Tips for avoiding sinus issues.
Were you even aware you had sinuses until your first sinus headache or a sinus infection? Most people don’t notice their sinuses unless there is a problem. Colorado ENT and Allergy Doctors understand that if you keep your sinuses healthy you can avoid frequent sinus problems.
The easiest way to avoid respiratory infections is to keep your hands clean. It sounds incredibly simple, but handwashing is a powerful protector. Sinus infections start when bacteria or virus from your hands finds a way to your nose. Keeping your hands clean and away from your face is especially important when you are in a public or common area including hotel lobbies, sports arenas, movie theaters, airports. These places are a hotbed of infection and can be coated in germs.
Please be considerate and keep your germs to yourself. When sneezing or coughing, make sure to cover your nose and mouth. If you are sick, please stay home. Stay away from people with upper respiratory infections.
2. Minimize Indoor Allergens
Reduce exposure to allergens at home. You should vacuum and dust your house at least once a week and more frequently if you have pets. Wear a mask while you clean to protect your sinuses. Wash sheets, pillowcases, and blankets every seven days. Encase your mattress, pillows, and box spring in special zippered allergy-proof covers to reduce allergens while you sleep. Brush your pets frequently outside to reduce shedding.
Nasal passages and sinuses need to have moisture to work properly. You need to hydrate your nasal passages and sinuses when the air is dry, especially during winter. A humidifier can be used to add moisture to the air in your home. When you breathe dry air, it robs your respiratory system of moisture. Make sure to drink plenty of water. When you feel thirst, you are already dehydrated. Avoid using nasal sprays that contain decongestants. Use saline sprays if your sinuses feel dry. Saline sprays can be used as often as necessary.
4. Get Treatment for Sinus Problems Quickly
If you suffer from stubborn sinus infections that won’t go away or have many sinus infections a year, then it’s time to see your ENT and get treatment. We can determine the cause of your recurring sinus problem and help you with the most effective treatment for your Sinus Problems.