Sinus congestion can be a minor annoyance – but can also quickly become a painful infection. Sinusitis, the inflammation of the nasal sinuses, is one of the most common health complaints in the United States, the condition affects about 37 million people a year.
If you experience recurring instances of sinus congestion or infection, you should pay a visit to your sinus doctor, Dr. Dedo. Here are a few ways to deal with sinus congestion in the meantime.
Try saline spray or rinses
Using a saline spray or rinse can help clear out mucus from your sinuses. Clearing the mucus can help reduce the chances of infection and relieve some of the pressure. Even if it’s only temporary, it leaves your head feeling clear.
Take a Steamy Shower
Taking a hot shower can help clear your sinuses and help reduce sinus pain. The hot water vapor helps loosen mucus and moisturize the sinuses. Alternately, you can heat a bowl of water, cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl. Breathe in the vapor to breathe easier.
Up the Hydration
Run a humidifier in your bedroom at night. Breathing in the moist air overnight can help you feel better by day. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated can help loosen thick mucus, allowing you to clear it more effectively.
Spice it Up
Add some heat to your food with hot peppers, wasabi, or horseradish. Consuming spicy foods can help clear your sinuses. Be careful not to overdo it, too much of this good thing can eventually damage your throat and nose.
If these at-home management techniques aren’t doing the trick, or if you are suffering from recurring infections, it may be time to speak with a sinus doctor. Call Gardens Cosmetic Center today for an appointment!