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What is the Best Medicine For Sinus Pressure?

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Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer is a contributing health writer who has been researching and writing health content with PlushCare for 3 years. She is passionate about bringing accessible healthcare and mental health services to people everywhere.

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February 14, 2021 Read Time - 3 minutes

What Causes Pressure in Your Sinuses?

Sinus pressure is caused by the swelling and inflammation of the membranes inside your sinus passages. This irritation causes the membranes to produce more mucus to try to flush out whatever is causing the inflammation. The excess mucus then adds to the pressure inside the sinus cavities.

Some trigger of sinus pressure include:

  • Allergies
  • Infection caused by a virus such as the cold or flu
  • Infection caused by bacteria
  • Fungus
  • Tumors
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What are Symptoms of Sinus Pressure?

Sinus pressure symptoms may vary depending on which sinus cavities are affected and what is causing the sinus pressure. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain and pressure in the forehead, behind and between the eyes, above the nose, the upper teeth, the temples, the back of the neck, or the top of the head
  • Pain that worsens with movement like bending over
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Tender to the touch
  • Nasal discharge (may be clear, opaque, or greenish-yellow)
  • Stuffy nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes

What is the Fastest Way to Relieve Sinus Pressure?

Curious about what reduces sinus inflammation or how to get ride of a sinus headache? Here are some of the best at home treatments you can try right away:

  • Hydrate
  • Use a humidifier
  • Sleep with your head elevated
  • Avoid chlorinated pools
  • Use a saline nasal rinse or use a Neti pot
  • Avoid triggering irritants
  • Use a saline nasal spray
  • Try over the counter decongestants

What is the Best Over the Counter Medicine for Sinus Pressure?

There are several over the counter options available to treat sinus pressure:

  • Pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve)
  • Nasal decongestant sprays, like naphazoline (Privine), oxymetazoline (Afrin, Dristan, Nostrilla, Vicks Sinus Nasal Spray), or phenylephrine (Neo-Synephrine, Sinex, Rhinall)
  • Oral decongestants, such as phenylephrine (Sudafed PE) and pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
  • Antihistamines (Claritin)
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When to See Your Doctor for Nasal Congestion

See your doctor for nasal congestion if your symptoms last more than ten days, don’t respond to over the counter treatment and lifestyle changes, your nasal discharge is yellow or green, or if you experience a fever.

A fever is an indicator that your symptoms are a result of bacterial infection, which will require prescribed antibiotics.

What is the Best Medicine for Sinus Pressure?

Treating sinus pressure often requires more than one medicine. For example, you may combine a decongestant with a pain reliever to reduce swelling and relieve pain at the same time. Since there are different causes of sinus pressure, the best medicine for will vary for each individual.

If your symptoms do not respond to over the counter treatment options, your doctor may order you a prescription nasal steroid sprays. If your congestion is a result of a bacterial infection, you may be prescribed antibiotics.

Experiencing sinus pressure symptoms? Book an appointment with a PlushCare physician and get started with treatment today.

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Harvard Health. What to do about sinusitis. Accessed on February 14, 2021 at https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/what_to_do_about_sinusitis

Mayo Clinic. Sinus headaches. Accessed on February 14, 2021 at https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sinus-headaches/symptoms-causes/syc-20377580

Alina Health. Sinus pressure. Accessed on February 14, 2021 at https://www.allinahealth.org/healthysetgo/heal/ten-home-remedies-to-relieve-sinus-pain-and-pressure

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