Archive for December 10th, 2010

Breathe Easy: Steam Therapy for Sinuses

Friday, December 10th, 2010
Cold Season

Cold and Flu Season

It’s official – we are deep into the dreaded winter cold & flu season. Contracting a seasonal illness can result in what feels like endless bouts of sneezing, coughing and sinus congestion. Perhaps more than any other symptom, it’s clogged sinuses, resulting in the inability to properly breathe – and subsequently sinus headaches – that make our lives most miserable. With severe colds & flus sometimes taking weeks from which to fully recover, it can amount to long and uncomfortable stretches of anguish and suffering.

For some, the first choice of remedies is over-the-counter medications from the drug store. But much research has suggested that such medicines only mask and suppress symptoms, and some would argue that they contain too many ingredients that could potentially be harmful to the body. If antibiotics are required, visiting the doctor is a good option, though there still can be a lengthy recovery time with such medications, and not everyone is comfortable taking them. Drinking plenty of fluids, popping vitamins and taking herbs like Echinacea and Goldenseal can help shorten the duration of the illness, but they do not directly provide immediate relief for those stuffy, nagging sinuses.

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