While this time of year may be filled with dinners and get-togethers with family and friends, the temperatures outside is dropping, which means the flu and cold season is upon us. While the winter months can be filled with fun and excitement, the side effects from the cold and damp weather can put a damper on your day. Unfortunately, the mayhem that sinuses can create doesn’t discriminate. The winter is the season for sinus headaches, and the cold only seems to increase the pain. But how do you know if you are suffering from a sinus headache? If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it is likely that you are experiencing a sinus headache:
• Face tenderness
• Pressure around your cheeks, nose, or eyes
• Runny nose
• Throbbing head pain
• Pain that is worse in the morning
• The pain gets worse when you bend forward
Luckily there are ways to help minimize and beat sinus headaches, so you can enjoy everything that the winter season has to offer.
1. Get a humidifier. During the winter the air becomes drier, and this can irritate your nasal passages, lead to blocked sinus passages, and result in thicker mucus. To help fight against the effects of dry air, you should invest in a humidifier. A humidifier can help add moisture back into the air to help thin out the mucus in your sinuses and nose.
2. Eat healthy, stay away from alcohol, and stay hydrated. Alcohol and certain foods can increase inflammation, so make sure to watch what you eat. Most importantly is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. By staying hydrated and drinking enough water, you can help thin out the mucus in your nose and promote drainage.
3. There’s nothing better than a bowl of chicken soup when you are having sinus troubles. Between the nutrients and the steam from the soup, you have a delicious way to relieve some of your sinus pressure and congestion. If you are not a fan and are looking for another soothing option, try out a cup of hot tea with honey and lemon instead.
4. If you enjoy spicy food, make sure you go spicy during times of sinus trouble. When spicy foods hit the mouth and nose, everything can open up. So if you can handle the spice, enjoy some horseradish, wasabi, hot peppers, curry, or mustard and see if that doesn’t help open up and clear up your sinuses.
5. Use steam to open up mucus and to moisten the sinuses. You can use a steam inhalation machine, fill a bowl up with hot water and drape a towel over your head, or you can take a hot shower. As an added bonus, make sure to sprinkle a few drops of menthol or eucalyptus into the water for more effective, robust results.