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have sinus headaches for about a week. taking sinutabs with temporary relief. constant drainage any recommendations for over-the-counter medicines?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Nasal irrigation: Nasal irrigation is safe and effective. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp pure sodium chloride (no additives) and 1/4 - 1/2 tsp baking soda (not baking powder) to 8 oz of body temperature distilled/previously boiled water, the solution is compatible with your nasal passages. Can use bulb or neti-pot or generic nasal irrigation kit to flush out nasal passages.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Gary Steven
30 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Not really: Over the counter decongestants and antihistamines can help with sinus headaches, but are limited. Prescription nasal steroid sprays are much more effective in a shorter period of time, and are also more effective in preventing recurrent sinus headaches due to allergy. If this is a recurring problem, you really need to get this evaluated by your physician.
Answered on Mar 31, 2012
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