What is sinus pressure?


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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.

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Keeping the sinuses and nasal passages moist is the primary way to ease sinus pressure, as WebMD explains. Ways to accomplish this include using a humidifier, staying fully hydrated, applying warm compresses to the face to relax the sinus passages, taking steamy showers, irrigating the nasal passages using a neti pot, and using a nasal saline spray. In addition, sleeping partially propped up allows sinus passages to drain at night.

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