Colds and sinus infections (sinusitis) often lead to sinus pain. You have a headache. Your cheeks and nose can all become sensitive to the touch. Your sinuses are blocked and you feel fairly awful.
The good news is that most sinus pain is only temporary. However, while most colds get better on their own after a week, a sinus infection can linger longer.
Today we’re highlighting 6 tips to help you relieve sinus pain. Best of all, none of these remedies require a trip to the doctor’s office.
However, if these tips don’t help relieve your sinus headache, we suggest you call the Ear, Nose and Throat Sinus Center at 801-328-2522. We have the best ENT doctors in Salt Lake City, Draper and Park City and we’re ready to help diagnose and treat sinus pain and infections.
1. Use a Humidifier in Your Home
Utah is one of the driest states in the country. In fact, people from humid climates sometimes get nosebleeds when they arrive in Utah during the winter months simply because the air is so dry. But your nose and sinuses can get stuffy in Utah, too, and a humidifier can fix that problem by introducing moist air into your environment. We recommend you use a humidifier when you sleep at night. Alternatively, if you don’t have a humidifier, a steamy shower before you go to sleep can work wonders in reducing congestion and sinus pain and helping you sleep better. Inhaling the steam from a boiling pan of water also works well.
2. Use a Neti Pot
You may have heard, seen or even used a Neti pot. This simple, natural remedy works well and many ear, nose and throat doctors recommend Neti pots to help drain clogged sinuses. Neti pots can be used daily, but only for the short term. That’s because long-term sinus pain and congestion may indicate a chronic sinus infection.
3. Use a Saline Nose Spray
A nose spray works well to temporarily reduce sinus swelling and pain. But you want to use a saline spray since the saline mist can help break up the mucus. You can use the spray up to six times daily without risk of side effects.
4. Use a Decongestant Nose Spray (for 3 Days Only)
Decongestant nose sprays are available over the counter and provide quick relief. But you don’t want to use these sprays longer than a few days because they can actually make your congestion worse if used too long. Ask your ENT doctor for recommendations.
5. Apply a Warm Compress
This is an old-school mode of sinus relief that is still used because it works. Place a moist and warm washcloth across your forehead, eyes and cheeks and relax. When the washcloth cools, bathe it again in warm water and repeat. It’s sinus relief just like grandma used to do it.
6. Take Pain Relievers
Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) can all help relieve sinus pain and are over-the-counter pain relievers. We generally suggest you try these other remedies first. But if your sinus headache persists, take the recommended dose of any of these pain relievers. Consult with your doctor and read the directions on the back of the pain reliever package to ensure you’re always staying within the appropriate dosage.