As the seasons change and especially as your seasonal allergies get aggravated, you may find yourself more susceptible to developing sinus infections. Sinuses are empty cavities found in the bones within your face, including surrounding your nose, eyes and forehead. Sinuses have a thin membrane that produces mucus, which is moved through the nasal passage by hair cells. However, if the passage gets blocked, an infection can form and lead to headaches, fever and other symptoms.
Preventing Sinus Infections
There are several steps you can take to prevent a sinus infection from forming, saving you from several days of clogged ears and headaches, including:
- Drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated is critical to keeping your body’s mucus thin and loose, preventing blockages from forming in the nasal passage and sinuses. Keep a bottle with you as you move through your day-to-day and make sure you are drinking it. You should typically be trying to drink about eight glasses, or half a gallon, each day.
- Inhaling steam. Using a humidifier in your home or lingering after a hot shower will help open up your nasal passages and prevent the membrane from drying out too quickly.
- Elevate your head. While your body is resting at night, the mucus formed in your sinuses will pool, which can lead to clogs when your head is down. If you are prone to sinus infections, prop your head up with multiple pillows when you are sleeping to reduce blockages.
- Disinfect your common surfaces. Use antibacterial wipes and disinfecting agents to clean your commonly used surfaces at least once a day, including your work area, keyboard, computer screen, television remotes, food prep areas, stair railings, door handles and faucets. This will help kill germs that can linger on surfaces for up to several days. You should also be washing your hands frequently with soap and hot water for at least 30 seconds, and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Touching your eyes, mouth and nose can quickly lead to the spread of illness through your body. Take special care to wash your hands after using the restroom, handling a diaper and before and after preparing food.
Sinus Infection Diagnosis & Treatment in Hamilton, Trenton & Robbinsville, NJ
If you are beginning to exhibit any of the symptoms of a sinus infection including pressure or heaviness in the front of your face, nasal congestion, dark mucus or loss of smell or taste, visit Urgent Care of Mercer County today. We will be able to diagnose the sinus infection and go over treatment options in order to determine the best fit for you. Urgent Care of Mercer County is open seven days a week to walk-in patients, so you’ll never need an appointment. Additionally, we are offering telemedicine, allowing patients to consult with a provider from the comfort of your own home. For questions, please call 609-890-4100.