To choose the best sinus congestion remedies, it is necessary to first determine the cause of the sinus congestion; for instance, a sinus infection will require different treatment than congestion due to a cold or simple allergies. If the sinus congestion is accompanied by pain or a fever, it will be necessary to visit a doctor, who will likely prescribe antibiotics to treat the sinus infection. Otherwise, you may choose to use over the counter sinus congestion remedies such as decongestants, or you may choose natural remedies such as a warm saline sinus rinse to clear congestion and remove allergens from the nasal passages.
Persistent sinus infections, or sinusitis, may require regular treatment or even surgery to repair damage to the sinuses or help them to drain better. Some people find that they can help to prevent some sinus infections by using one of the most common sinus congestion remedies, a nasal wash using warm salt water. This is usually done through the use of a neti pot. A mixture of salt and warm water is placed in the neti pot, and then the spout is inserted into one nostril while the head is leaned forward and tipped to the side; the water flows through the sinuses and nasal passages, cleansing them and removing potential irritants. Many people include this as a daily hygiene practice.
Other sinus congestion remedies may involve a combination of sinus decongestant medication, antihistamines if the congestion is caused by allergies, and the use of a humidifier at night to prevent dryness and increased congestion. Standing over a pot of warm water or in a hot shower can also help to clear some sinus congestion as the steam enters the nasal passages. In addition, some people find that doing yoga or performing a series of stretches can also help to clear their congestion. Eating spicy food, though it may seem silly, may also help with nasal and sinus congestion.
Sleeping with the head elevated at night is another one of the most often recommended sinus congestion remedies. Placing a warm compress on the face can also help to relieve pain and clear congestion. Staying hydrated by drinking water and herbal tea, as well as avoiding dairy products, can also make a difference when trying to clear sinus and nasal congestion. Over the counter pain relievers can also help to relieve pain caused by congestion in the sinuses.