What exactly is sinus pressure? It can be described more commonly as a sinus headache, but the pressure and pain spreads in more areas than just the forehead. Sinus pressure affects the cheeks too. You know the feeling: your head weighs more than your neck can handle; your eyes feel like they’re going to pop out any second; your nose is so congested, a turn of a faucet and it would all pour out like a waterfall.
Yep, that’s sinus pressure. And it’s caused by a common sinus infection or chronic sinusitis.
Sinus pressure causes
A sinus infection or chronic sinusitis is the source of your pain and misery. But more specifically, the mucus in your sinuses gets congested in the nasal cavities, causing that familiar pain and pressure (Raleigh Medical Group, 2018).
Going back even further, we know that sinus infections, which cause sinus pressure, are caused by viruses and allergies. So, if you’re perceptible to allergies (mold, dust, pet dander, pollen, etc.), then you might be more at risk for sinus infections. The same goes for viruses (flu, cold, etc.), which, if not properly diagnosed and treated quickly, can lead to the dreaded sinus pressure.
5 sinus pressure remedies
These are not to be used as long-term solutions, rather, temporary remedies until you can see a doctor. Sinus infections, if left untreated, can lead to worsening illnesses and symptoms. But for now, let’s get those symptoms relieved as fast as possible.
- Use a humidifier: a humidifier helps keep moisture in the air, which prevents congestion.
- Quit smoking: There are a multitude of health reasons to quit smoking and relieving your sinuses is one of them. Tobacco irritates the nasal cavities, causing infection, leading to sinus pressure.
- Prep for allergy season: Prepping for allergies is a great way to prevent sinus infections. HEPA filter vacuum cleaners, consistently dusting, keeping pets from sleeping in your room are a few ways to prevent infection.
- Nasal irrigation: At your local drug or grocery store you’ll find nasal irrigation tools, such as the Neti Pot, that can rinse and cleanse your sinuses to prevent infection. Post-infection, it still helps with the pain and pressure as it relieves the mucus buildup.
- Drink water and rest: A blog shouldn’t have to tell you that drinking water and getting rest is essential for your health, yet here we are. We know these two things are great for us, but they’re particularly great for sinus health and relieving sinus pressure. Specifically, water thins out the mucus, allowing it to flow better and prevent congestion.
Other sinus infection symptoms
Another way to genuinely take care of yourself is recognizing a sinus infection before it gets really bad. The other symptoms of a sinus infection can be just as bad as the sinus pressure, so here they are:
- Discolored mucus
- Runny nose
- Throat pain
- Post-nasal drip
Long-term sinus pressure treatment
These remedies for sinus pressure are only meant to bring temporary relief. If you struggle with sinus infections, you need a permanent solution that treats the source. In some cases, the source could be a deviated septum, allergies, or a viral infection.
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- Raleigh Medical Group (August 17, 2018) Five Ways to Relieve Sinus Pressure [Medical Blog] Retrieved on December 1st, 2020 from https://www.raleighmedicalgroup.com/blog/entryid/526/how-to-relieve-sinus-pressure
- Dehler, J. (October 31, 2018) How to Relieve Sinus Pressure with 10 Home Remedies [Medical Blog] Retrieved on December 1st, 2020 from https://www.allinahealth.org/healthysetgo/heal/ten-home-remedies-to-relieve-sinus-pain-and-pressure