Have you ever woken up with sinus pressure, a stuffy nose and sore throat? That’s your sinuses reacting to an irritant. Here are a few tips to keep your respiratory system healthy:
1. Proper Hygiene
Much like the common cold, sinus infections are driven by viruses and bacteria. Avoiding close contact with anyone who has an upper-respiratory infection and washing hands frequently prevents an infection from entering your sinuses.
2. Avoid Air Pollutants and Irritants
Air pollutants, such as cigarette smoke, decrease the effectiveness of the mucociliary transport system in the sinuses. Avoid closed-in areas that include cigarette smoke, wood smoke and other pollutants.
3. Clean Your Sinuses
Flushing your nose out with lukewarm salt water can decrease the amount of sinus infections you get over time, especially in people with chronic sinus infections.
4. Drink fluids
Drinking enough water is essential for keeping mucus flowing smoothly. Certain drinks, such as dairy, beer and red wine can cause sinus pressure and congestion.
5. Avoid drastic changes in air pressure
Sudden pressure changes can cause air to get trapped in your sinuses, which can lead to sinus pressure, pain and congestion. Try a decongestant or nasal spray if you need to fly while you have sinus pressure.
If you have any questions about sinus hygiene or sinus conditions, contact Dr. Stacey L. Silvers by calling (212) 213-3339 to schedule an appointment.