Whether it’s secret family remedies or online forum posts, there’s lots — and we mean lots — of misinformation floating around about sinus problems.
Let’s look at five common myths…and then talk about why they’re just not true.
1. Green mucus means it’s a sinus infection.
You’ve probably heard that clear nasal discharge is “normal” (or allergy-related) and only yellow or green means trouble, right? Not so fast. Typically, mucus becomes discolored after resting in the nasal passages awhile. So you can have a sinus infection but constantly blow your nose, and you’ll see clear discharge because the mucus isn’t sitting. It’s gross but true…green isn’t the only sign to go to the doctor.
2. My “special potion” works wonders.
There are more cure-all drinks, supplements and magical elixirs out there than we can shake a box of tissues at. And more are popping up on the Internet every day. Although certain herbals teas can help loosen mucus and therefore soothe some symptoms, they’re no replacement for a customized sinus treatment recommended by a doctor.
3. Fresh air will fix things.
We love a breath of sea air as much as the next person, but simply escaping pollution isn’t going to cure a sinus infection. However, steam can sometimes help; sitting in a closed bathroom with the shower running for a few minutes can help loosen mucus and ease congestion. But again, it’s important to see a doctor.
4. I’ll outgrow my sinus problems.
We hate to say it, but it’s just not true. Sinus problems can affect small children, senior citizens and everyone in between. Age has nothing to do with sinus symptoms, and the key to managing them is getting a customized treatment plan early on.
5. Antibiotics are the only cure.
About 90 percent of sinus infections are caused by viruses, which aren’t knocked out by antibiotics. And due to recent changes in the medical community, more doctors are beginning with a wait-and-see approach — and trying other treatments — before writing patients prescriptions for antibiotics.
If you’re looking for a customized sinus treatment, schedule a consultation with our expert team. We’re here to help find the right plan for you, your symptoms and your lifestyle, so give us a call anytime.