2. Humidify Your Air continued...
Vaporizers can keep you more comfortable if you're in the midst of a sinus problem, Leftwich says. But you need to have it close by. "It doesn't do any good to have a vaporizer on the other side of the room." You’ll need to clean the machine daily so bacteria don’t grow in them.
Breathe the mist coming from vaporizers, but be careful if there’s steam. ''Most vaporizers don't produce any steam, just a mist," Leftwich says. "But those vaporizers that do make steam and certainly steam from a tea kettle or pot on the stove must be used with caution." Steam can burn you, so don't come into contact with it.
3. Ventilate Your Home
An energy-efficient house has a drawback. "You seal up a house to make it more energy efficient, and you end up with stale air that aggravates sinus problems," Leftwich says.
The solution: "Opening up the house on a warmer day to clear the air is a good thing," he says. Just don’t do it if the pollen count is high.
The value of having air ducts on your heating and cooling system cleaned is another area of debate among experts. Leftwich calls it a waste of time and money. Some patients told him they got sicker after cleaning the ducts, he says, probably due to aggravating airborne dust. But Josephson says if the air smells dusty or moldy, it might be worth a try. It's also a good idea to change your air conditioner filters on a regular basis.
4. Be Water-Wise
Drink “at least a quart a day,” Leftwich says. Most of that should be plain water, he adds.
"The more the better," Josephson says. He tells his patients to drink enough H2O every day so their pee is generally clear.
Salt-water nasal rinses for your nose can help, too. You can buy a kit or mix up your own at home. The recipe: Mix about 16 ounces (1 pint) of lukewarm distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water with 1 teaspoon of salt. Some people add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to take the sting out of the salt. Use a bulb syringe to flush your nasal cavities and clean out mucus and debris.