Steps You can Take to Prevent Sinusitis
An estimated 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis. A headache, stuffy nose, cough, and general achiness can leave you feeling exhausted and unable to function. For many, sinus inflammation and infections are an ongoing battle; however, there are steps you can take to limit the frequency and severity of sinus infections.
- Keep your mucous membranes moist by using saline nasal sprays and washes.
- Avoid exposure to airborne irritants, including wood smoke and cigarette and cigar smoke.
- Limit your use of materials that produce harsh fumes, including cleaners, hairsprays, and perfumes.
- Drink plenty of fluids, which will help thin mucus so that it will drain more effectively.
- Use an indoor air filter to reduce potential allergens that can lead to increased mucus production, congestion, and infections.
In the event you develop sinusitis, the following measures may help lessen your discomfort.
- Take a hot, steamy shower or bath. The warm, moist air will help open inflamed nasal passages.
- An over-the-counter nasal irrigation kit can help remove thick mucus so that the sinuses can drain.
- Apply moist heat to your face for a few minutes several times a day.
- Avoid blowing your nose too forcefully. Forceful blowing can make the situation worse by forcing mucus back into your sinuses.
Be careful when using over-the-counter cough medicines and decongestants. They may contain ingredients that are not safe for people with certain health conditions or young children. If in doubt, consult your doctor before taking the medication.
If you suffer from frequent sinus infections, it is a good idea to be tested for allergies. At Allergy and Asthma Associates of Allen, we use the latest techniques to diagnose and treat allergies, asthma, and various immunological conditions. Contact us today to schedule your evaluation.