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Self-Care for Sinusitis

Self-Care for Sinusitis

Sinusitis can often be managed with self-care. Self-care can keep sinuses moist and make you feel more comfortable. Remember to follow your doctor's instructions closely, which can make a big difference in getting your sinus problem under control.


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Drink Fluids

Drinking extra fluids—a glass every hour or two—helps thin your mucus, allowing it to drain from your sinuses more easily. A humidifier helps in much the same way. Fluids can also offset the drying effects of certain drugs.

Use Saltwater Rinses

Rinses help keep your sinuses and nose moist. Mix a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of fresh, warm water. Use a bulb syringe to gently squirt the water into your nose a few times a day. You can also buy ready-made saline nasal sprays.


Medications

Your doctor may prescribe medications to help treat your sinusitis. If you have an infection, antibiotics can help clear it up. If you are prescribed antibiotics, take all pills on schedule until they are gone, even if you feel better. Decongestants help relieve swelling. Use decongestant sprays for short periods only under the direction of your doctor. If you have allergies, your doctor may prescribe medications to help relieve them.

Apply Hot or Cold Packs

Applying heat to the area surrounding your sinuses may make you feel more comfortable. Use a hot water bottle or a hand towel dipped in hot water. Some people also find ice packs effective for relieving pain.



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