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Sinusitis and Steam Treatment

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Effect of Steam Treatment on Sinusitis

Even though studies have not been performed to evaluate its benefit, some people find that inhaling steam can be very soothing in the management of acute sinusitis. Studies do show a small benefit when steam is used in this way to treat symptoms of the common cold.

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How to Use Steam Treatment

One way to use steam treatment is to fill a bowl with steamy hot water. Then lean over the bowl in a comfortable position, and drape a towel over the bowl and your head to keep the steam in. Relax and breathe in the steam for about ten minutes at a time. You can repeat this several times a day. Be careful not to scald your face by touching the water.

Another way is to use hot packs over your face several times a day.


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Posted 13 years ago

If making steam is too much of a hassle, I've also had good results by just "snorting" warm water into each nostril. It can be very uncomfortable to have water in your nasal cavity, however, so it may not be everybody's cup of tea!

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