Sinus Issues: 3 Sneaky Suspects

woman-in-grey-top-hugging-brown-dachshund-1139793.jpgWhen your nose gets stuffy and you feel that familiar sinus pressure in your head, the first causes we typically look to are the familiar culprits: pollen, dust, and mold. While these "big three" are very often the offenders in causing your sinusitis, there are certainly other everyday substances that can cause or contribute to your sinus symptoms. Let's take a quick look at some of these everyday culprits and how to avoid them.


Between the dander and the sneeze-inducing substances that enter your home through your pet's fur (their soft, beautiful coats are a common entry point for pollen, dust, and mold from outside), your furry friends could be contributing to your allergy and sinus symptoms. Some things that can help curb your pet's contribution to your sinus issues are bathing them regularly (at least once a week), cleaning the bed that they sleep in, and not allowing them to sleep in your bed.

Household Cleaners

It is now fairly common knowledge that the fumes from common cleaning products can be harmful in lots of ways, but one of the less-discussed side-effects is that they can cause or worsen sinusitis symptoms. While we are certainly not telling you to avoid cleaning your house, it is encouraged to be more careful in how you use household cleaner and which kinds of cleaners you use (organic cleaners can help cut down on many of these issues).

Cigarette Smoke

Smoke, in general, is not great for your sinuses. Cigarette smoke is even worse. The dangers and effects of cigarettes and cigarette smoke are numerous and incredibly well-documented, and those dangers absolutely extend to your sinuses. Inhaling cigarette smoke is as bad for your sinuses as it is for your lungs, heart, and other organs of your body. Avoiding smoking and environments containing lots of cigarette smoke, whether secondhand or directly, is the best way to keep it from affecting your sinuses and overall health.

If you have persistent sinusitis symptoms and issues, you should consult your doctor or even see an ENT. If you're in the Athens-North GA Area, Ashford Clinic is here to help! Give us a call to learn more or to make an appointment.