Home Treatment Measures to relieve nasal stuffiness and promote sinus drainage Drink plenty of fluids. Extra fluids help keep
mucus thin and draining, which may help prevent blockage of the sinuses.
nonprescription decongestant, such as Sudafed PE, or
saline nasal sprays or drops to relieve nasal
stuffiness. Use a humidifier to keep the air in your home moist.
You may want to purchase a small humidifier to use in your bedroom while you
sleep. Inhale steam from a vaporizer, or take long, steamy showers.
You may also try breathing the moist air from a bowl of hot water. Put a towel
over your head and the bowl to trap the moist air.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Safety tips Be sure to follow
these safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine: Carefully read and follow all
directions on the medicine bottle and box. Do not take more than
the recommended dose. Do not take a medicine if you have had an
allergic reaction to it in the past. If
you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take
it. If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other
than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to. Symptoms to watch for during home treatment Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
treatment: Eye or vision changes
skin infection develops. A
sinus problem develops. Symptoms do not
improve with home treatment. Symptoms become more severe or
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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