Sinus Pressure: What, Why’s and Hows

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Do you often have allergies or infection causing a person to experience clogging and narrowing of air passageway and giving you painful sinus pressure? How does sinus pressure occur and what is it really? How does one prevent it and what are the symptoms of a person who experiences painful sinus pressure?

Sinus pressure occurs when your sinuses are infected with a virus, bacteria or infection. When your sinuses are prone to these infections, your nasal membrane becomes irritated which causes the nasal passageway to swell which limits and blocks air and later on causes blockage because of the mucus and pus buildup. When these infections happen, the membrane and various areas around your sinuses experience pressure which results to painful sinus pressure. A common cause of sinus pressure is sinusitis, rhinitis, allergic reaction or the inflammation of the facial mucosa.

Because the nasal and sinus membrane are very prone to infection and attacks from viruses, they are very vulnerable. When these areas are attacked, your sinus becomes clogged and irritated immediately. When that happens, the mucus production in the nose increases which results to runny nose and congestion in the air passageway. The longer you have a runny nose, the more pressure it accumulates in the said area because mucus hardens resulting to painful sinus pressure.

What are the common symptoms of sinus pressure?

  • Headaches
  • Pressure and ache in the facial area particularly in the nose region
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Slight to moderate fever
  • Pressure and ache around the eye area and teeth

There are various ways to lessen painful sinus pressure. You can both try medicinal remedies or common practice that will help relieve the irritation in your nasal areas. Actually you don’t have to results to medications right away since there are different ways to relieve the pressure in your sinus without taking any medicine like:

  • Taking a hot shower – this is a very effective way to relieve sinus pressure since the humidity and steam of the water helps de-clog the harden mucus in your passageway. One can also use a humidifier if you have one at home or you can purchase it in any drug store since it is readily available, you don’t have to obtain any prescription for it. If you prefer the hot shower, remember to close the door of the bathroom. The steam from the hot water helps soften the mucus accumulated in the sinus plus it also helps to dislodge phlegm if the person has it as well. Another effective way to do this is if you lean your head over a sink or basin with hot water – using a towel to cover your head over the sink so that the steam wouldn’t escape and just inhale.
  • Warm towel or washcloth – since your facial and sinus area will be experiencing aches, it is effective to use a towel soaked in warm water and placing them over the area to relieve the pressure and aches. Test the towel first if you are comfortable with the temperature, especially if the patient is a child.
  • Saline Irrigation – another effective remedy to sinus pressure since it helps in the decongestion of the mucus in the nose.

If these techniques doesn’t help or lessen the pressure – one can take various medicines that are specifically made to help a person with painful sinus pressure. Most common medicines are:

  • Antihistamines – antihistamines are very popular choice when experiences sinus problems since they are fast in de-clogging the nose and it loosens and softens mucus accumulation. It also helps relieve other symptoms such as headaches and watery eyes.
  • Nasal decongestants – decongestants are very helpful when relieving the pressure.
  • Pain killers – are often used for headaches and other aches that one experience sinus pressure
  • Nasal Irrigation

If these methods and medications don’t help, it is best to consult your doctor especially if the problems last more than a week. Remember to take notes on what medications you used and what home remedies you tried so your doctor will have a good idea of the history you took in relieving the stress.


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