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How to Relieve Sinus Pressure

Posted Jun 01 2011 8:30am

Among the several diseases that are considered to be incurable, some of the most popular ones that make it to the top ten list are AIDS, cancer , lupus, polio and surprisingly, the common cold.

And thanks to the use of the word 'common' in the description of this disease, the ailment sounds very "commonplace" despite the fact that it is incurable unlike other diseases that are much more complex to resolve.

Or maybe, it has been described to be "common" due to the fact that it is widespread during a particular season, hence being common in that sense. And while we're on the subject of the common cold , don't even get me started on common sense while we're at it…

If you are, of course, afflicted with the common cold (as irksome as that sounds!), its occurrence in a person's life spans at least 4 to 6 times every year, and there's no doubt that medication to only treat the symptoms and adequate rest are the measures that one can take in order to get well soon.

(Being a viral disease, there is no cure for the common cold, and one has to wait for the immune system to work its 'magic'.)

Now, in some cases, it can lead to complications, and one such complication is ' sinus pressure '. But before we look at this particular complication, let's understand what a "sinus" means in regards to human beings while also understanding what function they perform as well.


As you all know, a "sinus" is any cavity in the human body, however, the terminology is most commonly used for our paranasal sinuses. (Yes, we're talking about the caivities in our nose here.)

The primary purpose of these cavities is to produce mucus that lubricates the nose and throat, and in an ideal state, the mucus must be free to travel between our sinuses as well as the nose and throat.

Alternatively, when allergens such as mold and dust among others stemming from air pollution get trapped in these nasal cavities, the blockage caused can result in sinus pain or pressure.

Sinus Pressure

The blockage created by these allergens (in some cases) traps the mucus which has to move up and down the sinuses, and in not being able to do so accumulates in the cavities. The pressure created from this accumulation of cavities results in the condition of 'sinus pressure'.

It isn't smart to ignore this condition because if left unchecked can lead to further issues such as sinusitis and a sinus infection, and you don't want to have any tightness or experience pain behind your ears and eyes… trust me!

So, here are a few tips that can help you reduce sinus pressure as soon as you feel its symptoms.

How to Relieve Sinus Pressure

#1: One of the best ways to eliminate all allergens (that you might be allergic to) is by obtaining an air purifier for your home. Yes, prevention is better than cure here…

#2: Avoiding foods that irritate the sinuses is a good idea, and a little research over the internet or a more precise consultation with your physician can help you with that. Here is a link to an article that can be a good start.

#3: It is a good idea to massage the areas (where you feel the pain) in a circular motion until you feel better. Another way to relieve the pressure would be to place a hot washcloth on the area where you are feeling the pain.

#4: Finally, adding Eucalyptus Oil or Thyme to water, and then inhaling it has its benefits, and can be helpful to relieve the pain, if done several times a day.

#5: If none of these work, it's time to consult your physician for a decongestant.

In Closing

While having the common cold can be annoying enough, the pain that is associated with sinus pressure is something that you can do without.

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