I have suffered a long time with horrid sinuses, finally having first nasal surgery and then sinus surgery. During my recovery I discovered two things I wish I’d known of many years before.
Firstly, I couldn’t get the neti pot to work, didn’t find it pleasing at all. But after my surgery I was directed to purchase aerosal saline solution from the drug store and use it often. Which I did with wonderful results, healing quickly and well, after the surgery. I only then discovered that it works just as wonderfully with any sinus infection/cold combination. The single caveat is that you must be really careful about not reinfecting your sinuses with anything off of the nasal tip. To avoid this, (it was really important after surgery, but equally so if fighting a sinus infection), I got a baby food jar and filled in half way with rubbing alcohol. I simply dipped the tip into it before and after, then wipe, works perfectly.
Secondly, I discovered apple cider vinegar, it was the surgeon who recommended it to me. You simply take about 1/2 ounce a couple of times a day, I mixed it with chocolate syrup and shot it back but anything else would work as well. Because the apple cider vinegar is made with the skins on the apples in contains an enzyme that actually thins mucus, which, in turn, radically improves sinus drainage and your ability to get the upper hand on the infection. It’s actually half the battle. The really remarkable thing about this is it works really quickly. When I tried it a noticed a difference within a half hour! It’s not expensive, available in your grocery store and won’t hurt you, so give it a try. I wish I had found these two things years ago. I never use antibiotics for sinus infection any more, ever. The only caveat about this is the vinegar is not good for your tooth enamel and it’s a good habit to get into to brush your teeth right afterward.
Good luck to you, my friend, sinus infections are the devil’s work!