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Sinusitis

Prevention

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 13:00

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

How-To Information:

To prevent attacks of sinusitis:

  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a balanced diet.
  • Keep air filtration systems in your home or workplace clean.
  • Use nose plugs when swimming or diving in a pool, to keep chlorine from irritating the sinuses.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to maintain adequate moisture in the body.
  • Use a humidifier if air is dry, especially during winter months when artificial heat intensifies the dryness of the air.
  • Avoid allergens whenever possible.
  • Use coffee, tea, alcohol, and dairy products in moderation.
  • Do not smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Avoid stress as much as possible.
  • Take vitamin supplements to maintain a healthy immune system.
  • There is some evidence that garlic tablets (available at a pharmacy or health food store) can help strengthen the immune system.

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