Getting Rid of Sinus Congestion

iStock-485549646_small.jpgSinus congestion is something that many of us deal with at some point in the year, whether that's due to seasonal allergies or other sinus issues. Unfortunately, sinus congestion can also lead to several other symptoms, including headache, fatigue, and even nausea. With that said, there are a number of things that can be done at home to help these symptoms. Let's take a look...

Causes of Sinus Congestion

How sinus congestion is treated should be dependent on what is causing it. The main causes of this congestion can include allergies, illnesses (including viruses, bacterial infections, etc.), some medications, anatomical issues (including nasal polyps, deviated septum, enlarged adenoids, etc.), stress, hormonal changes (often due to pregnancy), the weather (heat, humidity, and cold weather all contribute in unique ways), and more.

Remedies for Sinus Congestion

Here’s a quick rundown of things you can do at home to treat sinus congestion:

  • Drink lots of water
  • Adjust the humidity in your home appropriately
  • Avoid exposure to allergens
  • OTC Decongestants and Sprays (always consult your doctor as some of these medications can make your congestion worse)
  • Use a nasal rinse
  • Eat spicy foods, if you enjoy them

If you regularly suffer from sinus congestion and other issues, you should see a doctor. Are you located in the Athens/North Georgia area? Come and see us at Ashford Clinic! We will work hard to get to the bottom of your sinus issues and provide treatment for the root cause of your symptoms.