Sinus issues—whether the result of allergies, a cold, or a sinus infection—can be painful and irritating. Many people reach for medication to provide instantaneous relief, but overuse of certain medications can actually make your sinus issues worse, and may even cause antibiotic resistance.
Knowing the cause of your sinus problems and what preventative measures to take is the best solution for optimal sinus health in 2018. The key to long term relief is to attack any problems before they arise, and these five tips will help to ensure easy breathing all year long.
Drinking lots of water has a multitude of health benefits, but it is particularly beneficial for your sinuses. Staying hydrated helps keep the mucus in your nose thin and loose, eliminating blockage or stuffiness. Alcohol and caffeine can cause dehydration, so make sure to indulge in moderation.
There is a lot of debate about which sinus remedies work, but sinus washes like a saline spray or a neti pot are undeniably helpful. Keeping your sinuses moist through daily washing with a saline solution in a great home remedy.
If you sleep with your head lying flat on the bed, mucus pools in your sinuses. Adding a pillow or foam wedge under your head can drastically reduce your chance of sinus problems. The amount you sleep is also important: being well rested can help fight colds and other viruses, maximizing the health of your immune system.
Keeping a humidifier by your bed at night can help decrease nasal dryness and encourage easy breathing throughout the day. Roughly 35-50% humidity is ideal. Ensure that the humidifier is cleaned regularly, as bacteria and mold buildup can make matters worse.
Sinus problems can be a result of allergies triggered by our surroundings, so it’s important to take all necessary precautions in your home. Eliminating dust mites, using an air-filtration system, and investing in bedding with allergen-barriers can cut down on sinus issues.
Sometimes, sinus issues can be the result of factors out of your control. If you have persistent problems, it’s best to visit an ENT (ear nose and throat doctor), who can evaluate and diagnose problems related to anatomic obstructions, swelling, or other chronic conditions.
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