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How can I relieve sinus congestion?

How can I relieve sinus congestion?

Go see an ENT: There are so many causes of nasal congestion that 400 characters can't possibly cover this topic. Go see a specialist. The keys finding out what is causing your congestion: deviated septum, allergies, sinusitis, nasal polyps, rhinitis. The list goes on.... Someone needs to take a good history and then actually look inside your nasal cavity. That's what we do every day. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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How do you relieve sinus congestion and ear fullness?

How do you relieve sinus congestion and ear fullness?

Try nasal steroid: The ear plugging is likely from the nasal congestion and nasal steroid is likely the most effective in relieving the nasal stuffiness even though it may take a few days. If problem persists, see allergist. ...Read more

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What can you do to relieve sinus congestion caused by a cold?

What can you do to relieve sinus congestion caused by a cold?

1 option- Neti pots : Can reduce nasal congestion. Mix ΒΌ tsp salt w 1 cup lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head & pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly & spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed & again in the morning. You can watch a video online to get the finer details down. ...Read more

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I don't take Sudafed because it makes me feel jittery. What else can I try OTC or home remedy to relieve sinus congestion/achiness/ pressure?

I don't take Sudafed because it makes me feel jittery. What else can I try OTC or home remedy to relieve sinus congestion/achiness/ pressure?

You can try: oral antihistamines such as Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Chlortrimeton, Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra, etc, or nasal spray such as Afrin or neosynephrine, Also use a vaporizer to increase humidity. Avoid dehydration by taking plenty of fluids. If these don't work, it is time to see a doctor. ...Read more

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What is a way to relieve clogged ears due to sinus congestion? I've been taking sudafed, but my left ear is so clogged up i can barely hear out of it.

What is a way to relieve clogged ears due to sinus congestion? I've been taking sudafed, but my left ear is so clogged up i can barely hear out of it.

Eustachian tube: Decongestants like sudafed are a good way to alleviate the problem. Sometimes a mucous thinner called Guaifenesin can be of additional help. This can be purchased over the counter. If you still are having difficulties, you need to see an ENT doctor for other medical options. You may need a hearing test, as well. ...Read more

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What is sinus congestion?

What is sinus congestion?

Good question!: The answer is basically inflammation but what does that mean? It means that when our nasal passages are exposed to allergens, viruses, bacteria or even environmental changes (weather, altitude), the blood vessels dilate and this alone can cause mild "congestion." With infection or allergies, cells from the immune system are recruited to the area and bring water/fluid to the nasal tissues. ...Read more

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Whats home remady for sinus congestion?

Try sinus rinses: It is a remedy proven effective over 100's of years. You do need to measure the salt concentration carefully to get best results. Neil med makes a kit (called "sinus rinse") at cvs, wal-mart, , walgreens, etc. (i don't own stock in them or anything). ...Read more

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What are some remedies for severe sinus congestion?

OTC treatments: You can use oxymetazoline nasal spray (only use for 3 days), sinus irrigation, and oral decongestants. If you are also having "allergies" during the sinus congestion, otc antihistamines may be helpful as well. ...Read more

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What medicine can cure sinus & congestion for a 5 yr?

What medicine can cure sinus & congestion for a 5 yr?

Nothing!!!: There are no medications that will definitively "cure"congestion. Etiology is usually viral or allergic and treatment is usually fluids, making the child comfortable (with a cold). You can also try a decongestant but that, like tylenol, (acetaminophen) is only for symptomatic relief--meaning that the congestion will return when the decongestant wears off. An antihistamine can be used if allergy is the cause. ...Read more

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What're some good at-home remedies for sinus congestion?

What're some good at-home remedies for sinus congestion?

Home Sinus Remedies: Saline nasal flushes, 1 tsp salt per 16 ounces water is a recipe. Burning after use? Add 1/4 tsp baking soda. Many saline flushes are available over the counter. Hot steam from long, hot showers or a wet sauna are also helpful. Over the counter decongestants, such as pseudoephrine also help. Mucinex-d - Guaifenesin may help also. ...Read more

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Is it common for sinus congestion to cause a decrease in appetite?

First, diagnosis: Sinus congestion is not as easy to diagnose by the patient as one might think. You may really have nasal congestion. And most causes of nasal congestion are viral infections. Therefore, it is very likely that the overall symptoms of a viral infection may lead to a decrease in appetite. The course of these infections is 7-10 days. If longer, consult you physician. ...Read more

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Which at-home remedies for sinus congestion are considered effective?

Which at-home remedies for sinus congestion are considered effective?

Moisture: If you want to avoid medications, try to maintain good nasal health by using saline irrigations and keeping an appropriate moisture level in the air you breathe. Unfortunately, this won't help if you have a physical issue blocking the drainage of your sinuses. Finally, make sure that the problem really is sinus-related and not another kind of headache. ...Read more

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Does steam help with sinus congestion? How long and often can one use it?

It does: Steam helps loosen dry mucus. Use it 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per day. Nasal saline spray may work just as well. Stay hydrated and well rested. ...Read more

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What to if I am looking for a remedy for sinus congestion?

What to if I am looking for a remedy for sinus congestion?

Drainage or congesti: Blockage is from swelling, polyps, structural problems, allergy, etc. Drainage is from allergy, sinusitis, viral illness, rhinitis. Treatment depends on the cause. Saline rinse, decongestants, nasal steroids, surgery for congestion depending on cause. Saline rinse, antihistamines, nasal steroids, decongestants, atrovent, et al for drainage. ...Read more

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What is a good remedy for sinus congestion?

What is a good remedy for sinus congestion?

Diagnosis: This is a common question asked by patients. How do you know your paranasal sinuses are congested? Could it really be your nose is congested. So the answer to your question is a specific diagnosis must be made. Otc meds such as Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin) my help but certainly allergy needs to be ruled out. The gold standard to prove that you have sinusitis is a cat scan. ...Read more

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What is the best remedy for sinus congestion?

Sinus Congestion: Oral decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine, and saline nasal flushes may help relieve sinus congestion. Most of the otc antihistamines combine a decongesant, such as Allegra d, zyrtec d, and Claritin d. Prescription nasal steroid sprays work the best. Go see your primary care health provider to discuss what's best for you. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for sinus congestion and a cough?

What is the best medicine for sinus congestion and a cough?

OTC is ok: If this is a short duration problems (< 1 week) then over the counter (otc) medications like mucinex, (guaifenesin) robitussin, or other cough and cold remedies are fine. Read and follow the labels, as even otc meds can be harmful. If this is a longer term problem see your pcp or ENT as there could be a need for prescription type medications. Best wishes. ...Read more

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