Head cold related sinus pain: How to cure it
Get rid of your sinus pain fast
During the time of year when the weather is cold and dry, cold viruses are ready to attack your immune system. Not only are coughs, runny noses and sore throats pesky but also the sinus pain and pressure that come along with a head cold can sometimes be unbearable. Read here to find out more about the best ways to fight sinus pain.
What causes sinus pain?
Thanks to the cold virus, the membranes in your nasal passages and sinuses swell up causing the pain and pressure you feel in your head and sinuses. This pain can also be exacerbated by excessive nose-blowing and sneezing.
How can I get rid of it?
There many ways to help get rid of your sinus pain:
Over-the-counter medications such as decongestants can help to decrease the swelling of the membranes and blood vessels in your nasal passage to help relieve the pain and pressure you feel in your sinuses. You can also find a decongestant with an antihistamine, which will help to combat the runny nose, cough and pain caused by your head cold. These over the counter medications are available in liquid or pill form as well as nasal sprays. However be careful with nasal sprays and they could lead to nose bleeds if used too frequently or incorrectly. Always make sure to read the instructions carefully when taking over the counter medication and be aware of any side effects. Other pain relievers such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol and Aleve may also help relieve you of sinus pain and pressure.
Another way to relieve sinus pain is to use a salt-water irrigation/saline nasal spray, which will help cleanse your sinuses and nose and break up any mucus. You can find these saline nasal spray rinse bottles over the counter at your local drug store. If you have sores in your mouth or a sore throat caused by the cold you can also gargle with 1/8 of a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of salt a few times a day.
If you are feeling a lot of sinus pressure in your temples, under your eyes and in your cheeks you can place a hot washcloth on those areas for a few minutes to help loosen up the mucus and then place a cold cloth on your those areas for half a minute. You should do this a few more times and can repeat a few times a day to help relieve the sinus pain and pressure.
Avoid activities that will make it worse
When you are suffering from intense sinus pressure, you can also try to avoid activities such as swimming, flying or diving which can further irritate your sinuses and increase the pressure you are feeling, making the pain even worse and more unbearable.
Hot shower and hot liquids
Taking a hot steamy shower and drinking plenty of fluids, especially hot tea and hot soup or broth can help loosen mucus in your sinuses to relieve some of the pressure you are feeling. Make sure you take a few minutes to breathe in the steam of your soup or hot tea, which will help clear out your sinuses. You can also try using a humidifier or vaporizer when you sleep which will produce warm, steamy air for you to breathe so you are not breathing dry air all night, which will make your cold and sinus pain worse by drying out your throat and sinuses.
As with any cold, it is very important that you get adequate sleep, maintain a healthy diet and take care of yourself so that your body is able to recuperate and fight off the cold virus.