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Tips on Avoiding Sinus Infections

Sinus pain and nasal congestion are never pleasant. It is a sure sign that your immune system is fighting something.

The most common causes of nasal congestion are allergies and the common cold. But there is a longer list of possibilities that need to be considered. If your congestion stays around, or gets worse, it could turn into a sinus infection.

It’s a good idea to see a doctor sooner, rather than later. Prime Care is the perfect option if you are looking for convenient medical attention. We are open seven days a week with extended hours. We also accept walk-ins at all four of our locations.

Here are a few tips on avoiding sinus infections. Allergies or no allergies.

Breath some clean, humid air.

Allergens and airborne irritants are a common cause of sinus infections. Once you notice drainage or discomfort, it’s time to close the windows and choose indoor activities for a while. Clean air will give the germ-fighters in your nose a break. They can focus on the issue that is causing your congestions. 

Dry air often irritates sinuses. Consider using a humidifier while you sleep. If you want some immediate relief, take a steamy shower. The warm temperature of the steam will reduce the swelling in your sinuses, allowing the congestion to drain. The humid air will be a relief to the sensitive walls inside your nose. 

Give your immune system a boost.

Mucus is a sign that your immune system is working overtime. A stuffy nose is a sure sign that your immune system has been triggered due to an irritant, bacteria, or virus. Here are a few tips on giving your immune system a break. 

  • Rest. Are you sleeping well? Your body craves a regular sleep pattern. It needs this time to recharge and reset so you can function at your very best each day. Good sleep will help your immune system function properly.
  • Eat healthily. And exercise. Of course! Any doctor will give you this advice. But so many Americans are overweight and many of us do not get a sufficient amount of exercise. If a healthy diet and good exercise are a challenge for you, try making this advice more specific. What does healthy eating look like for you? What are some ways you can be a little more active each day?
  • Wash your hands. Do you ever watch movies set in the 1600s, or whenever they didn’t know to wash their hands? We’ve since learned the importance of frequent hand washing. It’s the best way to protect yourself from germs and viruses. It is also the best way to keep them from spreading. But, a historically accurate movie would depict characters handling raw meat and then setting the table.

Don’t avoid the doctor’s office.

If you find your symptoms to be sudden or severe, don’t dismiss them. A sinus infection can last for 10 days. If your congestion is worse or last longer than a week, you could be facing a more serious issue. The earlier you catch an illness, the more likely your return to health will be swift and painless. 

Once you know you’ve got congestion, it’s a good idea to schedule a visit with your doctor. Prime Care is a convenient doctor’s office designed to make healthcare convenient. We’re here for when you’ve for a stuffy nose and just don’t have time to see a doctor. Don’t let a sinus infection hold you back for long. We’ll help you get back on your feet in no time. 

Over the counter medications are a great way to manage symptoms so you can get back to living life. When it comes to antibiotics, it’s important to be selective about which ones you take. A sinus infection caused by a virus won’t respond to antibiotics. A good doctor will recognize these symptoms and adjust your treatment accordingly.