How To Keep Your Sinuses Healthy
In the fall and winter, the nose goes through many difficult times. The dry air can make the nasal passages very uncomfortable. Many people get sinus infections, common colds, and flu viruses which can make the nose become uncomfortably congested. When the nose is stuffed up, it can be difficult to sleep well and to breath throughout the day; therefore, it is very important to keep the nose healthy during the colder months of the year.
Wash Your Hands
One of the best ways to avoid getting sick is to practice good hygiene. For most adults, that includes washing hands on a regular basis. Depending on what you do during the day and where you spend your time, keeping your hands clean can be very challenging. Many people find it easier to suffer through dry and chapped hands than through sinus problems. Dry hands can easily be treated with creamy lotion, where congested sinuses take much longer to heal. The viruses and bacteria that can wreak havoc on your sinus can very easily get onto the fingers and into the body, so wash your hands before you eat, after you pump gas, go grocery shopping, use an ATM, or shake someone’s hand. The more vigilant you are, the less likely you will be to get sick.
Saline Nasal Spray
Many people like to keep their sinuses moisturized with a nasal spray. Simply spraying a saline solution into the nostrils will keep them moisturized. Dry nasal passages are more likely to become infected because the cilia (microscopic hairs in the nasal passages) do not move the mucus as effectively. Some people use neti pots to irrigate their nasal passage. You can use what works the best and feels the most comfortable.
Keeping the body hydrated is another tried and true way to keep the nose healthy. When the body is hydrated, it does a better job of flushing out toxins that can lead to illness. Drinking water, hot tea, and other water-based beverages can reduce the build up of mucus. Some people find that eating milk, cheese, or other dairy products increases the buildup of mucus in the sinuses, so drink more water and take in less dairy.
If you work or live in an area that has pollutants in the air, you could be more likely to develop sinus problems. Smoking and second-hand smoke reduces the effectiveness of the cilia to move mucus, so if you spend a lot of time either smoking or around smokers; you will have more problems with sinus infections and illness than those who are not around smokers. Dust and other pollutants and allergens can also create more problems in the sinus too.
Eat Healthy and Exercise
Eating a healthy diet is another way to keep the sinuses healthy. Drinking wine and eating too much dairy and wheat can also create trouble in the sinuses. Pairing a healthy diet with regular exercise will also keep the entire body (even the nose) in a healthier state. Getting a good sweat will also keep away many illnesses that clog up the nasal passages.