You've got a bad cold, the kind that makes you feel like your head is stuffed with cotton and your nose is a drippy, leaky faucet. On top of the congestion, your sinuses feel like they’re under pressure.
Blame the cold virus. It has attacked the membranes of your nasal passages and your sinuses, which makes them swell up and sends mucus production into overdrive. That clogs up your sinuses, which causes sinus pain and pressure.
Whether you’re hiking, at a sports game, or a guest at an outdoor wedding, a bit of careful planning can help keep your allergy symptoms at bay so you can enjoy the great outdoors.
Here are tips from allergy experts.
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An antibiotic won’t help. They only fight bacteria, not the viruses that cause colds.
Until your cold goes away, you can try one of these remedies to ease the sinus pain and pressure.
Over-the-counter medications. Decongestants shrink swollen blood vessels in the nasal passages. This should ease sinus congestion, lessen the pressure, and help with drainage. You can get these meds as pills, liquids, and nasal sprays.
Over-the-counter pain relievers -- such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen -- can ease the pain caused by sinus pressure. Read and follow the directions on the label on all your meds, so you don’t accidentally take too much.
Moisten the air. To breathe easier, turn on a vaporizer while you sleep, or stand in a steamy shower for a few minutes. The steam will loosen tight mucus. You can hold a warm, wet washcloth to your nose or breathe in steam from a bowl of warm water to get a similar effect. Make sure it’s not too hot, so you don’t burn yourself.