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Sinus Pressure

Sinus Pressure

Sinus pressure is a common condition found in many people. It is usually caused by allergies and common cold or flu. Sinus pressure occurs as a result of blocked nasal passages. When the sinuses cannot properly drain, it causes inflammation and pain in the head, nose, and face. Since the sinuses are found in four main areas of the face namely:

Frontal, ethmoid (between the eyes), maxillary (in the cheeks which houses the largest sinus) and sphenoid (behind the eyes and across the back of the head). Sinus pressure may be felt in these areas depending on the nasal sinuses that are blocked. Sinus pressure may be mild annoying moderately painful or in rare cases, severely painful. The feeling of sinus pressure can be relieved by some effective natural remedies and some OTC (over the counter) drugs. These home remedies include applying steam by taking a hot shower to reduce dryness on the sinus passages, thin out the mucus and moisten the air. A humidifier may be used for a long-term effect in reducing sinus pressure.

Saline sprays: This is a common treatment for sinus pressure and congestion. The spray contains salt which helps to increase air moisture in the nose and reduce sinus pressure.

Adequate rest: In some acute cases, a good sleep may be all is needed to relieve sinus pressure. At rest, the body produces more white blood cells to fight viruses and other bacteria that can cause sinus pressure. However, sleep can alleviate or worsen sinus pressure symptoms when the person is lying down flat. A little elevation with the use of pillows may prevent the buildup of mucus in the nasal passages.

Diagnosis and Treatment:

If symptoms persist after the use of over-the-counter drugs and home-remedies, an appointment should be made with the doctor.