It's good to be positive and ambitious about what we want to improve in our lives, but it's often better to undertake little commitments rather than going for long shots. For example, if you find yourself dealing with sinusitis, you should resolve to change certain behaviors that can definitely have a positive impact on your daily life.
Can't you think of any resolutions for 2017? Let us give you a hand!
1- Do away with antibiotics!
Being a sinus sufferer, you should avoid the temptation of taking antibiotics. In most cases, antibiotics won't solve the problem as sinusitis is hardly ever caused by bacteria (normally, viruses are the ones to blame). What's more, you don't want to favor antibiotic resistant bacteria, a growing problem that, according to experts, could claim more lives than cancer by 2050. So yes, the fewer antibiotics you use, the better!
2- Throw your cigarettes away
No, not all New Year's resolutions are about getting rid of stuff. Yet if you are a smoker, you should seriously consider grabbing your pack of cigarettes from your pocket and throwing it into a bin. Yes, yes... giving up smoking is such a classic among New Year's resolutions, but in your case it should become a real commitment! Sinusitis is a disease affecting the upper respiratory system, and every time you have a puff you do nothing but harm it. Do you want to prevent chronic sinusitis? Alright, then you know what needs to be done.
3- Don't let mucus 'invade' your face...
We are not intending to sound gross here, but when mucus multiplies, so do problems. In fact, you may already know this, but accumulated mucus in the sinuses is what accounts for most of your annoying symptoms, especially facial pressure and headaches. Thus, if you notice that your nose is somehow getting blocked, act fast and don't let boogers take control of your nasal and paranasal areas.
4- …but decongestants can't be the answer
Nasal sprays such as vasoconstrictors can come in handy to provide quick relief, but when overused (more than three to five days), they can cause a rebound phenomenon and worsen your symptomatology. Therefore, and matching up with the beginning of the new year, why not cut down on them? There are other, less addictive, ways to keep your nose clean and clear.
5- Tackle your allergies
“Little can I do to combat my allergies”, you might think. And, well, let's agree that being allergic to something is a bummer and, when allergies are out of control, they can certainly disrupt your routine. However, keep in mind that sometimes our bodies need a 'readjustment' in relation to allergies, as though we had to reset a clock that had stopped striking the hours properly.
Immunotherapy treatments usually make a difference, so if you are going through a rough period of sniffles, you'd do well to start having it treated. And why are we saying so? Well, allergies are another common trigger of sinusitis, so by keeping the lid on the former you may help prevent the latter.
6- Travel a lot, but do it safely!
Who doesn't like travelling? We are pretty sure that going on a trip (or two or three!) is one of your major desires for this upcoming year. But if you do it, which we hope so, play it safe. Some sinus sufferers need to take some precautions when traveling by plane, because changes in the air pressure and nasal or paranasal blockage don't mix well. The same goes for taking a trip to places where there are extreme temperatures, from which you should protect yourself in order not to feel worse.
7- Get to 'know' your doctor
If you go to your doctor's office and wonder who is that man/woman that's asking you so many questions and doing you a check-up (because you've never seen him/her before), there are two possibilities: either you've been assigned to a new doctor or, here's the bad one, you never visit your current one! If that's the case, consider getting his or her help when you need it instead of self-diagnosing.
For example, there are some people who think they've got a lingering cold that lasts for weeks (or months!) without knowing that what's bothering them is a sinus infection instead. You don't want to be one of them!
8- Take more hygienic precautions
Being as clean as possible is also key to staying healthy. That's why making an extra effort to be more hygienic can be very beneficial not only for you, but also for those around you. Wash your hands as often as you can and don't let dust cover the surfaces in your home. Ah, and when you are sick, show some solidarity with others and cover your face while sneezing and coughing. Don't share your silverware and drinks and, if necessary, wear a mask!
9- Try Nasodren!
Sorry, but we had to tell you. All sinus sufferers should give Nasodren a try so that they can start benefiting from its unique mechanism of action. Nasodren is a 100% natural product, entirely made from Cyclamen Europaum extract, that allows for a complete clearance of the sinuses, thereby providing a powerful symptom relief.
Finally, we just want to wish you (and your loved ones) a happy new year. After all, as long as we are healthy, the rest matters little.