Your nose and nasal passages are lined with a mucous membrane that traps dirt, mold, bacteria, fungi and pollen and prevents them from getting into your lungs. The mucous membrane also warms and moistens the air when you inhale. When bacteria or fungus get past the membrane, sinusitis and infections might result.Traditional treatments for nasal fungus include nose sprays or prescribed medications. However, neem oil may be an alternative. Always consult with your physician prior to using herbal remedies to treat any health condition.
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The neem tree is native to Burma and India and is capable of surviving severe drought conditions. According to Herbs2000, the plant's bark has been used traditionally to treat hemorrhoids. When steeped into a tea, neem leaves are thought to treat peptic ulcers and intestinal worms. In addition, the juice from the leaves may be helpful for eczema, wounds and boils.
India natives have used neem oil for thousands of years for an array of health conditions because it is thought to have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. In test-tube experiments, scientists in India found that extracts of neem leaves and seeds did disrupt the growth patterns of certain types of skin fungi, according to a study published in 2003 in the "Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology."
Symptoms of nasal fungus may include nasal congestion, headache and pain and tenderness in the nasal passages. According to Merck Manuals, fungi that lead to acute or chronic sinusitis may cause obstruction of the nose, reduced ability to smell, bad breath or halitosis and swelling of the affected sinus. Symptoms may worsen after five days and may continue up to 10 days.
Over-the-counter medications are readily available to treat nasal fungus. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. However, using neem oil as an alternative treatment may aid in relieving pain and pressure from inflamed sinuses. When using pure neem oil to treat nasal fungus or sinusitis, put one to two drops in each nostril twice daily. In addition, drinking plenty of water will help you stay hydrated and aid in lubricating your mucous membranes.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid using neem oil. In addition, using neem oil with other medications may have negative side effects. Before using neem oil or any herbal remedy to treat skin or health conditions, consult with your physician.