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Your sinuses are 4 pairs of hollow, air-filled spaces in your skull that connect to your nasal passageways. The sinuses are thinly lined with mucus membranes (mucosa), and keep the inside of your nose nice and moist.Normally your sinuses are empty except for a thin layer of mucus.
Sometimes a respiratory tract infection can affect your sinuses and cause the mucus membranes (mucosa) inside your sinus cavities and nasal passageways to become inflamed. Your sinuses start to produce more mucus that is extra sticky.
This extra mucus (along with swelling) blocks the passageways and causes buildup. Mucus can’t get out like it normally can. This blockage leads to sinus pressure and pain.
There are things you can do to help relieve your sinus pressure before you reach for any medicine.
Here are a few things you can try:
When trying to relieve sinus pressure and nasal congestion, look for a decongestant. A decongestant will shrink the mucus membranes that have swollen in your sinuses. This will help the trapped mucus drain out.
Oxymetazoline is only found in nasal sprays. It’s what is known as a “topical decongestant.” That means it needs to be applied to the affected areas in the nose rather than taken as a pill or liquid.
Use as directed.
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