Cold and flu season is nearly upon us. To miss out on the runny nose, sore throat, cough, headache, aches, and chills, take good care of your sinuses. it’s a good idea to get wash your hands frequently, get plenty of rest, and get a flu shot, especially if you’re frequently around large numbers of people.

During cold and flu season, keeping your sinuses healthy can help to ensure that a simple head cold doesn’t turn into infected sinuses and ears. The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery recommends these five tips to maintain sinus health during cold and flu season:

  1. Drink lots of water: Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other fluids can help to keep sinuses clear and prevent congestion. Proper hydration also helps to keep your immune system strong.
  2. Avoid allergy triggers: During the windy autumn months, keep doors and windows closed to prevent additional exposure to them.
  3. Use a humidifier: Especially overnight while you sleep, using a humidifier can help to keep sinuses hydrated. This is especially necessary if you live in a dry environment or if you use the heater.
  4. Use nasal spray: If you’re planning to fly, using a nasal spray before take-off can help to prevent congestion and keep sinuses clear.
  5. Avoid smoking: In addition to other health issues, smoking can irritate nasal passages and make sinus membranes swell.

Every doctor and specialist at Orlando Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates are experienced in diagnosing, treating, and preventing issues of the head and neck, from the common cold to cancers. If you’re experiencing any issues or would like to learn more about ear, nose, and throat health, call us today to make an appointment.

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