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    How to Treat Nasal Congestion and Sinus Pressure

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    Antihistamines . If allergies are behind your nasal congestion and sinus pressure, controlling them will ease your symptoms. Look for allergy medications that have an antihistamine to relieve sniffling and sneezing along with a decongestant for congestion and sinus pressure.

    You may also find antihistamines in cold medicine, which can help a runny nose and sneezing. You'll usually find them in nighttime cold medicine, because they can make you sleepy. Read and follow the label, and talk your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.

    Pain relievers. Although they’re won’t clear up congestion, pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen can ease the pain caused by sinus pressure. Follow the dosing instructions on the label.

    When to See Your Doctor

    Check in with her if you have nasal congestion and sinus pressure for more than 7 days. Make the call sooner if your symptoms are severe.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD on January 23, 2016
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