Hydrotherapy is the use of water to promote healing. Hydrotherapy may be achieved through steam inhalation, nasal irrigation, or warm compresses. These techniques help loosen nasal secretions and cleanse nasal passages of mucus. They also improve drainage and breathing. For aromatic steam, several herbal remedies to soothe inflamed nasal and sinus membranes have been suggested:
Another technique of hydrotherapy involves alternating hot and cold compresses on the sinus area every 2 minutes. Repeating this 3 times a day reduces congestion and opens the sinuses. For more information see Nasal Saline Irrigation.