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What are some home remedies for sinusitis?

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While medicines can help, many cases of sinusitis go away on their own without any medical treatment. If you often get the condition, many of these approaches can help:

  • Humidify. Use a humidifier in rooms where you spend a lot of time. Follow the instructions for regular cleaning.
  • Breathe in steam vapors. You can either run the shower and sit in the bathroom, or breathe in steam from a bowl of warm (but not too hot) water. The steam vapors ease congested and swollen nasal passages.
  • Use warm heat. Put a warm, wet towel on your face. It can take off some of the pressure.
  • Try a nasal saline solution. While they don't contain medicine (saline is salt water), they can help keep your nasal passages moist.
  • Flush out your sinuses. Nasal irrigation with salt water can clear out mucus (and other debris) and keep your sinuses moist. You can use bulb syringes or Neti pots, for example. Use distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution. Rinse the device after each use and let it air dry.
  • Drink lots of fluids. They'll help thin the mucus, which reduces the blockage in your sinuses. Cut down on alcohol, which makes the swelling worse.
  • Rest. When you've got a sinus infection, take it easier than normal. Get plenty of sleep and give your body a chance to recover.

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

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

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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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