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How Cold Weather Affects Sinus Health

While seasonal allergy sufferers may despise springtime due to their chronic sinusitis, others may notice that the cool fall and winter air worsen their sinus symptoms. The last thing we want during the holiday season is to get sick, so learning how to protect our sinuses is important. Understanding how cold weather affects our sinus health is the first step.

Dry air: Texas has a relatively dry climate, which only gets drier as cold fronts move in. Moreover, if we run our furnaces to keep our homes warm, we are further drying out the air owe breathe. Lack of moisture in the air can dry out the sinuses, leading to irritation and thickening mucus. It is a good idea to monitor the humidity in our homes to prevent dry air from wreaking havoc on our sinus health. An air humidifier can be helpful this time of year, especially as we sleep. 

Indoor allergies: With extra time spent indoors during the colder months, we are more prone to indoor allergy attacks. Perhaps dust has built up on your favorite cozy throw, or Fido’s extra time inside has led to an abundance of pet dander on the rug. Either way, allergens accumulate inside of the home, triggering sinusitis. 

Sickness: Cold and flu season spark up as soon as the weather cools down. Your stuffy nose can easily result in a sinus infection when swelling and congestion prevents proper drainage. The flu can last for over a week and can easily spread to those around you. It’s important to practice proper hand-washing techniques and get a flu shot to protect yourself and those around you. 

At the Ear and Sinus Institute, we want to see our patients through to a healthy and happy holiday season. To seek relief from your chronic sinus conditions, make an appointment today by calling 817-993-4074 or book online!

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