The Relationship Between Stress and Sinus Issues

AdobeStock_150276966_small.jpgAmong the host of negative effects and health conditions that can result from extended periods of stress, most people don’t think of sinus issues as one of those conditions. In actuality, stress can absolutely trigger sinus issues.

How does Stress cause Sinus Problems?

Prolonged stress is known to weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to a host of diseases. This makes you more vulnerable to common sinus irritants like dust and allergens. It also allows bacteria, viruses, germs, and infections to take hold and make you sick. Some stress-related infections can attack and break down the cilia in your nose, which normally help guard you against infection. Without the cilia, bacteria have a much easier time entering your body and infecting your sinuses.

Handling Stress-Induced Sinus Problems

Even when we try our best, stress can still sometimes overwhelm us. Things like regular exercise, proper nutrition, and breathing exercises can help to reduce the impact of stress. There are also some things that you can do to help your sinus stay healthy under stress.

Avoiding known allergens is a good start. While there’s not always much that you can do about seasonal allergens, you can try to mitigate your exposure. Stay indoors and try to keep your indoor environment clean. Try not to use cleaners with heavy fragrances though, as those can irritate your sinuses.

Keep your nasal passages hydrated. Having some saline nasal sprays handy can help you by avoiding dry, irritated sinuses and helping your sinuses clear themselves easily.

See your ENT. Your doctor will be able to examine and identify problems that you might not be able to notice on your own. You might not be able to control all of the stress in your life, but your doctor can help you identify how to stay as healthy as possible. At Ashford Clinic, we work hard to determine the root cause of your sinus issues and provide you with lasting relief. If you are located in the Athens/Northeast Georgia area, give us a call!