Most people develop sinus congestion on occasion as the result of a cold or allergies. However, frequent or chronic sinus congestion is a whole other story and can require more intensive treatment. In addition to over-the-counter and prescription medications, you may want to consider using one or more of the following therapies to alleviate your sinus congestion.
Sinus irrigation basically means putting fluid into your sinuses. This can be done with a device called a neti pot. Basically, you fill the pot up with warm water, insert the nozzle in your nostril, hold your head over the sink, and let the water flow up your nose and into your sinuses. The water will then drip back out your nostrils, carrying with it a lot of the mucous that was congesting your sinuses. You can do this a couple of times per day if needed. If you use a nasal spray, irrigating your sinuses beforehand can help make the medication more effective as it removes mucous and allows the medication to come into closer contact with the tissue lining your sinuses.
Going to a massage therapist about your sinus congestion may sound a little strange at first, but it can actually be a really good idea. They can do some massage around your temples, your forehead, and your neck. This can relax the muscles in the area, which may help reduce some of the inflammation and open up your sinuses. The massage may also physically help dislodge some of the mucous in your sinuses. So, don't be surprised if you have to blow your nose quite a lot after your massage.
If your doctor thinks your chronic sinus problems are due to allergies, then they may recommend a type of therapy called immunotherapy. In this treatment, you are given periodic shots that contain small amounts of the substances you're allergic to. As time goes on, your body's immune response to the substance becomes less and less pronounced, and eventually, you no longer suffer sinusitis in relation to that allergen. Immunotherapy is time-consuming and does come with some risk of a more serious allergic reaction, but it can be your best chance at long-term relief from sinus congestion due to allergies.
If you suffer from ongoing sinus congestion and pressure, don't ignore it. Talk to your doctor about these and other good sinus therapy options that are available to you.