How to relieve sinus pain and pressure

Hello everyone!

In this post, I want to talk to you about sinusitis and how you can relieve sinus pain and pressure. Sinusitis (sinus infection) is an inflammation of the sinuses that can cause them to get blocked and filled with fluid. 

A sinus infection is usually caused by colds or allergies and, it can happen to anyone. However, people with nasal allergies, nasal polyps, asthma and abnormal nose structures are more likely to get a sinus infection. If you have chronic sinus congestion due to nasal polyps or narrow nasal passages, surgery may be necessary. Smoking can also increase how often you get a sinus infection. 

woman using a nasal spray

There are several at-home treatments you can try to treat sinus congestion. Here are twelve (12) things you can do:

  1. Use a Neti pot, a therapy that uses a salt and water solution, to flush your nasal passages. Remember to use distilled water only. 
  2. Use an over-the-counter nasal decongestant spray that contains saltwater to help keep your nasal passages moist, unblock congestion and treat inflammation. 
  3. Use nasal strips to relieve congestion by opening nasal passages for better breathing.
  4. Drink a lot of water to help thin your mucus. 
  5. Get plenty of rest to help your body fight infection and speed up recovery. 
  6. Breathe in steam from a bowl of warm (not hot) water or take a hot shower. 
  7.  Add a few drops of essential oils (eucalyptus and peppermint) to a handkerchief or tissue and inhale.
  8. Eat spicy foods to help clear your nasal passages. 
  9. Use a humidifier at night to add moisture to the air and help reduce congestion.
  10. Take over-the-counter medication.  Decongestants, antihistamines (if congestion is caused by hay fever or other allergies) and pain killers can help. Be sure to check with your doctor first!
  11. Increase your intake of vitamin C. This may help fight off sinus infection faster, reduce sinus inflammation and relieve cold symptoms.
  12. Know what can trigger a cold or sinus infection and be prepared. 

You may also use the all-natural vapour rub at night to help you sleep better.

If your sinus symptoms are not getting better with at-home treatments, and last longer than seven (7) to ten (10) days, you should see a doctor for treatment


I'm a vegan with a passion for sustainability and clean, cruelty-free products. I mainly write lifestyle, wellness and self-care articles. Since I'm a true crime enthusiast, sometimes I also write about true crime and post videos on my two YouTube channels.

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