Dr. Mas Takashima, associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine, offers the following ten tips to help prevent a sinus infection.
- Frequently wash your hands.
- Keep the nose moist with nasal saline sprays (the cilia inside the nose work more effectively in a moist environment).
- Keep your allergies managed well.
- Avoid nasal irritants such as pollution, smoke.
- Irrigate your sinuses on a regular basis (from once a day to once a week for some) with a saline sinus wash.
- Take oral probiotics especially after taking antibiotics in efforts to replenish the natural biome of the sinuses.
- Try to avoid taking antibiotics or steroids if possible as both will affect the natural good bacteria (biome) that lives in the sinuses and allows bad bacteria to proliferate.
- Persistent nasal congestion can decrease airflow to the sinuses and may also block the outflow track of the sinuses. If you have a badly deviated septum or a hole in your septum, getting that repaired will be beneficial.
- Swim in salt water pools as they are less irritating to the nasal and sinus mucosa and produce much less inflammation when compared to chlorinated pools.
- Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and maintain a strong immune system as other illnesses such as a viral cold or flu can cause a sinus infection to occur.
Are you looking for sinus relief? Schedule an appointment at the Baylor Sinus Center.