General Guidelines for Managing Sinusitis
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 medicines that may help you quit.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water might help keep your nasal secretions thinner and 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.
If possible, avoid flying when you are congested. Changes in air pressure may make your condition worse.
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Last reviewed September 2018 by David L. Horn, MD, FACP Last Updated: 12/2/2020