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Sinus Infection Home Remedies
Home care can help open the sinuses and alleviate their dryness.
Thin the mucus: Expectorants are drugs that help expel mucus from the lungs and respiratory passages. They help thin mucous secretions, enhancing drainage from the sinuses. The most common is guaifenesin (contained in Robitussin and Mucinex). Over-the-counter (OTC) sinus medications can also combine decongestants and cough suppressants to reduce symptoms and eliminate the need for the use of many prescription medications. Read label ingredients to find the right combination of ingredients or ask the pharmacist.
Relieve pain: Pain medication such as ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil), aspirin, and naproxen (Aleve) can reduce pain and inflammation. These medications help to open the airways by reducing swelling. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be used for pain and fever but does not help with the inflammation.
Nasal saline irrigation: There are several methods of nasal irrigation, and a popular remedy is the Neti-pot - a ceramic pot that looks like a cross between a small teapot and Aladdin's magic lamp.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2014
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