Saline sprays, sometimes also known as ocean sprays, also provide symptom relief to sufferers of sinusitis. Saline sprays, if used properly, can both reduce thickened mucus in the nose and assist in the removal of infectious agents such as mould, fungi and bacteria. Saline sprays can be used up to six times per day, although it is always a good idea to consult your doctor before you try any remedy, as each person’s situation is different.
Vitamin C. Oral dosing with vitamin C appears to lower blood histamine levels and boost the immune system. Many alternative health practitioners recommend 1g of vitamin C daily as a remedy for sinusitis.
Although sinusitis is common, there is a lot that we do not know about it – for example, why it becomes chronic in some people and may develop into a virtually disabling condition with a major impact on quality of life. We do know that a factor contributing to inflammation in the sinuses is one of the most frequent things we humans do – breathing. For that reason sinusitis is not easy to prevent! Fortunately, however, there are precautions you can take to reduce or avoid negative environmental influences. Viruses are more likely to cause infections in people who are under stress, for example, so it’s important to reduce stress in your life. Viruses can also be passed from one person to another through coughing or sneezing, so regular hand washing is important – and when you cough or sneeze, do it into a tissue.
The bacterial infection that often follows a viral infection can result from pollution which interferes with the ability of the mucous membranes to clear mucus. So make a particular effort to keep kitchen, bathroom and bedroom areas clean and dry, inspect your house for moulds, and make sure that air-conditioning vents in your home and office are inspected and cleaned frequently.
Take care of your nose, and avoid forceful blowing. Don’t blow both nostrils at the same time – instead, block one nostril and gently blow one side at a time. And consult your physiotherapist if your sinuses are painful. The sooner you start to deal with blocked drainage, the better!
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