Sinus Pressure: Causes Symptoms & Relief

Part I

Are you having very bad sinus pressure or other sinus issues and nothing seems to work permanently? I know how it feels, I used to be there, too. If you would like to have a quick procedure for temporary relief of sinus pressure symptoms, here it is:

Sinus pressure relief procedure
How to stop sinus pressure the natural way. This is for temporary relief of pressure symptoms which can be used for those occasional bouts with pressure we all sometimes face:

  1. Drink a large glass of pure water now and one every 2 hours
    • you can substitute a large cup of warm herbal tea every 2 hours for the glasses of water
    • the thyme herb is believed to have decongestant properties, so add a few dry leaves to the tea
  2. Do sinus acupressure points: B5 and A2 for 3 minutes each and repeat during the day as needed. This should start the sinuses draining nicely in 2-5 minutes. This procedure is thoroughly explained in "3 Steps to Quick Sinus & Mucus Relief" pp.10-13
  3. If per chance acupressure does not give the relief you need, then do an inhalation or irrigation procedure
  4. Rest and relax as much as you can to help the immune system do its job
  5. Watch what you eat closely and avoid mucus producing foods. The publication being offered has a complete explanation on which specific foods to avoid and which ones have healing properties.

The rest of this page offers some tips on relief of sinus pressure symptoms and on other sinus issues.

What is sinus pressure?
Whenever the sinus cavity membranes are irritated--by air pollutants, viruses, etc.,--they swell and block the cavity membranes, thus blocking the flow of air and mucus. The latter accumulates and eventually pressure builds up in that cavity this, obviously,.creates what is called "sinus pressure." If not allowed to drain fairly soon the mucus stagnates and a sinus infection could be just "around the corner." Thus understanding the sinus cavity and mucus flow can be very helpful in managing sinus presure. The sinus cavities are hollow places in the skull which must constantly have air and mucus moving freely from them. They are lined with a membrane whose function is to produce mucus--about one to two pints a day. Mucus is a watery substance packed with an array of chemical elements--mucins, s alts, germ fighting enzymes, water, etc--which protect the respiratory (breathing) system from undesirable invaders--harmful bacteria, viruses, dust particles, germs--; and provides moisture to the incoming air when it is too dry. If air and mucus stagnate--do not flow--the sinuses can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and viruses. On the other hand too much of any good thing, mucus here, could send a person scrambling for excessive mucus relief. Thus, the amount of mucus deemed to be healthy is what a person deems it to be, no more no less.

As already mentioned air pollutants such as: dust, bacteria, viruses, etc., can irritate the sinus membranes and cause mucus to flow in large amounts to wash off those intruders. It is the body's way of protecting itself. Rhinitis as well as allergies can contribute also to excessive nasal mucus secretion, and so thus a sinus infection. Having this information helps to better know how to handle sinus pressure and mucus relief. One item which should be understood is that there is a difference between an occasional bout with mucus and a chronic condition. Mucus relief, for example, for an occasional episode can usually be handled with an antihistamine when the cause seems to be an allergic reaction to some environmental element, e.g., pollen from a blooming tree. On the other hand for a mucus condition that has been going on for 2-3 months, non-stop, mucus relief should be traced to the specific its cause to deal with it. For example, some chronic mucus issues can be caused by some food, e.g., cow's milk. In those cases mucus relief would be obtained by dispensing with the milk for a time. The protein and calcium provided by the latter can easily be replaced by other foods and/ or dietary supplements.

In dealing with sinus pressure and its relief common sense and a bit of imagination are paramount. Getting all the information you can and comparing it; together with a good portion of common sense is always good. That is the way I solved my sinus problems--which if briefly explained in my short biography. Thus a person can use his or her own strategy, based on the information offered here, to come up with a simple, personal plan for obtaining the desired pressure relief. I have found it wise not to rely heavily on OTC (over-the-counter) medications. I use them sparingly for occasional bouts of short duration with sinus pressure and excess mucus. A natural and permanent solution is the best approach for dealing with chronic pressure and mucus issues.

Sinus issues sinus pressure and the food factor
Having sinus drainage or sinus pressure? Frequently mucus is produced in the sinuses and other organs of the respiratory system as an allergic reaction to the environment. Most people, however, don't realize that some foods can also heavily stimulate mucus production; while others can be mucus friendly. As exceessive mucus is produced the chances of sinus pressure and other related sinus disorders are increased. Thus you need to know to what extent your sinus issues and the food factor relate to each other in your particular case; so you can make wise food choices.

You can make some common sense tests by eating certain foods and see their reaction on your sinuses and other respiratory organs. Although there has been some debate as to whether some foods can cause mucus, we have no question about it: Certain foods can produce or help produce sinus mucus, sinus pressure, drainage, It pays to learn what they are, the sooner the better, and you will then be able to determine to what extent they could be affecting your mucus production and any other sinus issue, such as: Sinus pressure, sinusitis, drainage, etc., 3 Steps to Quick Sinus and Mucus Relief, discuses this item in detail and offers specific recommendations. Wrongs foods can also cause sinus pressure and exacerbate allergic reactions. No matter how hard you try otherwise, unless you address the matter of food as a potential cause of excessive mucus--often as sinus drainage--other steps alone may not suffice to bring you the permanent relief you may be seeking and deserve.

We have in nature, in the vegetable kingdom, all the food elements we need for a correct, balance diet and one that can be sinus friendly. In other words, researchers and nutritinists are finding that a plant based diet can be better, all around, than one that includes animal products in it. Before embarking on a plant based diet one ought to study how to do it, and how to avoid some pitfall encountered by some who have gone ahead with it without the proper information.

The best cure is prevention and getting all the information on sinus one can always helps; and, of course, if a person were to abstain altogether from mucus producing foods, it would be the best first mucus healing step one could take.

Sinus pressure and mucus relieving foods:
Although the medical profession has not yet warmed up to the proven relationship between sinus issues and food--for over 30 years I went to allergy doctors for my sinus and allergy issues and I don't remember a single time being told that some patient's sinuses are affected by some of the foods they may be eating. Despite this apparent neglect, empirically at least, the evidence is there. Just recently I received another unsolicited email from a man that for 3 years went to doctors, had alll kinds of tests made and medications given, without satisfactory results. Two weeks after he discontinued eating certain foods he said: "I am now 50-75% better. Thanks again." Another item which merits being mentioned here is the importance of drinking water--at least 4-6 glasses a day. It thins the mucus so it can flow better--thus helping to prevent sinus pressure--and not stagnate, It flushes body's impurities out. It aids the immune system and it helps get rid of excess stomach acid and constipation.

  1. Non-mucus forming foods:
    • fruits
    • green-leaf vegetables
    • nuts
  2. Fruits
    • pineapples
      • it has bromelain-- an anti-inflammatory
      • it contains other medicinal properties
      • it cleanses the body
      • helps the digestion
    • lemons and limes
    • grapefruits
      • has cleansing properties
      • promotes general health
      • helps balance the body's pH
    • avocados
      • promotes general health
      • helps the body cope better with sinus mucus
      • contains much potasium--good for body tissues, well being
      • for constipation sometimes resulting from sinus issues
  3. Fresh green-leaf vegetables
    • swiss chad
    • lettuces
    • spinach
    • celery, etc.
  4. Nuts
    • almonds, especially
      • non-acid forming
      • it is considered by some to be a cancer preventer
    • filberts
    • pecans
    • walnuts
    • pistachios, etc
  5. Spicy foods
    • they have decongestant properties thus helping prevent sinus mucus accumulation and pressure
      • peppers
        • cayenne
        • jalapenos, etc.
      • other "hot" peppers
    • they should be used with moderation
  6. Garlic
    • it is loaded with medicinal properties
    • it has been called "nature's antibiotic"
    • it can help prevent and relieve sinus infection
      • when taken at the outset
      • it is ant-viral
    • considered by some as the most important medicinal herb
  7. Coconut water
    • it has much potassium
    • it is credited with bodily cleansing properties
    • it can help flush out viruses
    • it is reputed as being a kidney cleanser

Sinus and Food
Consider this: The sinus membranes are producing mucus continuously--the normal, healthy kind of mucus. It is produced to help the organs of the respiratory apparatus to carry on their functions. But when it becomes excessive, it can be a sign of a disorder. The excessive mucus can irritate the sinus cavity and nasal cavity and cause infection in those organs' membranes. Some environmental elements such as: pollen, house dust, smog, smoke, etc can be addressed by the immune systems as invaders and stimulate the production of histamine--a clear, watery mucus like substance that is intended to wash off those invaders. It is recognized by many that some foods can stimulate mucus production and make worse--or cause--excessive mucus production and even sinus pressure. One common sense approach to this problem is to test foods. Just eat certain foods suspected and evaluate the potential reactions on your sinus and other respiratory organs. There is some debate as to whether foods can cause mucus problems. But reality cannot be denied. Some foods do affect some people's sinuses by stimulating mucus production and potentially sinus pressure.

I have no question about it, since I have empirically proved it. I believe that some foods can produce sinus mucus, pressure, drainage, etc. Therefore it is important to learn what are the foods which could be, at least partly, responsible for sinus issues. Find out to what extent they could be affecting your excessive mucus production and be at least partially responsible for those problems already mentioned. 3 Steps to Quick Sinus and Mucus Freedom , discuses this item in detail and offers specific suggestions. It pays to know well this subject, since food choice could potentially be both a very significant aspect of both cause and healing for your sinus issues. And yet it could be presently ignored. I would go as far as saying that unless the food factor is directly addressed other therapeutic steps alone may not be sufficient to bring the healing sought.

"The best cure is prevention", and if a person were to abstain, as much as possible, from potential mucus producing foods that could be very beneficial. Again a full in depth discussion on food and sinus is in the publication being offered.

Practical experimentation and observation has its place in healing, so long as a person realizes that not everyone reacts to foods and medication the same way. Wrong choice of foods impacts our health and well being more than perhaps most of us is aware of. This is particularly true when it comes to sinus and mucus issues. Thus, here are several lists of foods and how they can relate to those two issues:

Foods Which Can Produce Mucus:

  • Food containing food additives
  • Eggs
    • when eaten regularly
    • it varies from person to person
  • Omega-6 fatty acids containing foods
  • Refined vegetable oils
    • safflower
    • sunflower
    • corn oil
    • sesame
  • Saturated fats and trans fats
    • high fat meats
    • dairy products
    • deep-fried foods
  • Fermented foods
    • cheese
    • sour kraut
    • wine
    • beer, etc.
  • Foods containing sugar in significant amounts
    • soft drinks
    • desserts
    • ice cream
    • cold breakfast cereals with sugar
  • Cow's milk -- possibly one of the worst
  • Refined carbohydrates
    • white bread
    • white rice
    • pastas
  • Possible mucus producing
    • soy in its various forms
    • potatoes
    • cabbage
    • bananas
    • too much salt
    • meats

Foods Not Deemed to Be Mucus Stimulants
These are the foods not only friendly to people with mucus issues, but better foods all around

  • Fruits
    • pineapples
    • lemons and limes
    • grapefruits
      • has cleansing properties
      • promotes general health
    • avocados
    • apples
    • pears
    • apricots
    • peaches
  • Fresh vegetables
    • carrots
    • lettuces
    • turnips
    • water cress, etc.
  • Coconut water
    • it has much potassium
    • it is credited with bodily cleansing properties

Foods Which Can Help Clear the Sinuses

  • Fresh fruits
  • Pineapple
    • it has cleansing properties
    • bromelain is its active medicinal ingredient
  • Vegetables
    • cruciferous are known for their cleansing and medicinal properties
    • many different vegetables are needed daily for a balanced diet
  • Garlic
    • deemed to be a "miracle herb"
    • called nature's "antibiotic"
    • deemed to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
    • the list of remedial benefits is long
    • thousands of scientific research attest the validity of many claims
  • Onions
  • Chiles
    • together with other hot spices it clears the and sinuses breathing passages
    • it's inexpensive and readily available
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne pepper containing spices - see under "chiles", above

Foods Which Can Help the Healing of Sinus Issues

  • Non-mucus forming foods:
    • fruits
      • fresh
      • cooked
    • green-leaf vegetables
    • nuts
      • they should not over used
      • most of them are acid forming
  • Fruits
    • pineapples
      • it has bromelain
      • it contains other medicinal properties
      • it has cleansing properties
    • lemons and limes
    • grapefruits
      • has cleansing properties
      • promotes general health
    • avocados
      • promotes general health
      • helps the body cope better with sinus mucus
      • it has been called the body's lubricant
  • Fresh green-leaf vegetables
    • swiss chad
    • lettuces
    • spinach
    • celery, etc.
  • Nuts
    • almonds, especially
      • non-acid forming
      • it is considered by some to have cancer preventing properties
    • filberts
    • pecans
    • walnuts
    • pistachios, etc
  • Spicy foods
    • their decongestant properties help prevent sinus mucus accumulation and pressure
      • peppers
        • cayenne
        • jalapenos, etc.
      • other "hot" peppers
    • they should be used with moderation
  • Garlic
    • allicin is its active medicinal element
    • it has been called "nature's antibiotic"
    • it can help prevent and relieve sinus infection
  • Coconut water
    • it has much potassium
    • it is credited with bodily cleansing properties

The rest of this page offers some tips on relief of sinus pressure symptoms and on other sinus issues.

How to stop sinus pressure -- for temporary relief
For temporary relief of symptoms this is what I would do:

  1. Drink a large herbal tea
    • containing dry thyme leaves or
    • any other de congesting herb
  2. Do two self-applied acupressure points for the sinus
    • pressure point B5--for details
      • relax while doing these procedures
      • for 2-3 minutes
    • pressure point A3
  3. Eliminate foods which aggravate your condition
    • fermented foods
    • sugar
  4. Consider inhalation therapy to decongest sinuses
    • do not get too close to steam source
    • add a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil
  5. Eating warm soups help loosen mucus
  6. Drink 5-6 glasses of water throughout the day
    • at room temperature
    • avoid sweetened drinks
  7. For a chronic condition check for household, environmental allergies
    • household dust or chemicals
      • carpets especially
      • overstuffed furniture
    • pets' dander
    • pollens, smog
  8. You can use a state of the arts pulsating sinus rinse devise

Sinus pressure and post-nasal drip
Pressure in the sinus cavities can be the proximate cause of a sinus infection which can give rise to post nasal drip. By combating the sinus infection the latter can soon disappear. If allowed to continued unchecked, post nasal drip or excessive drainage, by irritating the membranes of the upper respiratory tract, could bring about a secondary infection. Thus sinus pressure relief should be promptly addressed before it sets in motion other upper respiratory tract infection which can include sinus drainage and potentially contribute to other sinus cavity diseases.

Mucus Relief Procedure
The number one item to consider for permanent mucus relief is food. Most people are not aware of the significance of food in relieving mucus issues. In fact, empirical research has found a definite correlation between what we eat and the state of the sinuses. No everyone reacts the same to food, medications, the environment. Thus we must be careful not to generalize. A mucus relief procedure may work for one person and yet do nothing for another. The same applies to food. Yet empirical research and observations has shown that certain foods are mucus producing for a large segment of people. One of those, already mentioned, is cow's milk, another is sugar. A person having an abundant production of mucus should abstain from eating those foods, at least while the bout lasts.

One mucus relief procedure that is nearly always a plus is: Water. Plain, pure water at room temperature. Drinking most of the time 4-6 glasses of water would probably do the best mucus relief procedure available: Prevention. Here is a simple protocol that can be used:

Mucus Relief Procedure:

  1. Drink at least 4-5 large glasses of water a day
  2. Abstain from eating or drinking:
    • milk and milk products
      • cheese
      • yogurt
      • ice cream
      • puddings
    • sugar
      • soft drinks
      • sugary cold breakfast cereals
      • desserts
      • canned fruit juices with added sugar
  3. If allergies is suspected try to ascertain the possible allergen(s)
    • house dust
    • plants, trees around the house or in that area
    • house per dander
    • household chemicals
    • some foods
      • peanuts
      • soy
      • gluten
      • some cereals
      • smoke, smog
  4. Keep mucus flowing freely
  5. Blow nose gently
  6. Take some antihistamine for a few days and see what happens
    • Allegra
    • Claritin
    • a generic one which the pharmacist can recommend
  7. This simple protocol should serve as sufficient mucus relief procedure for many common mucus issues
  8. Should the condition persist or significantly worsen I would go see my doctor.

Again, nothing can take the place of sound common sense. For lasting results its better togo to the cause of the affliction rather than just keep relieving symptoms.

Causes of sinus pressure

  • Allergic reactions to the environment from:
    • House dust
    • Smog
    • Pollen
    • Viruses
    • House cleaning chemicals
  • Colds, flu
  • Mucus producing foods
  • Sinusitis
  • Lesser known causes of sinus pressure:
    • a weaken immune system caused by
      • significant emotional stress
      • guilt
      • sorrow
      • work place and family problems
    • stress causes restriction of the sinus passages causing mucus accumulation and pressure
    • structural problems of the nasal cavity impeding free air flow
    • lack of exercise, deficient diet, constipation
    • the significant impact of certain foo

How is sinus pressure produced?

  1. Pollutants, hay fever, allergies and viruses irritate the sinus membranes
  2. Excessive mucus is produced to wash away the irritant
  3. Irritated sinus cavity membranes swell
  4. Sinus openings cannot drain mucus volume fast enough, or
  5. Sinus openings are blocked by swollen membrane, mucus cannot flow out
  6. Pressure begins to build up in the sinus cavities
  7. Mucus stagnates and can become infected
  8. Sinus cavity membranes become inflamed. Pressure peaks. Pain can follow
  9. A sinus infection will probably follow

Sin uses MRI

Sinus MRI

Sinus pressure symptoms
While pressure can develop from a direct cause, for example, as a strong allergic reaction to the environment, or to other lesser causes as explained, above, often it is associated with other sinus issues, for example sinus infection. Sinus pressure symptoms can be similar to other maladies such as "colds," except that they do not react positively to regular cold relief procedures. Symptoms may vary according to the location of the particular sinus cavity involved. Pressure can be associated with other sinus and breathing system disorders and things such as:

What is mucus good for
Mucus is vital to keeping the entire body functioning smoothly. As with other bodily secretions, mucus, which is produced by the sinus cavities membranes, can have lubricating and protective functions, and it serves as part of the body's defense mechanism against unwanted intruders, like dust particles, irritants, viruses, germs, etc.When it is colored or excessive it can be an indicator that something needs attention. For example, a sinus infection. Although secreted by the body all the time, we don't often notice it until it becomes thick. When mucus becomes thick and it cannot flow freely it can accumulate and sinus pressure can begin to build up. Phlegm, on the other hand, is a special type of mucus linked to our immune system mechanism, and is mostly produced in the lungs and it helps in expelling bacteria and viruses from the body. Without mucus our lives would be miserable. Unknown to many the amount of mucus we normally produce every day can reach a quart. Knowing the meaning of the color of mucus can be helpful in combating a sinus disorder early on.

Excessive Mucus Procedure.
It is accumulated mucus that cannot flow which produces sinus pressure. Thus it is important to know how to relieve excessive amounts of mucus produced, if we want to deal effectively with sinus pressure:

  • Ascertain the mucus color
  • If it is temporary condition
    • consider an OTC remedy for temporary relief
    • read label and instructions carefully
  • If it has been going on for a while
    • and the mucus is clear you can relieve it, initially, as an allergy reaction
      • pin-point the allergen involved
      • consider seeing an allergist if the allergic reaction is very strong
    • if the mucus color is other than clear go to out web page dealing with this issue
    • read the page on excessive mucus on the Publication offered
  • When post nasal drip (PND, drainage) is present monitor color of mucus for signs of sinus infection
  • Ascertain by the symptoms whether it is a sinus infection, lingering common cold, allergies
  • Do I have fever, sore throat, coughing, wheezing, etc? If I do it could be a sign of bronchitis. The I would:
    • drink plenty of fluids, but not milk
    • rest and relax all you can
    • talk to my pharmacist for some OTC remedies for bronchitis
    • read carefully the labels and instructions of OTC medications
    • if in a few days there are no improvements I go see your physician
  • Seek professional medical help whenever
    • the condition is severe
    • your own good common sense tells you so
  • Excessive mucus problems, like congestion and many other sinus problems, can be substantially improved or eliminated by avoiding mucus producing foods

Yellow mucus
Sometimes yellow mucus is associated with sinus pressure which has developed into sinusitis. The sinus membranes swell and obstruct their openings connecting to the passages. Mucus accumulates, air can't flow and infection can follow. Therefore sinus pressure relief should be a priority, to avoid mucus stagnation. Dark yellow mucus or phlegm can often be an indication that an infection has already began to take place.

Green mucus
Green mucus is sometimes connected with sinus pressure and can begin with an allergic reaction to the environment. The nasal and sinus membranes become irritated and sometimes inflamed. A virus can also irritate those membranes with a sinus infection following.

Sinus pressure and nasal mucus
The most common and sometimes annoying type. It can become irritated by allergic reactions to the environment. Blowing the nose hard can make the membrane in the nasal cavity swell making breathing more difficult and can slow down the flow of mucus. This in turn can reflect in the sinus membranes if an infection begins to form. The nasal cavity can also get irritated by viruses and bacteria. Keeping the nasal and sinus cavities clear the proper way can prevent some disorders in the breathing apparatus. The use of an irrigations system can be a way of keeping the cavity clear by washing off contaminants and dry mucus particles and debris.

Rhinitis and sinus pressure
It is a persistent irritation and inflammation of the nasal cavity which is also referred to as "runny nose". Remaining unchecked it can contribute to sinus infection and lead to sinus pressure. But it goes beyond the production of excessive amounts of mucus. It has been shown that it can contribute to ear and sleep disorders and also affect brain activity. What is one of the most common causes of rhinitis? Irritation caused by seasonal pollens of certain plants--accompanied by a high production of histamine. This can lead to nasal and sinus congestion and sinus pressure. An allergy specialist can determine which specific allergen(s) may be causing the problem. Desensitizing therapy can then be administered to lessen the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, if desired. It should be recognized that rhinitis, although not ordinarily a serious condition, it can be the cause of a nasal or sinus infection--if the irritation of the cavities membranes produced by viruses or other contaminants is left unattended.

Nasal Cavity and Upper Respiratory Tract

Nasal Cavity and Upper Respiratory Tract
a - vertebrae, b - esophagus, c - trachea
d - cricoid cartilage, e - laryngopharynx, f -
pharynx, g - nasopharynx, k - tongue,
l - hard palate, o - superior turbinate,
p - middle turbinate, q - inferior turbinate

Sinus pressure and allergy
One of the main causes of sinus pressure and nasal mucus is allergic reaction to the environment--pollens and house dust being two of the most common specific causes, as already seen. Excessive sinus drainage can also accompany an allergic reaction. And the home environment can also be the cause of allergies. For example, animal dander, house dust, dust mites droppings, cleaning and washing chemicals. Performing the simple test of taking a good sniff close to the suspected item and seeing what happens can be revealing. It can give us a good clue as to how sensitive, allergy wise, we may be to a particular item. Allergies and hay fever are often exacerbated by certain foods we eat, and we should be aware of this. Sinus pressure is formed when the excessive mucus produced by the allergic reaction begins to accumulate, thickens and stops to flow freely. If not corrected soon this leads to stagnation and infection. The simplest approach to dealing with allergies and hay fever, in relation to sinus pressure, is to stay away from the source of the allergenic that causes the allergic reaction already described; but this is often difficult. Thus one has to figure out other strategies to deal with this problem. Maintaining the nasal and sinus passages clear at all times and bringing sinus pressure relief as soon as it starts can minimize the potential for complications, such as sinus infection.

Part II

Early detection of sinus pressure-sinusitis
Sinus pressure has built up. A clear, watery mucus appears followed by light and then dark yellow when the infection has set in. The mucus sometimes turns green mucus toward the end of the infection. Should this condition persist for several days those membranes will become very susceptible to viruses and bacteria entering the respiratory system. It is, therefore, a must to address an allergic attack right away and bring sinus pressure relief soon, before the pressure builds up and an infection sets in. Nip sinus pressure and a possible infection in the bud.

Sinus mucus relief
Often mucus relief is a matter of eating non-mucus producing foods. Yet yellow mucus in the nose is often an indication of a sinus infection in progress. It is best not to blow the nose very hard since this would make the nose cavity membrane to swell. Gently blow you nose without trying to get all the mucus out. The yellow mucus is the body's way to help get rid of the infection. The color could turn green towards the end of the infection. There is no need to be alarmed about the yellow color, unless pink or blood appears. If the latter persists, then you should go see your physician. Mucus relief can come as a by-product of life style changes.

Sinus pressure relief procedure -- what I would do:
Sinus pressure symptoms can be very successfully addressed for temporary sinus pressure relief. A combination of natural and OTC remedies is often the best solution. I would consider:

  1. My primary objectives as being:
  2. Do sinus acupressure (also known as sinus pressure points) B5, A2, B6--for details click
  3. Draining the nasal and sinus cavities is a must. This is how I would do it:
    • for quick relief I would use a:
      • neti pot or:
      • other sinus rinse with a saline solution
      • follow label instructions
    • I keep the nasal and sinus passages clear
    • mucus must flow freely at all times
  4. Consider steam inhalations, if acupressure does not bring quick relief. I would keep this is mind:
    • keep steam temperature within prescribed level to prevent damaging the cilia :
    • water can be medicated with:
      • thyme leaves or
      • eucalyptus oil
  5. Alternatively I would do a nasal irrigation
  6. Avoid histamine and mucus producing foods--for details click
  7. Use herbs W and EB in liquid form--for details click; they are probably the best antiviral natural remedies available
    • to avoid getting a virus
    • to help stem a potential sinus infection
  8. Consider using OTC antihistamines, for example: Benadryl, Zytec, Loratadine, for quick symptoms relief
  9. Drink a large glass of water at room temperature about every 1 - 2 hours
  10. Rest all I can, this gives the immune system a chance to recharge itself
  11. Take a warm bath and induce profuse perspiration to detoxify the body and help the immune system
  12. Other OTC remedies I may consider--after carefully reading the labels for side effects:
    • Guaifenesin
    • Sudafed
    • Afrin
    • Neo-Synephrin
    • Tylenol--if headache is persistent and severe
    • again, I would read the labels before deciding whether to use any of then
  13. If sinus pressure recurs often I would:
  14. To keep the nasal cavity clear there is a state of the art pulsating devise that many have found out can be very beneficial. Click

Sinus Pressure Relief -- Alternatives.

One strategy is to relieve sinus pressure the way it was presented in the previous section--a rather methodical approach to dealing with sinus pressure. A different strategy is to go directly to the use of some specific remedies. These remedies are mostly natural and have worked effectively to bring sinus pressure relief early on. Thus here are the most popular remedies using this more direct strategy:

For long term benefits I take proven herbals regularly to prevent rather than have to cure. If sinus pressure begins to raise its ugly head I double or triple my herbal intake for at least 3 days and add other potent herbals. It is extremely important that you start the latter immediately, after the first indication that pressure is building up; since at that point non-drug relief is possible for sinus pressure. While a viral infection lasts 1 to 2 days, a bacterial sinus infection already developed can stay on for a long time. Phlegm, whether yellow or green, is a sign that the immune system is overloaded because of a bad sinus infection. Whenever a fully developed infection is already in place a doctor should be seen.

Sinus pressure points (acupressure) therapy
Acupressure points are places on the skin that are especially sensitive to bio electric impulses and conduct these impulses readily. These points are considered to be special pathways that carry human energy chi, according to traditional Oriental knowledge. This procedure not only can relieve pain, but it can dissolve tension and stresses that keep the body from functioning smoothly and that inhibit the immune system. This means that the body can more readily adapt to environmental changes and resist illness. There are at least 5 sinus clearing points that can prevent sinus pressure and several others that help the immune system and help allergic reactions. Especially one of them can be very effective and can clear the sinuses in a few minutes. Acupressure therapy is:

  • Natural
  • Self-administered
  • Simple
  • Free of charge
  • Just takes a few minutes
  • No side effects
  • Good for a host of other common ailments

I would consider saline solutions. They can be beneficial for the sinus problems sufferers. If I would want to prepare my own solution, the right kind of salt and soda as well as the right proportions should be used. On the other hand, there are a large number of OTC irrigation products on the market. I avoid those containing steroids. Unless the the doctor finds them absolutely necessary I would not recommend them, because of their side effects.

Steam inhalation procedure--both warm and cool--can bring quick sinus pressure relief. Proper know-how is very important. Special care should be exercised not to harm the cilia in the nasal and sinus membranes by steam that is above a certain temperature--otherwise the cilia could be paralyzed and mucus would not be moved by the latter to relieve the sinus pressure. I have noted that inhalations can relieve sinus pressure quickly in the sinus cavities and loosen phlegm, mucus. I put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the water and it will help to open and relieve sinus passages and sinus pressure and also act as a disinfectant. This can help keep sinus infections and phlegm out.

Elimination of some foods and drinks
Frankly, food and drink, I discovered, can have significant impact on the sinuses, sinus pressure, bad breath, and drainage. For example, I discovered that, let's call it "G"--a common food--has tremendous infection fighting properties. While foods "S" and "D" can produce mucus. After some empirical--by practical observation--experimentation, I became convinced of the very critical role food plays on sinus pressure, drainage and other sinus issues . Sinus sufferers whom I have met on the internet and have tried my healing approach have told me basically the same thing.

OTC drug remedies
While I do not choose drug remedies as my first choice of relief, nevertheless they can have their place, specially when natural remedies do not seem to do the job at a moment when I need faster symptoms relief. Some OTC remedies for sinus pressure I would then consider are:

  • Sudafed PE - for temporary relief of: sinus pressure, congestion, nasal congestion. I follow the instructions on the label of the container
  • Benadryl D - for basically the same symptom relief as the one above
  • Tylenol Sinus - same as above, plus sinus headache relief

The main ingredient of these OTC remedies is: phenylephrine, a decongestant. Tylenol Sinus has, besides, acetaminophen which can help eliminate the symptoms of a sinus pressure headache, so I would consider these items

Keeping sinuses clear always
My personal observation is that many sinus problems can be greatly reduced by keeping the sinuses cavities clear at all times, without using OTC remedies--which in some cases can damage the sinus membranes, etc., in the long run. The best way to keep the sinuses clear for myself is by using acupressure. This is explained and illustrated in detail in Three Steps to Sinus and Mucus Relief . If I yearn for permanent sinus pressure relief the contents of this publication has helped me achieve this goal.

Fasting for 2 to 3 days to detoxify the body
I have done fasting and it is an excellent way to cleanse and detoxify the body and give it a much needed rest. This helps the body to concentrate its energy on the immune system to better fight for me against threatening infections. Sinus pressure relief can be helped when the body's own defense mechanisms are enhanced as by fasting. It is also an excellent way to remove old mucus from your system. If I was not sure as to whether I should fast because of some other health issue, I would consult my doctor.

Sinus pressure prevention
Better than to cure with the best relief procedure available, I found out, is to prevent the sinus pressure problem from taking place. In this area of prevention life style holds the key. This means for me, foremost:

  • Our eating and drinking habits
    • abstention from mucus, histamine producing foods
    • eating more healing foods
    • drinking lots of water daily
    • abstention from substances that dry the breathing system membranes
      • alcohol
      • coffee
      • leisure drugs
    • remember that there are mucus producing foods
  • Physical exercise
  • Relaxation
  • Sleeping habits
    • getting enough sleep
    • use of a humidifier
  • Be aware of environmental sources of allergens which can trigger adverse reaction
    • outside the house, e.g., pollens, contaminants, smog
    • indoors, e.g., house dust, pet, dander, household cleansing chemicals
  • Faith and confidence

Sinus Pressure Symptoms Relief. The goal is to find a permanent solution. So to the cry of: relieve sinus pressure, this is what I found out are the three key elements in my cure:

1. If you are s smoker, please quit

2. Food and drink changes

  • use foods friendly to your sinuses only
  • drink 5-6 glasses of plain water a day
  • herbal teas can help decongest the sinuses

3. Keep sinuses clear

  • find out possible sources of environmental allergies
    • some preliminary tests done by oneself
      • in the house
      • outdoors
    • getting close to possible sources of allergens
    • watch for the reaction
  • determine if regular allergy skin tests are needed
  • acupressure techniques
    • can help drain the sinuses in minutes
    • can help boost immune system
  • natural remedies
    • herbal teas
    • inhalation
    • nasal irrigation

4. Allowing nerve energy to flow unimpeded

  • initially check alignment of neck vertebrae to allow for full nerve energy flow
  • re-check periodically and re-align those vertebrae as needed
  • a full explanation on this very important item is found in the publication offered, please Click Here

Today whenever sinus pressure wants to build up I take some simple steps to quickly get rid of sinus pressure and this saves a lot of potential problems. That four-prong approach led to my healing several years ago and are fully explained in Three Steps to Sinus & Mucus Relief, offered below, click


For those wishing to amplify their information on topics relating to sinus pressure here it is:

Causes of sinus problems
The mains causes are viruses, heavy drainage, congestion "colds," allergies, infected mucus, congestion when allowed remain and stagnate, smog, very dry air and unknown to many certain foods. Almost anything that would irritate constantly the sinuses membranes regularly. Unknown also to many as serious cause of sinus issues is house dust. It can be a powerful allergenic and can cause sinus disorders including sinus drainage.

How to relieve sinus problems
As already presented at the beginning of this web page, there are two basic approaches to relieving sinus problems. My personal experience, and that of others who have tried it, is that the best approach is in using a combination of healing systems at the same time rather than just one, as most people do. The "catch," however, is knowing how to balance them to achieve optimum results. Frankly, this is where Three Steps to Quick Sinus and Mucus Relief can be helpful. If you haven't done so yet you may want to take a look at the brief description of this publication. It will help to avoid such sinus issues as sinus pressure, excessive mucus, etc., please, click.

How to prevent excessive mucus
A question that no doubt arises is: Is excessive mucus preventable? The answer is: Yes. Excessive mucus is often preventable. A person with a genetic predisposition to sinus issues would, obviously, have a greater challenge with prevention than one who does not. What a person eats and drink, whether she or he physically exercises regularly, relaxation, spiritual values--may be the key to prevention. Anything that irritates the sinuses on a regular basis will probably cause sinus problems. Lifestyle can lessen or exacerbate excessive mucus and other sinus issues as: sinus pressure, sinus drainage, congestion. Here is an outline on how to prevent excessive mucus problems:

  1. The sinuses should be kept clear at all times, and these are the best tools to do so:
    • acupressure
    • herbals
    • sinus irrigation
  2. Mucus producing foods should be avoided
    • get to know them, click
    • general health could also benefit
    • remember that green and yellow mucus can be signs of a sinus infection
  3. Full nerve energy should flow through the spinal cord
    • to keep general health and/or improve it
    • to give immune system better chance to fight diseases, etc.
  4. Five to six glasses of pure water should be drunk throughout the day
  5. Do sinus pressure points on a regular basis
  6. By dealing soon with excessive mucus other sinus issues can be avoided, such as:
    • sinus pressure
    • congestion
    • sinusitis, etc.
  7. Herbal remedies should be taken at the first sign of a sinus problem to:
    • stimulate immune system
    • thin mucus
    • eliminate impurities
  8. Remember the lesser know causes of sinus pressure:
    • prolonged emotional stress
    • structural problems of breathing organs
    • too much sedentary life, deficient diet, constipation
  9. Keep your general health in good shape by:
    • eating healthy foods
    • exercising regularly
    • learning to manage stress
    • living a balance life at these levels:
      • eating and drinking
      • mental faculties
      • social
      • spiritual
        • having religious values
        • faith in those values
  10. Sinus disorders such as heavy sinus drainage, persistent sinus pressure, should be promptly addressed to avoid complications.

If there is a health issue which can be reasonably be prevented in most cases, that would be sinus problems.

Mucus relief. Sinus pressure results, usually, from an excessive amount of mucus in the sinus cavity. Relief from mucus. is therefore imperative if we are to avoid sinus pressure. Here are some tips on how to obtain relief from mucus on a permanent basis:

  1. Watch what you eat
    • eating excessive amounts of food can cause mucus
    • understand that some people are allergic to some foods--could you be one of them?
    • some foods and drinks are either:
      • mucus producers or
      • can exacerbate an excessive mucus condition
    • once you may have determined whether food is a problem or not then avoid any food or food situation presumed to be the culprit and see what happens
  2. If you think you may have environmental allergy then:
    • make a sensible initial test to see whether indeed you have any
      • get close to the possible source and sniff deeply
      • if you are allergic to that item you would almost immediately know it by having one or more of these symptoms:
        • itchy nose or eyes
        • coughing
        • difficulty breathing
        • sneezing
        • congested nasal cavity, etc.
    • if you feel the intensity of the reaction to the initial test--per previous item, above, or from other observations--is very strong, then you should see your doctor
  3. If you have chronic sinus infection then, obviously, you need to address this issue before expecting relief from mucus on a permanent basis
  4. Avoid the onset of sinus pressure by dealing with mucus issues early on
  5. Or if you have an occasional sinus infection, as many of us do, then could consider the following:
    • if it is a virus it should go away in a few days; I take a tablespoon of black elder berry (sambucus nigra) extract every 4 hours; and if I do it soon enough the following there is very noticeable improvement; antibiotics are powerless to tackle viruses
    • if it is a bacterial infection, whether primary or secondary, and it does not show sign of improvement in 3 or 4 days I go see the doctor for an antibiotic, otherwise it may drag on and on.

Sinus mucus remedies
Many are looking for simple sinus mucus remedies that are natural, while others search for simple conventional ones. For temporary relief of sinus mucus this is what I would do:

  1. Drink as much water or herbal tea as possible
  2. Discontinue eating mucus producing foods
  3. Consider using a neti pot or other sinus rinse can flush out debris sinus and nose cavity
  4. Allicin--garlic active ingredient--can help prevent sinus infection
  5. Watch the color of the mucus for signs of infection
  6. If after a few days there is no improvement I would:
    • try to go to the cause of the problem
    • experiment with various foods to see which one can be mucus producing for me
    • if foods is not the problem, then allergies should be considered
  7. If it is allergies, depending on its intensity, I would then consider my next step:
    • see an allergy physician, or
    • tackle it myself by following the suggestions in this website, please Click
  8. I would allow excess mucus to become a chronic problem
  9. The conventional alternative I could follow is to take an OTC antihistaminic remedy for a few days
    • monitor the results and see if it goes away
    • if it doesn't then I would follow steps 1-8

How to Prevent Sinus Issues
By now the close correlation between sinus and food has become clear. There is another item that deserves our attention: The importance of the free flow of nerve energy to all organs of our body this, of course, would include our respiratory organs. Such things as allergic reactions, chronic sinus pressure, sinus drainage, congestion that does not go away, etc., can be helped by eating the right foods, and ensuring that the flow of nerve energy from the brain to the rest of the body is free and not restricted. A misaligned vertebra--which exerts pressure on the spinal cord--can bring about this undesirable restriction. When this happens many different unwanted health issues can emerge without apparent cause. baffling physicians and other medical professionals. This concept, which is generally unknown, and its importance and remedy is discussed in Thee Steps to Quick Sinus and Mucus Freedom, click, for more information.

Lastly we have acupressure as a way to deal with sinus pressure, congestion, etc., and to boost the immune system by simple application of self-applied pressure on some right points of the body. Even rhinitis can, in some cases, can benefit from acupressure. Thus here we have the three preventions steps that I have found have done much for me and others for the prevention of sinusd issues:

  1. Eating proper foods
    • sinus-friendly foods
      • vegetables
      • fresh fruts
      • nuts
        • almonds are best
        • most nuts are acidic, not so with almonds
        • some people have nut allergies, so watch it
      • whole grains
    • avoiding mucus and sinus pressure producing foods
      • fermented foods
      • sugar
      • refined grains and legumes
      • cow's milk
      • foods loaded with additives
  2. Fulll nerve energy flow to all body organs--for full discussion Click
  3. Self-applied acupressure
    • to keep the sinuses clear
    • to boost the immune system
  4. Nip sinus congestion, sinus pressure, drainage in the bud to avoid other sinus problems

Sinus issues are preventable in most cases and following conscientiously the above basic protocol could make a big difference.

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