Remedies for Sinus Pressure


Three Over the Counter (OTC) Remedies for Sinus Pressure


If you are one of 30 plus millions of people who suffer from sinus issues, you have two options: live in pain or take action. Unfortunately, sinus problems do not go away so easily like the common cold or flu symptoms. Luckily, there are 3 over the counter remedies for sinus pressure that we recommend trying for temporary relief before using antibiotics.

When it comes to finding solutions to cope with the pain, even the toughest sinus sufferer will decide to seek treatment, whether it be over-the-counter remedies, antibiotics or a more permanent option. Let’s focus on the remedies that will help combat sinus pressure:

  • Antihistamines - Antihistamines help combat allergic problems which lead to nasal congestion. OTC antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), Cetirizine (Zyrtec), Fexofenadine (Allegra), Loratadine (Alavert, Claritin) or clemastine (Tavist) may be used for relieving allergic symptoms of itching, sneezing, and nasal congestion. They relieve the drainage associated with the allergic inflammation but not obstruction or congestion. Antihistamines have a potential for sedation causing grogginess and dryness after use. Check your local pharmacy for newer non-sedating antihistamines that may be available.

  • Decongestants Decongestants aid in shrinking swollen tissues in the nose, sinuses and throat. This may relieve pressure, pain, and stuffiness (congestion). They can be taken by mouth as a pill or liquid (oral) or used as nose drops, sprays, or gels. Oral decongestants provide longer relief but may cause more side effects. The top recommended oral decongestant by pharmacists is Sudafed (pseudoephedrine). Nasal sprays and drops such as, like naphazoline (Privine), oxymetazoline (Afrin, Dristan, Duramist), or phenylephrine (Neo-Synephrine, Sinex, Rhinall) provide temporary relief. It is strongly advised that you only use nasal sprays for between 3 and 5 days at a time and as directed.

  • Nasal Irrigation Nasal irrigation is a process in which you use a sterile salt water (saline) solution by pouring it into one nostril so that it flows through the nasal cavity and come out the other nostril, which helps to clear the nose of mucus from dirt and allergens that cause congestion and sinus problems. It may also help to reduce inflammation. The most popular remedy as a short-term benefit for this method is the Neti pot. In 2009, a study done by the College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology showed that “patients who used nasal saline irrigation for a year and then stopped using it for a year had a 62% lower incidence of sinusitis during the year in which they stopped”. You can see how it works by clicking here.

Resorting to any of these methods two to three times a year is not considered a big deal. But, if your problems continue to persist and you are constantly investing in ways to seek sinus relief such as antibiotics as the next method of choice, the cost can be quite a pain itself, which adds up before you know it.

According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, antibiotics usually do not help sinus problems and cost patients an extra $31 million a year on healthcare costs in America.

If any of these methods have failed and you are ready to find permanent relief for your sinus condition, come visit us at NEENT Center. As industry leaders, our expert physicians will be glad to take the time and sit down with you to discuss your symptoms and options available. You may even be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty.

To get a better understanding about Balloon Sinuplasty and how we can help offer you long-term relief, download our FREE e-book on How to Finally Get Rid of Sinus Infections. For more information, visit or give us a call at 704-788-1103.





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