While the numbers vary, it’s widely accepted that nearly 30 million adults suffer annually from sinus-related problems and infections. In the United States alone data analyzed from the U.S Department of Labor estimated that wage and productivity loss related to sinus complications totals in excess of $13 billion per year. Data aside, healthy sinuses are important and knowing how to promote their well being is the first step. With that in mind, here are South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center’s top six tips to keep your sinuses healthy.
When we are dehydrated, the mucus membranes inside of our sinuses become thick, making it harder for mucus to flow through the nasal passage. Dehydration can result in mucosal blockage, leading ultimately to irritation, infection, and inflammation. Keeping your water bottle full and within reach is a great way to stimulate healthy sinus activity, so be sure to drink lots of water and stave off dehydration to ensure your sinus membranes are always functioning properly.
Whether in your bedroom or at work, your kitchen or your car, it’s important to keep the air you’re breathing moist and humid. Dry air has the adverse consequence of drying out your sinuses, and when your sinuses are dried out, their ability to naturally clear and irrigate is compromised. The result can be pain, pressure, and if the build-up is left untreated, infection. Try using a humidifier wherever you spend lots of time, especially when having the heater on or are likely to spend several hours a day time in hot and dry conditions.
Use A Warm Compress
If you are experiencing sinus congestion, apply a warm towel to your face. This maneuver can help to break up and thin out excess mucus, allowing it to drain more effectively. You can get a similar result by inhaling warm steam several times a day or, while taking a hot shower, taking deep breaths.
Stay Away From Pollutants
Airborne pollutants and irritants like smoke, hairspray, aerosols, and cleaning products can exacerbate sinus pressure and congestion. To the best of your ability, it’s important to steer clear of these kinds of air pollutants and common allergens.
Try Saline Solutions
Pursuing induced nasal irrigation can go a long way in keeping your sinuses clear and free of painful pressure. While we do not recommend OTC decongestants (as their prolonged use can damage the nasal canal and even exacerbate sinus problems long term), a saltwater solution can be used to gently wash out mucus or allergens from your paranasal sinuses, providing temporary natural sinus relief without risking the adverse effects of most pharmaceuticals.
Pursue A Proper Diagnosis
In context, the above tips can all provide provisional treatments for clogged sinuses. However, the first true step towards long-lasting, if not permanent relief, is to receive a diagnosis from a sinus specialist, such as those that make up the team at South Florida Sinus And Allergy Center.
Under the expert and time-tested knowledge of Dr. Lee Mandel, you will be administered the right diagnostic tests to determine the exact cause of your sinus problems. Once a diagnosis has been determined and filed, Dr. Mandel will then suggest the best treatment option—often a minimally invasive nasal procedure—and tailor-make it to treat you as necessary. The end of a trip to our clinic can mean a lifetime of easier breathing in as little as 24 hours.
Get The Sinus Relief You Deserve
South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center—helmed by Dr. Lee Mandel, one of South Florida’s only Rhinologists—is South Florida’s premier sinusitis treatment clinic. We’ve helped thousands of patients, and we can help you too! Contact us at (954) 448-7216 for effective and lasting sinus infection treatments today.