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Sinus Congestion

Also indexed as:Congestion (Nasal), Nasal Congestion, Nose (Stuffy), Rhinitis
Breathe freely again by clearing blocked passageways and easing sinus pressure. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Breathe freely again by clearing blocked passageways and easing sinus pressure. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Wipe out irritants

    Keep your environment free of irritants and allergens that can trigger sinus congestion, such as dust, mold, smoke, chemical fumes, and animal dander

  • Steam clean with aromatic oils

    Use steam inhalation with eucalyptus oil or products containing menthol to reduce nasal stuffiness

  • Try nasal irrigation

    Prepare a warm, salt-water solution in a special ceramic pot known as a “neti lota” pot and pour it through your nose to relieve your sinuses

  • Uncover food allergies

    Work with a knowledgeable practitioner to find out if food allergens may contribute to your sinus congestion

  • Get a checkup

    Visit your doctor to find out if your sinus congestion may be caused by an infection, inhalant allergy, or other treatable medical condition

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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