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Sinus Congestion?

by A. Vogel USA, on 5 May 2017, Allergies

Keep breathing!

Is breathing through your nose a challenge?  If you find it difficult to breath quietly through your nose, not able to exercise without struggling for breath or feeling like you’re always clearing your throat – you are enduring the delights of a congested airway.

Dealing with sinus congestion can be challenging.

In some cases, it becomes a general condition that never seems to completely leave you and can last for months or even years. Sinus congestion is very common brought on by damp changing weather or by allergies. The sinus cavity is very sensitive to pressure variations, environmental and humidity changes. Regardless of the cause, the nasal membranes can become irritated, causing inflammation of the mucous membrane lining of the nasal cavity. This is known as rhinitis.

This initial swelling can cause obstruction of the nose and sinuses and lead to a more serious sinus infection. If the sinuses do become inflamed, other symptoms can develop such as a throbbing sensation and pressure. This is known as sinusitis, a common condition affecting lots of people at some time.

10 things you can do to help yourself.

  1. Use a dehumidifier
  2. Increase your water intake and cut down on caffeinated drinks.
  3. Avoid dairy products, which can contribute to increased mucus production. Buttermilk, cream cheese and yogurt are the exception.
  4. Include foods in your diet that are rich in vitamins and minerals and avoid eating heavy meals at night.
  5. Reduce the amount of refined sugar in your diet.
  6. Increase your vitamin C intake. It is especially important for extra resistance, as is sufficient rest, sleep and relaxation.
  7. Avoid very cold drinks as they can encourage the formation and retention of phlegm.
  8. Reduce exposure to cigarette smoke and household chemicals.
  9. Use steam inhalation to help loosen mucous.
  10. Keep your nasal passage moist with a spray during flight.

Do you know?

Your sinuses produce mucus to protect your lungs from viruses, bacteria and particles in the air.

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