I have a history of sinus attacks. Last year was particularly bad. Practically every other month I was down with really bad and stubborn sinus attacks, which didn’t yield to anything except a course of strong antibiotics. I tried to avoid the antibiotics till the last minute, but by that time, I would be so sick that I would practically run to the doctor and beg her to give me some relief.
This year hasn’t been as bad. However a couple of weeks ago, I was treated to a curtain-raiser of the dreaded sinus. My body temperature rose, my throat ached, my nose began to clog up, and I knew with certainty that the grand performance was about to begin. This time however, I was determined to kick its butt, without the help of any antibiotics!
Here’s what I did:
1. Steaming – I woke up in the morning and headed straight for a mug full of boiling water, shrouded my head in a towel, and deeply inhaled. No Vicks, no eucalyptus oil, nothing. Just good old steam. I did this religiously once in the morning and once at night, and any time during the day when my nose began to feel stuffy.
2. Nasal drops – Almost as soon as the symptoms began to surface, I used nasal drops. Apparently they’re just saline water sold in fancy plastic squeezy bottles, but I don’t care. Just one drop in each nostril, in the morning, afternoon, and evening, later tapering to twice a day. This worked wonders for me.
3. Paracetamol – For my fever. I needed this for just a couple of days.
4. Ginger tea – I drank ginger tea instead of my regular tea. I grated a piece of fresh raw ginger into the boiling decoction, then added milk, and then kept the tea closed for a couple of minutes to ensure complete infusion. It was great!
5. Warm liquids – I had plenty of warm water and loads of soup instead of regular meals. My soups were extremely rudimentary — I would just pressure cook whichever veggies I felt like throwing in, then blend and strain the liquid, bring to a boil, and add salt and plenty of pepper. It was perfect, just what I needed.
6. Garlic – Now I am not sure how this really acts or whether it is indeed beneficial. I have been slicing up a clove of garlic and swallowing it with water the first thing in the morning for a couple of months now. I don’t know if this indeed boosts the immunity, but it certainly felt like that to me! I was totally convinced that I could kick sinus’ ass!
7. Positive thinking – Now this is really venturing into hazardous territory, but I do feel that my determination not to succumb to yet another dose of antibiotics and to conquer these attacks on my own did help. Every time I felt a bit low, I just took some rest, and told myself that I was going to fight back this time.
Agreed, this is not something serious like cancer and stuff, but I feel extremely happy that I was able to bully my sinuses into normalcy within a week. It used to be a real nightmare for me, but this has definitely brought me hope.
I do hope this can be repeated, so that I can say good-bye to those horrid antibiotics, at least as far as my sinus attacks are concerned.