Table of contents:
- 1. Mist with shower water
- 2. Nebulization with herbal tea
- 3. Nebulization with saline
- 4. Nebulization with medication
- When nebulization should not be performed
Nebulization is a great home treatment for sinusitis, whether acute or chronic, dry or with secretion, as it helps to humidify the airways and fluidize secretions, unclogging the airways and facilitating breathing.
Ideally, nebulization should be done 2 to 3 times a day, for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, preferably in the morning and before bed.
There are different ways to nebulize, the most common of which include breathing in the steam from the shower, nebulizing with saline or breathing in the steam of some types of herbal tea, such as eucalyptus.
1. Mist with shower water
A good form of home treatment for sinusitis is to inhale steam from the shower. Just stay in the bathroom with the door closed and let the shower water very hot, so that it generates a lot of steam. Afterwards, just sit comfortably breathing the steam, there is no need to get wet.
It is important that this procedure is done for about 15 minutes, several times a day. Relief of symptoms is immediate and can help the patient fall asleep more easily.
But this is not a very economical procedure, as it uses up a lot of water. In addition, if the bathroom is not properly cleaned and has mold or mildew, this procedure is contraindicated due to the risk of inspiring fungi and harmful bacteria to the body, which can worsen sinusitis.
2. Nebulization with herbal tea
The inhalation of herbal steam is also another form of natural treatment for sinusitis, which can relieve your symptoms, bringing a better quality of life.
Just prepare a tea of chamomile, eucalyptus or orange peels with lemon, wait for it to cool down a little and then breathe in the steam for approximately 20 minutes. Care must be taken not to breathe in very hot air, as it can cause burns to these tissues.
A good way to use these teas is to inhale, placing the tea in a basin, placing it on a table and sitting on the chair, leaning slightly forward to breathe in the steam. See how these nebulizations should be done by watching the following video:
3. Nebulization with saline
Nebulization with saline solution is a great aid in the treatment of sinusitis, because in addition to facilitating breathing, it can be used to administer inhaled medications prescribed by the doctor.
To nebulize at home, place about 5 to 10 mL of saline solution in the nebulizer cup, position the mask close to the nose and then breathe that air. You should keep your eyes closed and be comfortably seated or lying on a bed.
You can do this nebulization for 20 minutes or until the serum runs out. Nebulization lying down is not recommended, due to the risk of aspiration of secretions. Discover other uses of saline solution.
4. Nebulization with medication
Nebulization with drugs, such as Berotec and Atrovent, is usually diluted with saline solution, and should only be done if prescribed by a doctor.
You can also nebulize with Vick Vaporub by placing 2 teaspoons of Vicks in a basin with 500 mL of hot water and inhaling the steam. However, its use should only be done under the guidance of a doctor, because in some cases, Vicks can increase nasal mucus or inflame the airways. This medication should not be used in pregnant women, nursing mothers or children under the age of 2 years.
When nebulization should not be performed
There are no contraindications for nebulization with saline solution and it can be performed on babies, children, adults and even during pregnancy.However, when it comes to using medication, you should always talk to your doctor before starting treatment. In addition, before using medicinal plants in the treatment of sinusitis, one should also inform the doctor, due to the risk of drug interaction and toxicity.
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