Natural Ways to Relieve Symptoms from a Viral Upper Respiratory Infection
By Roberta Downing
January 2, 2018
Sneezing, coughing, ears popping, wheezing, sinus pain and headaches, fever and body aches. Sound familiar? Most people associate these symptoms during the winter as the flu however; doctors, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners across the nation are diagnosing millions of people with a viral upper respiratory infection.
A virus is a tricky thing. Almost all viruses of this kind cannot be treated with an antibiotic which means that the sick person must wait on the body to fight it off and that leaves the patient with no relief from the symptoms for which they are suffering.
Before doing any of the natural treatments below, please make sure that you see your primary care provider. The natural treatments below do not take the place of your primary care provider’s directions however can be added to speed up the process.
Natural relief can be found by doing the following:
For sinus pressure and nasal congestion: a moist hot wash rag across the eyes and cheeks will help unclog the sinus passageways allowing them to drain and helping to relieve the headache.
Turning on the hot water in the shower and closing the shower curtain and the bathroom door to allow the steam to fill the bathroom is also an effective way to relieve sinus pressure, headache and lung congestion associated with it.
Using a vaporizer that creates warm or hot steam and adding a few drops of essential oil wintergreen or menthol will help to relieve sinus pain and pressure.
Flushing the sinuses out using a nasal saline douche will help to dry out the sinuses and help keep the drainage from entering the lungs where it will cause congestion and eventually coughing up phlegm.
The use of Ricola cough drops can help alleviate or slow down the amount of coughing thereby helping to relieve sore muscles.
It is also very important to sleep. Sleep is another natural way for your body to speed up the healing process.