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Facial Problems, Noninjury (cont.)

Prevention

The following home treatment measures may help prevent sinusitis:

  • Use a humidifier to keep the air in your home moist.
  • Treat colds promptly. Blow your nose gently. Do not close one nostril when blowing your nose.
  • Drink extra fluids when you have a cold. This helps keep mucus thin and draining.
  • Do not drink alcohol. It makes the tissues lining your nose and sinuses swell up.
  • Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Smokers are more prone to sinusitis. Also, avoid secondhand smoke. For more information, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
  • Use a decongestant nasal spray before or during airplane flights, especially during landing.

Preparing For Your Appointment

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What are your main symptoms? How long have you had your symptoms?
  • Have you had this problem before? If so, how was it treated?
  • What makes your symptoms better or worse?
  • Have you recently had a cough, cold symptoms, allergies, or headaches? Be prepared to describe any nasal drainage or sputum coughed up, or the location and severity of headaches.
  • Have you had an injury to this area? Do you have any continuing problems because of a previous injury?
  • What home treatment measures have you tried? Did they help?
  • What prescription or nonprescription medicines do you take?
  • Do you have any health risks?

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