There is nothing worse than a stuffy, snotty nose. Even worse, is not being able to blow it out with Kleenex. There are many things you can do to solve or fix sinus problems. These include, but are not limited to, medications, and cleaning.

Things You Will Need

You will need nothing.

Step 1

The first thing to do is use a mild decongestant in conjunction with an allergy medication (many over the counter versions of these are cheap and commonly found at your local drugstore). This may include Reactin, or Claritin. These medications will decrease swelling in your nasal passages, and remove that tight clogged feeling. The allergy medication stops your nose, and sinuses from reacting with anything in the air (like pollen, or dogs/cats) that causes you to swell and "snot".

Step 2

The second thing you can do is using a nasal spray like Nasonex or Flonase. Ask your doctor for a prescription. These are like the decongestants, because they decrease the swelling in your nose and sinuses, but they are much more effective. Some of them include steroids to help your body react.

Step 3

The third, and most effective for general nasal or sinus problems is something called a Neti-Pot. These are relatively inexpensive pots that can be bought at any drugstore. They consist of a saline (salt) solution tailored to the salinity of the human nose, in a bottle, being flushed up your nostril and through your sinuses. The solution basically flushes out your sinuses, and helps prevent infection from bacteria by clearing out the snot and mucus. It's like washing your nose!

For how to make your own Neti-Pot at home with household materials, click here.

For detailed instructions on how to use a Neti-pot, click here.

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