Your temples are throbbing, and there’s a slight pressure on either side of your nose. Your eyes are watery, and you feel an occasional dull ache in your forehead or what many people confuse as a toothache. Today is not the day you want to go to work or school, because you have all the classic signs of sinus pressure. Sinus pressure can be caused by a number of things, but one thing is sure, you will want to alleviate the pain. Here’s some ways you can do that.
What is sinus pressure?
Sinus pressure is the pounding and throbbing that seems to get worse every time you bend over or lie down. Most often sinus pressure is caused by an infection caused by fluid build-up that inflames nasal passages. This inflammation makes drainage difficult, causing pressure in the sinuses and surrounding areas. Sinus infections are usually caused by viruses, respiratory tract infections, bacteria, or common allergens such as dust and pollen. Although not a direct cause for sinus infections, colds may also be a contributing factor.
Sinus infections, and inevitably, sinus pressure, can cause a great deal of discomfort. There are, however, several ways that are effective in alleviating the pressure. If you believe you are experiencing sinus pressure, try these at-home remedies for relief.
- A Hot Shower. Steam inhaled from a hot shower can help reduce the swelling in your nasal passages and lessen sinus pressure.
- Warm Compress or Towel. Placing a warm compress or towel on your face, mainly the forehead or over the nose, can help open sinuses and reduce swelling.
- Saline Nose Spray. Salt water nasal sprays, available at your local pharmacy, help irrigate the nasal passages by flushing away the allergens and germs that contribute to sinus infections. This makes drainage easier, especially if you have a stuffy nose.
- Humidifier. If a dry home or arid climate is contributing to your sinus pressure, a humidifier or vaporizer adds moisture into your living space to keep your nasal passages open to help you breathe easier. Be sure to keep your device clean and sterile, otherwise you may be contributing to the problem.
- Fluids. Drink up! Keeping yourself hydrated helps thin out the mucus and relieves the postnasal drip responsible for your itchy throat.
- Over-the-counter Medications. There is a selection of OTC medications available at your local pharmacy to help relieve your discomfort. However, just because they are not prescribed by a doctor doesn’t mean they won’t react with any other medications you may be taking. Be sure to consult with your pharmacist or allergist to ensure there are no interactions, or if the medication is right for your symptoms.
Austin’s Nasal and Sinus Specialists
Whether you suffer from periodic sinus issues or chronic infections, it’s time to seek relief. If you live in the greater Austin area and have had enough, contact Nasal & Sinus Center of Austin at (512) 339-0040. We treat allergies, sinus issues, apnea and other issues that prevent you from enjoying life. Call us today or request an appointment online so we can assist you right away.