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7 Ways to Prevent Sinus Infections

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7 Ways to Prevent Sinus Infections

By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor

Your nose is stuffy. You have thick, yellowish mucus. You’re coughing, and you feel tired and achy. You think that you have a cold. You take medicines to relieve your symptoms, but they don’t help. When you also get a terrible headache, you finally drag yourself to the doctor. After listening to your history of symptoms and examining your face and forehead, the doctor says you have sinusitis.

Whether it’s acute or chronic, sinusitis is painful and wearying. It’s common too: every year, it affects 37 million people in the U.S. Sinusitis doesn’t discriminate based on age.

What Is Sinusitis?

“Sinusitis” simply means your sinuses are inflamed―red and swollen―because of an infection or another problem.

When people say, “My sinuses are killing me,” they usually are referring to symptoms of congestion and achiness in one or more of the four pairs of cavities (air-filled spaces) known as paranasal sinuses. These small hollow spaces are named for the bones that contain them:

  • Over the eyes in the brow area (Frontal sinuses)
  • Inside each cheekbone (Maxillary sinuses)
  • Behind the bridge of the nose, between the eyes (Ethmoid sinuses)

What Causes the Pain?

The pain of a sinus attack arises because the trapped air and mucus put pressure on the mucous membrane of the sinuses and the bony wall behind it. Also, when a swollen membrane at the opening of a paranasal sinus prevents air from entering into the sinuses, it can create a vacuum that causes pain.

Next: 7 Ways Sinusitis Can Be Prevented

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Sinus Infections: Preventing the Pain, Pressure and Congestion originally appeared on AgingCare.com.

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12:41AM PST on Dec 14, 2014

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7:50AM PST on Nov 26, 2014

Thanks

7:49AM PST on Nov 26, 2014

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7:49AM PST on Nov 26, 2014

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5:25AM PST on Nov 21, 2014

Ok-I didn't learn anything new here that I haven't heard and/or tried a million times.

As someone earlier did mention and I totally agree with, "Eliminate all dairy". My son's doctor even admitted once that dairy causes allergies. Allergies=sinuses=ear infections. Once again, raw milk is much better. Since drinking raw milk, my son's ear infections that he got regularly are gone! proof. Since this article is about sinuses. An ear/nose/throat doctor will tell you that the sinuses are attached to the ears, bc when sinuses get full and back up; hence, ear infections.

9:08PM PST on Nov 6, 2014

Thank you.

11:22PM PST on Nov 4, 2014

Thanks for the excellent article - there seems to be many people affected. The introduction of the Neti Pot has helped many of us.

It seems that I'm sensitive to particulates and dust in the air. I cope most of the time until it gets the better of me when the yuk drains into my lungs at night. The doctors don't seem to be able to give me anything until I have a lung infection - Although I fully understand the reluctance to hand out antibiotics, it should be left to develop into that infection.

8:40AM PST on Nov 4, 2014

Thanks for the article.

1:53AM PST on Nov 4, 2014

Thanks

7:25AM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

As one who usually suffers with this sinus problem, especially in the fall, the Neti Pot can be helpful, with saline water, something I have used now for some time. Not expensive and found easily.

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