There are several ways you may reduce your
chance of getting
- Treat stuffiness (nasal congestion) caused by
colds or allergies promptly. This can help you prevent a
bacterial infection from developing in your sinuses.
- Avoid contact with people who have colds and other
viral upper respiratory infections. If you do have
contact with people who have these infections, wash your hands often,
especially after being in contact with those who are
- Avoid cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoke in your home and
workplace. Smoke causes and further irritates inflamed membranes in your nose
- If you have allergies, avoid the things that trigger
your allergy attacks. Consider talking to your doctor about
allergy shots (immunotherapy). For more information,
see the topic
- Avoid breathing dry
air. Consider using a humidifier at home and work to increase the moisture in
Make sure your child gets all the recommended immunizations. Some
immunizations, such as pneumococcal conjugate
may help prevent ear and sinus infections.
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
September 12, 2012
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