If you are experiencing the warm-cold-warm-cold weather pattern that we are, your sinuses may not be impressed. This constant change in temperature can cause sinus inflammation leading to pain, pressure, and a multitude of other symptoms. Luckily, there are steps we can take to help us feel more comfortable and enjoy these beautiful days.
Avoid Irritants – Many irritants like smoke, dust, dander, pollen, pollution and chemicals can irritate our nasal passages making symptoms worse. It is important to try to avoid known triggers as much as possible.
Sinus Flush – Nasal passages can be rinsed with a saline solution. This helps remove debris and loosen thick mucus. This form of treatment is effective, but can be dangerous if not done properly. Your rinse pot, most commonly known as a neti-pot, should always be clean and you should NEVER use tap water as a sinus rinse. Some tap water may contain bacteria and other organisms that can be extremely harmful. You should consult your health care provider or pharmacist if the instructions do not clearly state how to use the device or the types of water to use, if instructions are missing, or if you have any questions.
Warm/Moist Air – Warm/moist air may help to alleviate sinus congestion. A diffuser or steam from a pan of boiled water, removed from the heat, can be beneficial. Essential oils like Eucalyptus or Ravintsara are some of my favorite stuffy head additions to a diffuser or steam pot. If you use a humidifier it should be appropriately maintained and cleaned per product instructions. Using a clean filter will help avoid spreading bacteria or fungal spores into the air. Lastly, A warm facial compress can also be useful in relieving pain in the nose and sinuses.
Hydrate – Drinking plenty of water and getting lots of rest will always be some of the best advice you can give or follow. Water helps lubricate the mucus membranes and can keep you feeling better.
Spicy Foods– Spicy foods such as mustard, hot peppers, curry, horseradish, and wasabi may help clear sinuses. If you like spice, consider adding some spice to your meals to open your nasal passages
Cough Relief – Essential oils are a great way to relieve cough and throat discomfort related to seasonal changes. Simply add one drop each of Peppermint, Lemon, Thieves, and Frankincense to a spoonful of honey and swallow. If you prefer, you can add the above mixture to hot tea and drink. I recommend ingesting only Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Where To Buy
When to See a Doctor – According to the Mayo Clinic you should call your doctor if:
- Your symptoms last more than 10 days.
- You have a high fever, particularly if it lasts more than three days.
- Your nasal discharge is green and is accompanied by sinus pain or fever.
- You have asthma or emphysema, or you’re taking immune-suppressing medications.
Disclaimer: This information is in no way intended to diagnose or treat and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment.
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