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How to unblock your sinus cavity

Updated February 21, 2017

Clogged sinuses are no fun. Whether your chief complaint is headaches, pressure, trouble breathing or just general discomfort, you want it to stop. The key to unblocking your sinuses is to thin out the mucous so it can drain. Clearing out the congestion in this way can do a lot to relieve your symptoms. Try any of the three methods to unclog your sinuses.

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  1. Mix a teaspoon of salt into one cup of hot water, stirring until the salt is dissolved.

  2. Scoop up one teaspoon or eyedropper of salt water.

  3. Lean back or lie down so your head is upside down.

  4. Pour or drip the warm salt water into your nose. Let it trickle into your sinus cavities for as long as you can stand it.

  5. Sit up an blow your nose on the paper towels. Between the salt water and the loosened mucous, tissues will not be up to the job.

  6. Repeat twice more immediately. Wait at least an hour before trying again.

  7. Start a can of soup cooking on the stove.

  8. Add chilli powder, canned chillies or salsa--any hot spice will do.

  9. Lean over the cooking pot and inhale the vapour. The spicy water vapour will decongest the mucous in your sinuses.

  10. For better results, drape a towel over your head and the cooking pot, trapping the vapour.

  11. Eat the soup. Hold the liquid in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. This will allow the spicy vapour to waft up into your sinuses.

  12. Apply some menthol rub to your upper lip, breathing through your nose.

  13. If your congestion is caused by allergies, consider taking an over the counter antihistamine.

  14. If your congestion is caused by cold or flu symptoms, consider taking an over the counter decongestant.

  15. Tip

    If you suffer from chronic sinus congestion, consider your environment. Allergies to pets, dust or mould might be responsible.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • teaspoon or eyedropper
  • paper towels
  • can of soup
  • chilli powder or whole chillies
  • towel
  • menthol rub
  • antihistamines or decongestant

About the Author

Jason Brick has written professionally since 1994. His work has appeared in numerous venues including "Hand Held Crime" and "Black Belt Magazine." He has completed hundreds of technical and business articles, and came to full-time writing after a long career teaching martial arts. Brick received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Oregon.

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