The maxillary sinus, located in the upper jaw region behind your cheekbones, can become infected or develop a cyst. Anything that keeps mucus from draining from your maxillary sinuses can cause a painful infection: the common cold, flu, deviated septum, fungal infections and dental abnormalities are the most frequent causes. There are many home remedies to combat a maxillary sinus cyst, but they should not be used in lieu of conventional medication. Contact your physician before trying any home remedies.
Nasal irrigation can help relieve a variety of sinus symptoms, notes MayoClinic.com. Use a 10 ml plastic syringe, 100 ml of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), a teaspoon and a cup. Mix a teaspoon of the baking soda into the cup with a little bit of water to create a paste. Place the solution in the syringe and lean over a sink with your head tilted to the side. Inject the syringe's contents into one nostril, allowing it to flow through your nasal passages and come out of the other nostril. Blow out any remaining solution or mucus from the nostril and repeat the same steps on the other side.
Steaming your sinus cavities can also help relieve a host of sinus problems. Warm steam vapors from a facial steamer can provide instant relief for a sinus infection, notes MayoClinic.com. Fill a bowl with hot water and hold your face over it for 3 to 5 minutes. This helps thin out the mucus and soothe the membranes. Do this at least twice daily.
Garlic has been used as a home remedy for centuries due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Steep a clove in a cup of hot water to make a tea. Garlic can also be taken in supplement form. Another option is to drop a couple of crushed cloves into a pot of steaming water, hold your head over it and inhale the steam twice a day. Contact your doctor before using garlic as a sinus remedy.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is similar to garlic in that it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. This is a natural prescription that may be able to treat a variety of ailments, including sinus infection. It may also decrease mucus production. Pour 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water and mix thoroughly. Drink this up to three times a day. Do not use apple cider vinegar in place of conventional medicine, and ask your physician before using apple cider vinegar for treatment purposes.
David Friedman began writing professionally in 2004. His work appears in the "Daily Illini" and various websites. Friedman is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and has Bachelor of Science in exercise science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.