What does it mean to have clogged sinuses?
Your sinuses are hollow spaces located behind your cheeks, between your eyes and behind your forehead that drain into your nasal pathway. When the tissue in your nose gets inflamed, it blocks the sinuses so that mucus can’t drain. Clogged sinuses can lead to pain and discomfort.
What can trigger clogged sinuses?
Colds, chronic allergies, a deviated septum, polyps, a bacterial sinus infection and pollutants in the air can all trigger sinus pressure and nasal congestion. Find out what may be causing your sinus troubles.
What symptoms are associated with clogged sinuses?
Common symptoms include:
- Nasal congestion and thick discharge
- Bad breath
- Postnasal drip (when mucus from your nose and sinuses drain into your throat)
- Sore throat
- Pain in your teeth
How can I get relief from clogged sinuses?
The following options may help clear your sinuses or ease your sinus discomfort:
- Humidifiers moisturize the air, which can help with the movement of fluid through the sinuses. Just make sure to clean a humidifier daily to prevent spraying bacteria or fungal spores into the air.
- Hot or cold packs can help relieve pain and pressure caused by sinus congestion.
- Saline nose drops can help thin mucus.
- Drinking plenty of water can help loosen mucus.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, nasal sprays and decongestants may help relieve sinus pain and pressure.
- A neti pot can help flush out mucus in the sinuses, providing some relief. Just make sure you use it safely.
If these options don’t provide sufficient relief, you may want to visit a healthcare professional – especially if you have sinus pain for more than 10 days or a fever above 100.4. Those are symptoms of a sinus infection. If you experience sinus issues such as facial pain, thick nasal discharge, postnasal drip and occasional fevers for 12 or more weeks, you could have chronic sinusitis. Getting a proper diagnosis can help get you the proper treatment – and relief for stuffy sinuses.