Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, this is just me sharing methods that work for me to prevent sinus infections and help with my allergies. No two people are alike so what works for me, might not be for you. If you do suffer from sinus issues, I hope you find a solution that works for you!
My history with multiple sinus infections during the winter months goes back many years. Multiple trips to ENT doctors and tried multiple prescription and over-the-counter medication. But the medicine was for after I was already sick. I searched for ways to prevent it from happening in the first place. My sinus infections would last for 2 weeks and would impact my ears, throat and my overall ability to function (sleep, eat, focus on work, etc). Then it would be followed with post-nasal drip that would last for 2 more weeks.
About 3 years ago I found a method to greatly lessen the amount of sinus infections I would get each year (right now I cannot recall the last time I had one) and also bring relief to my allergies as well.
- I use the NeilMed Sinus Rinse on most days during the week in the morning (not every day). I fill up a glass Pyrex measuring cup and microwave distilled water for 30 seconds. I mix one of the packets in the squeeze bottle and clean out my nose. It is a bit unpleasant when you first start doing it. But now I am so used to it and it makes me feel so much better. I do avoid it if my nose is clogged since then I feel like the water gets oddly stuck up there. (yucky I know)
- If I do start to feel like my nasal issues are getting bad, I use a product from Hyland’s for Allergy Relief. It is just two dissoluble tablets under the tongue every 4 hours. Other allergy medicines cause drowsiness for me and this one works great. I can also take it without water since is dissolves. I keep these in my purse at all times! I would use these if I was exposed to things I am allergic to like dust, dogs, cats, grass, etc. Also if I was sneezing many times per day.
- Hot sauce! If I do need to clear out my sinuses, I put some hot sauce on a cracker and have a little snack. The hotter the better!
- I also keep a Zoe Organics Breathe Balm on me at all times as well. This is useful for when I need a little clearing out of my sinuses when hot sauce is not an option. Their products are very nice and also are non-GMO, organic and cruelty-free (all of which are requirements for me to buy something).
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