With review and feedback from CEENTA ENT physician Christopher Tebbit, MD (Belmont)
Your sinuses really hurt, but your doctor’s appointment isn’t until tomorrow. Is there anything you can do at home to ease some of your sinus pain?
Dry air can cause sinus pressure. Taking a hot shower or running a humidifier can help moisten your sinus passages and thin out dried, thickened mucus. You can even boil a pot of water and breathe in the steam if a shower or humidifier aren’t immediate options.
Drinking lots of fluids is always a good idea when you aren’t feeling well. Water is the best option, followed by fruit juices and herbal teas. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they can dehydrate you.
Saline sprays can both moisten your noise and dilute any irritants, like allergens, which could be contributing to your sinus problems.
“I routinely recommend saline irrigations to my sinus patients,” CEENTA ENT physician Christopher Tebbit, MD. “Use of a Neti Pot or Neil Med Sinus Rinse will reduce inflammation and assist with symptom relief. It is an effective non-medicated therapy for sinus disease.”
Resting a warm washcloth against your sinuses can be beneficial, since heat can help relieve sinus pressure.
Sleep gives your body the chance to heal. Make sure you avoid stimulating activities as well as the use of cell phones, tablets, and computers at least thirty minutes before bed in order to ensure you get a full night’s rest.
While these remedies are great for temporary relief, it’s important to know the root cause of your sinus pain and have it treated. If you are concerned about your sinuses, schedule an appointment at CEENTA today.
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with our ENT doctors in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.
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