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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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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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 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

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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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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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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

Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion refers to any situation of "backup of fluid." Congestion may refer to the sinuses being backed up with mucus, while pulmonary congestion refers to a backup of fluid into the lungs due to ...Read more