Clearing the Clutter – In Your Sinuses

Most of us understand the value of clearing clutter from our homes.  In many households, spring cleaning is an important yearly ritual.  But how many of us think about applying this principle to our sinuses?  Throughout the year, your sinuses are performing a number of functions that are seldom appreciated. In addition to sense of smell, the sinuses filter and warm incoming air and perform a number of immunological functions. Saline nasal irrigation is a way to love your sinuses back by clearing the “clutter” of allergens, irritants and infectious organisms. It is also one of the cheapest and most effective ways of preventing sinusitis.

What is nasal irrigation? Nasal irrigation bathes the nasal cavity with lukewarm salt water by instilling the saline solution into one nostril and allowing it to drain out of the other nostril. There are several administrative devices available over the counter, including spray bottles, or the neti pot. You can even use a bulb syringe. Hygiene is important, so always be sure to clean your administrative device after use. In addition to nasal irrigation, make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Keeping your body hydrated will keep the mucus which can cause sinusitis thin and loose.

Be careful with decongestants. Using decongestant sprays for more than three or four days continuously can cause increased swelling of the sinuses after the medication wears off. This swelling will make symptoms of sinusitis even worse. When it comes to sinusitis, as with most illnesses, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Give our office a call to get your sinuses on the right track to being healthy and clutter-free.

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