What Should I Do for a Sinus Infection? For When You’re: Stuffy, Snotty, Sore, Achy, and OVER IT!

I’ve been feeling kind of useless today, so hopefully tackling this one topic I’m so very familiar with will help me help you–which will help me, by making me not feel brain dead.

I am the queen of sinus infections. You can read about all of them here. 

Here are my tips for dealing with your worst sinus infection ever.

1. Sinus Rinse: We’ve all heard about the netipot. And for those of you who have tried it and ended up with an earway, or a throat full of salty water–I’m sure you’re already very put off by the thought of a sinus rinse. Any sinus rinse. I understand that, really I do. And for those of you who have never tried a sinus rinse–you may also have some reservations about shoving salty water up your nose–but like a nuvaring or a tampon–sometimes you have to put things in your body that you’re not necessarily thrilled about.

If you’re going to do a sinus rinse you’ve going to want a NeilMed Sinus Rinse Kit. You can get it at CVS or Target or Publix or Kmart or Albertsons or basically anywhere that sells tissues.

Here’s how it works: You can buy distilled or bottled water, the sinurinse bottle comes with packets of salt. Put the salt in the bottle, then pour in the water. You can also microwave the solution for 10 seconds at a time to make it body temperature.  Then you get a couple of paper towels, lean over the sink and tilt your head to the side. Squeeze the bottle until the solution goes all the way through your sinuses–and out the other nostril.

2. Add Baby Shampoo. After my second sinus surgery my ENT gave me a GREAT tip. He told me to buy some Johnson & Johnson Natural Baby Shampoo. Then to add a few drops (half a teaspoon) of it to the sinus rinse solution. It clears out biofilm and helps prevent bacteria.

Natural Baby Shampoo

See notes from this study about it here:

“Baby shampoo nasal irrigation has promise as an inexpensive, tolerable adjuvant to conventional medical therapies for symptomatic patients after FESS. Its greatest benefit may be in improving symptoms of thickened nasal discharge and postnasal drainage.”

-Some legit scientific study

3. Massage Envy. Sinus infections mean sinus pressure and pain. A great way to gently relieve this pain is with a small, handheld three-prong massager.


4. Early Intervention. Because I’m immunodeficient I’ve been hardwired to treat first and ask questions later. I know the longer I let an infection linger, the worse it’s going to get and the harder it will be to get rid of. So one of my best pieces of advice is to get in to see the doctor as soon as you feel the first signs of an infection.

Run. Don't walk for that sinus culture!

Run. Don’t walk for that sinus culture!


5. Hot Lavender Towel. If you’re experiencing a lot of facial swelling or soreness, a hot towel can do wonders. Turn the tap to as hot as it will go, then run a washcloth under the water, wring it out and add a few drops of essential oil like lavender or eucalyptus. Place the towel on your eyes and nose and breathe deeply.

Lets pretend we're at a spa! And none of this is really happening!

Lets pretend we’re at a spa! And none of this is really happening!


What are your best tips for treating a sinus infection? Share your best secrets below!




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