When experience sinus congestion and other symptoms of sinusitis, try the following self-care tips:
INHALING WARM WATER VAPOR. Drape a towel over your head as you breathe in the moist air from a bowl of warm or moderately hot water, or take a hot shower, breathing in the warm, moist air.
APPLYING WARM COMPRESSES. Place warm, damp towels around your nose, cheeks and eyes to ease facial pain.
MAINTAINING GOOD HYDRATION. Drinking fluids helps dilute mucous secretions and promotes drainage.
DOING SALINE RINSES. Saline washes, rinses or sprays can assist in the removal of thick secretions and allow the sinuses to drain. Please ensure you are using safe practices during saline rinses. Contact your clinician prior to using a saline rinse and for best practices.
USING A NETI POT. Neti pots are the gentlest and most effective saline rinse method. Before using, be sure to follow all manufacturer’s instructions. If your sinus infection is severe, you can use a neti pot 1-3 times per day to relieve symptoms and continue to use it daily or weekly for maintenance.
However, if symptoms worsen in 2-3 days or there is no improvement within 3-5 days, follow up with your health care provider; especially if you have fever, nosebleeds or headaches while using neti pot. Use caution when using a neti pot on children. Some children as young as 2 may benefit t from the procedure but it should only be done if recommended by a pediatrician.
GETTING PLENTY OF REST AND MAINTAINING GOOD NUTRITION
to help immunity.
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