Nebulization is a great home treatment for sinusitis, whether acute or chronic, dry or with secretions, as it can helps to humidify the airways and fluidize secretions, clearing the airways and facilitating breathing.
Ideally, nebulization should be done 2 to 3 times a day, for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, and preferably in the morning or before bed.
There are different ways to do a nebulization, the most common of which include breathing the steam from the shower water, misting with saline or breathing the steam from some types of herbal tea such as the Luffa operculata or the eucalyptus.
1. Nebulization with shower water
One great form of home treatment for sinusitis is a nebulization with water from the shower. Simply lock yourself in the bathroom and let the shower water run until it gets very warm, so that it generates a lot of steam. So, just sit comfortably breathing that air, without having to get wet.
It is important that this procedure be done for approximately 15 minutes, several times a day. The relieve of the symptoms is immediate and can help you fall asleep more easily.
But, this is not a very economical procedure, since a lot of water is spent. In addition, if the toilet is not properly cleaned and if you have mold or mildew, this procedure is contraindicated by the risk of inspiring fungi and bacteria harmful to the body, which can aggravate sinusitis.
2. Nebulization with herbal tea
The inhalation of herbal vapor is also another form of natural treatment for sinusitis, which manages to alleviate its symptoms, bringing a better quality of life.
Simply prepare a tea of chamomile, luffa operculata, eucalyptus or orange peels with lemon, wait a little bit and then inhale the steam for about 20 minutes. Care must be taken not to inhale the very hot air, which is harmful to the airways, and may even cause burns in these tissues.
A good way is to put the tea in a bowl, place it on a table, and sit on the chair, leaning slightly forward to inhale the steam.
3. Nebulization with saline
Nebulization with saline solution is a great home remedy for the treatment of sinusitis, as it facilitates breathing and can be used for the administration of inhaled medications prescribed by the doctor, such as Albuterol.
To spray at home, you should place 5 to 10 ml of saline in the nebulizer cup, position the mask next to the nose, and then breathe in the air. You should keep your eyes closed and be sitting or reclining on a bed comfortably.
You can do this nebulization for 20 minutes or until the saline is gone. It is not recommended to do nebulization lying down because of the risk of aspirating the secretions.
4. Nebulization with medications
A drug nebulization is usually diluted with saline, and should only be done if recommended by your doctor.
A nebulization with vick vaporub can also be done by placing 2 teaspoons of Vick in a bowl with 500 ml of hot water and inhaling the steam. However, its use should only be done under the guidance of the doctor because in some cases, Vick can increase the nasal mucus or inflame the airways. This medication should not be used in pregnant women, women who breastfeed or children under 2 years of age.
When should you not do a nebulization
There are no contraindications to this type of nebulization with saline solution and it can be done in babies, children, adults and even during pregnancy. However, when it comes to using medications, you should always talk to your doctor before starting treatment. In addition, before using medicinal plants in the treatment of sinusitis, the physician should also be informed, due to the risk of drug interaction and toxicity.