself a favor and quit smoking now before you start seeing the inevitable streaks of blood in your phlegm that preclude a diagnosis of lung cancer

      If you're suffering from a sinus infection, a cold, or the flu, using a nasal spray or decongestant will help get rid of that phlegm. While post nasal drip isn't necessarily considered phlegm because it's produced by the mucous glands in your nasal cavities, it is the most common cause of chest congestion, and can be easily cured by taking a decongestant like Sudafed, Claritin, or Zyrtec.

      If you're suffering from bronchitis or a chest cold, then taking an expectorant should help loosen up your phlegm. An expectorant cough medicine is different from a cough suppressant, because an expectorant is supposed to loosen the phlegm and make you cough--what they call a productive cough, which is good for people suffering from chest congestion or an infection in the lungs or bronchial tubes. Mucinex and Robitussin are both common OTC expectorants.

      If you want to get rid of phlegm, don't take a cough suppressant or use throat lozenges. Cough medicines that are not explicitly labeled as expectorants will only serve to exacerbate your phlegm troubles. Anything that helps to numb the pain of a cough or suppress a cough will allow more mucous and phlegm to build up because you've essentially shut off the mechanisms in your body that are meant to produce, well, productive coughs.

      Don't swallow that phlegm if you want to get rid of it. Phlegm functions as a sticky film, filled with infection fighting substances like glycoproteins and immunoglobulins, which attaches itself to the lining of your bronchial tubes and lungs. Generally speaking, when phlegm starts to get coughed up, it means that the substance has served its purpose and needs to be expelled. Spit that phlegm into a tissue rather than trying to swallow it, because swallowing often times reintroduces the phlegm back into your pulmonary (lung) system.

      Natural Cures for Phlegm

      Eucalyptus oil in boiling water is far and away the most common natural remedy for chest congestion and an overabundance of phlegm. 2-3 drops of Eucalyptus oil in a pot of boiling water should do the trick. Many people put a towel on their heads, take the water off the stove, and hold themselves over the water to breathe in the resulting steam.

      Garlic is considered by some in the field of alternative medicine to be an expectorant, and a good supplement to be taking in general. Using fresh garlic is the key, most experts say. Powdered garlic supplements are supposed to leave out many of the valuable healing compounds found in the garlic clove

      Goldenseal is an herb that has been used for a very long time to cure pretty much anything that ails you. It is particularly useful in treating inflammation and congestion of the lungs. Found in pill form as a tincture, this helpful plant can be procured quite easily from online health vendors. Extended or excessive doses of this herb is not recommended and has been implicated as the cause of some respiratory failures. Don't take too much of it, yeah?

      I Know its long but i hope i helped im trying to get rid of my Phlegm and Cough aswell its annoying isnt it

      Hope you get Better xoxo

  37. QUESTION:
    Can you get another viral infection (i.e., flu or cold) when you currently are infected with a cold or flu?
    I think I have the flu right now. Since I live by myself, I have to go out in public to get "sick" essentials (tissue, cold medicine, etc.) I was wondering since my body is trying to fight one strain of the flu virus, if it's possible for me to get infected with a totally different strain of virus (or if I'm "immune" to a different strain since my cells are currently being occupied by the original strain.)

    • ANSWER:
      Even though I don't know the answer to your actual question, I do know some remedies that might help treat some of your symptoms. Here ya go...

      NAUSEA:
      *Sip room temp ginger ale. Nibble some ginger snaps. If you can get powdered ginger into your guts, that's the most effective natural remedy. I sometimes put it in capsules & swallow it, or I mix some in with applesauce. It doesn't taste great, but it works. You know you've had enough when you burp & taste ginger.
      *Room temp, FLAT cola. Or coke syrup. Emetrol is the same type of stuff if they don't have coke syrup at the store. I have even gone to the McDonald's drive-thru in a pinch & asked for coke syrup. They gave me some!
      *When I'm desperate & I have nothing else at home & do NOT feel up to running out to the store, I take a Dramamine (meclazine). It will help you sleep a few hours & take away your dizziness & nausea for a while.
      *Clear liquids for now. Tea & juice at room temp, not cold. Cold will further shock & upset your stomach. Drink only 1 or 2 ounces at a time.
      *FOOD: only if you can: eat light carbohydrates in small amounts- toast or crackers. As your tummy de-nauseates, graduate to light protein, like chicken breast or fish. Fatty foods are the last thing to add to your diet.
      *ACUPRESSURE POINTS: Apply pressure to the webbing between your thumb & index finger on either hand. Use firm, deep pressure & a rapid massaging movement for several minutes. I don't mean caress it. Using the same kind of motion & pressure, rub with your thumb or thumbnail on the top of your foot between the tendons of the second & third toes.
      *The last option is to go ahead & allow yourself to vomit. This does not mean MAKE yourself vomit. That is not recommended.

      SINUSES, NOSE, THROAT, AND LUNGS:
      Boil some salty water in a pot on the stove. Turn off the burner. Blow your nose & cough out some phlegm. Make a steam hood by draping a small-to-medium-sized towel over your head & the pot. Breathe the salty steam in your nose, out your mouth several times. Breathe some in your mouth & out your nose a few times as well. Blow your nose often. Keep this up until the steam stops. You can do this trick a few times throughout the day until you feel better. Salt is great.

      OVER THE COUNTER MEDS TO TRY:
      **Sinus decongestant: Phenylephrine 5mg. You don't necessarily need all the extras it's often mixed with.
      **Expectorant: Guaifenisen (Mucinex is the brand name, but it's way cheaper at dollar stores. Always read ingredients!!) liquefies your mucus so it's much easier to expel. But you have to drink TONS of water or it won't work, & you must be near a bathroom because it makes you pee a lot. (yet causes constipation... another reason to stay hydrated!)
      **Pain, inflammation, body aches, headache, fever: Ibuprofen (Advil) should be alternated with Acetaminophen (Tylenol).

      IMPORTANT! IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT:
      -Stay home. (even one day can make a difference. plus, you'll keep your germs to yourself.)
      -Sleep!!
      -Drink plenty of water. (8 8oz servings a day=bare minimum!! pee out those germs & flush 'em away!!)
      -Take vitamin C, zinc, and echinacea.
      -Eat garlic. (sorry, but it really is great for your health! and it will give you a good reason to stay home. hehe)
      -Wash hands well & often. Moisturize skin to keep from cracking your hands to bits.
      -Avoid milk & chocolate, which thicken your mucus and make your fight that much harder.
      -Moderate exercise helps too!

      NOTE: the meds and garlic are harsh, so don't take them on an empty or upset stomach.

      COUGHING FITS:
      >DAY: Mucinex and water. (generic is fine, and cheap!) Cough it out while you're awake.
      >NIGHT: Delsym (cough suppressant, DEXTROMETHORPHAN). Get some restful, coughless sleep.
      HOMEMADE EXPECTORANTS: Mix very hot water, cayenne pepper, white vinegar, and honey. >GARGLE & SPIT OUT!!!!!!!<
      Or drink hot water with lemon and honey.

      NOTE: I am not a doctor or nurse. Consult a medical professional to tailor any of the above suggestions to your particular circumstances, especially taking into consideration your weight, age, health, whether you're pregnant or nursing. FEEL BETTER SOON!

  38. QUESTION:
    home or natural remedies for sinus infection?
    i know i have a sinus infection,ive had them before.but my dr cant see me till next wednasday!!! i have 2 lengthy double shifts coming up fri/sat.off on thurs.is there anything i can do,buy or take that will get me thru till my appointment? i have a lot of pain and pressure,i feel fatigued and work is becoming difficult.thanx to all-please, i need help !!!!

    • ANSWER:
      netti pot! I love them works every time

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it true that Apple Cider Vinager, honey and water together?
    will help a person lose weight. This lady told me that the pounds just melt of when you drink apple cider vinager. If so how much do you drink and how much do you put in water. Thanks everyone for your input.

    • ANSWER:
      The Many Health Benefits you can get from Apple Cider Vinegar. It may taste horrible but the benefits definately outway the bad taste!!
      Ok - this may seem very gross but if you have a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar a day you will be doing your body so much good! It is so disctusting but I add some grape juice to it and drink it through a straw so it's not that bad.

      Here are some reasons and benefits of having Apple Cider Vinegar:

      Helps ease the itch and rid chiggers
      Helps with hot flashes in menopausal women
      Helps treat insect bites and skin allergies
      Helps relieve and heal poison ivy
      Helps prevent heart disease and stroke
      Helps soothe and heal a sunburn
      Helps rid head lice
      Great for your joints
      Great for arthritis
      Gets rid of bad breath
      Great anti viral and anti bacterial agents
      Use a cup in as a hair rinse - makes your hair shiny
      Gives you relief of pollen, food and pet allergies (I need that)
      Treats your sinus infections
      Helps reduce the risk or tumors
      Help rid warts
      Reduces total body stresses and tension
      Helps treat hemorrhoids and varicose veins
      Great for acne, and skin problems
      Helps lower your high cholesterol
      Helps heals your wounds and skin abrasions
      Helps retain your youth
      Can act as an appetite suppressant and aid in weight loss
      Helps prevent osteoporosis
      Helps rid the common cold
      Boosts your energy level and your immune system
      Excellent for acid reflux and sore throats
      It helps breaks down fatty deposits so is great for loosing weight
      Keeps high blood pressure down by preventing your blood from getting too thick
      Helps treat insomnia
      Helps digestion
      Help common ailments such as hair loss and dandruff
      Even helps rid your hiccups
      Helps treat and get rid of cold sores
      Great for your kidneys and your bladder
      Cures fungal infections - Athlete's feet and Nail Fungus Ailments
      Acts as a clenser and detoxifier for various organs basically purifying your body and its organs (kidneys, liver, heart...)
      Reduces risk of colon cancer
      Topical relief for shingles
      Helps relieve diarrhea

      tribes » Health & Wellness » Joys of Juicing » topics »
      "An Apple A Day..." - Cider Vinegar Health Benefitstopic posted Fri, October 13, 2006 - 12:18 PM by Craig

      Many people are now convinced—Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), that wonderful “old-timers” home remedy, cures more ailments than any other folk remedy and has been highly regarded throughout history. In 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing health qualities.

      The reported cures from drinking Apple Cider Vinegar are numerous and include: allergies (including pet, food and environmental), sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, Candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, gout, and even heart pain. Apple Cider Vinegar breaks down fat and is widely used to lose weight. It has also been reported that a daily dose of apple cider vinegar in water has soaring blood pressure under control in two weeks!

      For centuries, the benefits from cider vinegar to fight infection, promote digestion, fighting osteoporosis, have been well known. One of the first goals on the way to great health is to restore the body's pH to the alkaline range. As nearly all chronic illnesses take place in a body that has become acidic due to the gradual depletion of its mineral reserves, it is logical to check on the body's acid/alkaline balance and to work towards maintaining it in the alkaline range. The state of the body's acid/alkaline balance can be easily measured by testing the urine using pH strips.

      INTERNAL BENEFITS:
      . Rich in enzymes & potassium
      . Naturally supports a healthy immune system
      . Helps control weight
      . Helps soothe dry throat
      . Promotes healthy digestion & pH balance
      . Helps remove body sludge & toxins

      ACV is also a natural antibiotic germ fighter, fights E. coli and other bacteria. It is an excellent remedy for food poisoning and helpful in digestive upsets. ACV helps control and normalize weight and improve digestion. ACV helps relieve arthritis stiffness and rheumatism.

      Use two teaspoons (2 t.) in a pint of water daily for yourself—or one teaspoon in the dog or cat’s drinking water—as a healthy tonic. Drink a daily tonic of apple cider vinegar to help you keep the right pH balance in the urinary tract, since the proper acidity creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria and yeasts that cause these infections.

      EXTERNAL BENEFITS:
      . Helps maintain healthy skin
      . Helps promote a youthful, healthy body
      . Soothes irritated skin
      . Relieves muscle pain from exercise

      ACV helps to maintain healthy skin, promote youthful, healthy bodies. Soothes pain of sunburn, the itch from bug bites, and the sting from plants. ACV helps prevent dandruff, itching scalp, baldness, and dry skin. ACV soothes tight aching joints, sore muscles. Apple cider vinegar also removes sebum and environmental and product buildup on the hair shaft.

      COMBINE WITH NATURAL BEE HONEY TO:
      . Relax the nervous system
      . Promote deep sleep
      . Relieve rheumatism
      . Relieve arthritis
      . Relieve bone and muscle pain and soreness
      . Relieve heart ailments
      . Relieve stress
      . Relieve insomnia

      Mix organic apple cider with pure raw honey and drink at night before going to bed. Great for calming nerves, promoting relaxation and relief of bone related ailments. Adjust the amount of vinegar and honey for comfort and taste. See my recommended recipe here:

      RECIPE:
      250 mL (8 oz) Purified Water (warm enough to melt honey)
      1 to 2 teaspoons Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic recommended)
      1 to 2 teaspoons Honey (Local, raw, non-GMO recommended)

      (Honey comes from flowers and has a very light energy. I recommend honey from flowers that are known to provide support for heart and lungs. Use local honey to help provide relief from allergies and build immunity.)

      Apple Cider Vinegar is proving very beneficial to people and animals with arthritis because it breaks down calcium deposits in the joints while re-mineralizing the bones. It has shown to be equally beneficial to dogs with hip dysplasia. ACV is also effective for urinary tract infections, and it lowers high blood pressure. In animals, it is helpful in skin and coat problems and in replacing potassium depletion. (Cranberry juice is also a well-known home remedy for urinary tract infections. It prevents bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract.)

      A new University of California-Davis Medical Center study shows that daily consumption of 12 ounces of apple cider or apple juice can reduce the risk of heart disease. And the benefits don’t stop there. A recent Cornell University study found that the antioxidants in apples also inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells.

      ACV has been found to protect arteries from harmful buildup of plaque. Many heart attacks are caused by high amounts of fats and cholesterol in your blood. The fiber in ACV helps to absorb fats and cholesterol by expelling them from the body as waste materials.

      ACV is used to promote the health of veins and capillaries; it is also useful in assisting in the health of the heart. The potassium found in apple cider vinegar is also beneficial to the heart.

      The dietary fiber in ACV is beneficial in controlling glucose levels in the blood. Minerals like manganese, calcium, magnesium, silicon and iron develop bone mass and make them stronger. It is also a rich source of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

      ACV boosts the immune system and acts as a natural antiseptic and anti-biotic. Apples contain Vitamin C and flavonoids, which helps with wound healing and in reducing the severity of colds and flu symptoms. Apple cider also has acetic acid, plus ion-futynic lactic and propionic acids. It is the richest source of amino acids known.

      Apple cider cannot cure cancer, but it is valuable to have around to help fight free radicals in the body. Beta-carotene, found in apple cider vinegar, is a powerful antioxidant, which helps to neutralize the free radicals formed in the body through oxidation. To prevent these free radicals, and to keep them in check, we need antioxidants to rid our body of these potentially dangerous compounds. Left alone, free radicals have the run of our bodies; they damage cells, which leads to cellular degeneration. The pectin in apple cider vinegar adds fiber to the diet, which helps prevent cancer, especially colon cancer. Fiber binds with certain cancer-causing compounds in the colon, and speeds up their elimination from the system.

      VITAMINS IN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
      . Vitamin C
      . Vitamin E
      . Vitamin A
      . Vitamin B1
      . Vitamin B2
      . Vitamin B6
      . Pro-vitamin beta-carotene
      . Vitamin P

      MINERALS & TRACE ELEMENTS IN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
      . Potassium
      . Calcium
      . Magnesium
      . Phosphorous
      . Chlorine
      . Sodium
      . Sulfur (the mineral - not the sulfa, which some people are allergic to)
      . Copper
      . Iron
      . Silicon
      . Fluorine

  40. QUESTION:
    what are the bad side effects after having sinus infection surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      Pain and plenty of it. No guarentee that it will work or be permanent either, I know cause I have plenty of people coming to me after this has failed wanting natural help.
      Have you had the surgery yet?
      If not then go here http://www.jentleearthhealing.com/medherb.html and enter in your details in as much details as you can and I will get some remedies advice to you. Natural remedies have a good track record here.

      hope this helps.

      Craig - Naturopath.

  41. QUESTION:
    Am I getting a sinus infection?
    I had a severe sinus infection a few weeks ago. It was so bad they thought they would put me in the hospital. It felt like i had a cavitiy in my back teeth. (which i dont) My whole right side of my face was aching severly. Now I am getting pressure in the right side of my face and I have had a headache all day. The feeling in my teeth are coming back too. I really dont want a sinus infection, but i guess i will have to deal with it. How do I ease the pain. (tylenol and all those pain meds do not help) Oh yeah, my doctor has me on new medication to see if it will stop the infections.

    • ANSWER:
      If I even remotely thought I was getting a sinus infection my doctor felt it had been there for months and she would me on antibiotics for weeks!

      I don't have to do that anymore because a massage therapist who uses essential oils taught me about the acidity of our bodies and how this breeds sinus and yeast infections.....avoid anything with vinegar, sugar or simple carbs.....start consuming lemon.....lots of it. If you can get to a natural foods store and by some lemon essential oil apply to your feet twice a day......the sinus infection will stop, it has too, you become an inhospitable host and it dies......use mucus thinners and decongestants to keep the passages open so it can drain.

      mind you my sister is allergic to everything and every two years she has to have her sinuses scraped of scar tissue.........YOU DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. So read up on holistic remedies, its amazing how they work.....if you can handle it, it burns like hell, squeeze a clove of garlic and let it steap in a little water, then strain it. Inhale the garlic water into your sinus as hard and fast as you can. It burns like hell, but the second you start blowing your nose the burning stops......and a lot of horrid things come out....it works, but man oh man, the lemon and avoiding those other foods is a lot more comfortable!

  42. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies for sinus infection?
    My nose is so clogged and I get head pains, it's not a cold, it cleared up, now I think it is sinuses, what should I do? I had it before and healed it years ago without antibiotics, but some tips are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Nasal irrigation is the best approach. Antibiotics don't work. Doctors used to prescribe them routinely but they never really did work. Most sinus infections are caused by fungi not bacteria. Flush it out 2-3 times a day for 2-3 days and then once or twice daily for a few days. You should see a difference right away. Take no antihistamines.You want to moisten the hardened material up there so the mucous can move through. Nurse Kindheart!

  43. QUESTION:
    Sinus headache/pressure?
    I have sinus headache constantly. I just finish two rounds of antibiotics for sinus infection and still feel sinus pressure on the forehead. The cause of my sinus is allergies - pollen, dust, mold - all year around. I already been taking Allegra, nose spray Nazorex. Any natural remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      I also have a lot of sinus headaches, year round. The best remedy that I found was saline nasal mist. An allergist and an ENT doctor told me it was the best thing I could do for stuffiness, pain and pressure. Even when I feel better I continue to use the saline mist each and every day, a few times throughout the day.

  44. QUESTION:
    i think i have sinusitis because i have a runny nosrtil that is filled with mucus and blood comes out?
    occasionaly i also have a extremely sore gum and a constent headache andy ideas please??

    • ANSWER:
      First, don't listen to the first idiot who answered. They don't know what they are talking about.

      Second, don't panic, you're not going to die.

      Third, yes, it most definitely sounds like a sinus infection to me. Is the mucus clear or yellow/green/grey? If it's got color, then that is infection. The blood is also a troubling sign. As is the sore teeth and headache.

      I just got over a sinus infection myself. I had it for 6 weeks before I was seen by my doctor. You will need to see a doctor and get an antibiotic. In the mean time, if you can get your hands on a sinus rinse system (neilmed works, though I actually prefer the neti pot myself) it will help clear you out a bit. If you can also use a humidifier or boil some water to inhale some steam and blow your nose gently, and that will have a similar effect of easing some pressure.

      As for medication. Mucinex is an expectorant, it will help break things up and try you out if you have any water or popping in the ears, post nasal drip, or a cough. Pseudophed will help decongest you and will clear out the mucus (You can get both medications in one convenient tablet called Mucinex-D). That will help with the symptoms.

      For pain, you can take two tablets of acedomeophen (Tylenol) every 4-6 hours AND an NSAID pain reliever such as ibuprofen (advil), naproxen (aleve), or asprin (Bayer). You can take them together because Tylenol and NSAID pain relievers are different types of pain killers and don't interact so you won't OD. My favorite is Naproxen (aleve). Take 500 mg ever 12 hours, with Tylenol every 4-6 hours. It'll help with the pain and inflammation.

      Ultimately, you need to go see your doctor as soon as possible. You can try all the "natural" remedies on the planet, but short of paying a real homeopathic specialist you're not going to find relief without seeing a real physician.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is the best cure for a sinus cold?

    • ANSWER:
      After diagnosing sinusitis and identifying a possible cause, a doctor can suggest treatments that will reduce your inflammation and relieve your symptoms.

      Acute sinusitis

      If you have acute sinusitis, your doctor may recommend:

      Decongestants to reduce congestion
      Antibiotics to control a bacterial infection, if present
      Pain relievers to reduce any pain
      You should, however, use over-the-counter or prescription decongestant nose drops and sprays for only few days. If you use these medicines for longer periods, they can lead to even more congestion and swelling of your nasal passages.

      If bacteria cause your sinusitis, antibiotics used along with a nasal or oral decongestant will usually help. Your doctor can prescribe an antibiotic that fights the type of bacteria most commonly associated with sinusitis.

      Many cases of acute sinusitis will end without antibiotics. If you have allergic disease along with sinusitis, however, you may need medicine to relieve your allergy symptoms. If you already have asthma then get sinusitis, you may experience worsening of your asthma and should be in close touch with your doctor.

      In addition, your doctor may prescribe a steroid nasal spray, along with other treatments, to reduce your sinus congestion, swelling, and inflammation.

      Chronic sinusitis

      Doctors often find it difficult to treat chronic sinusitis successfully, realizing that symptoms persist even after taking antibiotics for a long period. As discussed below, many doctors treat with steroids such as steroid nasal sprays. Many doctors do treat chronic sinusitis as though it is an infection, by using antibiotics and decongestants. Other doctors use both antibiotics and steroid nasal sprays. Further research is needed to determine what is the best treatment.

      Some people with severe asthma are said to have dramatic improvement of their symptoms when their chronic sinusitis is treated with antibiotics.

      Doctors commonly prescribe steroid nasal sprays to reduce inflammation in chronic sinusitis. Although doctors occasionally prescribe these sprays to treat people with chronic sinusitis over a long period, doctors don't fully understand the long-term safety of these medications, especially in children. Therefore, doctors will consider whether the benefits outweigh any risks of using steroid nasal sprays.

      If you have severe chronic sinusitis, your doctor may prescribe oral steroids, such as prednisone. Because oral steroids are powerful medicines and can have significant side effects, you should take them only when other medicines have not worked.

      Although home remedies cannot cure sinus infection, they might give you some comfort.

      Inhaling steam from a vaporizer or a hot cup of water can soothe inflamed sinus cavities.
      Saline nasal spray, which you can buy in a drug store, can give relief.
      Gentle heat applied over the inflamed area is comforting.
      When medical treatment fails, surgery may be the only alternative for treating chronic sinusitis. Research studies suggest that the vast majority of people who undergo surgery have fewer symptoms and better quality of life.

      In children, problems often are eliminated by removal of adenoids obstructing nasal-sinus passages.

      Adults who have had allergic and infectious conditions over the years sometimes develop nasal polyps that interfere with proper drainage. Removal of these polyps and/or repair of a deviated septum to ensure an open airway often provides considerable relief from sinus symptoms.

      The most common surgery done today is functional endoscopic sinus surgery, in which the natural openings from the sinuses are enlarged to allow drainage. This type of surgery is less invasive than conventional sinus surgery, and serious complications are rare.
      Hope this helped :-)

  46. QUESTION:
    how can i cure my cough and cold FAST!!?
    i have this cold 4 two weeks now. i have trouble breathing @ night and whenever i cough i cant stop. ive also been blowing my nose a lot. like a tissue box per day. i would prefer home remedies and ones that work FAST. please help! thnx

    • ANSWER:
      Please try a Natural supplement called "Milk Thistle". It is marketed as a liver aid,and it also helps the Liver,which is why i bought it in the first place having liver pain due to taking meds,for migraines for many many years.And when I took it a few times I noticed my Sinus infection, that I also had during the same time went away over night.Then I started using it every time a cold,or sore throat would start and the Milk thistle knocked it out every single time over night.It also helped me sleep.It is a superpowerful antioxidant that people don't know about and cheap at wal mart,with no side effects for me.

  47. QUESTION:
    I need some natural remedies?
    its cold where im at and already, i think i mite be getting sick. i had a terrible headache earlier, my chest was full and i have coughing fits, right now i feel so tired and my eyes are sore. i know someone who has mono that i see frequently but i dont have a sore throat or anything. is there any natural remedies i can take? medicine isnt helping :(

    • ANSWER:
      The following works for sinus, cold, running nose, sore throat and strep throat, when the throat is hurting and lot of other conditions.

      The most visible thing about sinus is swelling. In case of cold, sore throat, strep throat also swelling is there but to some extent less then it is visible in sinus.

      Sinus, cold and sore throat usually happen in the following situations -

      - Change of season, drinking lot of water after exercises, when u get up in the morning, after swimming, after having first sex, kissing, first time smoking etc.

      The reason - During winters our body stores less water. This is evident from loss of water from body evident from frequent urination. Normally the body adjusts the water stored in the body automatically. But due to drinking water with meals or shortly after meals, the systems responsible for controlling the water level in the body stops working properly.

      The same thing happens when u get up in the morning - When one drinks lot of water with dinner and sleeps shortly after dinner the body tends to store lot of water. The same is not adjusted suitably when one gets up in the morning.

      The same thing happens after swimming the body is heated up and cooled at the same time. It a person allows sweating after a swimming session and does not drink water or does not take a shower in cold water sore throat may not happen.

      After having first sex, kissing, first time smoking people tend to either overeat, drink lot of water and sleep immediately so sinus.

      Lot of people in their questions mentioned that they were advised about eating ice cream to get rid of the sinus or sore throat. Yes sudden eating of the ice cream may force the body's system to get up and start working. But that happens only 10 to 20 percent cases. And if that does not happen the sore throat or sinus is aggrevated.

      The easier way out is to allow body to sweat for 1 or 2 hour by increasing the body temperature but not drinking water or other fluids for may be 1 hour after that.

      The other easy way to control swelling is to give up water and all other liquids for 24 hours. In 24 hours there will be no significant dehydration to cause organ failure. But to be double sure one can stay indoors for 24 hours. This helps in lot of other ailments. One can do it when one is in indoors and does not have a conditions. It improves the immune system. It ensures that body's control systems work properly.

      In 24 hours the reduction in the fluids will be about 3 litres or about 5% of the total body weight of a normal adult.

      Never the swelling due to sinus or cold and cough is more than 5% of the body volume.

      During this period of 24 hours the lose of water from the body does not reduce even by 1% to offset reduced water intake.

      The reduction in loss of body water thru urine or sweating starts after 48 hours in most of people. But to be on safe side giving up water and liquids for 24 hours will do the trick.

      The reduced swelling will give immediate relief from pain. It will make is much more easier to eliminate the cough thru nose without any pain.

      That will also improve the blood acid levels by about 10%. This makes changes at the cell level as well. Blood acid levels are the first line of defense against the infections.

      So swelling gone, pain gone, cough moving out, infections taken care of. Now what remains in the body for the next change of season time. Obviously nothing.

      So it has already given u long term relief from sinus. But in some cases one may get sinus during next change of season and may have to do this again. The reason is during change of season the body must adjust the water that is stored in the body. Due to some cell level changes the ability of the body to bring those changes is lost. But after 2-3 seasons that ability of the body will be restored and there will be complete relief from sinus.

      There is one more thing that will ensure that u never get sinus or cold again in your life.

      Drink 1 glass of water 1 hour before each meal. No other water or liquids on 4-5 days in a week. So on these days you do not exceed 3 glasses of water in 24 hours.

      On rest 2-3 days do whatever u feel like.

  48. QUESTION:
    can infected gums cause cause other infections internally?
    can infection from teeth cause problems in your organs in stomache if not treated for a long period of time like kidney or bladder infections etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Carly:

      I just had two root canals with infection. If you do have an infection in your gums, please go to the dentist and get an antibiotic. While I don't like taking a lot of antibiotics, I too, had heard that an infection in the gums needs to be taken seriously.

      I had a sinus infection at the same time and all in all felt very badly until I got my teeth and infection taken care of. The endodontist said this was not related, but I have to believe if you have an infection going on anywhere in your system, it is going to effect your overall health. I don't think this would effect you bladder or kidney, but it sounds like a trip to your walk-in clinic, doctor or dentist is in order.

      I hope you feel better soon!

      (PS. If you have a tooth ache - you can use ambesol (over the counter) to help numb the pain, or Oil of Clove (for a natural remedy). This will help you be more comfortable, but you still should see the doc.)

      Take Care!
      Annie

  49. QUESTION:
    sinus infection home remedys?
    the back of my nose hurts right above my throat i been taken sinus pills an they dont work an i drunk hot lemon tea with sugar does anyone have any home remedies that will help get the pain away fast i been having a awful cough aswell

    • ANSWER:
      Find a throat lozenge with Zinc. Bilberry is good, too. Gargle with hot water and salt. Use it also as a sinus wash.Look it up on the inter net. You sniff it up your nose and blow it back out. (Don't drown) Make a tea with Oregano and thyme. This will help cough anything out of your lungs. Make it in a thermos so that it steeps a good long time. You could also make a pasta and use a lot of garlic (natural antibiotic) and onions (immune booster) and add a lot of oregano and thyme, too. Taste yummy and is good medicine for you. Cut down on milk products until you are well. Also replace your tooth brush and toothpaste so that you don't keep reinfecting yourself. Drink lots of water. about a gallon a day. A steamy shower helps break up congestion. Look up the pressure points in your feet and hands. (foot reflexology) Years ago I had a book "Helping yourself with foot reflexology" it taught me a lot. That was 38 years ago. I was pregnant and had the most horrible sinus infection and refused to take drugs of any kind. I've been hooked on natural healing ever since.
      Good luck.

  50. QUESTION:
    household hints and health benefits of apple cider vinegar?

    • ANSWER:
      Apple Cider Vinegar’s health benefits for people and their pets can be summarized in the following gathered information. In general it is antibacterial and anti-fungal and gives the immune system a good boost.

      1. Supports Joints and Tissues in animals, as well as, Human
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      When acid crystals harden in the joints and tissues of any animal, the joints become stiff and the tissues hardened. The meat becomes tough and tasteless. But, when the animals are given apple cider vinegar regularly, the precipitated acid crystals enter into a solution and pass out of the body, thus making the body tissues healthier and tender. This applies to human flesh also.

      Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
      http://www.celestialhealing.net/applecider2.htm

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      2. Supports Weight Loss and Circulatory Health
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      Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a health aid for weight loss and circulatory health. It is a very safe supplement, even for children. There are no known side effects resulting from using it. It is obtained from the fermentation of apple juice. The fermentation provides alcoholic apple cider that is combined with oxygen to produce acetic acid. The pH of ACV (apple cider vinegar) is very beneficial for the body.
      Apple cider vinegar is quite rich in minerals, vitamins and other substances. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin, A, vitamin P, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin B6. ACV also a lot of beneficial minerals like manganese, iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium, sulpher, copper, phosphorus, silicon, chlorine and fluorine.

      Health and Weight Loss Benefits Apple Cider Vinegar
      http://www.healthrecipes.com/apple_cider_vinegar.htm

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      3. According to Earth Clinic Apple Cider Vinigar supports the following health concerns:

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      drinking Apple Cider Vinegar are numerous: allergies (including pet, food and environmental), sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis,and gout. One reader reported that a shot of ACV saved him from going to the emergency room for heart pain. Apple Cider Vinegar also breaks down fat and is widely used to lose weight. It has also been reported that a daily dose of apple cider vinegar in water has soaring blood pressure under control in two weeks!

      Apple Cider Vinegar is also wonderful for dogs, cats, and horses. It helps them with arthritic conditions, controls fleas & barn flies, and gives a beautiful shine to their coats!
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      If you check this site (above provided URL for Earth Clinic), you can access detailed information on Introduction to Apple Cider Vinegar, Recommended Dosage for Apple Cider Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar and Dental Enamel, Recommended books on Apple Cider Vinegar, The History of Apple Cider Vinegar, as well as some of the Reader Feedback.

      Earth Clinic
      APPLE CIDER VINEGAR CURES
      http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acvinegar.html

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      4.Remedy for food poisoning, support digestive upsets, and Fight Infections

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      Apple Cider Vinegar is a good remedy for food poisoning and helpful in digestive upsets. It is also effective for urinary tract infections and it lowers high blood pressure. In animals, it is helpful in skin and coat problems. For those on diuretics, it is helpful in replacing potassium depletion. Use one teaspoonful in the dog or cat’s drinking water daily as a healthy tonic. Two teaspoonfuls in a pint of water, for yourself.

      For centuries, people have recognized cider vinegar’s health benefits to fight infection, promote digestion, and even in fighting osteoporosis.

      Health benefits of apple cider vinegar
      http://fl.essortment.com/benefitsofappl_rrak.htm
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      Following URL provides with questions such as followings:
      What is Natural Apple Cider Vinegar?
      What is the nature of the Mother?
      Why is ACV not pasteurized?
      Is it okay to eat/drink the Mother?
      Since Apple Cider Vinegar is unpasteurized, is it protected from E.Coli bacteria?
      What type of barrels are used during production?
      Does Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar need to be refrigerated?
      What is the shelf life of Apple Cider Vinegar?
      Is Apple Cider Vinegar safe to take during pregnancy?
      Is it possible to take too much Apple Cider Vinegar?
      Is it necessary to add honey to ACV?
      Is it okay to take the Apple Cider Vinegar by itself?
      What, exactly, are the internal and external benefits attributed to ACV?
      Apple Cider Vinegar FAQ !
      http://www.bragg.com/FAQ/faq_applecider.html

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