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How can decongestants help with nasal congestion and sinus pressure?

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Decongestants help reduce the swelling in the passageways of your nose, which relieves the feeling of pressure and improves the flow of air.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: “Sinusitis,” “Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology: “Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches,” “Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?”

FDA: “FDA Statement Following CHPA's Announcement on Nonprescription Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines in Children."

Journal of the American Medical Association : “Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): “Prevention.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Cold and Flu.”

Natural Standard: “Common Cold,” “Influenza.”

Medline Plus: "Allergy."

CDC. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 17, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: “Sinusitis,” “Decongestants: OTC Relief for Congestion.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology: “Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches,” “Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?”

FDA: “FDA Statement Following CHPA's Announcement on Nonprescription Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medicines in Children."

Journal of the American Medical Association : “Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis.”

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): “Prevention.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Natural Medicines in the Clinical Management of Cold and Flu.”

Natural Standard: “Common Cold,” “Influenza.”

Medline Plus: "Allergy."

CDC. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 17, 2018

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