Most people don’t think about their sinus health each day. However, when they experience an infection or irritation, this changes. Even if your sinuses aren’t feeling bad or acting up, it is essential for you to understand the role these small holes play in your overall health.
Before you can keep your sinuses healthy, it is important to know what your sinuses are and what they do.
All About Sinuses
There are four pairs of sinuses located in your face that are called the paranasal sinuses. Each pair is connected to your nasal passage. The two larger pairs are found behind your cheekbones and forehead and the two smaller pairs are between your eyes and behind your nose.
Your sinuses aren’t there just to cause you discomfort and congestion. In fact, they actually have an important purpose. Since the sinuses are hollow, they reduce the weight of your skull and even affect how your voice sounds. The most important role they play is helping your breathing. Sinuses are responsible for producing the mucus that keeps the interior of your nose moist and that protects your body from microorganisms and pollutants in the air.
Now, it is time to learn how to keep your sinuses healthy.
Practice Good Health Habits
It is important to wash your hands regularly and avoid coming in contact with sick people. Other ways to keep sinuses healthy include eating nutritious food and getting plenty of sleep.
Stop Smoking and Stay Away from Secondhand Smoke
Frequent exposure to cigarette smoke and other air pollutants can result in irritation and swelling in the sinuses. Allergy season is extremely stressful on your sinuses, which means now is a great time to try and kick the habit. However, remember that secondhand smoke is also dangerous. It can lead to adverse consequences for your respiratory system so you should take precautions to reduce your exposure, even if you aren’t doing the smoking.
Reduce Allergy Symptoms
If you suffer from allergies, then it is a good idea to take steps to limit the reaction you have to certain allergens. Doing this helps to reduce the stress put on your sinuses. For example, instead of opening the windows, turn the air conditioner on. Also, use protective covers for your mattress and pillows.
Rinse Your Sinuses
There are some studies that have suggested that irrigating your sinuses with a saline solution can decrease the risk of developing an infection. However, it is a good idea to consult with your doctor before you try any over-the-counter rinsing product, such as the neti pot. In some cases, they may aggravate a condition or lead to other adverse consequences.
Keeping your sinuses healthy is not extremely difficult, but it will take a bit of time and effort. When you use the tips here, you can feel confident that you are doing everything you can to avoid the often miserable symptoms that go along with a sinus infection.
To learn more about taking care of your sinuses, contact Dr. Light E.N.T. at 561-349-6825.