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What's Causing Your Summer Sinus Infection?
It’s warm outside, you’re getting more Vitamin D, and you’re probably getting a lot of fresh air this time of year. So why are you suffering from a sinus infection?
If you're moving between indoor and outdoor spaces, there is likely a large fluctuation in not only temperature but also humidity levels. Indoor air tends to dry thanks to air conditioning, but extremely hot days can also come with dry air. This dry air can cause mucus in your nasal passages to thicken and get sticky. This consistency can then lead to blocked sinus, and blocked sinuses often lead to congestion and even infections.
On top of the congestion from dry air, grass pollens, dust, and mold are common allergy culprits this time of year. The warmer temperatures are perfect for mold to grow in anything from piles of leaves outside to damp bathrooms or basements inside. These allergens can also trigger additional mucus production to fight the allergens, and congestion as the mucus tends to build up if it can’t go anywhere.
There are things that you can do to try and avoid congestion in the summer months. A simple humidity gauge can help you monitor the humidity levels in spaces where you spend most of your time. From there, you can invest in a humidifier or dehumidifier to adjust the humidity levels inside. Saline nasal rinses and sprays can also help replenish moisture levels in your nasal passages, allowing the mucus to clear out naturally. This also helps your body rid itself of irritating allergens.
If you are still experiencing sinus infections lasting two weeks or more, it’s important that you seek medical care. Chronic sinus infections can have negative long-term impacts on your health, and that is something that your doctor can help you avoid. After all, everyone should be able to enjoy some fun this summer.