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How To Get Rid Of Clogged Sinuses
Sinus drainage: It really depends on the cause. If it is from a cold, otc meds are fine to use short-term. If it's from allergies, antihistamines are the way to go. For chronic sinus issues, there are prescription medications that work fairly well. If you have concerns, see your doctor. ...Read more
Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids(between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more
Blocked nose/ears: Hello. Things you can do to rid of blocked ears and nasal passages is to begin saline nasal spray. If this doesn't work after a week, then step up therapy to using Afrin nasal spray for 5 days only. That should help. After 5 days, if it still is bothering you then begin using Nasacort (triamcinolone) every night. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blocked nose: There are several causes of nasal obstruction including congestion from allergies and anatomical issues, too. The only way to tell the cause is to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more
Depends: Sinus headache is caused by a difference in pressure between the sinus cavity and the outside world. The drainage pathway of the sinuses are narrow. When swelling occurs in the nasal cavity, this becomes blocked. Reversing the swelling will allow for the pressure to equalize. Knowing the cause of the swelling helps determine what works best - uri, allergy, infection, etc. See your doctor or ent. ...Read more
Many ways: U can take an antihistamine pill by mouth, a decongestant, or prescription nasal spray. I will be very careful with otc nasal sprays. They frequently has topical decongestant, which can cause rebound congestion after abrupt stopping after using it for a while, hence "addiction". ...Read more
Over the counter: There are lots of great over the counter options to help, and remember, congestion does not mean you have an infection. Saline rinse, a decongestant, antihistamine and even a steroid nasal spray can all offer great help. You should discuss any of these with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure none of these are contraindicated in your particular case. ...Read more
Vinegar/ debridement: First order of business it to remove the fungus and debris in your ear. An ENT will do that. If your ear drum is intact, irrigating it with vinegar/water mixture is helpful. Other possibility is a ink dye that your ENT has. You need both to succeed as ear fungus can be stubborn. ...Read more
Depends on cause: The nose can be congested from allergy, medications, polyps, and structural problems. Nasal steroids and antihistamine/decongestant preparations can help with allergy, nasal steroids sometimes reduce polyps. If it is structural such as a deviated septum, large turbinates, or polyps then surgery is often beneficial. Suggest seeing an ENT physician for a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more
Good skin care: routine is very important to have clear glowing skin. Use a salicylate based face wash twice a day, exfoliate regularly and use a sunblock. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy. You can also use retinoid cream for comedones once or twice a day on affected areas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Postnasal Drip: Every day, glands in the linings of your nose make about a quart of mucus each day. The excess can come out of the nostrils -- that’s a runny nose. When the mucus runs down the back of your nose to your throat, it's called postnasal drip. http://www.webmd.com/allergies/postnasal-drip ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Comedone extractor &: Retinoids. Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day & use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider OTC products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Retinoids/ comedone extractor can be helpful for black heads. If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more
Pore strip/ comedone: Extractor. Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day. Use oil free products on face. No heavy foundations. Don't squeeze pimples / blackheads. Avoid touching face (i.e., cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (w salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatologist (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.). ...Read more
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