As we move closer to holiday months, a number of images come to mind. The crisp afternoon breeze, colorful leaves, pumpkin carving, and various holiday functions are some of the pluses we get to look forward to. However, while we not-so-patiently await these engagements, let’s also stay mindful of our health in these exciting moments.
You know that stuffy-feeling that seems to conveniently throw off our big weekend plans year after year? So do we. Nasal congestion and sinus pressure don’t discriminate. In fact, in 2014 the CDC reported 29.4 million adults have been diagnosed with sinusitis, and that is in the U.S. alone. Below we’ve included some tips to keep you on top of your health this fall, and allow you to breathe freely again.
When you’re stuck inside on that flurry December day, the heated indoor air dries out the membrane in your nose. When this occurs, mucus dries up, making it thicker and more likely to clog your sinuses. We suggest getting a cool-mist humidifier for your bedroom and letting it operate while you’re running the heat.This will create moisture and should help relieve the pain and pressure significantly.
Water can be used manipulated greatly to assist your sinus problems.There are a number of ways in which water can serve as a proponent for healthy living:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Consuming water will thin out your mucus build-up and flush other toxins out.
- Take a warm shower.
- This can be replicated by covering your face with a warm wash cloth and taking deep-relaxed breaths. The moisture should alleviate some pressure and open up spaces in your sinuses.
- Wash your hands.
- Viruses and bacteria are the most common causes of sinus infection. Keeping a good hygiene will do you and everyone else a favor, by preventing the spread of an infection.
Getting a good night’s rest can feel like labor when troubled with sinus pressure. Although, there are ways to counteract these problems and wake up feeling fresher.
- Keep your head propped up.
- Having your head rest at a slight upward angle will decrease blood flow pooling in the nose. When we lay flat, mucus tends to build-up and give us that stuffy morning feeling.
- Cut out the caffeine.
- Sorry coffee people, if you want to get rid of that sinus pressure you may have tone back on the caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant which provides energy, making it tougher to get the crucial sleep you need. We advise consuming caffeine no later than 2pm if you can’t fight the urge. Caffeine also dehydrates the body, making congestion worse. Switch to herbal teas as a substitute for your caffeine beverages.
If your problems do not subside within a week or so, it may be time to see a doctor. Severe congestion and sinus pain for more than a week could be a sign that you have a sinus infection that requires more aggressive treatment. Seeing an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) will surely give you the answers you need.