7 Reasons Why Your Sinusitis is Worse During the Winter

7 Reasons Why Your Sinusitis is Worse During the Winter

Sinusitis is Worse During the Winter

While some individuals typically suffer the symptoms of sinusitis during the spring, due to the change of weather and because of pollen allergies, there are people who suffer from sinusitis all year round. Unfortunately, for some, their symptoms are at their worst during the winter. If the cold isn’t bad enough, for these individuals, they suffer from a stuffy nose, sinus headaches, and even post-nasal drip all winter long.

Sinusitis doesn’t just affect you during the spring, for some, the winter season is just as bad, if not worse. Luckily, there are ways to protect your sinuses this winter. Here are some of the reasons why your sinusitis is worse during the winter.

Electric Heaters and Fireplaces– The use of indoor heating is common during the winter, it is cold outside after all, but the use of electric heaters and fireplaces can dry out the air and irritate the nasal passages.

Dry Air– The air can be drier during the winter, depending on your environment. Dry air can lead to congestion and infection, so make sure you watch the humidity levels. To combat this, invest in a humidifier and/or take steamy showers.

Dust– When you take out those winter blankets and sheets, they might not be dust-free. Dust is a common trigger of sinusitis, so make sure all of your winter bedding is dust-free and clean before snuggling.

Pet Dander– While you love your furry pet, if you don’t groom your animal or clean on a regular basis, pet dander can wreak havoc on your sinuses. So make sure you clean regularly and keep your animal out of your bedroom and off of your bed.

The Cold and Flu Virus– Unfortunately, many people come down with colds and the flu during the winter. When cold and flu viruses linger, they can cause your nasal passages to become inflamed and can cause a sinus infection.

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