Many people suffer from sinus trouble, whether it is a temporary sinus problem or chronic sinusitis. Sinus congestion can cause breathing difficulties, and the extreme congestion leads to sinus headache. Prolonged sinus congestion can lead to sinus infections. There are treatments for congested sinuses, but if you have high blood pressure you must be careful about which treatments you use, as some may actually raise blood pressure.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
If you have sinus problems along with high blood pressure it may not be advisable to take sinus medications. There are other treatments which help relieve sinus pressure outside of prescribed or over-the-counter medications, such as a sinus irrigation system. Sinus irrigation systems help to loosen mucous that is trapped or impacted inside the sinus cavities.
Sinus irrigation systems, like the neti pot, have become popular in treating sinus congestion. They are easy to use and do not cause any side effects. To use, first warm the water and fill the little tea pot. Empty the contents of the saline solution into the water and stir (you may also use sea salt). Breathing through your mouth, tilt your head sideways so that one nostril is pointing down over the sink. Slowly pour the solution into the higher nostril and let the warm solution work its way through the sinus cavity. It will drain out the opposite nostril. Continue the treatment in the same nostril until the solution is gone, refill and treat the other nostril.
There are no side effects associated with neti pots. They clean and rinse the sinuses to help clear congestion as well as prevent clogging and sinus infections.
- If you have sinus problems along with high blood pressure it may not be advisable to take sinus medications.
- Slowly pour the solution into the higher nostril and let the warm solution work its way through the sinus cavity.
At Home Remedies for Clogged Sinus
Hot steam is a good alternative for unclogging congested sinuses for anyone, especially if you have high blood pressure. Steam does not raise your blood pressure and is soothing for your nasal passages and sinus cavities 2. Steam works to loosen impacted mucous and thin it out so that it is easily passed and drained. You can steam by placing a pot of water on the stove and letting it come to a boil. Once the water reaches boiling, turn it down or off. Place a towel over your head and hold your head over the steam. The steam will fill the inside of the towel and travel into your breathing passages as you inhale.
You can add aroma to your steam to create an even more soothing sensation. After boiling the water, quickly pour it into a bowel and add a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus. With a towel over your head, inhale the steam in the same manner.
- Hot steam is a good alternative for unclogging congested sinuses for anyone, especially if you have high blood pressure.
- The steam will fill the inside of the towel and travel into your breathing passages as you inhale.
It is important that you take Coricidin as directed. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if taken improperly, and chlorpheniramine can cause other side effects such as:
- rapid heart beats
If you have high blood pressure, Coricidin may work for you, as long as you follow the directions and do not take anymore than the recommended dose. It is best to consult your physician before taking these medications.
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- Treat sinus congestion without raising blood pressure
- Neti pots to treat sinus congestion without raising blood pressure
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Maria Richmond has been a North Carolina-based freelance writer since the late 1990s. She writes children's books, fiction, non-fiction and has begun work on her autobiography. She currently writes medical articles and has had over three hundred published between the different companies she writes for.