'Tis the Season! 7 Ways to Avoid Sinus Triggers During the Holidays


'Tis the Season! 7 Ways to Avoid Sinus Triggers During the Holidays


Christmas is in the air, but that’s not the only thing — so are sinus issues. The winter season can lead to uncomfortable cases of sinusitis. There’s not much to worry about though, as we will provide you with several ways to avoid triggering those sinus problems so you can enjoy the holidays.

Most people think sinus issues usually arise seasonally around spring and summer, but winter can be a culprit of many of the same sinus problems that sufferers encounter during other seasons. Some of those symptoms include sinus headaches, pain and pressure, congestion, a runny or stuffy nose and coughing, leaving the person feeling miserable while battling cold weather conditions.

Much like unwanted gifts, dealing with sinus problems can cause a sufferer to lose his or her joy and holiday cheer, but fortunately you don’t have to let that stop you from having a good time. Here’s how you can avoid these 7 sinus triggers during the holidays:

Avoid the common cold – Avoiding catching a cold by getting the proper amount of rest, drinking plenty of water, eating healthy and practicing healthy preventative measures to eliminate any bacterial infection.

Cold, dry air – Lack of moisture or dry air can irritate the nose. If possible, use humidifiers in rooms occupied by people who suffer from sinus problems, saline sprays or a neti pot.

Strong odors – Pollutants in the air like perfume, scented candles, Christmas trees and other artificial fragrances can irritate your nose, causing inflammation which can increase the risk of sinusitis. Using an air purifier can help reduce the chances of dealing with sinusitis.

Pet dander – Try keeping your pets out of your bedroom for a few days until symptoms no longer persist. In addition, keep floors swept and carpet vacuumed. Use an air cleaner to help get rid of any pet dander.

Mold – To avoid any of your holiday decorations getting contaminated with mold, it is best to store them in a dry place whether you are using an artificial or real Christmas tree.

Certain food and alcohol – Avoiding certain foods or drinks that you are sensitive to in addition to knowing what can trigger symptoms can be beneficial. Eat and drink in moderation as a safety precaution.

Stress – Recognizing the effects of stress, anxiety and other factors can make it difficult to fight sinus symptoms. Rest, yoga or massage therapy are great ways to boost your immune system.

If you are looking for an ENT professional and are ready to find permanent relief for your sinus condition, come visit us at NEENT Center. As industry leaders, our expert physicians will be glad to take the time and sit down with you to discuss your symptoms and options available. You may even be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty.

To get a better understanding about Balloon Sinuplasty and how we can help offer you long-term relief, download our FREE e-book on How to Finally Get Rid of Sinus Infections. For more information, visit www.neent.org or give us a call at 704-788-1103.





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