Approximately 31 million people in the U.S. suffer from sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses). You're at greater risk for sinusitis if you have allergies, asthma, a weak immune system or a nasal blockage.
There are two types of sinusitis: acute sinusitis (usually follows a cold with symptoms that last four weeks or less) and chronic sinusitis (symptoms last several months). Symptoms of sinusitis include a cough, fever, pain in the face, a stuffy nose, discharge coming from the nose, sore throat and headache.
Sinusitis can be treated with self-care and over-the-counter medications. However, an accurate diagnosis is important because a number of things, including infection, severe allergies and nasal polyps, can cause sinusitis.
Depending on the cause, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or other prescription medicines to treat sinusitis.
These 10 self-care methods can help relieve sinus pain and pressure:
1. Take a hot shower and breathe in the hot, moist air.
2. Apply a warm, moist washcloth to your face.
3. Use a Neti pot to clean the nasal cavity.
4. Drink water to help thin mucus.
5. Use an over-the-counter saltwater nasal spray.
6. If the air is dry, use a humidifier to help relieve sinus congestion.
7. Avoid bending forward, which can make sinus pain and pressure worse.
8. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce inflammation.
9. Avoid flying as cabin air pressure can make sinus pain worse.
10. Avoid sudden changes in temperature, which can also worsen sinus pressure and pain. The Christ Hospital Physicians perform comprehensive evaluations for children and adults. Learn more about our ENT services or call 513-421-5558.