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Wilderness: Sinus Squeeze (cont.)

Sinus Squeeze Treatment

The following guidelines are suggested in treating sinus squeeze:

  • Apply warm compresses to the face.
  • Pain medications such as acetaminophen (or stronger if prescribed by a health care professional) may be needed to treat symptoms.
  • Avoid diving until recovery is complete.
  • Oral pseudoephedrine and topical nasal sprays (such as Afrin) should be used. Oral steroids (such as prednisone) for 3 to 5 days can help to improve symptoms.
  • Relieve pain with acetaminophen tablets or ibuprofen tablets (Advil, Motrin), taken as recommended by the manufacturer.

Oral antibiotics are usually recommended only if sinus pressure persists or if thick, infected discharge from the ear, nose, or mouth develops. If a patient uses antibiotics and needs to be exposed to sunlight, the person should use sunscreen (15 SPF or higher) because the antibiotics may make the skin sensitive to sunlight.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/22/2013
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