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8 Home Remedies to Soothe Sinus Congestion

1. Stay hydrated.

There are many causes of sinus congestion, from allergies to irritants to structural problems inside the nose. Medicines and sometimes surgery are necessary to treat some kinds of sinus congestion. But there are lots of things you can try at home to ease the stuffiness and find relief. One of the most important is staying hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids thins mucus and keeps it moving. Water is the best choice, but you can also choose sports drinks, juice, and caffeine-free teas. Avoid dehydrating drinks, including caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.

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