You can often prevent sinus problems before they develop into something more serious.
Tips to prevent sinusitis
To avoid developing sinusitis during a cold or allergy attack, keep your sinuses clear by:
- Aggressive saline irrigation
- Nasal steroid sprays
- Using an oral decongestant or a short course of nasal spray decongestant
- Drinking plenty of fluids to keep nasal
- Avoiding air travel. If you must fly, use a nasal spray decongestant before take-off to prevent blockage of the sinuses allowing mucus to drain
- If you have allergies, try to avoid contact with things that trigger attacks. If you cannot, use over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines and/or a prescription nasal spray to control allergy attacks
The Link Between Allergies and Sinus Problems
Allergy testing, followed by appropriate allergy treatments, may increase your tolerance of allergy-causing substances. Recent studies have better defined the association between allergic rhinitis and sinusitis. A review of patients (four to 83 years of age) who had surgery to treat their chronic sinus conditions revealed that those with seasonal allergy and nasal polyps are more likely to experience a recurrence of their sinusitis.
The catalyst relating the two disorders is thought to involve nasal sinus overflow obstruction, followed by bacterial colonization and infection leading to acute, recurrent, or chronic sinusitis. Likewise, chronic inflammation due to allergies can lead to obstruction and subsequent sinusitis.
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