Nothing is worse than feeling congested and dealing with postnasal drip while trying to carry on with your daily activities. Sinus infections (also referred to as sinusitis) can turn your good week into a bad one in an instant.
There are two types of sinusitis: acute and chronic.
Acute sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses that only lasts a few weeks. The swelling blocks the sinus openings which can cause mucus to build up in the nasal cavities, causing pressure and pain. Chronic sinusitis lasts longer than 12 weeks and doesn’t respond well to treatment.
Easy Tips on How to Protect Your Sinus Health
Avoid dry environments
A dry environment will most likely cause the membranes in your nose to dry out resulting in mucus getting thicker over time, clogging the sinuses. By adding a humidifier to your home, you are adding moisture to the air that you breathe which helps relieve sinus congestion.
Use a saline nasal solution
A saline nasal solution can be extremely beneficial in relieving congestion. By draining excess mucus, it helps to remove allergens and irritants from the nose. This is great to use before bed to help you sleep.
Dairy products can cause the mucus to thicken up, allowing pressure and congestion to build up. By drinking lots of water, you can keep the mucus thin which allows it to flow smoothly down the sinus canal. You may want to restrict dairy consumption as well.
Avoid air pollutants and irritants
Contaminated air contains pollutants that can irritate the nose and sinuses. This direct contact with the nasal mucosa leads to inflammation and swelling of the sinuses.
If you are experiencing common sinus complications or sinusitis, make an appointment with Dr. Marc Dean at Fort Worth Ear & Sinus today!
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