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A 42-year-old member asked:

why does my frontal sinus feel really clogged?

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
Diagnostic Radiology 23 years experience
Probably sinusitis: The feeling of "clogged" sinuses is almost always an indication of sinusitis. As the hollow sinuses fill with fluid, it produces pressure on the walls which leads to that sensation. If you have symptoms of infection, an antibiotic can help. If you have allergies, an antihistamine and decongestant may reduce swelling and allow drainage. Consider a HealthTap Concierge visit for evaluation.

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A 16-year-old member asked:

What is a peroxide sinus wash, and when is it needed?

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Dr. Steven Levine
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 40 years experience
Rinse: It is a rinsing of the sinus cavity with hydrogen peroxide. I would only do it under the recommendation and supervision of an otolaryngologist (ent).
A 46-year-old member asked:

What's available at a pharmacy to treat sinus issues without a prescription?

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Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Sprays, Sudafed: 1) nasal saline spray. A very gentle/effective treatment. Use 2-8 times a day and it does not cause long term problems. 2) afrin or neo-synephrine:very potent decongestant sprays for severe sinus pressure. Only used as directed. You must not use for more than 48 hours. 3)pseudoephedrine (sudafed). Use this pill as directed. Careful if you have palpitations/heart issues.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

What can I do for stopped up sinus's?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Prob not sinuses: Nasal congestion is often confused with sinus congestion. If you are having trouble breathing through your nose you can try an otc decongestant antihistine combination with or without nasal saline. Stay away from decongestant nasal sprays as these are very addictive. If simple measures fail to give you relief you may have a viral or bacterial infection. At that point best to see your md.
A 45-year-old member asked:

My frontal sinus feels really clogged. What can I do?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Need diagnosis: You can not expect treatment unless you truly have a diagnosis of frontal sinusitis. The area above your eyes may not necessarily be your sinuses. The only scientific method of proving that you have a "clogging" of your frontal sinus is a cat scan of the sinuses. See an ENT doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my frontal sinus feels really clogged?

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Blocked frontals: Hello. My recommendations are to use a saline wash to remove thickened mucus from your nose. Then use Afrin nasal spray. After spraying, tilt your head back and hang off the edge of your bed. You will feel the medication move towards the frontal sinus opening. Remain in this position for a few minutes. Do this twice daily but no longer than 5 days. This usually does the trick.

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