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How can decongestants help with sinusitis?

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These meds lower the amount of mucus in the sinuses. Some are available as nasal sprays. Others are pills. If you use decongestant nasal sprays for more than three days, they may actually make you more congested. Follow the instructions on the label.

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CDC.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Sinusitis."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Sinusitis."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: 20 Questions about Your Sinuses." 

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches." 

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?" 

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: Antibiotics and Sinusitis."

American Family Physician: "Sinusitis (Acute.)"

The Journal of the American Medical Association : "Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis."

Medscape: "Conference Report: Highlights of the 46th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society, June 10-13, 2004; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)."

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WebMD Medical Reference: " ." Neti Pots

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 07, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Sinusitis."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Sinusitis."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: 20 Questions about Your Sinuses." 

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Headaches." 

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?" 

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Fact Sheet: Antibiotics and Sinusitis."

American Family Physician: "Sinusitis (Acute.)"

The Journal of the American Medical Association : "Patient Page: Acute Sinusitis."

Medscape: "Conference Report: Highlights of the 46th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society, June 10-13, 2004; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)."

WebMD Medical Reference: " ." Home Remedies for Fast Flu Relief

WebMD Medical Reference: " ." Neti Pots

WebMD Medical News: " ." Antibiotics Overused for Sinusitis

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 07, 2017

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