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What can you do to treat nasal congestion and sinus pressure at home?

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To keep your nasal passages moist, you can:

  • Use a humidifier or vaporizer.
  • Take long showers or breathe in steam from a pot of warm (but not too hot) water.
  • Drink lots of fluids. This will thin out your mucus, which could help prevent blocked sinuses.
  • Use a nasal saline spray. It’s salt water, and it will help keep your nasal passages from drying out.
  • Try a Neti pot, nasal irrigator, or bulb syringe. Use distilled, sterile water or H2O that’s been boiled and cooled to make up the irrigation solution. Rinse the irrigation device after each use and let it air dry.
  • Place a warm, wet towel on your face. It may relieve discomfort and open your nasal passages.
  • Prop yourself up. At night, lie on a couple of pillows. Keeping your head elevated may make breathing more comfortable.
  • Avoid chlorinated pools. They can irritate your nasal passages.

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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