Last week I had a case of some serious seasonal allergies. I have had so much sinus pressure my teeth hurt! This happens to me once or twice a year so I do not take a daily allergy medication. Those take a while to kick in so I have to find ways to relieve that awful sinus pressure.
Ways to Relieve Sinus Pressure
First of all, if you have allergies on a regular basis it might benefit you to take a daily allergy medicine. I’ve heard some take as many as 30 days before working so don’t expect them to kick in within a couple hours.
Nose sprays normally help me breathe again which keeps me sane. The pressure is still there and most of the time I am not able to taste my food. The hubs wanted to take me to Texas Roadhouse (my fave) but I asked him to wait until next week when I can taste it! No point in eating all of my week’s calories in rolls and butter if I can’t taste it!
So here’s what I do when medicine doesn’t touch the awful sinus pressure.
- Steamy showers. Not only are these awesome and relaxing but the steam can help break up the mucus and help you clear your sinuses out. I even blow my nose in the shower (avoiding a raw nose from tissues). I keep all the doors closed and take my time getting ready when I get out of the shower to continue to enjoy the steam.
- Humidifiers. We live in a very dry climate so when I can’t breathe through my nose my throat gets really dry and sore. A humidifier helps with that. It also works like the shower to help break up the mucus. I’m sure some even have a diffuser in it so you can use essential oils if that’s your thing.
- Warm wash cloth. This is one of my favorite things to do. Put the kids down for a nap and lay down for a nap too! To help with the sinus pressure I lay with my head propped up and place a warm wash cloth across my forehead and nose (ok my whole face).
- Water. You should be drinking lots of water anyway but it can also help thin out the mucus. Plus if you are on allergy or sinus medicine you should be drinking more water anyway!
- Neti Pot. This thing scared me at first but it totally helped clean out my sinuses.
- Spicy Food. This cracks me up but it works sometimes. I’m not a big fan of hot peppers but I can’t taste them at this point anyway!
There are tons of natural ways to help relieve sinus pressure. I do take a decongestant (or two) especially when my allergies get so bad my gums and teeth hurt! My brother has year round allergies and he had to take a daily allergy medicine until he found out about an allergy shot.
Hope these help!
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