To reduce the pressure caused by blocked sinuses, WebMD recommends taking decongestants, irrigating the sinuses and keeping the nasal passages moist. If not treated, this pressure may cause a headache or pain around the jaw.Continue Reading
Decongestants reduce the amount of mucus in the nasal passages, relieving swelling and pressure. WebMD cautions against using an oral decongestant for more than seven days or a nasal spray for more than three days. As of 2014, photo identification is required in the United States to purchase medications containing pseudoephedrine, a decongestant often used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center.
There are special pots available for rinsing the sinuses. Distilled or sterile water is best, but it's possible to use tap water if the water is boiled first and then cooled. The Food and Drug Administration recommends tilting the head sideways and inserting the spout of the pot into the upper nostril. This allows the fluid to flow from one nostril to the other. After rinsing one side, the procedure should be repeated with the head tilted the other way.
Using a saline nasal spray keeps nasal passages moist. The spray should not contain any decongestants or other medications, as recommended by NYU Langone Medical Center. Running a humidifier also prevents the nasal passages from drying out.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases
Sinus pain in the back of the head can be treated by breathing moist air, taking over-the-counter pain relievers and decongestants, and alternating hot and cold compresses over the sinuses, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. For the most effective relief, these methods should be used together.Full Answer >
Sinus pressure develops when the sinuses become inflamed, mucus is unable to drain normally, and the sinus passages narrow due to the increase in mucus. Often this increased pressure leads to sinus headaches, according to MedicineNet.com.Full Answer >
Treatment for sinus drainage, or postnasal drip, depends on the cause, but may be alleviated with antibiotics, antihistamines and decongestants, according to WebMD. Other methods include saline spray, Mucinex, and vaporizers or humidifiers.Full Answer >
Nasal polyps can be treated with antihistamines and decongestants, if the condition is mild, or a nasal corticosteroid spray, according to WebMD. A tapered course treatment of oral corticosteroids may be necessary to reduce the irritation and swelling caused by nasal polyps.Full Answer >