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RealSimple.com: Healing Tips for 8 Common Maladies

Sinus Pain

Do:
  • Use a saline spray or rinse to clear out mucus and bacteria and help reduce pressure.
  • Take a decongestant that contains pseudoephedrine (such as Sudafed), which will quickly shrink the inflamed blood vessels that are causing the pain.
  • Ease head discomfort by taking ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory. Note: It’s OK to take a decongestant and ibuprofen (found in Advil)?the two active ingredients are often sold in one pill. However, experts suggest taking them separately to better control the dosages.
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Don’t:
  • Rely on antibiotics or steroid nasal sprays. A study revealed that people who took a placebo recovered just as quickly as those who used a steroid spray.




Call your doctor if:
  • Your symptoms don’t subside in a week, the pain is severe, or you have a fever higher than 100 degrees. You may have a bacterial sinus infection that calls for antibiotics.


(Image: Jen Corace)

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