Ways to Prevent Sinus Infections

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Ways to Prevent Sinus Infections

By: Carla Ballatan

" Prevention is better than cure " , goes one of the famous clichés in medical society. This cliché has been proven a thousand times over from the very first physicians in history. Indeed, since you know your body well, if you begin to feel different and unlike your usual vitality, it's time for you to know what's wrong with you. Being aware of changes in your body helps to know the right steps to take in preventing whatever ailment is coming down upon you.

Now, are you prone to common colds and is allergic? Do you start feeling more sinus pressure in the mornings? Do you feel increased congestion? Are headaches bothering you? If you answer " yes " , it may be that you are having the beginnings of a sinus infection and the cliché we've just given applies to you now ...

Don't delay until your sinus gets to painful and a major sinus infection is in full bloom! Health buffs are great at identifying symptoms and immediately sets up their own prevention programs. These programs focus on whatever needs to be prohibited and controlled in their daily diets and routine to prevent serious illness. Now is the time for you to start a prevention program against serious sinus infections!

In starting up your own prevention program against sinus infection, here are several important things to consider:

  • As you daily brush your teeth to prevent tooth decay, try doing daily nasal irrigation, too. There are new inventions on nasal irrigation - check out the Grossan Pulsatile Nasal Irrigation System.

  • Keep your sinuses moist.

    • Using a natural saline spray sever times daily may be added to your day-to-day routine.

    • Ensure that you'll be getting enough moisture at night, use a humidifier in your bedroom if necessary.

  • Prevent drinking iced drinks, including tea and soda.

  • It's not the time for you to exert too much especially when you're already down with cold or having asthma attacks. Adequate rest is best prevention, too.

  • Exercise, exercise, exercise!
    Outdoor types of exercise may help to increase your circulation.

  • Reduce the swelling of your sinuses.

    • Dissolving papaya enzymes in your mouth between your cheek and gum may be done 4x daily.

    • Taking plenty of hot showers and inhaling steam may also help

    • Using of hot compresses may also be done

  • Prevent the attack of allergies which adds to the stress on your sinuses

    • During allergy season, especially if you are an allergy sufferer, be aware that the peak time for allergens is between 5 - 10am.

    • Be sure that your bedroom is allergen-free

    • To keep allergens under control, try using hepa air filters, hepa vacuums and dust mite covers.

It's always recommended, too, to have that visit with your doctor to know definitely how you really are. There are stages in sinus infections you need to be aware of. So, start bringing out that health buff inside of you and do battle against full bloom sinus infection!

About The Author

Lala B. is a 26 year-old Communication Arts graduate, with a major in Journalism. Right after graduating last 1999, she worked for one year as a clerk then became a Research, Publication and Documentation Program Director at a non-government organization, which focuses on the rights, interests and welfare of workers for about four years.

Book reading has always been her greatest passion -- mysteries, horrors, psycho-thrillers, historical documentaries and classics. She got hooked into it way back when she was but a shy kid.

Her writing prowess began as early as she was 10 years old in girlish diaries. With writing, she felt freedom - to express her viewpoints and assert it, to bring out all concerns -- imagined and observed, to bear witness.

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healthnut 11.02.2008. 13:56

Is there a way to prevent sinus infections/upper respitory infections? I seem to get a lot of sinus infections/upper respitory infections. I was wandering if there was a way to prevent it from occuring? I also get a lot of ear infections as well so is there a way to prevent ear infections?


Admin 11.02.2008. 13:56

The best thing to do is to boost your immune system. Drink water, get enough sleep, exercise, eat healthy foods, etc. Cover your ears when it's cold outside. Use hand sanitizer or wash hands often, especially when exposed to people with colds, etc. Take vitamins, and avoid areas where people smoke.


Bobby Bob 13.06.2011. 14:14

How to prevent a sinus infection ? I think I have a beginning sinus infection. I have a very disgusting taste in my mouth when I eat, and my sinus feels a little weird. Its not that bad right now, but I want to prevent this from getting any worse. I heard that sinus infections can be quite a hassle. Is there any way I can prevent this from getting worse, or do I just have to sit it out ?

Bobby Bob

Admin 13.06.2011. 14:14

The beginning of sinusitis is weak immune system.
When one has weak immune system, it's easy for him/her to have cold/flu.
Strengthen your immune system by consuming immune boosting foods.
Cold will last for 2-4 days but flu can last for more than 10 days.
When cold/flu is not treated immediately it will turn into nasal, pharynx, larynx infection, or post nasal drip when such infections are not treated well, they will spread into the sinus and become sinusitis.
You have to take antibiotics prescribed by doctors and apply a nasal irrigation by yourself to cure the sinusitis.


Psychiatric Help 5¢ 16.05.2010. 14:31

Why do my colds always turn into sinus infections? I'm a normally healthy, athletic 48 year old, nonsmoker. For most of my life I've had a pattern where I only get a cold every year or two, but then after a few days it turns into a sinus infection and I end up getting antibiotics from the doctor.

Today, on day 3 of a cold, I see my mucous turning green and realize how tired I am of the pattern. Why does this happen? Is there any way to prevent it?

Psychiatric Help 5¢

Admin 16.05.2010. 14:31

You may get infected because your sinuses do not drain properly, If you are having a sinus infection every time you get a cold, I would recommend a visit to your ear nose and throat person. When you have a cold, most people use antihistamines to dry up the runny nose. Be sure you are drinking plenty (like a gallon a day) of fluids to keep the mucus thin. Try not to stick things in your nose. If you use saline spray, etc., toss it after the infection is over. It is contaminated, and can give you another infection the next time you use it. The ENT can tell if you have a more serious problem, like a deviated septum, chronic sinus inflammation,etc. Good Luck.


rufus_red 12.11.2006. 03:59

What is the absolute best way to prevent a sinus infection? I live in NY with very good radiator steam heating but I'm not able to turn it on and off at will. But for the last 6 years I've gotten a sinus infection even though I use a humidifier, saline solution mist, saline gel, I drink a lot of water and I take vitamins, nothing works. My Dr. said I have a slight deviated septum, but not enough to merit an operation. Any suggestions?


Admin 12.11.2006. 03:59

Hi Rufus

Here is some techniques to heal your condition.

Causes of Sinusitis

Over the course of the last few decades, there has been an increase in the incidence of sinusitis in the U.S. and other industrialized nations that is directly related to a corresponding increase in air pollution and unhealthy indoor air, making unhealthy air and air pollution the two main factors of sinusitis. Other environmental causes of sinusitis include cold and flu viruses, bacterial and fungal infections, excessively cold or dry air, cigarette smoking, and regular exposure to secondhand smoke.

Sinusitis can also be caused or exacerbated by food allergies and sensitivities, dental and gum disease, stress, lowered immunity, structural problems within the nasal cavities (such as a deviated septum), nasal cysts and/or polyps, and unresolved emotions, especially anger. Candiasis (systemic yeast overgrowth) and the overuse of pharmaceutical drugs, especially antibiotics, are two other common causes of sinusitis.


Natural Cures
Aromatherapy: Inhaling the steamed vapors of the essential oils camphor, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, pine, or tea tree can help improve breathing and aid in fighting infection.

Diet:If you suffer from sinusitis, you need to be screened for food allergies and sensitivities, and then avoid eating those foods that you are allergic or sensitive to. In addition, avoid all sugar and sugar products, wheat and wheat byproducts, soy products, soft drinks, commercially processed foods, and all foods containing artificial ingredients, such as additives, colorings, flavorings, and preservatives (such as BHA, BHT, sodium nitrite, sulfites, saccharin, aspartame, and cyclamates). Also minimize your intake of milk and dairy products, and coffee and other caffeine products, as well as red meat, salt, refined carbohydrates (white breads, pastries, commercial pastas), corn, chocolate, and unhealthy fats (hydrogenated or trans fats).

Drink plenty of pure, filtered water (at least eight ounces every two hours; or for best results, add fresh squeezed lemon juice and a dash of cayenne pepper) and fresh squeezed, organic vegetable juices throughout the day, as well as hot broths and soups. Diluted organic pear juice can also be helpful, in order to loosen up lung congestion. Also emphasize organic, whole foods, especially plenty of fresh, raw organic fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, organic, free-range meats and poultry, and wild-caught fish. Garlic, cayenne pepper, chili peppers, horseradish, and onions should be eaten regularly, due to their powerful health benefits for the lungs and respiratory system. Organic, extra virgin olive oil should also be used liberally.

According to leading naturopathic physician and researcher Joseph E. Pizzorno, N.D., President Emeritus of Bastyr University, a vegan diet can significantly improve symptoms of most respiratory conditions, including pneumonia. Such a diet involves eliminating all animal products, as well as fish, eggs, milk, and all other dairy products. Grains should also be avoided, or eaten in minimal amounts. Dr. Pizzorno advises limiting your fluid intake to pure, filtered water (avoid chlorinated, fluoridated tap water), and emphasize plenty of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, especially romaine lettuce, carrots, beets, onions, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, radishes, Jerusalem artichokes, beans (except soy and green peas), blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cloudberries, black currants, gooseberries, plums, and pears. Apples and citrus fruits (except lemon) are not recommended, however.

Herbs: Useful herbs for treating and preventing sinusitis include Echinacea, elder flowers, ephedra, eyebright, garlic, goldenrod, goldenseal, horseradish, Oregon grape, pokeroots, purple cornflower, stinging nettle, wild indigo, and yarrow.


Arsenicum album ? for nasal discharge that is burning, thin, and watery, which becomes worse following exposure to open air, and/or is accompanied by chills, anxiety, and a desire for warm drinks

Kalium bichromium ? to relieve nasal congestion and postnasal drip when accompanied by feeling of pressure in the nose and impaired smell

Mercurius iodatus ? for sinusitis accompanied by raw or ulcerated nostrils and symptoms that are made worse at night, exacerbated by perspiration, and/or include yellowish-green nasal discharge with flecks of blood

Nux vomica ? for sinusitis accompanied by frontal headaches, increased nasal congestion at night, and sensitivities to cold, light, and noise

Silicea ? for sinusitis accompanied by dry, hard, easily bleeding crusts in the nose, loss of smell, pain when the bones of the nose are touched

Euphorbium compositum ? used as a nasal spray, can also be effective for sinusitis, especially chronic sinusitis

Best of health to you



keith d 08.11.2008. 14:58

How can I avoid/cure frequent sinus infections? I have frequent sinus infections in the winter. I live in an area where the temp fluctuates during this season. When it goes from one extreme to the other (usually warm to very cold), it is a sure guarantee that a sinus infection is to follow. What are some ways I can prevent this? What can I do to get rid of it when I do get it without anti-biotics?

keith d

Admin 08.11.2008. 14:58

My husband uses this to keep from getting bronchitis, and I use to to cure sinus infections. THere are many kinds of bacteria that live in the sinuses, and this gets rid of all the bad ones!.This is the only thing that really helped me --- my Dr. told me about a sinus wash that will kill bacteria.
you need

distilled water
sea salt
liquid chlorophyll and colloidal silver from the health food store.
in a glass mix 1/4 cup water with a pinch of salt and heat to body temperature.
add 5 drops each silver and chlorophyll and mix.
using a large dropper (like one used for infant medication) drop 2 full droppersfull into one side of the nose while laying down.
Turn the head and let it drain out the other nostril. Be sure to have paper towels handy.
The silver kills the bacteria and there are several hundred kind that can live in the sinus cavities and anti biotics don't get rid of them all.
Do this twice a day for a week, mixing up the mixture fresh each time.
Then do it once a week for maintenance.
There is nothing in this that will hurt you, and it cured me.
I do not have to take claritin, or antibiotics anymore.
best wishes


ac3249 31.03.2008. 18:35

Is there a way to prevent from getting sick after running? I've noticed that sometimes after a run I would either get a cold or a sinus infection. I've been running for the past 15 years now and it happens if I run further or longer than I usually do. Does anyone know what might be causing this and is there a way to I prevent this. I enjoy running, but getting sick really does take some of the fun out of it.


Admin 31.03.2008. 18:35

When your running 45minutes or more, it actually weakens your immune system so you have to feed your body the appropriate carbohydrates found in good quality sports drinks and energy gels. Don't get me wrong excercise does boost your immune system, but if you don't fuel your body it gives your body and opportunity to let down the defenses.


actually, here is a link with the article that can explain it better than me.
Keep on runnin!


Jasmine 15.12.2011. 23:39

What should we do for birth control while I'm on an antibiotic? I was prescribed a z-pack for a sinus infection and my doctor said that it may interfere with my birth control pills. That's currently all my fiancée and I use for birth control. Does it render it completely useless? I don't do well with condoms, so what's the next best way to prevent a little miniature me popping up? And how long until I can rely on the pills again?


Admin 15.12.2011. 23:39

antibiotics usually completely cancel out the pill think of it as when you are on a week off (or miss one) and you have to wait three days after the day you take your last antibiotic there are more than condoms available in this case but you would be better to ask your doctor in this case since the antibiotics may cancel another method of contraception.
to be honest yes condoms are your best option, if you are allergic go for latex free if its that they feel horrible go for featherlite (you know the "natural feel" kind ) if its the lube that feels bad experiment with other lubes etc its sex you can experiment however you want to find whats best for you :)


Bluebird 14.07.2008. 17:38

best ways to prevent regular sinus problems? It's not a sinus infection, its a regular sinus problem. Just most of the time one nostril is always blocked, it changes sides. occasionally my face hurts, but not too much, and i find i am always feeling like there is snot up there but i blow my nose and theres nothing.

what are good prevention remedies?


Admin 14.07.2008. 17:38

take 1/2 a zyrtec each night at bedtime. then if it gets really bad, do this
I use it to cure sinus infections. THere are many kinds of bacteria that live in the sinuses, and this gets rid of all the bad ones!.This is the only thing that really helped me --- my Dr. told me about a sinus wash that will kill bacteria.
you need

distilled water
sea salt
liquid chlorophyll and colloidal silver from the health food store.
in a glass mix 1/4 cup water with a pinch of salt and heat to body temperature.
add 5 drops each silver and chlorophyll and mix.
using a large dropper (like one used for infant medication) drop 2 full droppersfull into one side of the nose while laying down.
Turn the head and let it drain out the other nostril. Be sure to have paper towels handy.
The silver kills the bacteria and there are several hundred kind that can live in the sinus cavities and anti biotics don't get rid of them all.
Do this twice a day for a week, mixing up the mixture fresh each time.
Then do it once a week for maintenance.
There is nothing in this that will hurt you, and it cured me.
I do not have to take claritin, or antibiotics anymore.
best wishes


Kjo 13.02.2009. 18:36

What are some ways to prevent ear infections in small children? My son just turned a year and he has an ear infection in both ears. what are some ways i can prevent this from happening again? I know wearing a hat when its cold, not letting water sit in his ears in the bath tub may help prevent them but what are some other ways?


Admin 13.02.2009. 18:36

You can reduce your child's risk of ear infections with a few simple steps.

* Keep your child away from sick children. If you can, limit the time your child spends in group child care. A child care setting with fewer children may help.
* Protect your child from secondhand smoke. Make sure that no one smokes in your home. Away from home, stay in smoke-free environments.
* Breast-feed your baby for at least six months. Breast milk contains antibodies that offer protection from ear infections.
* If you bottle-feed, hold your baby in an upright position. Avoid propping a bottle in your baby's mouth while he or she is lying down.
* Ask your child's doctor about the pneumococcal vaccine (Prevnar). Prevnar is intended to prevent serious, life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia and meningitis. Prevnar might reduce the risk of ear infections as well.
* For adults, try over-the-counter decongestants or allergy medications. If your sinuses are congested because of allergies or colds, talk to your doctor about using allergy medications or over-the-counter decongestants to reduce your risk of future ear infections.


georgiann_67 19.10.2009. 07:04

how to treat a sinus problem that is not a infection? I have a stuffy nose,scratchy throat&some sinus pain but when I blow my nose what comes out is clear. Is it still possible that I have a sinus infection&what is the best way to treat it.


Admin 19.10.2009. 07:04

Sinusitis (sinus infections) are kind of tricky. Even doctors have a hard time with them...which is why it is one of the conditions that result in a lot of patients getting antibiotics who simply don't need them, or shouldn't have them. For the most part, if you get one, or just a couple of these things each year, it is probably a viral infection, or related to allergies. If you spike a fever, or you have quite a bit of tenderness over your face etc. then you should head to your doctor - because that might be signs of a bacterial infection. So what should you do now??

The pain and pressure you are feeling is likely due to inflammation of the soft tissue of the sinus passages. The mucus (which by the way...it doesn't really matter what color it is) reflects the irritation of this tissue. The mucus is often thick and clogs everything up.

Step 1...chill-out the inflammation. The over the counter anti-histamines are pretty good for this. Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec are a few. Benadryl will probably make you sleepy...the other two will not as much. I usually don't recommend pseudophedrine (Sudafed) because it can raise blood pressure, but it works well for some people also.

Step 2...take care of mucus. Mucinex is great for this. It is a bit pricey, but works well. It works by thinning the mucus, so you might have a little more runny nose, but the pressure should improve.

Step 3...Clean the gunk out. This is the hardest thing to convince people to do - a saline rinse. Try looking-up a Neti-pot. This is what you want, or some version of it. It sounds nasty, but imagine the relief you get from blowing your nose...then multiply that by about ten-thousand! Yeah, it's that good.

Also, stay hydrated and well fed - there is a role for chicken soup! Take care of this stuff early and you will have much better odds at beating -back the virus and prevent a bacterial infection.


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