10 Ways To Avoid Sinus Problems - Nurse's
10 Ways You Can Avoid Sinus
Sinusitis is simply inflamed or infected
sinus cavities. Sinus anatomy - there are four sets of sinus
cavities and the problem can be in any of them. If you think
you have sinusitis symptoms or signs, such as irritated
throat, lightly coughing, sinus headache, yellowish mucous,
stuffy nose, blockage, pressure or pain, etc., here are a
few tips you should know.
First of all knowing if you can prevent it
or how to prevent acute or chronic sinusitis is
You may be continuing to
expose your self to the same situation that's caused your
sinus problem to begin with. In some cases it will be
difficult to prevent if an unknown factor is causing it -
for example an undetected food allergy.
Here are some of the ways you can help
prevent sinus problems:
1. Try to keep your nose and nasal
cavities as moist as possible.
You can carry a saline spray
and spray throughout the day. Let me caution you about
I would never put anything up
my nose that was not a saline solution - that is salt and
water. There are numerous products out there that claim to
cure sinusitis and want you to put a foreign substance up
your nose like the capsaicin in capsaicin spray.
This may create other problems. You don't know what is absorbed
into the bloodstream, etc.
2. Sometimes humidifiers are recommended
but these can create other problems increasing the chance of
development and growth of mold in your bedroom. Many people
are allergic to common household molds. Molds are a type of
But there are many types of
fungi that are not molds.
Recent research has shown that a majority
of sinus infections are due to fungi. Dust mite allergies
are common too.
Dust mites can cause serious
3. Exposure to cigarette and cigar smoke
can cause an inflamed mucous lining in the sinus cavities.
Exposure to chemical fumes is another one - fire
extinguisher fumes, even perfume and cologne fumes, harsh
4. Avoid walking outdoors if there's a lot
of smog. Even a little bit of smog bothers some sinus
sufferers. Listen to the weather report and check for a smog
or air quality advisory before you head
5. Avoid diving into water. Water is
forced into the sinus cavities from the nasal
Also swimming in pools treated
with chlorine can irritate the nasal lining and cavities. If
you must swim seek out salt-water treated swimming
7. Traveling by air may cause a problem if
you're already suffering from acute or chronic sinusitis.
When air pressure is reduced it can build up in your head,
causing a blockage in your sinuses and force it into the
Eustachian tubes in your ears.
8. Get checked for dust mite and food
allergies if you have recurring sinus
9. People with celiac disease have a lot
of sinus problem because they have a suppressed immune
system from improper digestion so they're not absorbing the
nutrients they need. You may want to think about getting
tested for it.
10. Eating a diet predominately of fruits
and vegetables can help prevent sinus attacks. Some people
report they improved significantly after giving up dairy
If you make an effort to find out what
exactly is causing your sinus problems and do all you can to
prevent them you may experience far fewer sinus attacks.
Taking a natural approach without sinus medications is
always the best approach to get
Many people have cured
themselves by prevention and a simple treatment - a sinus
cure they can do at home.
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