Prevent a Sinus Infection, Naturally

Sinus infections are just the worst.  They seem to hang on for weeks and typically take a while to fully manifest so you’re dragging around forever.  If you’re flying they’re even more challenging.  I have been plagued by sinus infections for years but this year, no sinus infection.  I made some changes that might help you prevent a sinus infection.  This year, our awesome intern, Nicole got a horrible sinus infection so this post is dedicated to her sinuses!

Here are my tips.  These aren’t necessarily medical tips, just my ideas on what has worked as prevention (the cure may involve the dreaded antibiotics and ibuprofen):

1.  Xlear nasal spray.  I use this twice a day and this is the major change I made this year that I think really worked.  It’s nice because it’s got a sweet taste instead of the awful saline nose sprays.  Xlear uses xylitol which is also known as wood sugar and is promoted as a natural alternative sweetener derived from raspberries, birch, and plums.  Xylitol isn’t associated with any health side effects used as a spray.  Xlear is used for reducing bacteria in the Eustachian tubes and nose. It also claims to decrease the risk of sinus infections, improving allergic conditions such as asthma and rhinitis.

2.  Fish or Flax Oil.  Both are anti-inflammatories that may help reduce swelling in small nasal passages.

3.  Aspirin.  I’m taking one small aspirin when I remember because it is supposed to help with breast cancer prevention, but it’s also an anti-inflammatory which may help keep nasal passages clear.

4.  Humidifier. You’ve just got to use one in the winter or year round if you live in a dry climate.  Make sure you keep it clean, free of germs and mineral buildup.

5.  Anti-Inflammatory Foods.  I’ve been slowly making some dietary changes that may help keep sinus inflammation down.  Interestingly, many of these foods have been linked with breast cancer prevention.  These foods include blueberries, broccoli, wild salmon (though beware PCB’s), sweet potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, shiitake mushrooms, turmeric, green tea and papaya.

6.  Neti-Pot or Nose Wash.  This isn’t my suggestion, but many swear by this one.  I absolutely hate the neti pot.  I have a nose spray bottle that you fill with salt water that I will use if I feel an infection coming on.  This year, so far, I haven’t had to use it.

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About Laurie Noble

As head of her own corporate communications and public relations company, Laurie Carter Noble has had extensive experience in creating successful marketing strategies. She has drawn on this expertise in her real estate career and has found it invaluable in helping clients create successful marketing strategies for selling their homes. Giving clients marketing plans targeted to their specific needs and highlighting the unique qualities of their homes is one of the services Laurie provides to those who list their homes with her. Having moved a family several times herself, with the help of her husband Richard, she is aware of the special needs of the buyer relocating to a new home. Through careful research and a thorough knowledge of the Boston market, Laurie successfully matches prospective buyers to a home suited to their needs. Her guidance is available through every aspect of the purchasing transaction, whether it is helping to secure financing, having the home inspected or making temporary housing arrangements, should that be required. With her husband, Richard, Laurie has developed and managed a series of properties. She has extensive experiences dealing with investment properties and using them effectively to create income. A cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, Laurie received her B.A. in English Literature and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds an M.S. in Secondary Education and an M.A. in English from Villanova University. A fluent speaker of German, Laurie studied German literature at the Yale University Graduate School and at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. She also is fluent in French, which she studied at the University of Strasbourg, France. For many years she was a member of the English Department at Villanova University. Laurie is committed to serving the community in which she lives. She has done pro bono work for agencies that work for social justice in Boston. Issues of women's and children's welfare are of particular concern to her and she has written on those issues for newspapers and magazines in the Boston area. She is a tour guide for the Mayo House, a historic house owned by the Chatham Conservation Society and is also a pro bono marketing consultant for the Harwich Junior Theater, promoting artistic opportunities for children all over Cape Cod. Recently Laurie completed a major marketing portfolio, pro bono, for COGdesign, a non-profit Boston based organization dedicated to helping urban communities create beautiful inner city green spaces. While a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, she was active in the Women’s Network and served on the Education Committee. She has lived in Boston’s Back Bay for almost 20 years and is a member of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay. Laurie and Richard have two daughters.
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One Response to Prevent a Sinus Infection, Naturally

  1. Nicole DiMauro says:

    This dry climate has wreaked havock on my sinuses. I need all the help I can get.

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