Navigating Nasal Health: Tips for Managing Sinusitis and Allergies
The nasal passages are the first stop on the respiratory tract, playing a vital role in breathing and overall health. For those who suffer from sinusitis and allergies, though, the nasal passages can also be a source of discomfort and distress over chronic symptoms. Managing sinusitis and allergies effectively is the key to reclaiming healthy, unobstructed nasal passages.
Sinusitis (a sinus infection) can be triggered by allergies or other infections such as a cold. The sinus cavities become inflamed in response to the trigger, resulting in congestion, pain and difficulty breathing or smelling. On the other hand, allergies are a response by the body’s immune system to specific triggers it deems a threat, causing symptoms like sneezing, congestion or itchiness.
The first step in managing nasal health is to understand your triggers. If you have allergies, whether they be from pollen, pet dander, dust mites or even specific foods, identifying your allergens is important in order to minimize your exposure. Watching for patterns in your allergic reactions or having your doctor perform allergy testing can help you identify, and then avoid, your triggers. If you have sinusitis, recognizing patterns in your infections, whether it always occurs after a cold or due to environmental factors, can help you take preventative measures to avoid it.
Being proactive in the management of sinusitis or allergies is an important tool in regaining your nasal health. For some this may look like saline nasal rinses to clear and moisturize the nasal passages. For others, staying hydrated and using an air purifier or humidifier may help. Avoiding allergy triggers is critical when fighting allergies and allergy-caused sinusitis. Over-the-counter or prescription medications can provide relief for your symptoms, as can allergy shots or antibiotics. For severe cases, surgery may be the ticket to lasting relief. Regular exercise, a balanced diet and getting enough sleep can also support a healthy immune system to reduce the likelihood of allergic reactions or sinus infections.
Navigating nasal health involves a multi-faceted approach. If you want to alleviate your sinus symptoms while breathing easier, call Biltmore ENT at (602) 560-1085.