Preventing Sinus Infection Symptoms
One of the best things you can do to stop those sinus infection symptoms is to keep from getting the sinus infection in the first place. Brilliant!!!
Seriously, there are some practical things you can do to keep that sinus infection from ever getting a hold on you.
In most cases, sinus infections are a result of first having a cold. So you want to make sure you take care of yourself while you have your cold, and as you start to get over your cold.
Let me be clear, I am not a doctor. But I have had enough sinus infections over the years that I have learned simple things I can do to keep from getting sinus infections, or at least reduce the length of the symptoms.
It really all comes down to taking good care of your body, and taking common sense precautions to help prevent your sinuses from becoming infected in the first place.
It's important for you to take good care of your body, so your immune system can fight the cold, and fight off any bacterial infection that is trying to attack your sinuses.
1. Get plenty of rest. I'm not saying you need to stay home from work, but when you get home from work - rest. Take a break, lay down on the couch and watch some worthless television, or read a book.
2. Stay away from alcohol. Alcohol will dehydrate your body, and you want your body to be hydrated.
3. Drink plenty of fluids including water, juice, hot decaffeinated teas and soup. Stay away from caffeine drinks like coffee. Staying away from coffee in the morning may be extremely hard for some (it is for me), so I suggest your try hot tea or a cup of decaf coffee.
4. Stay away from tobacco. This is obvious, but probably the toughest for smokers. Perhaps it's a good time to quit smoking?
5. Run a humidifier when you are home and while you sleep. Dry air can cause nasal passage irritation and make them more prone to sinus infections.
6. Use a saline solution nasal spray to keep your sinuses moist and to help with nasal drainage. Even better, get a sinus irrigation system that will pulse the cilia back to normal and thoroughly clean the sinus cavity.
7. Get rid of that handkerchief. Do you carry a handkerchief with you, to blow your nose in when you have a cold? Dirty handkerchiefs can be a breeding ground for bacteria that could end up in your sinuses. Use disposable tissue paper instead.
8. Wash your hands well, especially after being out in public. And, keep your hands away from your nose. Huh? Okay guys, I have seen you pet or play with your mustache, which puts your fingers against your nose. Sorry, I have also seen you pick your nose - don't do it. These are just more opportunities for bacteria to invade your nasal cavity.
Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy, and are partly responsible for having to suffer through those sinus infection symptoms.
Just by being aware of what leads to your sinus infections, and taking common sense precautions can go a long way in preventing your sinus infection and associated symptoms.
P.S. If you're too late to prevent your sinus infection and already have one, I suggest your look at a natural ways to get relief from your sinus infection symptoms.