Moisturize the air you spend the most time in if you are in an area that's cold. Sleep with your head elevated, that helps drain your sinuses. Steam from a shower can help and a saline mist too. I was once on antibiotics for a whole year before the doctor gave up. It turns out I'm allergic to my animals. Lots of allergy meds have calmed down my sinuses, but I still have problems in the winter.
My sister takes a one a day hayfever/allergy tablet every day as she suffers from major sinus pain and headache which also progresses onto dizziness and nausea. If she doesn't take the tablet by lunchtime it's almost unbearable and it won't matter if she takes it after that point as she's gone too far 😳
I'm not sure if that would help you but it might be worth a try?
I hope you find something that helps you sooner rather than later. Sending you positive vibes and warm healing hugs xx
I had sinus surgery a year and a half ago. It removed some scar tissue I had from numerous infections and some bone to open up the area where I had the most congestion and improve drainage so fluid wouldn't build and grow bacteria. It was pretty awful post op because I ended up with an infection on both sides. It did clear up pretty quickly. I was great for a while. So much less pressure. It seems I am back to the old pain and pressure again though. I think my environment where I work is a lage part of my problem as Sezzy and I had talked about. It is a good idea about the sinus meds to keep things open and allow for drainage. I went for surgery so I wouldn't have to constantly take pills and deal with the problem. I guess that was wishful thinking. I don't regret having the surgery though. For some it works wonders.
I too suffer chronic sinusitis from allergies--I'm allergic to everything including my animals. I use Flonase daily spray which is a mild steroid spray that does not go systemic (to blood stream to whole body) so has few side effects. I also irrigate with saline spray. I often will take 12 hour Mucinex which is robitussin expectorant. It's great for opening up sinuses by breaking up any pockets of congestion. Need to drink lots of water for it to be effective. I experience no side effects from these sinus treatments. I am a retired RN so forgive any technical jargon.😀
I use to keep sinus headaches and infections. After I had sinus surgery for a deviated septum I've done really well, as far as rare infections. My doc told me I could need future surgery if my nasal passages scar up like my abdomen has. Lucky so far, 9+ years! I take Zyrtec when needed and keep my nasal passages flushed with "Simply Saline.". I use allergy nasal spray daily, as well as one for congestion or another for drainage (rhinitis), Nasonex & Patanase & Rhinocort per my allergy doctor.
I have bad allergies and can't afford to see a ear nose throat doctor yet. But I take Zyrtec and constantly rinse my sinuses with saline. I have Sjögren's syndrome which dries my sinuses out. Oh yeah also cool mist humidifier. Even though I have the heat on, sometimes I have to crack my window because the cool air helps with getting a sinus headache. I know how you feel and I hope you find some relief.
I've tried everything imaginable, humidifier, Flonase, sudafed, singulair, mucinex, 2 rounds of antibiotics since the end of October, that is gone, but not the sinus pain, Dr put me on Prednisone, fingers crossed!