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Natural Ways to Avoid Recurring Sinus Infections
7. Strive for a Moderate Indoor Air Environment
If you live in a very dry part of the country, consider using a humidifier in your home to increase the humidity and improve your sinuses. On the other hand, if you live in an area that has high humidity, you might want to use a dehumidifier in order to keep your sinuses from drying out. Neither too dry nor too moist is what will make your sinuses happy and just might keep you from further infections.
8. Swimming Pools
If you spend a great deal of time in swimming pools that are treated with chlorine, it can irritate the lining of your nose and your sinuses. Keep your head above water, or buy a nose clamp, which prevents water from entering through your nose.
9. Moist Heat Pack
If you get one of those terrible sinus headaches, you can encourage your sinuses to drain by placing a moist, hot towel or gel pack on your face for 5 or 10 minutes, several times per day. Be careful not to make it too hot so that you don’t burn your face. This will make you feel better very quickly, and the heat will encourage your sinuses to drain by themselves.
You can also clear up clogged sinuses by breathing in hot steam. You can do this by sitting in a hot bathtub full of water, or using the shower, or by boiling some water over the stove and, using a towel, make a tent over your head so that you can breathe in the steam. Even if your nose is completely plugged, begin by breathing through your mouth, and the heat will begin to open up your sinuses fairly quickly.