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How to Relieve Sinus Pain and Pressure

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Mar 6, 2014 - 6:04:34 PM

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Top otolaryngologist explains how to beat winter sinus blues

( - This has been the third-coldest and the third-snowiest winter on record. Not only has the weather put a drain on people's emotions and commutes, but it has also done a number on people's sinuses.

Board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Jordan Pritikin says, "Many of my patients have been complaining about sinus pain and pressure during the last few frigid months. And, if you are traveling, that pressure can worsen when you are on an airplane. Luckily, there are many things people can do to combat these symptoms."

Here are Dr. Pritikin's top tips for decreasing sinus pain and pressure:

  • Use a humidifier or a vaporizer: Even if you have a runny nose, the last thing you want to do is dry out your mucus membranes, so keep things hydrated in there. That includes drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Travel smart: When flying, pack nasal sprays to keep your sinuses hydrated, and consider using nasal strips to further open the passages of the sinuses.
  • Apply a warm compress to your face: Doing so can help to ease to sinus pain and relieve some of that achy, stuffed-up feeling.
  • Use a Neti-Pot with sterilized salt water: Keep things irrigated and clean and your sinus issues will diminish.
  • Don't sleep flat on your back: Keep your head elevated so that your sinuses don't drain down your throat.
  • Talk to your doctor: Medications such as antihistamines and decongestants can go a long way in treating your sinus pain.

About Dr. Jordan Pritikin

Dr. Jordan Pritikin is a board-certified otolaryngologist at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, a private medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinus disorders. Dr. Pritikin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and attendedRush Medical College in Chicago, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. Over the years, Dr. Pritikin has cultivated an interest in Rhinology, focusing his practice on diseases of the nose and sinuses, and has participated in clinical research exploring innovative therapies for chronic sinusitis. He has lectured at local and national meetings, developed informational and training videos demonstrating surgical techniques for the nose and sinuses, and has helped develop and refine instruments designed for sinus surgery. Dr. Pritikin and the Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center offer patients an unparalleled level of service, utilizing state-of-the art technology and innovative treatments while maintaining a thoughtful and caring approach. For more information visit


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