- Wash your hands
Washing your hands is the best way to keep from catching an illness. Particularly important when in large groups. The number one way of developing most sinus ills is by touching something that an ill person has touched, and then touching your face. If you will not have access to proper washing facilities, consider bring hand sanitizer on your outing.
- Avoid those who are contagious
While one should not be paranoid, as many illnesses are not contagious, make sure that you try to avoid long amounts of time in close proximity to those who may have contagious illnesses, such as colds, strep throat and other viruses. Particularly if you are prone to sinus infections or nasal ills. Try to avoid direct contact with those who may be ill, as they may not practice the same level of hygienic behaviors or define “sick differently than you do.
How many times have you heard someone say “I’m not sick, it’s just allergies”, to find out later that they really are sick.
- Avoid allergens
Even if you are not necessarily allergic, allergens such as pollen, air pollution, smoke and dust will irritate individuals, with the threshold for irritability of the sinuses varying by person. Particularly for those prone to sinus infections or other nasal ills, allergens are a key thing to avoid. Whilst smoke is an irritant, smoking of any substance is a recreational activity and should always be avoided.
- Seek treatment when needed
Do not always be a hero and ‘struggle through it’. When nasal/sinus illnesses go untreated they are always more difficult or time consuming to treat. If you have lingering questions or feel that you are not getting better or past the point when you are able to address symptoms yourself – please seek the attentions of a medical professional.
- Cool mist humidifier
While you need to keep the humidifier clean, you will also need to maintain humidity levels below 50%, so as to avoid the growth of bacteria or mold. Ensuring the humidity level will help keep the sinuses properly hydrated, which will help prevent further complications of illnesses, help prevent bloody noses and serious infections.
- Proper nasal irrigation
Nasal irrigation with a saline solution aids with a wide spectrum of sinus ills, including but not limited to: allergies, colds & fly, enhanced breathing, nasal polyps, deviated nasal septum, and some ear and throat issues. Before incorporating nasal irrigation into your routine, ensure that you understand the do’s and don’ts. If you are still hesitant about irrigation, be sure to consult with a medical professional.
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