Most sinus infections are viral. How can you tell, based on symptoms, whether your infection is viral or bacterial?
“You can’t,” says Dr. Sindwani.
“Symptoms like bad breath, yellow or green mucus, fever, and headache are not reliable signs of a bacterial infection,” he says. “They can be present with viral infections, too. Even your doctor can’t tell if your infection is viral or bacterial based solely on symptoms or an exam.”
Instead, your doctor looks at symptom duration to determine the source of your infection. A viral sinus infection will usually start to improve after five to seven days. A bacterial sinus infection will often persist for seven to 10 days or longer, and may actually worsen after seven days.
Instead of using some of the commercial solutions and pharmaceuticals to soothe the symptoms, you can try the following natural ways to treat the sinus infection:
Technique A: Try A Mini-Massage
With a firm finger, you should press against the notch (round part) of the collarbone and thus stimulate the flow of the stuffed-up mucus. Your ears will unpop and open completely!
Another way is to cross the hands into a “V” shape and pump the sides of the neck. In this way, you will stimulate the body into moving its lymph fluid and clearing the sinus pressure!
The following video will demonstrate you how to perform beneficial massages:
Technique B: Apply Pressure On Your Eyebrows
This is a simple way to release the sinus pressure. Just apply equal pressure incrementally across your eyebrows, by placing the fingers at the “beginning” of each brow.
Then, tilt the face forward and rest the head in your hands. Your elbows should be on a flat surface. As soon as you feel the shift of the sinus pressure, move onto the middle part of the brows.
Hold until you feel the same pressure again, and then press the ends of the brows. Next, move the fingers in circular motion. This will provide instant relief!
Technique C: Use Your Tongue
You can clear the backed up sinuses using the finger and the tongue as well. Press the tongue on the roof of your mouth hard and press the finger on the skin between your eyebrows at the same time.
Hold for 15-20 seconds in order to stimulate the flow of mucus out of your head. If you have not loosened the mucus entirely, you should alternate between pressing the roof of your mouth and the skin between the eyebrows for 10 seconds each!
The following video will provide additional guidance on this method: