Having serious sinus pain can make your life difficult and challenging every day. When your sinuses are clogged, you might experience pain and pressure above your nose or between your eyes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28.5 million adults are diagnosed with sinusitis, which is approximately 12 percent of the United States. Furthermore, 11.7 million trips to the doctor each year are for sinusitis.

If you are one of the 12 percent of sinusitis sufferers, we have good news for you. There are treatment options available that you can try in order to find relief for your sinus problems.

Here are the top four recommended treatments:

Start at the Beginning…

The first step in handling sinus pain is to determine when your sinuses are the root of the problem. A headache caused by sinuses, for example, will radiate with pain and pressure in the forehead between the eyes or above the nose. It is possible that these areas might even be tender to your touch.

If the pain worsens with movement such as bending over, then this may be a sign that you might be suffering from serious sinus problems.

1. Painkillers

One way to deal with sinus problems is by using over-the-counter painkillers. Those with Naproxen Sodium, Acetaminophen, or Ibuprofen can help alleviate the inflammation associated with your sinus pain.

Make sure you read the directions and consult with your doctor, if necessary, before adding one of these medications into your daily regimen.

2. Decongestants

Another option for handling continuous sinus pain is using a decongestant. These medicines can often be purchased without a prescription and can help to open a blocked sinus cavity. By reducing the mucus and swelling in your nasal passages, decongestants help you breathe easier and experience less pain.

Make sure you read the instructions carefully before incorporating this into your regimen for dealing with sinus pain and problems. Using a nasal decongestant spray for more than a few days could cause additional problems. You may also need to consult with your doctor if you are going with the added method of taking a pain medicine as well.

3. Antihistamines

A third option for dealing with sinus pressure is to use antihistamines. If your sinus problems are a direct result of allergies, antihistamines can help you knock the issue out head on. As always, consult with your doctor before using a particular antihistamine.

One brand may be more appropriate for you. You should always follow the directions on the package to ensure that you are taking the right dosage and in the right manner.

If your sinus problems persist after attempting these remedies, please consult with your doctor to evaluate your sinus problem and determine if another course of action is more appropriate to help you finally get some relief.

4. Immunotherapy or Balloon Sinuplasty

Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, can often help treat sinus problems and/or sinusitis. Immunotherapy can help to reduce the body’s reaction to the allergens that are causing your sinus problems and may even help treat the condition over time.

Consult with an ENT Specialist Today

Of course, be sure to speak to an ENT Specialist about your chronic sinus pain, pressure, and sinusitis—especially if over-the-counter medications and home remedies aren’t quite cutting it. You may need more intense treatments such as Immunotherapy or Balloon Sinuplasty.