Home treatments may relieve the pain and pressure associated with short-term sinusitis. These methods can help improve the drainage of mucus and prevent a more serious bacterial or fungal infection. If the methods aren’t working, you should visit your primary care physician. We can help you find one at 804-359-WELL . The physician may refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids to help keep your mucus thin.
- Apply heat. Apply moist heat (using a hot, damp towel or gel pack) to your face for five to 10 minutes, several times a day.
- Breathe steam. Breathe warm, moist air from a steamy shower, a hot bath, or a sink filled with hot water. Avoid extremely cool, dry air. Consider using a humidifier to increase the moisture in the air in your home.
- Rinse with saline. Use saltwater nasal washes (a neti pot or saline irrigation) to help keep the nasal passages open and wash out mucus. You can purchase saline nose drops at a pharmacy or make your own saline solution at home. It may also help to gargle with warm salt water.
- Try a decongestant. Over-the-counter medicines such as pain relievers and decongestants (for example, nasal spray), can help relieve symptoms. But always follow directions carefully.
Blow your nose correctly. Do it gently. Forceful blowing may force thick mucus back into your sinuses and block them. Keep both nostrils open when blowing your nose.