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Dealing With Sinus Congestion

Hooray for warmer weather and longer days. Isn't Spring the best? Well, not for everyone because 'tis the season when allergy symptoms rear their ugly heads: congestion, runny noses, sneezing, asthma, as well as agonizing pain and pressure around your eyes and forehead. Here are some ways to relieve sinus congestion.

  • Make an appointment with an allergist to find out what's triggering your congestion since it could be dust under your bed, the mold or mildew in your bathroom, or pollen outside. After determining that your best friend's new kitty is causing your symptoms, you can avoid the trigger to ease your congestion.
  • If you can't figure out the trigger or it's impossible to avoid, talk to your doctor about allergy medication. I'm a fan of nasal sprays since they clear up congestion but don't cause any other annoying side effects like dry mouth or drowsiness. You may have to take the medication for a week or two to start feeling results.

To see how to get immediate relief


  • Use a neti pot to flush allergens, irritants, and mucus out of your nose and sinuses.
  • Use heat therapy. Breathe in hot steam when taking a hot shower or bath. Adding eucalyptus oil to the water and the vapors should help clear your breathing passages.
  • To relieve sinus pain and pressure, use a therapeutic warming pillow. Pop it in the microwave for two minutes, lie down and place it on your face, and the heat will help loosen up the mucus.


aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
Maybe you all can help me out. I’ve been having what I think are sinus issues for about a year – I have congestion right where my nose and throat meet, sort of between the two sinus cavities. I can breathe just fine, but I can feel that lump of stuff there when I swallow. It waxes and wanes – earlier this week it was pretty bad and my ears kept getting plugged up – but it’s never debilitating, there's no pain involved, and it doesn’t seem to have any pattern with the seasons. (I was tested a few years back and I don’t have any seasonal allergies – just dust, mold, normal stuff like that, and even that doesn't seem to affect me much.) I hesitate to go to my doctor because she’ll put me on allergy medicine and I don’t think it’s that bad. But I’d like it to stop! I’m going to try a neti pot, even though I’m kind of grossed out by the idea. Has anyone had anything similar to this?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
thank you for all these suggestions. living in NYC - you'd think that you'd be able to avoid a lot of allergies since we don't have all that many flowers and tress/plants around - but i find that i still get a bit stuffy and it's not fun. i really like a lot of these suggestions, and i'm going to start using them so i can be more proactive this year and not suffer.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Oh my god. Two words: neti pot. My life has never been the same. EVERYONE should have one!
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