Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How to Prevent Symptoms of Sinus

How to Prevent Symptoms of Sinus

Preventing symptoms of sinus is better than cure. Follow the tips given below to reduce chances of sinus problems:

  • Eat well and exercise regularly to avoid contagious colds and flu. If these diseases occur, do not delay the treatment as untreated colds and flu can cause sinusitis.


  • Strengthen your immune system, increasing body resistance to infections. Consumption of vegetables and fruits loaded with antioxidants will help in boosting immune system. Adequate sleep is also essential for a good immune system that protects you against symptoms of sinus. De-stress regularly.
  • Drink enough fluids to hydrate the body. Try a humidifier to enhance moisture content in sinuses and nose. Humidifier will especially be helpful in case of a dry forced-air system used to heat the room air.
  • Ensure that the offices and houses are free from allergens. Air conditioners and heating equipment may help, as both feature electrostatic filters to remove allergens from the air.
  • Keep hands clean. Regular washing, especially after handshake, will control spread of viruses. Handshake is a common source of disease transmission, particularly colds and flu. Use an ordinary soap. Alcohol-based gel hand cleaners without water may kill viruses of flu and cold. Wipe surfaces with the solution consisting of 10% bleach and 90% water to kill viruses.


  • Avoid air pollutants and cigarette smoke. Do not smoke.
  • Since alcohol consumption may cause swelling of sinus and nasal membranes, avoid it.


  • Chlorine irritates membranes of sinuses and nose, so swimming in the pools treated with chlorine will be uncomfortable for people prone to sinusitis.
  • Generally, divers suffer from sinus infection and congestion if water from the nasal passages reaches to sinuses.  Take care!


  • Use nasal sprays prescribed by the doctor.
  • Patients suffering from infection of the upper respiratory system may use decongestants.


  • Quick and appropriate treatment of allergies is necessary. If food, pollens, mold, dust or any other allergen triggers infection in upper respiratory system and inflames sinuses, consult your physician immediately.
  • Administer influenza vaccine during October or November. Since influenza viruses change with time, vaccines are enhanced or improved pursuant to new viral strains. Healthy children between 6 months and 18 years, and adults >=65 years can also take the vaccine.  Pneumococcal vaccines prevent respiratory infections caused by S. penumoniae bacteria.


  • Air travel may be uncomfortable for passengers suffering from chronic or acute sinusitis, because air pressure in the airplane falls. Resulting pressure build- up in the head may block your Eustachian tubes or sinuses. Consult your physician to use a decongestant.

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