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The good news is that, regardless of the type of sinusitis, treatments can help. The key is to figure out what's really causing the underlying problem. For instance, if your case of sinusitis is caused by allergies, decongestants alone will probably not help much. If you have sinusitis symptoms for more than a couple of days, check in with your doctor. With a good exam — and sometimes imaging tests, like X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs — you may be able to figure out exactly what's causing the problem. Often, the best sinusitis treatment is a combination of different approaches — typically medication combined with self-care.
Breathe Moist Air
Keep a humidifier running in your bedroom or other rooms where you spend a lot of time. Dry air can irritate your sinuses, but keeping air moist can help reduce congestion. Inhaling steam two to four times a day may help, too. Sit in the bathroom with the door closed and the shower running. Make sure the water is hot.
Enforce a No Smoking Zone
Fumes from harsh cleaning products, paints, hair spray, perfumes — and most of all, cigarette smoking — can irritate your sinuses. Don't let friends or family smoke in your home. Look for “green” cleaning products that are available in unscented varieties and are less likely to contain the harsh chemicals that can kick-start a sinus problem.
Drink More Water
If you have sinus problems, drink up! Consuming more water or juice will help thin out mucus and encourage drainage. Hot tea can also help. Don't overdo caffeine. Beverages …