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    Saltwater (saline) sprays. Spraying a saline solution into your nose or pouring it into each nostril with a Neti pot can help clear out the mucus and other gunk that clogs you up. The salt water loosens up thick mucus, and it also flushes out some of the germs that made you sick in the first place.

    When you irrigate, flush, or rinse your sinuses, use distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water to make up the solution.

    Rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave open to air dry.

    Sip some more. The liquid loosens the mucus that's backed up in your sinuses. Hot tea is good. So is chicken soup.

    Add a pillow. You need to rest when you're sick. Prop up your pillow to raise your head so you breathe better.

    Call your doctor if your symptoms stick around for more than a week, or if they get worse after about 5 days.


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