If you’re suffering from a cold or a sinus infection, the post-nasal drip and runny nose can be excruciating. Finding some sinus drainage remedies that work for you is a great way to alleviate symptoms and even shorten the length of your sinus infection. Here are the remedies that work best.
Sinus Drainage Remedies
There are literally dozens of different sinus drainage remedies. I’ve found that you’ll get best results by combining medication with home remedies. These are the best ones to start with:
- Over-the-Counter Medications – Using a nasal decongestant like Sudafed together with a Cough Suppressant like Delsym works extremely well. The sudafed helps to alleviate the congestion and drain your sinuses, while the cough suppressant minimizes the cough and sore throat from the post-nasal drip. Both of these medications come in 12-hour doses. These are much more convenient than the 4-hour or 6-hour alternatives. If you suffer from allergies, you might also want to try an over-the-counter allergy medicine like Zyrtec or Claratin. As always, read the back of the packages and follow the instructions they provide. Ask your pharmacist before mixing medications to ensure doing so won’t have adverse effects on you.
- Prescriptions – If you suffer from allergies, you may want to ask your doctor about getting a prescription nasal spray. I use a prescription nasal spray once per day, and it has significantly reduced the inflammation of my sinuses and nasal passages. That, in turn, helps my sinuses to drain more normally.
- Home Sinus Drainage Remedies – While drugs can be helpful, it’s often best to try a home remedy first.
- Sinus Rinses – Sinus rinses can be especially effective. See my step-by-step instructions on how to perform a sinus rinse. This is one of the most-recommended sinus-drainage remedies by ENT doctors.
- Drinking Lots of Fluids – Seriously, this works. It may sound like something your mother would nag you about, but staying hydrated is key to keeping your mucus thin so that you don’t get congested. Don’t underestimate the importance of simple tapwater as a sinus drainage remedy.