Signs of Improving Sinus Health by East Texas Sinus in Longview, TX

ENT longview txIt’s more than likely that you will encounter at least one case of sinusitis each year. Sinus-related issues can be extremely unpleasant and burdening on your physical and mental health. Your sinuses play an important role in providing a constant source of mucus that filters the air you breathe, while simultaneously controlling your perceived sense of smell and taste.

Understanding how to keep your sinuses healthy and clear is of the utmost importance. Maintaining a clear sinus channel will greatly decrease the chances of developing an infectious issue. The most effective techniques in avoiding a sinus issue include:

  • Frequently-washing hands. In cold weather, bacteria and viruses can live on doorknobs and other surfaces.
  • Well-balanced diet & regular exercise. A healthy diet can help maintain strong immune health which, is essential in combating infection.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking can aggravate your sinuses and introduce harmful pollutants.
  • Use a saline nasal solution. A homemade or store-bought saline solution is an essential decongestive aid.
  • Keep your windows closed. Opening the windows, especially between  5 a.m. – 10 a.m when the pollen count is the highest, will agitate a sinus issue.

If you do happen to experience a sinus issue, the following tips and tricks will help you recover speedily and effectively without relying on antibiotics.

  • Stay hydrated. Drinking water will help to keep mucus active and loose in your system.
  • Inhale steam. Boil water in a pan, turn off the heat and inhale the rising steam with a towel over your head. Repeat 3 to 4 times a day.
  • Sleep with your head elevated.
  • Use decongestants. Pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine are useful decongestants. They may, however, raise blood pressure, speed your pulse, or make you jittery.
  • Avoid antihistamines. They will increase the thickness of mucus, making it difficult to properly drain.
  • Apply a warm cloth to your face. A warm compress can help soothe sinus pain where over-the-counter pain relievers will help to treat other symptoms like a fever.

If you struggle with allergies or a weakened immune system, you may be more susceptible to sinusitis or infection. That said, leading a healthy lifestyle and practicing good hygiene can help you avoid troublesome sinus pain and congestion issues.

For more information on sinus health or a professional opinion, make an appointment or visit us at East Texas Sinus today! Our full-service ENT provides the best care using the latest technology. Dr. Morton and his staff are happy to serve the entire East Texas area from a state-of-the-art facility in Longview, TX.

Published by osky-blue-support on: October 14, 2019
Category: ENT Specialist Sinus Care