Many people who suffer from chronic sinus conditions claim that they can practically predict what the weather will be like in the coming days when they have a sinus attack. While this may sound farfetched to those with healthy sinuses, science can lend credence to this theory.
Spring often brings frequent changes in weather, resulting in fluctuations of barometric pressure (the pressure the atmosphere exerts on the earth’s surface). Some people only feel the barometric pressure changes when flying, or diving. Some of us feel every day weather changes; whether it’s in our bones, our joints, sinuses or in headaches. These changes in atmospheric pressure can especially aggravate those who suffer from sinusitis. If you suffer from this condition, you usually have clogged or more highly congested sinus cavities. Sudden drops in barometric pressure (as is common with approaching storms) will result in the swelling of the lining of your nasal passages; you will get what is known as a “sinus headache.” Since the purpose of the sinus cavities is to keep the head “light,” the feeling of having them clogged is often described as having a heavy head. This leads to increased fatigue and may lead to migraine headaches.
The good news is that there are treatments out there that can alleviate the pressure. The most common treatment is antihistamines; however there are several natural remedies that can also be effective.
- You may find relief from teas or facial steams. This is the first quick line of action against sinus pressure. Place a few drops of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Thyme, rosemary, tea tree or Spearmint Essential Oil into a bowl of boiled water. Sit with your head over the bowl – a towel draped over your head to catch the scent. Breathe in the aroma and it will help to alleviate pressure/swelling in your sinus cavities.
- Watch your local weather forecasts. When you see the big ‘L’ or the big ‘H’ pressure systems or fronts coming in – be prepared. If you know it may be coming you’ll be more likely to handle the pain and pressure.
- Herbal teas can give your immune system a boost. Try a cup or two or three a day of ginger and mint or chamomile, Echinacea, calendula and lemon or any tea that suits you.
For personalized guidance, give our office a call. We’ll help you get through the spring weather changes pressure-free.