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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Sinusitis

General Guidelines for Managing Sinusitis

Quit Smoking

Smoking increases your risk of sinusitis and may hamper your ability to heal from the infection. When you quit smoking, the benefits are immediate. Talk to your doctor about programs and medications that may help you quit.

Drink More Water

Drinking more water might help keep your nasal secretions thinner, and therefore easier to blow out. However, there is no evidence showing that fluid intake changes the outcome of sinus infections. It is also reasonable to increase the consumption of fluids in hot weather or following intense exercise.

Avoid Flying

If possible, avoid flying when you are congested. Changes in air pressure may make your condition worse.

Revision Information

  • Acute sinusitis in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated December 18, 2012. Accessed January 9, 2013.

  • Chronic rhinosinusitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated December 18, 2012. Accessed January 9, 2013.

  • Sinusitis. American Academy of Otolaryngology website. Available at: http://www.entnet.org/content/sinusitis. Accessed January 9, 2013.

  • Sinusitis overview. American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology website. Available at: http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/sinusitis.aspx. Accessed January 9, 2013.