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Sinus Infection Prevention

Updated on December 8, 2010

Sinus Infection Prevention

Anyone who has experienced the agony of a sinus infection would probably love any kind of effective tips on sinus infection prevention. It is not necessary to wait for a sinus infection to strike before you take action. As a matter of fact, there are some steps you can take to prevent sinus infections from happening; in this hub, I have compiles some of them to share with you. First, it is recommended that you moisten the air in your home. One way of doing this is by a purchasing a humidifier or buying an air conditioning unit, as this helps to regulate the temperature during cold and hot weather. Aside from humidifiers or air conditioners, you can in addition install electrostatic filters, which are designed to remove allergens that circulate in the air. These allergens can irritate the sinuses and potentially bring on infection. If you live a polluted area, move somewhere else. It is important to remember that sinus infections can be brought on by exposure to strong fumes and chemicals that can possibly irritate your sinus linings. Consuming too much alcohol can also trigger sinus infections because it swells the nasal and sinus membranes, leaving them exposed to irritants. In short, this means that you should consume alcohol moderately. Smoking can also cause sinus infections due to the fact that it irritates the lining of the sinuses, which can cause bad drainage of mucus, which in turn can cause the sinuses to congest. So it is definitely recommended that you should quit smoking, and stay away from second hand smoke as much as humanly possible.

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Preventing Sinus Infections

If you are a frequent traveler, it is a good idea to cut down on the number of times you have to fly from one destination to the next. The reason for this is because a bubble of air within the body expands as air pressure in the plane (also known as “cabin pressure”) reduces. If this occurs, this could result in a blockage of the Eustachian tubes, which in turn can cause your nose to clog during the plane’s ascent or descent. I have personally experienced this more than once while flying, and let me tell you, it is extremely painful. It can feel like someone is sticking a dagger in your ear, and you can sometimes feel like your head is going to literally explode. So if you have to fly, be sure to bring some type of decongestant nose drop or inhaler and use it before the flight—if you can make it through airport security (LOL). Whenever you suffer from a sinus infection, the best way to combat the condition is to stay hydrated. You can take a preventative approach by always drinking lots of water, juice or any other liquid to replenish lost fluids from the body. It is also important to practice good hygiene since most sinus infections come into being due to bacterial and viral infections. Preventative actions include taking a shower twice a day and washing your hands with soap and warm water every time you go to the bathroom. It is important to do this every time you sneeze because when you cover your mouth during a sneeze, the germs can spread to your hands. Some food for thought here as well: Many people have said for years that consuming dairy products will keep the bones strong, but studies have shown that too much dairy in our diets can thicken mucus and cause nasal passages to narrow down, resulting in headaches and sinus pain. Again, this is something that I have personally experienced as well—the wrong dairy product at the wrong time has many times sent my sinuses into a tailspin. While what I have shared above is not all there is to the art (and science somewhat) of sinus infection prevention, it should still get your gears turning as to what you can do to keep sinus infections at bay.

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