Sinus pressure is painful and it occurs when the sinuses gets congested. This is common in individuals who suffer from chronic sinusitis, rhinitis, and other chronic inflammation of the facial mucosa. It can also occur in patients who have upper respiratory tract infections and those with the flu.
Sinus Pressure Symptoms
Here are the symptoms associated with sinus pressure:
- Ache in the facial region about the sinus cavities
- Nasal congestion
- Pain in the area surrounding the eye
- Pain in the teeth
- Redness in the eye
What to do for Sinus Pressure
- Patients with sinus pressure can use a nasal decongestant to help relieve the pressure
- Pain medication may also be given to help alleviate the ache
- Antihistamines can help relieve the swelling as well as other symptoms like watery and itchy eyes
- Nasal irrigation with fluid containing antihistamines or corticosteroids may help too
Natural Sinus Pressure Relief
In addition to the medical interventions for sinus pressure, here are some natural home remedies to deal with the problem.
Having a Humidifier or a Hot Shower
- The steam helps to dilate the blood vessels and help to drain the fluid that has accumulate in the sinus tissue.
- When using the bathroom, the patient can sit in the shower or be carried, if the patient is a child, while the hot shower is run. The door should be closed in order to keep steam in.
- The humid air also helps dislodge any phlegm or accumulated mucus.
- The same results can also be achieved be leaning over a sink that has a pan of hot water, covering the head with a towel and breathing in the steam.
- Introducing a saline solution to the mucosa helps to encourage decongestion and also helps unclog accumulated mucus.
Placing a Warm Washcloth Over the Face
- Dipping a washcloth in hot water, wringing it out and placing it over the face can also help relieve pressure.
- The same can be achieved by putting a moist towel into the microwave, running it for a few seconds still the towel is warmed and then placing it over the face when the heat is tolerable.
Sleeping In an Elevated Position
- Sleep with the head raised above the rest of the body in order to facilitate drainage
- Some people will sleep more comfortably in a Semi-Fowler’s Position or sleeping with a few pillows under the back to elevate chest.