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3 Ways To Clear Your Sinuses

Everyone has 4 different types of sinuses: maxillary (cheekbones), frontal (forehead), ethmoid (between the eyes), and sphenoid sinuses (behind the nose). Together, they make up an interconnected web of hollow cavities. Sinuses are lightly lined with mucus and help to humidify the air we breathe in.

Any of the sinuses can become inflamed or filled with mucosal fluid, which can lead to a bacterial or viral sinus infection. Blocked sinuses usually cause facial pain and/or headaches, congestion, runny nose, and post-nasal drip among other symptoms. If you experience stuffed sinuses for longer than 6 weeks, it’s a good idea to visit an ENT

Whether your sinus congestion is due to allergies, inflammation, or sinus infection, there are a variety of home remedies that can help you clear your sinuses.

1. Humidifier or Vaporizer

When your sinuses lack moisture, you may experience discomfort, pain, and nosebleeds. Both humidifiers and vaporizers add moisture to the air and are equally effective at relieving dry sinuses. It’s important to use the equipment properly and keep it clean before and after each use. 

2. Neti Pot

Neti pots are used to irrigate the nasal cavities and help flush mucus from the sinuses. They use a saline rinse made with distilled or prepared water that is poured into one nostril and passes through the cavities, exiting out the other nostril. It’s important to keep the neti pot clean and use distilled water to prevent infection. Studies show that saline nasal irrigation improved sinus symptoms in patients with sinusitis and decreased the use of sinus medications. 

3. Nasal Saline Spray

Unlike steroidal nasal sprays, nasal saline sprays are not habit forming and can be used throughout the day to alleviate symptoms. Saline thins the mucosal secretions in the nose and sinuses helping to flush any built-up mucus and pathogens.

Contact Ear and Sinus Institute 

If your sinus congestion persists for longer than 6 weeks or you keep getting sinus infections, chronic sinusitis is the likely culprit. When sinuses are chronically inflamed, they stop draining properly leading to around-the-clock symptoms that are hard to treat at home. 

Chronic congestion can be caused by sinusitis, a deviated septum, nasal polyps, and other conditions that cause inflammation or nasal obstruction. Visiting an ENT will help you narrow down the possibilities and get you the proper treatment.

We can help you get to the bottom of what’s causing your discomfort. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Marc Dean at the Ear & Sinus Institute today!

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