Every year we've lived in Utah, I've gotten a sinus infection, which makes sense because the climate is so dang dry. I get them from colds-gone-worse and also from allergies. They feel awful: headache, low grade fever, my head feels really heavy, my ears sound all stuffed up, and I get so, so tired. I slept for a long time today before I figured out I figured out I had a sinus infection. I was then able to do a little research on things I could do to alleviate the pain and discomfort and did that.
I've also just read up on how to prevent sinus infections. I thought this information was really good so I'll share it here. If any of you struggle with sinus infections, read on. If you don't, just skip down to the next part that's not in Italics.
1.stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This can help to keep plenty of moisture within your body and to ease the drainage of mucous that's commonly associated with sinus infections.
2.Use an electric humidifier to moisten the air in your home. Breathing dry air can add to the pain and discomfort of sinus infections. Your sinuses will be able to drain more completely when the air is full of moisture.
3.Attach electrostatic filters to your air conditioning vents. These specially designed filters can prevent allergens from being circulated throughout your home.
4.Avoid chemicals or environmental elements that can irritate your sinuses. Stay away from pollen or cigarette smoke. Avoid cleaning chemicals that can aggravate the inner linings of your sinuses.
5.Limit your alcohol intake. Even modest amounts of alcohol can cause swelling within the sinus membranes. Once these tender linings have been inflamed, you'll be much more susceptible to sinus infections.
6.Treat any symptoms of the common cold as soon as possible. One illness can quickly lead to another. Drink plenty of fluids, eat chicken soup and spend plenty of time relaxing in bed to keep a common cold from developing into a sinus infection.
7. Travel by car when possible to limit your time on airplanes. The pressure changes in an airplane's ascent and descent can cause pain within your sinuses and can lead to the clogging of the Eustachian tubes that connect your ears to the pharynx. Use inhalers or decongestant nasal sprays when you must fly.
8.Stay out of the pool. Chlorine and other chemicals found in pools can cause harm to your sinuses and contribute to infections.
9.Limit your dairy intake. While delicious and nutritious, dairy products can thicken mucous within your sinuses and create drainage problems. In turn, this can contribute to headaches and sinus pressure.
10.Give yourself regular steam treatments to help break up sinus congestion. For extra healing power, try infusing some herbal remedies, such as eucalyptus, peppermint or garlic, into your treatment plan.
11.Try to avoid exposing yourself to extreme climates. Exceptionally hot or cold weather can irritate the sinuses, leading to the development of sinus infections. Sudden temperature changes are especially harmful.
The first rule of antibiotics is try not to use them, and the second rule is try not to use too many of them.—Paul L. Marino, The ICU Book
Having sick kids is not fun. Especially when all four of them are sick. And when I'm sick. But Scott has been wonderful and Becca helped a lot too when she was here. Jane is the only child who hasn't gotten a fever. Our kids always seem to get sick around Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's and their birthdays, unfortunately...all very sugar/sweet oriented holidays. This was the first year Charlie wasn't really sick on his birthday. Each one of us only had one small piece of cake on Annabelle's birthday and then we gave the rest away. But with Valentine's being a couple days earlier, it was still too much. I need to figure out what to do in the future to prevent this from happening- from having us all get sick from weakened and slowed immune systems(sugar dramatically slows the immune system). If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear them.