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Preventing sinus infections.

What’s worse than a catching a cold in the winter? The answer would have to be sinusitis. It’s bad enough to have to carry a pack of tissue papers around for a week - imagine carrying them around for three! A common cold lasts for a week while sinus infection can last for thrice as long.

With stuffy noses and swollen nasal passages, the risk of sinus infections is increased in the winter. When sinuses become swollen or inflamed, they cannot drain properly, and mucus builds up. This excess mucus becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, increasing the risk of a sinus infection setting in. Sinus infection brings about a host of other rather horrible symptoms like pain and tenderness in sinus areas, fever, headaches, sore throat, etc. An acute sinusitis attack generally lasts around three weeks, and chronic sinusitis can last from three to eight weeks or longer.

To prevent a sinus attack, it is best to nip a cold or allergy in the bud. Help your body avoid colds by getting plenty of rest, drinking a lot of water, and eating healthy. Keep allergy at bay by proofing your environment from allergens. Incase you already happen to have caught a cold or allergy, use an oral or nasal decongestant for quick relief. However, a nasal decongestant should not be used for more than a couple of days or it’ll make things worse. The best cure is to drink lots of fluids, clean the nasal passages regularly and to breathe in some steam.

 
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