If you’re among the 37 million Americans who suffer from sinus problems, you know just how miserable the symptoms can make you feel. The congestion. The facial pain. The postnasal drip-drip-drip.
Summer often brings a bit of a respite, as the cold viruses that trigger most cases of sinusitis are less active in warm weather. And, experts say the sinus problems that do crop up in summer can often be avoided -- if you take these six precautions:
If you're allergic to milk protein, you need to look for a bunch of different words that could spell trouble for you. When you're at the store, check if any of these things are on the ingredients list:
If you're trying to avoid milk, you need to keep your guard up. It lurks in some surprising foods. Be on the lookout for dairy that's tucked away in these items:
Baked goods and cake mixes
Hot dogs and deli meat
Indian food, where ghee (a form of butter) is very common
Battered and fried foods
Vegetarian cheese and soy cheese
How to Choose Safe Foods
Stick with packaged and labeled foods. Avoid the temptation to try things from salad bars, deli counters, and bakeries. They're more likely to accidentally have your allergy triggers in them.
Read food labels every time you buy a product. Stay on your toes even for stuff that you buy every week. Food companies change ingredients all the time. Just because something has been safe for you in the past doesn't mean it always will be.
Use caution if you see an ingredient you're not sure about. Look it up first. You can also contact the manufacturer if you need more info.
Be careful when you buy a different-size container. When your favorite food comes in a package that's larger or smaller than you usually get, check the label extra-carefully. The same goes for low-fat or reduced-calorie versions. They may have very different ingredients than your old stand-by. Also, some products may have different ingredients in other parts of the country.
Check labels on medications and toiletries. You may not realize it, but food allergens can show up in drugs, cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, and lotions.
Speak up for yourself. At restaurants, let the staff, servers, managers, cooks, or chef know about your food allergy. Don't be afraid to ask how a dish gets prepared. Sometimes the menu doesn't list all the ingredients. Plain, simply prepared foods are your best bet.
Avoid processed foods that are high in protein. They could contain milk proteins, casein, or whey.