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Over-The-Counter Chronic
Sinusitis Treatments

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Over-The-Counter Chronic Sinusitis Treatments

For many, trying home remedies for chronic sinusitis is an easy place to start. Home remedies recommended by ENTs include saline nasal irrigation with a squeeze bottle with warm water, a neti pot, or saline sprays to moisten the nasal pathways clearing the sinus openings.1 A hot shower can also be an effective solution for clearing the sinus cavities in some cases.2 Home remedies may relieve the symptoms, but do not address the underlying cause. Many physicians recommend the nasal irrigation and nasal saline sprays in addition to other treatments.

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Squeeze bottle or neti pot

Squeeze bottles or neti pots are small pitcher-type devices that you fill with saline solution to irrigate the nasal passages. The saline solution helps to moisten the pathways, flush out dirt and allergens and reduce inflammation.3

Saline Sprays

Over-the-counter saline sprays moisten the nasal pathways and also play an important role in healing after sinus surgery.4

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Your Chronic Sinusitis Self-Assessment

Chronic sinusitis symptoms often get misdiagnosed as other conditions. Allergies, colds and upper respiratory infections share similar symptoms. Yet, chronic sinusitis is a specific category of disease with many new treatment options available. Use our self-assessment to determine if your symptoms could be related to chronic sinusitis.

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Have you experienced any of the following symptoms for 12 consecutive weeks or longer and are over the age of 18?

  • Facial Pain, pressure or fullness
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing through nose
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Drainage of cloudy or colored mucus
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References

  1. What to do about sinusitis. Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School. 2020. Available at: https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/what_to_do_about_sinusitis.
  2. Home remedies: steps to help relieve sinusitis. Mayo Clinic. Available at: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/home-remedies-steps-to-help-relieve-sinusitis/.
  3. What are neti pots and do they work? Health essentials from Cleveland Clinic. 2021. Available at: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-are-neti-pots-and-do-they-work/.
  4. Endoscopic sinus surgery postoperative care instructions. Stanford School of Medicine. Available at: https://med.stanford.edu/content/dam/sm/ohns/documents/Sinus%20Center/Stanford_Post-FESS_Instructions.pdf.

Safety Information

The purpose of the site is to help create awareness about sinusitis and treatment options for the disease. Please note that information contained on this site is not medical advice. It should not be used as a substitute for speaking with your physician. Always talk with your physician about diagnosis and treatment information.