Sinus pain and pressure are common problems that are difficult to alleviate permanently without surgery. When retail decongestants are not enough, there are ways you can minimize future episodes of sinus problems and reduce the discomfort when they occur.
Use Nasal Irrigation
When you are sure you are not experiencing a sinus infection, regularly use nasal irrigation to rinse irritants out of your sinus passages and help keep the tissues lubricated. Since inflamed and blocked sinuses can prevent irritants from being removed from your sinus passages naturally, irrigation can prevent these irritants from contributing to bacterial growth and turning into a sinus infection. Additionally, if you experience allergies, you may find sinus irrigation reduces some of your symptoms since dust and allergens no longer remain trapped. The added lubrication from irrigation with normal saline can reduce nosebleeds from cracked, dry nasal passages.
Add A Humidifier
Use a humidifier in your bedroom to help with adding moisture to the air, which can minimize sinus pressure and a stuffy nose. Try choosing a humidifier that can be used to inhale moist, warm air before bed if you notice you frequently experience stuffiness as soon as you lie down. Some humidifiers allow you to add essential oils to infuse the air with scents. The addition of menthol to your humidifier can help you breathe easier at night. Be sure to keep your humidifier clean and change the water frequently. If you will not use the humidifier for several days, empty out the water and allow the humidifier to dry. Mold can easily grow in humidifiers, which can disburse mold spores into the air, leading to worse sinus problems.
Spice Things Up
If you can tolerate spicy foods and beverages, use them to help promote sinus drainage, even if you are experiencing a sinus infection. Although adding peppers or hot sauce to foods can help, the best combination is to eat spicy soup or add spice to a hot beverage. The combination of spice and steamy liquid is usually better for alleviating sinus ailments than spicy food alone. A mug of hot water with a bouillon cube and red pepper flakes can work for a quick nighttime snack or the base for soup. Another option is ginger steeped in hot water with a little sweetener for tea.
Since it is easy to build a tolerance to nasal decongestants, you need to find other ways to minimize sinus pressure and pain. Keeping your nasal passages open and promoting drainage is the best way to alleviate pressure and reduce the number of sinus infections you experience.