Sinusitis – How to Prevent a Sinus Infection – Nurse’s Guide

If you’re plagued with sinus infections or sinusitis from time to time or have a sinus infection now, it may help for you to know how to prevent sinus problems. Sinusitis means the sinuses or sinus cavities are inflamed or infected. So if you don’t have a sinus infection and your sinuses are irritated you may have sinusitis without a sinus infection.

Although there are no standard rules about how to prevent a sinus infection there are a few things you can do to help you prevent one in the future. Even if you have a sinus infection now or have possible symptoms, by doing some of these preventative measures you may feel a lot better. This is especially so if you’re still exposed to whatever is causing your sinusitis or sinus infection and symptoms – drainage, irritated throat or headache for example.

First of all it’s important to keep your nasal passages and cavities as moist as you can. You can do this by using saline sprays (salt-water solution) and use nasal irrigation.

Make sure to avoid any dry indoor environments. Experts don’t agree about the use of humidifiers because they can cause mold and sinus infections are usually caused by fungi, which is mold. I don’t recommend them myself. If you wake up in the morning and you have a nosebleed, your bedroom air may be too dry. Most nosebleeds are caused by dry air so that is one indication.

You also don’t want to use a humidifier if you have allergies to dust mites or live where cockroaches hang out.

Make sure to avoid all airborne irritants. Some obvious irritants are cigarette smoke, cigar smoke, polluted or stagnant air outside your home, irritating fumes from household cleaners, chemicals and sprays, fabric softener sheets, air fresheners, etc. You may want to get tested for allergies to see if you’re allergic to pollen, grasses, dust mites, etc.

Stirring up dust can cause the start of sinusitis for a lot of sinus sufferers. Be careful if you’re digging around old boxes or have to enter a moldy basement.

Swimming pools that are treated with chlorine can be particularly irritating and not healthy. If you swim try to find local pools that are filled with a salt water solution instead of harmful chorine. Many public and private pools have salt water pools now. Chlorine can actually be absorbed through your skin too. Professional swimmers won’t swim in chlorine pools.

I would avoid a lot of diving or any diving if you’re a chronic sufferer. The force of the water up into the nasal passages and sinus cavities could start up an acute sinus problem.

Keep your nose as moist as possible with frequent use of saline (salt water) sprays.

Avoid very dry indoor environments and use a humidifier, if you have to. But be aware that if you have allergies to molds, house dust mites, or cockroaches, a humid environment may also create problems.

If you have to   fly , the pressure in your sinuses may cause some blockage and an uncomfortable feeling in the ears from air forced out the Eustachian tubes. Try swallowing when this happens to try to keep the tubes open.

It’s worth it to make an effort to find out what is really causing your sinusitis or sinus infections. It doesn’t take a lot of detective work and with these suggestions you may know what it is already and are ready to start doing what it takes to prevent more infections or sinusitis. There are lots of natural ways to treat sinusitis or a sinus infection and get relief. Natural treatments for the sinuses are best. Seek those out and avoid antibiotics, which don’t work for sinus infections. I suffered along with my patients for years before I finally found a cure.



Source by Helen Hecker