Sinus & Nasal Congestion Relief
Nasal Congestion and Sinus Pressure Relief
If you're feeling down because of a sinus headache or blocked nose, CVS Pharmacy's range of nasal congestion and sinus pressure relief products may help you breathe more comfortably and alleviate sinus pain, making it easier to manage symptoms of allergies, colds or influenza.
What Is Nasal Congestion?
Nasal congestion occurs when the membranes that line your nasal passages and adjacent tissues become swollen with excess fluid, causing inflammation and irritation. This is commonly referred to as a "stuffy nose." Nasal congestion may sometimes be accompanied by nasal discharge, which is commonly referred to as a "runny nose." Sinus pressure may also accompany nasal congestion, which can be painful. Common causes of nasal congestion include the common cold, the flu, sinus infections, and allergies.
What are Some Ways to Relieve Nasal Congestion?
Nasal congestion due to a cold or sinus infection is uncomfortable and can get in the way of a good night's sleep. CVS offers a variety of treatments that can help keep you comfortable, including nasal spray and nasal congestion medicine from top brands like Afrin, Mucinex, and more. Many people may find relief with a decongestant nasal spray, which works directly on nasal membranes and may bring relief faster than a pill formulation. However, if you are looking to treat multiple symptoms that come with a cold or the flu, you may want to try a combination pill such as Advil Sinus Congestion and Pain, which is formulated with more than one active ingredient in order to temporarily reduce multiple symptoms such as congestion, body aches, and fever. Be aware that nasal congestion medicine may interact with certain prescription drugs, so check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any nasal congestion medication or using a decongestant nasal spray.
What are Some Other Nasal Congestion Remedies?
If you are feeling discomfort resulting from dry nasal passages, using a saline nasal spray to lubricate the area may help. If you are looking for a natural nasal decongestant, a sinus wash may provide temporary, non-medicated relief of your symptoms. Similar remedies include using a nasal irrigator like Navage o una Neti Pot. These treatments can help provide relief because keeping your nasal passages and sinuses moist may help you breathe more easily and will also help keep the membranes from becoming further inflamed due to dryness.
How to Get Rid of Nasal Congestion at Night?
If your symptoms are keeping you up at night and you are looking for natural remedies for nasal congestion, nasal strips may be the answer. These drug-free strips open up your nose so that breathing is easier and you can sleep more soundly. Nasal strips can also help reduce snoring. Since it may feel easier to breathe with your head elevated slightly, you may want to consider propping yourself up with some pillows to help with nasal congestion at night.
How to Get Rid of Nasal Congestion?
Nasal congestion symptoms are not fun and can sometimes even be painful. CVS offers a wide range of over the counter remedies to help, including best medicine for nasal congestion like nasal congestion spray, sinus rinse, and nasal strips. While all of these treatments are generally considered to be safe, it is always best to check in with your doctor before using any new over the counter products, including those used to relieve sinus and nasal congestion. Additionally, if your symptoms are severe or do not go away with over the counter treatment, do not hesitate to reach out to your doctor.
How to Clear a Stuffy Nose?
There are several things you can do to clear a stuffy nose, including using a humidifier or vaporizer to help loosen mucus in the nasal passages. Take a long, hot shower or breathe in some steam from a pot of warm water to help with temporary relief. Stay hydrated and drink a lot of fluids to keep your mucus thinned out, which can help prevent your sinuses from getting blocked. A saline nasal spray can help keep your nasal passages from getting dried out or clogged. You can also try a neti pot or a nasal irrigator to remove excess mucus from the nose. Always make sure you use distilled sterile water, and clean the neti pot or irrigation device thoroughly after each use. A warm, wet towel on your face can also help open the nasal passages. When you sleep, try to stay propped up to make breathing easier.
How to Use a Nasal Spray?
Nasal sprays come in pump bottles or pressurized canisters. To use a nasal spray, do the following:
• Gently blow your nose to remove as much mucus as possible.
• Shake the container of nasal spray a few times, then keep your head upright and breathe out as slowly as possible.
• Hold the nasal spray in one hand and insert the tip of the container into your nose with the tip aimed toward the back of your head. Use your finger to close the nostril on the opposite side.
• Press down on the nasal spray canister and breathe in slowly through your nose if you're using a pressurized canister.
• If you're using a pump bottle, squeeze the pump slowly as you breathe in through your nose.
• Repeat this step for the other nostril and try not to blow your nose immediately afterward in order to give the solution time to work.
How Often Can You Use Saline Nasal Spray?
If you're using a saline nasal spray to relieve your stuffy nose, always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for dosage. Overall, you can use a saline nasal spray as needed to relieve congestion and a stuffy nose. It's best to use it once or twice a day maximum if possible. Unlike medicated nasal sprays, saline spray does not have a "rebound effect" which means using medicated sprays too frequently could actually make your symptoms worse. When possible, try to use a saline nasal spray instead of medicated sprays for dry, irritated nasal passages and a mild stuffy nose.
What Is the Fastest Way To Get Rid of Sinus Congestion?
Sinus congestion can occur due to allergies, infections, air pollution and other irritants. Treating the underlying cause ensures longer-lasting relief from symptoms, but antihistamines, antibiotics and other treatments may take several hours or even a few days to clear your congestion. The fastest form of nasal and sinus congestion relief is usually a decongestant spray.
Nasal decongestant sprays, such as Afrin Original, constrict blood vessels in your nose, reducing inflammation and mucus production. They may clear your blocked nose in just minutes, and this effect gradually extends to your sinuses. While these products aren't suitable for long-term use, they offer the quickest relief and are an ideal option to use occasionally or while waiting for other treatments to work.
How To Treat a Sinus Infection
If you have symptoms of a sinus infection, such as congestion, pain, pressure and thick nasal discharge, see your doctor to determine what treatment would be most effective. In many cases, sinus infections result from a viral illness and won't respond to antibiotics. Bacteria sometimes cause sinus infections, and your doctor may recommend an antibiotic, such as amoxicilina.
Over-the-counter products, such as saline sprays y decongestant tablets, help provide nasal congestion and sinus pressure relief while you wait for antibiotics to work. You can also take a painkiller, such as ibuprofeno, to help reduce the swelling and sinus pain, but check with your doctor or pharmacist first to ensure the medicine is right for you.
What Kills a Sinus Infection?
Bacterial sinus infections respond readily to antibiotics, but they often clear up without treatment, and your doctor may not prescribe an antibiotic if your symptoms are mild. If this is the case, your immune system will gradually eradicate the infection, and immune support supplements may help it do this.
Viral infections are harder to kill as there are few effective antiviral medications for most viruses. Ajo and certain herbs help strengthen your immune system and may also have weak antiviral effects. These products may help you recover from a viral sinus infection more rapidly and ease some symptoms.