Are you starting to feel like your sinuses are constantly all blocked up? Sick of having to clear your throat and blow your nose every ten minutes? If that’s the case, you should take a closer look at some of the potential causes and what you can do about them.
The seasonal bugs
Springtime is when a few bugs in particular start to pop their heads out. A simple head cold might have you feeling pretty desperate for a breath of fresh air, alongside having a sore throat and some general fatigue. You can take steps to support your immune system, making you less likely to catch said bugs and to recover more quickly from them. Of course, given the ongoing global pandemic, you should take care to test yourself when you have any symptoms affecting your respiratory system as well, simply to be on the safe side of things.
Allergies are acting up
Of course, when Spring comes around, so too does pollen and all sorts of environmental dander. If you experience sinus allergies, then you can take steps to prepare for them. This can include sticking to a more nutritious diet, as well as clearing your sinuses with tools such as a nose kettle and a saline wash. Of course, you should be more careful of pollen counts where you’re travelling, where possible. When you come in from the outdoors, change your clothes ASAP and toss any potentially pollen-covered clothes into the washing machine so that you’re not tracking it all around the place that you’re staying.
Air quality in the room
Even if you have never had allergies in the past, you should know that you can develop them at any point in your life. A lot of people can develop allergies in their 30s, for instance. One of the things that can cause or exacerbate allergies is air quality. You can avoid poor air quality by making sure that you choose hotels and accommodation that provides good air conditioning and ventilation for the room that you’re staying in. You should also be mindful of air pollution when travelling, staying indoors on any days where there are smog warnings in the area, for instance.
Humidity and moisture
Sometimes, your sinuses can be reacting to changes in air pressure and humidity. There’s a reason we call humid days “stuffy”, after all. You might not be able to control the weather to reduce local humidity. You could, however, reduce the humidity in your room by bringing a portable dehumidifier with you. Reducing the level of moisture content in the air can not only help you breathe a little easier, but it could also make it a much more comfortable place to sleep. Less of that stickiness that comes with a stuffy night.
You can’t prevent every sniffle, sneeze, and time that you’re feeling blocked up. However, with the tips above, you can prepare for some of the most common culprits and take better care of your health while out and about.
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