Sinus Pain


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sinus-painYour sinuses are lined with a membrane that manufactures a sticky substance known as mucus. When the membrane swells – most likely because of an infection or an allergy, mucus production kicks into overdrive. The combination of inflamed membrane and excess mucous blocks those tiny passages between your sinuses and nose. That’s when you feel the pressure build behind your forehead and eyes.

Breathe a Sign of Relief

For most people decongestants are the treatment of choice for sinus pain. “If a blocked nose is your only symptom, an over-the-counter oral decongestant can help,” says Salah D. Salmon, MD, director of the Sinus Center at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.  Dr. Salmon also stated “Be sure to choose a product with an antihistamine if your sinus pain is associated with allergy.”

What about localized decongestants such as sprays and drops? “They can be extremely effective, too.” Dr. Salmon says. “But you shouldn’t use them for more than three days in a row. They can be habit forming if you use them for too long. And once their medicinal effects wear off, they can produce rebound congestion.”

But decongestants are not your only option for dealing with sinus pain. The following strategies can help ease the pressure and keep you breathing easy.

Just add water. “Dryness often sets the stage for a sinus infection,” Dr. Salmon says. You can keep your sinuses moist by drinking plenty of water every day. A saltwater solution, administered as either a nasal spray or nose drops, can also help, he notes. You can make your own solution by mixing 2 tablespoons of salt into a glass filled with 8 ounces of warm water. Use this preparation three to four times a day.

Hold your head high. Elevating your head while you sleep promotes sinus drainage, experts say. Prop up your bedposts ath the head of your bed on books or bricks and see if it helps.

Clear the air. Anything that irritates the nasal passages is an ally of sinus pain. “Pay close attention to air quality,” says Dr. Guillermo Mendoza, MD, chief of allergy for Kaiser-Permanente. “Avoid smoggy environments, cigarette smoke and any other pollutants that you’re sensitive to.” You may also need to stay away from seemingly harmless items such as scented laundry detergents and scented tissues.

“C” your way clear. Dr. Mendoza recommends a daily dose of vitamin C as a preventative against sinus pain. “If you are prone to sinus infection or you have a chronic sinus problem, take 1,000 milligrams of times-release vitamin C a day,” he advises.

Don’t catch a cold. If you have a chronic sinus problem, a cold will only intensify your sinus symptoms, Dr. Mendoza says. So do what you can to steer clear of cold-causing viruses: Eat a balanced diet, get regular exercise, practice good hygiene (as in lots of hand washing), and stay away from people who have colds.

Excerpted from: Pain Remedies by Philip Goldberg.  Rodale Press

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Sinus Allergies


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sinus-allergies2What can I do to stop these allergies or sinus problems?

I have allergies most of the year, but it is rare for me to get sinus problems. But my sinuses are suddenly get’s really bad. They come and go and its been happening for a week. I feel I have a scratch in my throat and I have to sneeze frequently. My air filter was changed already for nearly a week and I vacuumed my house the other day. What can I do to stop scratching the throat and the feeling of sneezing?

Best Answer:

One solution is a sinus rinse (made by NeilMed). I swear by it! Can be a bit hard for someone who has allergies all the time, but sounds like it might help. It’s about $10 and can be purchased at most drug stores nationwide. They come with premixed salt solution packets. You mix a packet with distilled water that is preheated (microwave for 15-20 seconds) in the sinus rinse bottle. Squeeze the bottle in each side of the nose a few times. It really helps wash out the pollen, dust and other allergens which can lead to inflammation of the sinus cavities.

I used to have the worst allergies, but since I started getting allergy shots for the 40+ things I’m allergic too and my allergy doctor started my using the sinus rinse product, my symptoms have been much less. My allergy doctor convinced me to start using it because he said that hundreds on his patients swear by it.

I hope that helps.

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