A sinus infection can make it hard to focus on daily activities. If you get them often, you know how painful they can be! Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent them from coming back. These habits also double as a treatment for existing flare ups. By following these nine lifestyle changes, you can help improve your sinus health once and for all.
9 Lifestyle Changes To Prevent Sinus
1. Exercise Regularly
Aerobic exercise is great for relieving the tension that causes sinus headaches. But do start slow, because intense physical activity might just make it worse.1 Exercise, in general, will also boost your immunity, giving you protection from future flare-ups.
2. Inhale Steam
Keeping your nose moist is important for reducing stuffiness. It can also soothe discomfort from an infection. Make it a habit of inhaling steam 2 to 4 times a day, even if it’s just in
3. Use A Humidifier
If you’re prone to sinus infections, a humidifier is a good prevention tool.3 It will keep the air moist, especially during the winter months when the heater is on. But don’t forget to clean it regularly to avoid mold growth.
4. Stay Hydrated
The healthy habit of drinking enough water will help thin mucus secretions and buildup. It will help your sinuses drain existing mucus.4 Simply staying hydrated will also keep your immune system healthy.
5. Avoid Smoking
Cigarette smoke can increase the risk of developing a sinus infection. If you already have one, smoking will only worsen your symptoms. After all, your nasal passage and lungs won’t like it very much!5 Even if you don’t smoke, you should stay away from passive smoking.
6. Eat A Sinus-Friendly Diet
Take note of trigger foods and avoid them when possible. You should also skip dairy and dairy products, both of which cause mucus production.6 Alcohol and caffeine can also stress out the body, making you more susceptible to sinus infections.7 Instead, fuel up on fruits and vegetables to help your immune system flourish.
7. Maintain A Healthy Weight
Aside from preventing many chronic diseases, having a healthy weight can limit your symptoms. Obesity, has actually been linked to self-reported sinus problems.8 This can be done by focusing on a well-rounded diet and being physically active.
8. Stack More Pillows
Keeping your head slightly elevated will help drain your sinuses. This is a simple habit that can limit stuffiness and congestion.9 Even sleeping on just two pillows can make a difference.
9. Wash Your Hands
Catching a cold can
Pay attention to your body on a daily basis. If something causes a sinus infection, take note and try to avoid it. Along with these habits, you can maintain your sinus health.
|↑1||[Sinus headaches](http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sinus-headaches/basics/prevention/CON-20025426 “Sinus headaches”), Mayo Clinic|
|↑2, ↑3, ↑10||[Sinusitis](https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000647.htm “Sinusitis”),Medline Plus|
|↑4, ↑5, ↑9||[Chronic sinusitis](http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-sinusitis/manage/ptc-20211249 “Chronic sinusitis”),Mayo Clinic|
|↑6||[Foods That Cause Mucus Build-Up]( http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/14588/1/Foods-That-Cause-Mucus-Build-Up.html “Foods That Cause Mucus Build-Up”),Health Guidance|
|↑7||[Sinus headaches](http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sinus-headaches/basics/prevention/CON-20025426 “Sinus headaches”),Mayo Clinic|
|↑8||Christensen, R.A.G., L. Raiber, A.K. Macpherson, and J.L. Kuk. “The association between obesity and self-reported sinus infection in non-smoking adults: a cross-sectional study.” Clinical Obesity 6.6 (2016): 389-394.|
|↑11||[When & How To Wash Your Hands](https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html “When & How To Wash Your Hands|