Swimmer’s Sinusitis: How to Prevent Sinus Issues After Swimming

Do I have Swimmer’s Sinusitis?

Swimmer’s Sinusitis

It’s summertime, and the temperatures are rising, which makes it perfect weather for a swim. There’s nothing better than cooling off at the pool or waterpark on a sweltering summer day. However, for certain individuals swimming in chlorinated water can cause discomfort instead of relief. Swelling and irritation can occur when chlorine gets into the nose or ears, and in time this can lead to a sinus infection. Also known as swimmer’s sinusitis, the symptoms include:

• Loss of smell
• Congestion
• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Facial pain
• Pressure around the eyes, forehead, and temples

If you find that you often experience any of the above symptoms after exposure to chlorinated water, then there’s a good chance you are experiencing swimmer’s sinusitis. Even though this condition can be troublesome, it does not mean you have to avoid the pool. Instead, take the precautions below to help lower your chances of experiencing sinus issues after swimming.

• To help prevent water from entering your nose and ears, wear swimming earplugs and a nose plug every time you swim.
• Avoid swimming when chlorine levels are at their highest. For example, after a pool has been shocked or has undergone a chlorine treatment.
• If you already have a cold, then avoid diving or swimming underwater. Not only do you risk water entering, but the pressure can push mucus or bacteria further into your sinuses.
• After you swim, take a shower immediately to wash off the chlorinated water.
• Even if you wear earplugs and a nose clip, use a neti pot to help flush out any chlorinated water that might have slipped past.

If the above precautions do not offer relief or seem to help your sinus issues, then there might be an underlying issue. Contact us today and let us help you find the best course of treatment!

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