You live in Atlanta. The traffic is terrible. The commutes are unbearable. The Falcons losing the Super Bowl is shameful. But none of these things compare to the high pollen count and allergens that plague the great city’s population, and most likely, your sinuses. It’s a gross topic, we know, especially when it comes to the discussion of sinus drainage. It’s not something you want to bring up in public conversations, yet it’s a part of your daily life.
Causes of Sinus Drainage
- The flu
- A common cold
- Allergies (pollen, ragweed, dust)
- Changes in weather and seasons
- Chronic sinusitis (sinus infections)
As you can see there are many causes for sinus drainage. Taking care of these problems, rather than the symptom, will always be the better option but for now, we’ve compiled a list of remedies that you can do at home while you wait for your next doctor’s appointment.
Drinking Water and Avoiding Dairy, Coffee
Things like milk and coffee can actually thicken the mucus and cause more of a drainage issue. Drinking water thins it out and allows it to move with more ease.
It may not relieve the symptoms permanently, but the heat from the shower or boiling water or even from soup and tea can help move things along.
Dusing, wiping down, vacuuming, spraying, and washing your living space can help fight sinus drainage and other symptoms.
At local pharmacies, there are nasal cleansing bottles that can flush out the excess and relieve symptoms. Doing this on a daily basis can also prevent future issues.
The importance of taking care of your sinuses is not just in the name of comfort, but for your health as well. Too much drainage that flows into the chest can lead to pneumonia, which if untreated, can be very dangerous. If you’re one to suffer allergies, look into the Ear, Nose, and Throat Institute, where providers with a wide range of specializations can help any problem regarding the ear, nose, and throat.