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Suffering From Sinus Pain? 4 Effective Remedies for Relief

man with sinus painIf you went to bed with sniffles from a cold or allergies, but woke up with throbbing pain around your eyes, cheeks, or forehead, you are likely suffering from blocked sinuses. Sinus pain can last from a few hours to more than a week. Fortunately, there are a number of home remedies that can help. Try these four tips for finding relief and learn when you need to see the doctor.

Four Remedies to Stop Sinus Pain

Sinus pain is more likely to flare up when sinuses are dry. There are a number of ways to help get moisture to the sinus area, as well as over-the-counter medications that may help relieve sinus pressure.

1. Create Some Steam

A hot, steamy shower can help relieve sinus pain. You can also lean your face over a bowl of hot water. Adding eucalyptus or peppermint oil to hot water can also help open up the sinuses. Aim for 10 minutes of continuous steam three times a day.

2. Take in Liquids

Staying well hydrated with plenty of fluids can help lubricate your sinus passages. In addition to drinking plenty of water, try herbal tea or broth-based soups to increase your fluid intake.

3. Try Saline Spray

Saline sprays can help break up excess mucus as well as moisturize the sinuses. Since plain saline spray is not medicated, you can use it frequently without side effects.

4. Take a Decongestant

Over-the-counter decongestants help promote sinus drainage and come in the form of nasal sprays, liquid, or pills. Follow all directions carefully. Decongestant nasal spray should not be used for more than three days. If you have high blood pressure, check with your doctor before taking a decongestant.

Signs You Need Medical Care

If your sinus pain continues after several days of home treatment or if you have any of the following symptoms, it’s time to seek medical treatment. These symptoms could indicate a sinus infection, which may need treatment with an antibiotic.

  • Fever of 101°F (38.3°C) or higher
  • Nasal discharge that starts out clear and later becomes thick and discolored (yellow or green)
  • Continuing pain in the face or upper teeth
  • Cold symptoms that last longer than 10 days or get worse after the first 7 days

Easy Online Visits for Sinus Pain

If you need care for sinus pain, Cone Health Connected Care offers three easy ways to get expert medical attention online from the convenience of your home or office:

  • e-Visits
    Adults can complete a symptom questionnaire online through MyChart. A board-certified nurse practitioner or physician assistant will review the form and message the patient with a personalized treatment plan within an hour. If medications are needed, a prescription can be sent to the patient’s pharmacy of choice. e-Visits are available 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. See a step-by-step guide or sign up for an e-Visit now.

  • Video Visits
    Both adults and children are able to see a board-certified doctor via a video session 24/7. You are able to register for video visits and complete a medical history form before you actually need an appointment. Once you request an appointment, you can be seen by video within 15 minutes.
  • Phone Visits
    Board-certified doctors offer phone visits 24/7 for both adults and children. Like video visits, you can register for the service ahead of time and then easily request a phone time when needed.

Learn more about video and phone visits or register now.

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