Sinus Infection Prevention and Faster Healing
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I'm so sick of getting sinus infections. Two so far this year, one that required THREE courses of antibiotics to get rid of! So I'm out to try to prevent them and treat them early. So far this is what I've discovered.
Try to avoid Smoke (cigarette, fireplace, etc)
Avoid dry air (especially cool dry air)
Avoid cleaning products (natural alternatives like vinegar and essential oils are amazing)
Shorten long periods in the pool or other chlorinated waters
Avoid diving as it forces pressure and other "ickies" into the sinuses
Keep humidity at 35-45%
Wash hands frequently
Dust and Vacuum regularly
Maintain a strong immune system
Do you think you are already getting a sinus infection?
Push yourself to drink more water and hot liquids (but limit coffee and black tea)
Sinus rinse (My ENT recommended the NeilMed Sinus Rinse, NOT a netipot, and ONLY use DISTILLED water)
Apply warm moist heat
Aromatherapy and/or steam bath
Eat spicy food to clean out those sinuses (Like wasabi and horseradish)
Elevate your head when sleeping by using more pillows or simply putting a few bricks under the top of your mattress
Leave me a comment with your favorite way to combat the sinus crud.