Different Ways to Reduce Sinus Pressure

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When you experience constant headaches and aches in your facial area accompanied by a runny nose and a feeling of pressure around the base of the nose then you are experiencing sinus pressure. What is a sinus pressure? This occurs when your nasal cavities are inflamed and irritated by infection, viruses or through allergies. What happens is that you generate a large amount of mucus that hardens in your nasal cavities making it harder for you to breathe. In addition, during infection or when you catch a bacterium and virus, your nasal cavity tighten and narrows down making it hard for you to breathe and air to come in and out. When that happens, pressure is created around the area of your nose and resulting to sinus pressure.

There are various symptoms that can be determine if you are experiencing sinus pressure and some of them are:

  • Severe headaches
  • Fever
  • The swelling of various parts of your face
  • Runny nose with yellowish mucus (sometime it is greenish)
  • Aches around the eyes

When you are experiencing some of the symptoms specified above then you have sinus pressure. There is various ways s to reducing sinus pressure and give you relief. One way to reducing sinus pressure is by taking in medications such as antibiotics, decongestants and antihistamines.

Antibiotics are very effective for patients with acute sinus infections. Antibiotics are given to a patient for 2-3 weeks. In addition to antibiotics, nasal sprays are also an effective way to eliminate sinus pressure since they help in loosening up the mucus in your nasal passageway, gets rid of runny nose and the itching sensation. The nasal sprays are the fastest way to reducing sinus pressure.

Decongestants are another way to reducing sinus pressure. They are given in oral and spray form. The spray form, like antibiotics, are the fastest remedies but decongestants only helps in reducing sinus pressure temporarily, and it is not advisable to use it for more than a week. Decongestants are very helpful in controlling the pain and aches that you encounter when you have sinus pressure.

In addition to medications, you can also try various home remedies which are cost efficient, easy and safe to do especially if your patient is a child. Some of the remedies to reducing sinus pressure are:

  • Intake of large amount of liquid – it is advisable that one must take more than 8-10 glasses of water (avoid cold beverages and caffeinated drinks). Drinking cold water will just increase the pain you are experiencing so try limiting yourself to drinking warm tea, water, milk and juices. Peppermint tea is one of the best examples.
  • Steam – this is another great remedy for one to use since steam helps in loosening up harden mucus and phlegm in your nasal passageway. A warm bath is a good way to get steam, make sure that you close your bathroom door as well as the windows so the steam wouldn’t escape the room. Another approach is using a basin with warm water, lower you head and cover the opening with a towel and inhale the steam of the water. You can also put the warm liquid in a bottle and inhale the steam through there. Others use warm compress or water soaked in warm water in their forehead to reducing sinus pressure.
  • Eucalyptus oil – a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a handkerchief or towel reducing sinus pressure and helps in the relief of the patient. Eucalyptus oils helps in eliminating the blockage in the nose since it has a cooling effect.
  • Acupressure/ acupuncture – either you try acupressure or acupuncture; it is very helpful in reducing sinus pressure since you are triggering specific spots in your face that create the pressure you are experiencing. These have no side effects so you are sure that it is safe to try.

Try out the listed treatments to reducing sinus pressure and you will experience relief in no time. Remember to consult your doctor if symptoms persist for more a period of than 2 weeks.


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