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If you've never tried this before, get some pointers from your doctor. Always use distilled, sterile, or previously boiled and cooled water. It's also important to rinse the neti pot after each use and leave open to air dry.

You can also try saline (salt water) nasal sprays to flush out your stuffy nose.

Avoid irritants. Perfume, cigarette smoke, and certain chemicals can make your symptoms worse by irritating the nasal passages.

If home treatments aren't working -- or if you have a fever, pain, or swelling of your face or eyes, redness around your eyes or cheeks, severe headache, confusion, or a stiff neck -- see your doctor right away.

If your sinus problems keep coming back, including headaches, surgery can sometimes help. Some sinus problems are caused by defects in the nasal passages. Other times, growths like polyps block the sinuses. Some procedures can open up chronically swollen, inflamed sinuses.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on December 01, 2014
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