There are 37 million Americans who suffer from some form of sinus problem each year. While it can be annoying and uncomfortable, there are some things you can do to help alleviate sinus symptoms.
Understand Your Triggers
First, you must understand why you have sinus issues. Whether it is allergies or frequent colds or a structural issue, you need a diagnosis and cause. That may mean meeting with an ear, nose, and throat specialist to identify your chronic sinus infections and conditions.
When you have a heater blowing in your home, the membranes of your sinuses dry out. So, in the winter consider putting on a sweater and allowing the interior of your home to get a little cooler. If you wake up in the morning congested, your heater was up too high.
You do not want an environment that is too dry or humid in your home; both can cause serious sinus problems. This is because dust mites love 50 percent or more humidity, while membranes dry in less humidity. Consider using a humidifier in your home, whether it is one you have in each room of the house or a whole-house unit.
You may also want to dry a vaporizer, especially if you are in the middle of a sinus infection. You will need to sit near the vaporizer to get the full benefit. And, after each use make sure you clean it out. Vaporizers are prone to bacteria buildup.
Stay in Well-Ventilated Rooms
Even if your home is energy-efficient, it may not have ample ventilation for your sinuses. Open up the house as much as you can on warmer days to ventilate it. Of course, do not do so when the pollen alerts are high as this could just worsen allergy symptoms.
Drink a lot of fluids to help your sinuses function as they are supposed to. A quart of water a day is recommended.
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Use Salt Water Rinses
A salt water rinse, whether it is from a kit or one you make yourself, can help flush your nasal cavities, clean out mucus, and any debris, too. Neti pots also help irrigate the sinuses.
There are some things that can irritate your sinuses, such as cleaning products, cigarette smoke, pet dander, dust, and even hair spray. Avoid these items as much as possible to help prevent a sinus flare up.
Meet with an ENT Specialist Today
If you are suffering from sinus pain, pressure or frequent sinus infections, you need to meet with an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Dr. Light can help you diagnose why you have frequent sinus infections and even come up with a solution. Schedule your consultation today by calling 561-737-8584 now.