Dr. Brian Weeks discusses tips to prevent sinus and allergy problems.
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Ladies, let’s talk about what you can do to help prevent sinus problems. I think they are the three most important things that I would recommend to focus on to prevent sinus and allergy problems. The first one is probably the most important and that is regular sinus irrigations with nothing more than salt water. You can do that in one of two ways, you can create your own mixture at home using distilled water and salt and baking soda or you can go to the store and buy a pre-made formulation. Both ways are equally effective. Essentially what you’re doing is you’re washing your nose, just like you’d wash your car. The minute you finished washing your car, it looks beautifully cleaned and within five minutes it’s already getting dirty again. Your nose is the same way but if you think about how nice your car looks each time you wash it, same way with your nose. It’s great for your nose, it’s healthy and it keeps it in a clean healthy state. The second thing is to understand the possibility that you may suffer from underlying allergies. They are even in your own home. You want to really allergize your home as we say. Things like dust, like molds, like different environmental allergens that you can really do little things to prevent affecting you. Things like covering your pillow in your mattress with a simple mattress and pillow cover, a small plastic bag that you can buy at any grocery store or bed supply store that will keep those allergens and those environmental stimuli from getting into your upper respiratory tree when you’re sleeping. Things like vacuum in your carpets, like putting tile in your homes instead of carpet, all of those things are just holding tremendous allergens and really your ability to minimize your allergies will be enhanced by doing these things. And lastly, understand that if you do have problems with drainage either yellow or green discharge from your nose that it’s critically important to notify your physician because that really can indicate that you’re developing a more serious condition. People get into trouble with sinus problems by allowing them to continue without treatment and that’s what causes the changes in the sinuses that lead to chronic on going problems.