How to Relieve Sinus Pressure in the Face

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To relieve sinus pressure in the face, be sure to use nasal corticosteroids and decongestants. Drain out the sinuses using a neti pot with advice from a pediatrician in this free video on sinus pressure.

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Hi, I'm Dr. David Hill, and today we're going to be talking about how to relieve sinus pressure in the face. Now, in older children for example, age ten and up and adults. A sinus infection may present with a sense of pain or pressure in the face. Now, the more frontal sinuses, there are two up here, that we actually call the frontal sinuses. And then, there are two up here that we call the maxillary sinuses. That refers to what part of the head that they're in. Deeper back in the head, there also Sphenoid and Ethmoid sinuses. But usually, when you feel pain or pressure here, you're looking at a frontal or a maxillary sinus infection. Now, we do think that in children, sinus infections respond pretty well to antibiotics. We often try antibiotics in adults, for sinus infections. But the medical literature's actually a little iffy on whether those antibiotics make a big difference. It maybe more important to use an anti-allergen medication, an anti-allergy medication. Inhaled, nasal corticosteroids, such as Flonase, Nasonex, Flunisolide and others. They seem to have the most effect in relieving that sort of sinus infection and pressure. Now, in addition to those, you can also use a decongestant, such as Pseudoephedrine, Phenylephrine, that you get over-the-counter. You can even use nasal decongestant sprays, like Afrin and the generic versions of Afrin. However, if you're using those sprays, you want to be really careful, not to use them for more than two or three days in a row. After that third day, the nose tends to respond by getting used to the spray. And then, when you take it away, the congestion gets even worse than it was before. So, you have to have a lot of discipline with those nasal decongestant sprays. Another thing you can try, is called a Netti Pot. That's a little teapot or a magic lantern looking thing, that you can put normal saline in. You can make your own saline with one teaspoon of salt and two cups of water, heat it up, let it dissolve. And you can use the Netti Pot to introduce that water into the nasal cavities. Try to rinse the sinuses out, make it easier for those sinuses to drain. Talking about how to relieve the pain of sinus pressure, I'm Dr. David Hill.


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