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Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Sinus Pain
By Raymond Lee
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If you have sinus trouble, you may rue the day when your prehistoric ancestors first stood on their own to their feet. The tiny passages that connect the sinuses to the nose were perfectly situated for drainage when humankind got around on all fours. But this design does not work nearly as well now that we are walking upright. Your sinuses are lined with a membrane that manufactures the sticky substance known as mucus. When the membrane swells, most likely because of an infection or an allergy. The combination of inflamed membrane and excess mucus blocks those tiny passages between your sinuses and nose. But sinus pain is not always that it seems. For example, sometimes people think that they have a sinus infection when what they really have is a migraine. Here are some tips that you can consider to adopt to get relief fast.
- Donít Catch A Cold
If you have a chronic sinus problem, a cold will only intensify your symptoms. So do what you can to steer clear of cold-causing viruses. Eat a balanced diet, get regular exercise, practice good hygiene, and stay away from people who have colds.
- ĒCĒ Your Way Clear
It is recommended to have a daily dose of vitamin C as a preventive against sinus pain. If you are prone to sinus infection or you have a chronic sinus problem, take 1,000 milligrams of timed-release vitamin C a day.
- Be Doubly Clean
Use two-ply vacuum cleaner bags. They are stronger and less porous than regular bags, so they do not allow dirt and dust to filter through. When that happens, the particles can irritate your nasal passages and cause sinus pain.
- Turn On The Steam
A steam inhaler can provide fast relief from sinus pain. The device looks like a pilotís mask. You put tap water in it and it creates steam. It is relaxing and it makes you feel better for a few hours. You can purchase a steam inhaler in a drugstore or a medical supply store.
- Clear The Air
Anything that irritates the nasal passages is an ally of sinus pain. Pay attention to air quality. Avoid smoggy environments, cigarette smoke, and any other pollutants that you are sensitive to. You may also need to stay away from seemingly harmless items such as scented laundry detergents and scented tissues.
- Just Add Water
Dryness often sets the stage for a sinus infection. You can keep your sinuses moist by drinking plenty of water every day at least eight 8-ounce glasses. A saltwater solution, administered as either a nasal spray or nose drops, can also help. You can make your own solution by mixing 2 tablespoons of salt into a glass filled with 8 ounces of warm water. Use this preparation three to four times a day.
- Put Out That Cigarette
Smoking not only irritates your nasal passages but also undermines your natural resistance to infection. This double whammy is an open invitation to sinus pain.
Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit http://www.bodyfixes.com for more information.
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Article Submitted On: November 26, 2007