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Start 2022 Healthy! Winter Sinus Tips
Winter might be known for colds, flu, and sinus issues, but there are ways that you can stay healthy this winter. Here are our top tips for keeping your sinuses healthy as we start a new year.
Improve your indoor air quality
Indoor air filtration or purifier systems are a powerful tool when it comes to healthy sinuses. Just make sure that you are changing out your air filters about every six months. The life of your filters can vary depending on your unit, but keeping them clean is important for keeping the air in your home clean.
Indoor air has a tendency to be on the dry side during the winter due to heating systems. To keep air moisture levels at a comfortable level, you might need to invest in a humidifier. If you aren’t sure, start with a humidity gauge - there are multiple options available.
Pollen levels typically aren’t a concern in the winter, so if the weather is mild, circulating some fresh air inside can also be a good idea.
Keep your home washed and clean
Keeping your bedding clean can do wonders for your quality of sleep. It helps to minimize the number of dust mites, reduces dander from pets, and helps your breathing overall. So wash your sheets and your pillowcases regularly, and in hot water if possible. You may also want to invest in an allergen-proof cover for your mattress and pillows.
Carpets are notorious for harboring dust, dander, and other allergens. Try switching to small rugs that can be easily cleaned. If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, regular cleanings are very important.
Keep your nose clear
Sinus irrigation with sterile saline can help clear dust or other irritants out before they cause problems. If irrigation is uncomfortable for you, an over-the-counter nasal saline spray can also help loosen or remove dust and allergens.
Be vigilant when it comes to your health
Staying healthy is always important, and in the winter months, it can take a bit more care if you want to avoid catching a cold or the flu. Avoiding extra stress, getting quality sleep each night, drinking lots of water, and eating well are all important.
Good hygiene is also crucial for staying healthy, so wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
Steam it out
If you start to feel pressure in your sinuses, steam can help loosen mucus and relieve congestion. This can come from a hot shower, a cup of tea, a simmering pot of water, or even a steam inhalation machine.