Sneezing. Stuffiness. Pressure. Pain. When your sinuses are acting up, they are often responding to irritation or infection. This leaves you feeling miserable.
You can’t always fight off sinus infections, but simple daily changes can help keep your sinuses in better health.
Tips For Better Sinus Health
Not sure where to start? Try these five tips:
1. Have A Drink… But Not An Alcoholic One
Hydrated sinuses are happier sinuses. This means drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and not having too many caffeinated drinks or alcoholic beverages. Both of these types of drinks can dehydrate you. If plain water doesn’t impress you much, try adding some flavor by putting slices of lemon, lime, orange, strawberry, or cucumber in your glass.
2. Stay Steamy
If you feel sinus congestion building up, an at-home “steam room” might help. Run a hot shower, and sit in your bathroom with the door closed so you can breathe in the soothing steam for about 10 minutes. Sleeping with a humidifier in your bedroom is another option.
3. Take Care Of Allergies
Allergy flare-ups can make sinuses feel worse. On top of this, many people who think they have sinus problems actually are dealing with allergies. Both problems require different treatments, so it’s important to get to the root cause of your symptoms.
Remember, adults can develop new allergies, so don’t think you’re immune just because Fido didn’t make you sneeze when you were a child.
4. Don’t Smoke
As if you needed another reason to steer clear of smoking, consider this: It can irritate the sinuses and also make allergies worse. That goes for cigarettes, marijuana, pipe tobacco, the whole lot. Second-hand smoke is also problematic.
5. Get A Checkup
Whether you’re experiencing sinus issues for the first time or your sinus infections just won’t go away, a visit to the doctor can provide helpful answers. When you see the doctor, tell him or her about all your symptoms (no detail is too small) and any medications you are taking. Make sure you voice your concerns. Remember, there is no such thing as a “stupid” question.
Sinus pain doesn’t have to take over your life. If you need relief, we’re here to help you find a treatment plan that works for your symptoms, your preferences and your lifestyle.