Chili Peppers for Sinus Relief?
One of the week’s more absurd news items is this nugget which has been forwarded to me several times already. It concerns a new study that claims that Capsicum annum, a derivative of chili peppers, can actually help to relieve sinus symptoms when incorporated into a spray.
I have no objections to this study over its methodology or conclusions; on the contrary, anecdotal evidence has long suggested that “spicy” foods can help to clear an airway for sinus sufferers. Spicy foods are well known to trigger a number of autonomic physical reactions, including flushing, sweating, and running of the nose. This last one is the key to the effect – when acidic ingredients are introduced to the airway directly or indirectly, they can help loosen the mucus and restore flow, creating immediate drainage and relief.
That said, the benefits of any spray must be measured against its obvious downsides – the immediate distress, for one, as well the likely return of those very same symptoms in the hours or days to follow.
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis and do not relish the thought of relying on chili peppers for the rest of your days, it may be time to consider a more permanent solution: sinus surgery. Whether you are seeking in-office balloon sinuplasty or more advanced endoscopic surgery, get in touch with a sinus surgery expert today to learn more about your options.