- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to keep nasal secretions thin.
- Saline nasal sprays can help keep the nasal passages moist; helping remove infectious agents. Throw out nasal sprays after each bout with sinusitis, don’t reuse it or share with others.
- Inhaling steam from a bowl of boiling water or in a hot, steamy shower.
- Try to avoid air travel. Using saline nasal sprays before and after the flight may be helpful.
- Avoid contracting upper respiratory tract infections from those suffering from colds or the flu.
- Wash hands often. Adopt healthy-living strategies.
- Annual flu vaccine.
- Reduce stress.
- Eat a diet rich in antioxidants, especially fresh, dark-colored fruits and vegetables to help strengthen the immune system.
- Avoid allergens and spending long periods outdoors during allergy season. Keep windows closed in the summer and use air conditioning.
- Allergy shots (“immunotherapy”) may be effective in reducing or eliminating sinusitis due to allergies.
- Zinc carbonate lozenges may reduce the duration of a cold.
- Humidifiers may also be helpful.
- Avoid smoking areas.
- Don’t dive under water in chlorinated pools.
- Allergy medication.
Sinusitis or sinus infections usually clear up if treated early and appropriately. Making some of these suggested lifestyle changes will increase your resistance to colds, flu, respiratory and sinus infections. Cedar Crest Ear, Nose & Throat Associates is where you can find relief. With our board certified allergy doctor on staff, we can help treat your sinus allergy issues with proven results.
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