1. Practice Good Hygiene
This tip will not only help your sinuses, but good hygiene also promotes full body health. Bacteria and viruses are the most common causes for sinus infections. By washing your hands regularly, you can reduce the amount of bacteria and viruses that are on your hands when you touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. Less bacteria means less of a chance of a sinus infection.
2. Keep Sinuses Moist
If you have dry sinuses, the mucociliary transport system – which is responsible for trapping and moving irritants – stops working. A humidifier in your home, especially the bedroom, can be used to maintain moisture in the sinuses. Set the humidifier between 30 and 50 percent for best results. Remember to regularly clean the humidifier or it may begin to infect your sinuses rather than help them.
3. Avoid Pollutants and Irritants
During spring, pollen is the number one irritant that causes allergy and sinus problems. Other things like smoke, perfume, and pet dander can cause flare ups. To achieve sinus relief, be aware of the substances that affect you and to avoid them whenever possible. If you’re not sure what you’re allergic to, consider having an allergy test done so you can learn exactly what sets off those sneezes.
4. Clean Your Sinuses
Flushing your sinuses with warm salt water or a saline solution has been shown to reduce sinus infections in people with chronic sinus problems. A neti pot can also be used to clean out your nasal and sinus passages at home. Both sterile saline solutions and neti pots can be found in most pharmacies.
5. Drink the Right Fluids
Water is necessary to your overall health. It is important to drink enough water to keep mucus in your sinuses flowing properly. For some people, drinking milk or other dairy products may result in the thickening of the mucus. Alcoholic drinks like beer and red wine have been known to cause sinus pressure and congestion as well. Remember, for healthy sinuses and general health, water is always the best choice.
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