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The Effect of Vaporizers on Your Sinuses

Most of the time, your sinuses perform their natural function without giving you too much notice. However, if you suffer from allergies, have irritation, or an infection like sinusitis, your sinuses will let you know in a hurry. Your first instinct may be to rush to the doctor for medicine, but there may be a way to treat mild infections and irritation at home.

The answer lies with vaporizers. These devices make it easy to flush out your sinuses and restore proper breathing. It’s important to first understand the signs of an infection in the sinuses, however. Caused by bacteria, the infection usually manifests itself by sneezing, congestion, sinus pressure, a runny nose, and coughing. All of these symptoms are also synonymous with the common cold or allergies.

If you are presenting with these symptoms but don’t have a fever, it might be a good idea to try home treatments before rushing to the doctor. After all, antibiotics are known to cause secondary infections and can cause other unpleasant side effects.

Using vaporizers allows you to get directly at the problem area without introducing medicine to the rest of your body. You see, when you have sinus problems, it’s usually caused by the accumulation of mucus. This mucus causes irritation, sneezing, and feelings of fullness. Inhaling steam or mist can help to cleanse the sinuses and allow them to drain more effectively. What’s great about this is water can be used to flush the sinuses. Just the hot steam can release the mucus and help you to start feeling better.

You may find it more beneficial to add other substances to maximize the experience. The steam itself will still cleanse your sinuses but by adding something like eucalyptus into the mix can make it have even more of an impact. Eucalyptus kills microbes, so it could get at the bacteria that’s causing your sinusitis symptoms and get rid of the infection altogether. If you just use water, there’s a high probability that you’ll just treat the symptoms, not the infection itself.

Anything with anti-inflammatory properties can be used in vaporizers to relieve unpleasant sinus symptoms. However, it’s important that you keep a close eye on your overall health. If you develop a fever or your symptoms get worse, it’s a good idea to see a doctor right away. Antibiotics may be the best option for you in that case. Still, exhaust home treatment options first.

June 2012
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