If you have a sinus infection or other source of increased sinus pressure, you likely want to go to the doctor in order to get medication so that you can feel better and get a diagnosis. However, you might have to wait a few days to see your general practitioner or feel so bad that you don't think that you can handle going to an urgent care center without some relief. Here are some tips for temporarily relieving sinus pressure so that you can get through the waiting period before you see your doctor or so that you can feel better enough to go to an urgent care center.
1. Increase Humidity
The first thing that you have to do is get some liquid to your sinuses in order to get the mucus flowing again, rather than have it build up and cause pressure to build. In order to do this, you need to be drinking a lot of water or other hydrating fluids. This will ensure that your body is not redirecting fluid to other parts of your body that need it and neglecting your nasal passages. You will also need to use a humidifier to increase the overall humidity so that when you draw in air through your nose, there is moisture in the air. If you do not have a humidifier, making yourself a cup of coffee or tea and then breathing in the steam can also help. Taking a hot shower that produces a lot of steam can also help you.
The next thing that you want to do is irrigate your sinuses. This involves taking a dropper and some salt water and pushing the fluid through your nose. It will be uncomfortable at first but it will help whatever is blocking your sinuses out and relieve some of the pressure. There are also small tools you can purchase at a drugstore that are designed to pour water in one nostril and have it come out the other, more effectively clearing out your sinuses. The salt water will also kill infections that are lurking in your sinuses or prevent them from developing in the first place.
3. Eat Spicy Foods
Finally, you can eat spicy foods in order to cause your nose to run for a short period of time, so that you can finally get some relief. This is a good excuse to order your favorite spicy Indian or Thai takeout.
For more information, talk to a clinic such as Premier Urgent Care Centers of California, Inc.
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