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    What Causes Sinus Problems?

    How to Protect Your Sinuses

    Use these tips to reduce inflammation and prevent problems:

    • Apply a warm, moist washcloth to your face several times a day to help open the transition spaces.
    • Drink plenty of fluids to thin the mucus.
    • Inhale steam two to four times per day. Sit in the bathroom with the hot shower running.
    • Use a nasal saline spray several times per day.
    • Wash your nose with a salt water solution from a neti pot.
    • Get a humidifier to moisten the air you breathe and help open sinuses.

    If your sinus problems are related to allergies:

    • Avoid your allergy triggers.
    • Use antihistamines and decongestants if needed.
    • Talk to your doctor to see if you need prescription medicines, allergy shots, or other forms of "immunotherapy" (such as under-the-tongue tablets).
    • Lastly, if your sinus problems keep coming back, you can ask your doctor about the pros and cons of surgery to clean and drain the sinuses.

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    Reviewed on January 16, 2014

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