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The following home treatment measures may help prevent sinusitis:

  • Use a humidifier to keep the air in your home moist.
  • Treat colds promptly. Blow your nose gently. Do not close one nostril when blowing your nose.
  • Drink extra fluids when you have a cold. This helps keep mucus thin and draining.
  • Do not drink alcohol. It makes the tissues lining your nose and sinuses swell up.
  • Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Smokers are more prone to sinusitis. Also, avoid secondhand smoke. For more information, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
  • Use a decongestant nasal spray before or during airplane flights, especially during landing.
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Last Updated: January 24, 2014
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