Paediatric Sinusitis – Part 3 (What are the symptoms and who is more likely to develop Paediatric Sinusitis?)

May 2, 2014

What are the symptoms of Paediatric Sinusitis?

Symptoms in children tend to be more pronounced than those of adults.

  • A runny nose with colored nasal mucus. Mucus may be yellow or green and can even be clear in color. Mucus drains in large amounts.
  • Coughing, a sore throat and bad breath (halitosis) with accompanying post nasal drip or mucus running down the back of the throat.
  • A fever or increase in body temperature.
  • Lethargy
  • Facial pain (usually occurs only in children older than 5) and swelling in certain areas such as around the eyes and cheeks may occur. Headaches may also be present.
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms that last for more than two weeks / 14 days.
  • Vomiting and nausea or even an upset stomach
  • A foul odor emanating from the nasal passages.

 

Symptoms vary depending on the level of sinusitis a child has:

 

Acute Sinusitis

Sub-acute

Chronic Sinusitis

Recurrent Sinusitis

  • Lasts for over two weeks
  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Rhinitis or a runny nose
  • A fever
  • Ear infections or otitis media (middle ear infection)
  • Pain in the forehead region or headaches
  • Symptoms similar to those of a cold or flu are experienced.
  • Inflammation, swelling and discomfort felt for 1 to 1 ½ months.
  • Yellow, cloudy or colored nasal mucus.
  • Symptoms of acute sinusitis are present.
  • Sinusitis that has lasted for over 2 months.
  • Yellow or green nasal mucus.
  • All symptoms of acute sinusitis are present.
  • Sinusitis that has progressed on and off for a period of 1 year.
  • Persistent coughing
  • Recurrent Sinus infections over a period of time.
  • All symptoms of acute sinusitis are present.

Who is more likely to develop Paediatric Sinusitis?

Paediatric sinusitis is not more prevalent with regards to race, sex and age.


SINUSITIS

October 4, 2013

SINUSITIS- occurs when the small, air filled spaces inside the cheekbones and forehead become inflamed due to bacterial or viral infection. This can occur in two forms; namely acute or chronic sinusitis.

  • Acute sinusitis is when the infection only lasts for a week or a few days or up to 12 weeks. While some people will only experience its symptoms once or twice in their life time, many people experience it more frequently.
  • Chronic sinusitis is the kind of sinusitis that last longer than 12 weeks, meaning that the symptoms become more agonizing and aggressive as time goes by.

The causes of Sinusitis

  • Mucus build-up in the sinuses is known to prolong the infection which is then likely to lead to chronic sinusitis.
  • Inhaling or sniffing substances that irritate the lining of the nose.
  • Dental infections that spreads from an infected tooth to a maxillary sinus.
  • Colds and flu caused by bacteria or virus which spreads to the sinuses.
  • Weak immune system leaves one vulnerable to any infection
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy can trigger nasal inflammation.
  • Asthma, smoking, diabetes, and previous injuries to the nose or cheeks.

Symptoms of Sinusitis

  • Feeling either facial pain or fullness
  • Having green or yellow discharge
  • Lack of sense of smell
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Halitosis
  • Rhinitis
  • Pressure and Headaches

 

How to treat Sinusitis?

Having identified the symptoms and an examination done, your doctor will provide a diagnosis in order to conclude on the underlying problem causing your sinusitis.

Homeopathic remedy can and has provided the most effective relief from sinusitis symptoms. http://www.sinuswars.com/sinusitis.asp


Clinical Trials showing the effectiveness of ingredients contained in SinusWars1 (Hayfever and Allergies Remedy)

September 27, 2012
Allergies/Hayfever, grass, allegen, homeopathy

Grasses

144 Allergy sufferers where selected for a random, double blind-placebo controlled clinical trial in 1986 to identify the effects of Homeopathic Remedies containing Mixed Grass Pollen 30C (1986) by a hospital based in Glasgow, Scotland (Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, with the assistance of the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology of Glasgow University).

The individuals that were randomly selected needed to have one common item; Seasonal rhinitis (Hayfever) that had persisted for two years or more. Numerous individual which made up the 144 were selected to have the placebo, on a double blind basis whilst others were given variations of twelve diverse species of grasses found in the United Kingdom.

Daily pollen counts were also identified during this study to negate any outside influences.

The results showed positive improvement:

  • Patients given the Homeopathic formulation containing any of the 12 diverse grasses showed a faster reduction of allergy symptoms.
  • The need for antihistamines to alleviate symptoms decreased by 50%

All these findings are according to the report published, “the observed effects of homeopathic treatment are a contemporary statement of an empirical puzzle in its third century and represents a confusing challenge to orthodox scientific models’.

Results of these findings can be found in the British Medical Associations official Journal ‘The Lancet’, under the following title ‘Is Homeopathy a Placebo Response? Controlled Trial of Homeopathic Potency with Pollen in Hayfever’ and helps ascertain the effectiveness of ingredients found in the SinusWars1, Hayfever and Allergies Remedy found online at http://www.sinuswars.com/remedies/SinusWars1.asp


Otitis media (middle ear infection)

November 28, 2011

A middle ear infection is the most common of all ear infections and is also known as Otitis Media. Otitis meaning inflammation of the ear and Media meaning middle. These types of ear infections usually take place behind the eardrum in the middle ear. Ear infections usually occur after a cold, flu or respiratory infection has been present for a few days.

When you have a cold, flu or an allergy attack the tube that connects the throat to the middle ear (Eustachian tube) becomes swollen and air is prevented from going inside the middle ear. This can create a suction that pulls liquid from the throat into the ear. This is called Otitis Media with effusion. The fluid then becomes stagnant in the middle ear causing bacteria to flourish, resulting in an ear infection.

Middle ear infections can affect any person at any age but are more common in babies and children under the age of three years old and less common in older children and adults. It is more common in babies because their Eustachian tubes are very small and easily infected.

There are three types of ear infections

 

  1. An Acute ear infection, which usually occur in children or babies after a cold or flu. Symptoms may include :
  • Irritability.
  • Fever .
  • Pain in the ear.
  • Pressure or fullness of the ear.
  • Popping sound in the ears when swallowing.
  1. Serous Otitis Media, which is the build up of fluid in the middle ear due to a blocked and swollen Eustachian tube. Symptoms may include:
  • Temporary hearing loss in the affected ear.
  • The symptoms of an acute infection.
  1. A Chronic ear infection is recurrent ear infections that can be caused by a perforated (hole in the) eardrum or the various other causes of Otitis Media. A few things that can cause recurrent ear infections are:
  • Swimming (swimmers ear).
  • Allergies.
  • Colds and flu’s.

Those who are at risk of developing an ear infection are those with:

  • A Cold/flu.
  • Active and passive smokers.
  • Respiratory illnesses.
  • Children who have a cleft palate.
  • Allergies.
  • Chronic congestion.
  • Sinusitis.
  • Pressure in the middle ear caused by an airplanes ascent and descent or when scuba diving.

Chronic Infections can be caused by:

  • Acute infections.
  • Blocked Eustachian tubes.
  • Sudden air pressure changes.
  • Incorrect earwax removal.

The general symptoms of otitis are:

  • Ear pain.
  • Fever.
  • Thick or yellow drainage from the ear (indicating that the eardrum has burst).
  • Irritability.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Vomiting.
  • Sleeping difficulties.
  • Potential hearing loss.
  • Pressure in ear, especially when lying down.
  • Headaches.
  • Dizziness.

Complications of untreated ear infections may result in:

  • Chronic ear infections can cause severe damage to the bones in the middle ear resulting in long-term hearing loss.
  • More rare complication that includes the infection spreading to the bones in the middle ear (mastoiditis), inner ear or brain.

Treatment for ear infections:

  • Antibiotics are especially good for those who are younger than 2 years old or very ill. Antibiotics should only be used when ear problems are quite serious because using antibiotics can result in forming resistant bacteria making it harder to treat the infection with antibiotics again.
  • Surgery for recurrent infections where tubes are inserted into the middle ear for drainage and ventilation, this type of surgery is called a Myringotomy.
  • SinusWars4. This SinusWars remedy will treat all ear and mastoid infections. SinusWars products work on the underlying conditions of the problem giving you long term relief. All SinusWars products are 100% safe, natural and have no side effects.

Ear infections can cause minor symptoms from pressure and fullness in the ear to major symptoms like severe pain and loss of hearing. Treat Otitis media before it leads to more serious conditions like mastoiditis or meningitis (brain infection).

Visit www.sinuswars.com for more!

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Does SinusWars work?

November 4, 2011

Want an effective sinus treatment WITHOUT SCAMS, CONS or LIES? SinusWars products are some of the best complex remedies, for sinus and sinus related conditions, available today – BUT do they really work???

To know if SinusWars products work we first need to understand HOW SinusWars products work…

If you are ill, it means that certain systems in your body have been disrupted in some way or the other, therefore causing these systems to behave “abnormally” in an attempt at healing itself. In some cases due to poor dieting, environmental pollution, allergies, some medicines or a weakened immune system the body does not heal itself and so continues to behave abnormally.

SinusWars products are made from all homeopathic ingredients. To read more about homeopathy please click here or for the history of homeopathy please click here.

Homeopathy is used to treat the underlying causes of a condition, correct the abnormalities and bring the body back to its original state. No magic or hocus pocus involved. SinusWars uses ingredients that have been rigorously tested – meaning there are clinical tests which prove that these ingredients do in-fact work.

In the case of a sinus infection, once the body detects a disruption (like bacteria) in the sinuses it starts behaving “abnormally” by producing lots of mucus to flush the bacteria or irritant out. This in turn results in pressure, congestion, a runny nose, pain and stuffiness. If not treated, other systems in the body also become disrupted through the development of post nasal drip, nasal polyps, headaches or ear infections. There are a range of SinusWars products to treat and target each of these conditions specifically.

Let’s take an example:

If one has a sinus problem – SinusWars remedies will stop the body from producing lots of mucus, unblock any trapped mucus in the sinuses, reduce inflammation and treat any infections that may be present. By treating the cause rather than just relieving the pain or drying up the mucus, SinusWars remedies offer long term relief and a more reliable solution.

SinusWars remedies have no impact on your immune system and in-fact makes your immune system stronger. These products target the underlying causes of a condition and don’t just cover up the symptoms like most over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. OTC medicines might promise instant relief but SinusWars remedies work deep from the inside out, which might result in it taking a few days longer before you see results. There is no “quick fix product” that will get rid of nasal polyps, allergies, a persistent blocked nose, post nasal drip or chronic sinusitis. Products that offer instant solutions for these conditions only provide temporary relief. You have probably had this condition for weeks, months or even years and so should allow your body (with the help of SinusWars remedies) some time to treat the causes, correct the abnormality and heal completely.

Each ingredient used to make up the SinusWars remedies have been stringently tested and only FDA recognized ingredients (found in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS), in the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the official National Formulary (NF) and in other additions to this) are all approved and used in SinusWars products.

The SinusWars LLC Company truly believes in helping all sinus sufferers, in fighting the war against sinusitis and restoring one back to health safely and naturally!

So… Does SinusWars work?

Absolutely – Yes! As proven by you! Click here to view your testimonials. We have been fighting sinus problems for years!

Sometimes, however, we do loose some battles along the way – which then leads to the question….

Why doesn’t SinusWars work for me?

If you are taking SinusWars remedies and they are not working for you – there are several factors to consider.

There are four things you should look at:

  1. You might not be taking the correct product – if you suspect that this is the case, give us a call or email us with all your current symptoms, the products you been taking and how long you been taking them and we will evaluate your condition.
  2. If you are taking the correct product, you might not be taking the product consistently and the healing process has been disrupted. Take the remedies everyday without missing a dose.
  3. If you have been taking the product consistently, your body might just need more time to correct itself (this is especially true for chronic conditions, if you have had sinus problems for years  a few weeks of therapy might not be enough)

Physically, emotionally and psychologically we are all different and unique, it is no wonder that our immune systems are different and unique as well. The way you respond to any treatment whether it is prescribed antibiotics, a nasal spray bought at the drug store or SinusWars products bought over the internet… we all respond to these treatments differently. One nasal spray or antibiotic will not work for every human being.

Find what works for you!

Don’t give up!

Don’t settle for less!

You don’t have to use medicines with unwanted side effects or which have addictive properties. Why use treatments that may cause more harm to your nose and your immune system, when there are effective natural alternatives, like SinusWars, that have been used for centuries to work with your immune system instead of against or separate from it.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave us a message below. We would love to hear from you…

Have a sinus free day,
SinusWars


A deviated septum

July 18, 2011

What is a septum?

The septum is a wall dividing the nasal passages and sinus cavities in two. This wall is made mainly of bone while the front portion is made of cartilage. The septum together with the nasal passages and sinus cavities are lined with mucus membranes.

 What is a deviated septum?

A deviated septum/septal deviation is when this cartilage is either damaged or crooked.

What causes a deviated septum?

There are two main causes for a deviated septum:

  1. Nasal trauma, when the septum is injured. This injury can happen during:
  • Contact sports such as boxing, skate/snow boarding, riding a bicycle, ect…
  • Household accidents such as falling, bumping into things (clumsy), fistfights, ect…
  1. Unusual nasoseptal growth patterns also known as cartilaginous growth abnormalities, which are birth defects.

Can a deviated septum cause any complications?

Yes, there are complications that include:

  • Sinusitis, which can be caused when a deviated septum blocks a sinus opening. This makes stagnant mucus a perfect place for bacteria to thrive in causing a sinus infection.
  • Congestion is caused when a deviated septum blocks the sinus opening. Mucus then builds up in the sinus cavities causing it to block.
  • Nose bleeds. There are many tiny blood vessels in the septum that can damage easily. Injuries can cause the tip or the inside of your nose to bleed.
  • Post nasal drip is the drip of mucus down the back of the throat caused by blocked sinus cavities.
  • Difficulty breathing when nasal passages are inflamed, making the passages narrow.
  • Headaches due to congestion and pressure build up in blocked sinuses.

How is septal deviation treated?

Septoplasty. This is a surgery performed to repair or straighten a damaged septum. This procedure is mainly done for people over the age of 18 as a child’s septum only stops growing around 17-18 years. Surgeons usually wait for children to reach this age before surgery is performed.

 To find out more about what the other causes of sinus problems are visit us here!

Helping you fight Sinus Problems the Natural Way.

SinusWarsTM
Safe, Natural, Trusted by thousands and Clinically proven


The Netti Pot

April 14, 2011

What is a netti-pot?

A netti-pot or nose bidet is a device used to clean the sinus cavities.

It is commonly shaped as an oil lamp and is usually filled with a warm saline (salt-water) solution. The spout is inserted into one nostril. The solution will go in the one nostril and come out the other side cleaning your sinuses and nasal passages.

Some people found that using the netti-pot made them feel as if they had accidentally inhaled water while swimming.

Are they effective?

Yes, they are but it only gives short-term relief to the person. The objective is to use it frequently, to wash irritants out before they cause infections. It may help to reduce snoring, a stuffy head or mouth breathing. People suffering from Chronic Sinusitis are recommended to use a netti-pot regularly as it may promote drainage of the sinuses and speed up the healing process of any inflamed tissues. It also helps to clear congestion and pressure in your sinuses and nasal passages.

SinusWars ProductsWhat more can you do?

Our SinusWars products will work well with the nasal rinses as long as it is done 15 to 20 minutes before you take the remedies. In one or two weeks, you should start to see results and probably use the netti-pot less and less….giving you long term relief. SinusWars products are completely safe with NO known side effects.

We recommend you use either:

    •  SinusWars7 that treats:
      • Congestion and pressure in the sinuses
      • Acute sinus infections
      • Swollen, blocked nose
      • Restores your sense of taste and smell
    • SinusWars8 treats:
      • Sinus problems you have been suffering with for months/years
      • congestion
      • pressure
      • infections
      • Boosts your immune system helping your body fight off future infections
    • SinusWars9 that treats:
      • All infections (green, yellow, pale colored mucus)
      • pressure
      • congestion
      • Sinusitis

Click here to try the remedy finder now!

NB: The usage of other herbal/homeopathic products could neutralize (cancel) each other out and the effectiveness of our remedies may not work! The best solution to use in your netti pot would be a saline (salt-water) solution.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us or visit our website!

Fighting the War on Sinus Problems,
SinusWars.com


Absent or Decreased Sense of Smell and Taste

February 12, 2011

When suffering from a cold, sinus infection or if you have nasal polyps you may notice that you can hardly smell or sometimes even taste your food.

The sense of Taste and Smell are linked to each other. Without smell you can still taste if your food is bitter, sweet or sour but there would be no real flavor to the food. This is because almost everything that we taste is actually due to the smell of the foods that we eat. 

For some people a decreased sense or loss of smell might be minor and for others very serious.

Some examples include:

–          A burning house full of sleeping people (It would be a serious problem if you cannot smell the smoke)

–          Someone wanting to be a Top Chef (Difficulties would arise if you cannot smell and therefore taste the food correctly)

–          Or simply enjoying a nice cooked meal…

So what causes the Loss of smell and taste?

  • Nasal Obstruction and Congestion block the nasal passages/sinuses and stop aromas from reaching the smell receptors in the nose.
  • Colds and flu’s causing a stuffy nose or congestion and inflammation.
  • Allergies causing inflammation and congestion.
  • Nasal polyps (sac-like growths) which block the nasal passages and sinuses.
  • Sinusitis (sinus infections)
  • Normal Aging (worn out cilia in the nose and taste buds on the tongue)
  • Bell’s palsy (paralysis of  the facial nerve therefore unable to control the muscles on the affected side of the face)
  • Smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol (damages the cilia in the nose and taste buds on the tongue)

Treatment

  • Surgery for chronic sinusitis or nasal polyps
  • Channel blockers (calcium)
  • Antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Steroids
  • SinusWars7 for nasal congestion and obstruction of thick mucus
  • SinusWars14 for colds, flu’s and sinus infections
  • SinusWars13 for reducing nasal polyps naturally

If your sense of smell and taste has been affected and you are thinking of treating  this the natural way BUT you still not sure what products to take please feel free to contact us.

Regards,
SinusWars.com


SinusWars gearing you up for the winter season…

December 14, 2010

The days are shorter and the weather colder… and then you have a runny nose, sneezing, congestion, sinus pressure, post nasal drip, inflammation, coughing, sore throats and headaches that never seem to go away so that you can enjoy playing in the snow with your family or skating on the lake…

Most people would like to believe that sinus problems are more prevalent in the spring and summer months, but research has shown that people often suffer just as much or even more during winter. This is due to the cold and damp weather and because doors and windows are closed up causing stuffiness and household allergies.

Damp carpets, walls and ceilings can become a perfect place for mold to grow which aggravates or even leads to sinus infections. It has been shown that during winter periods, influenza cases increase rapidly which makes people more susceptible to developing a sinus infection. Other conditions that also cause susceptibility towards sinusitis are allergies and nasal polyps.

Allergies can be aggravated by the festive foods we enjoy this time of year and consuming large quantities of alcohol which causes the skin inside our nose to swell. This is what leads to post nasal drip and headaches. Our sinuses can also be aggravated by the artificial fragrances that come from artificial Christmas trees, scented candles and decorations. Live trees can also cause sinus problems because of the mold that grows naturally on them.

Here are lots of sinus tips to help you ENJOY this winter season…

NATURAL MEDICINE:

  • If allergies are your problem this winter, try a natural approach and use our SinusWars1 formula. This super allergy product will help to desensitize your immune system against any allergens (things that you are allergic to), help treat your allergy symptoms (watery, itchy eyes, a runny nose, sneezing) and can also be used to help prevent allergy symptoms.
  • If you have an acute sinus infection (sinusitis) with congestion, stuffiness and headaches then SinusWars7 or SinusWars14 is your answer. If you have chronic sinusitis then SinusWars8 or SinusWars9 is for you. These products help to treat sinus infections while draining and unblocking your sinuses to relieve pressure and treat sinus headaches.
  • If you have post nasal drip and cannot seem to stop coughing then we have SinusWars2 which is one of our best remedies for this condition. It helps to control mucus flow and production and helps stop that mucus drip.
  • SinusWars has a new product (coming soon) that helps treat colds and flues, this is our SinusWars3 remedy. It is a 100% natural product that helps build your body’s immune system to fight against viral and bacterial infection. This product contains Echinacea which often helps to get rid of colds or sinus infections within a few days.  

HOME REMEDIES:

  • If you have a sore throat taking a lozenge with antibacterial properties will help. You should also drink a hot cup of water with a bit of lemon juice/lemon slices and honey. These are some of the best ways to help a sore throat.
  • If you are suffering from pain around your sinus areas (forehead, cheeks, teeth, behind or in-between the eyes) then you may consider using warm compresses. Do this by applying a hot wet washcloth to your nose, cheekbones and eyes. This will help take the edge off the pain and the gentle pressure over the sinuses will help to promote drainage.
  • Washing out your sinuses using a netti pot or nose bidet is one of the simplest and inexpensive ways to clear your sinuses. Using a solution of warm water and sea salt twice a day will help to keep your sinuses healthy and safely remove pollen, dust and other particles in the air that may be trapped in your nose.
  • If you feel slightly congested and stuffy drink abit of apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water. Do this throughout the day to help thin your mucus so that it can drain properly.
  • If you are seriously blocked and congested it is a good time to inhale steam. Add rapidly boiling water to a bowl, lean over the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Breathe in deeply through your nose (even if it is difficult) and out through your mouth. Do this slowly until you feel your nose opening up. The steam helps soothe inflamed sinuses and unblock thick mucus. You can also add a few drops of antibacterial essential oils to the boiling water like eucalyptus, thyme oil or tea tree oil.
  • Taking a hot shower when you are congested is another way of helping to drain your sinuses. The steam and the heat should help drain thick mucus that is trapped in your sinuses.

STAYING HEALTHY:

  • To thin mucus and reduce inflammation; eat more plant protein (like beans, soybeans and lentils), omega-3 rich fish, whole grains and herbs (like garlic, ginger and turmeric).
  • Drinking plenty of water is just as important in winter as it is in summer, so make sure that you get your eight glasses of water every day. If you are not a “fan” of drinking water, drink peppermint or ginger tea to help dilute mucus. Both ginger and peppermint helps to relieve and prevent headaches and congestion.
  • Studies have shown that staying fit by exercising can help to boost the immune system. You can go to the gym for a few minutes a day, or do easy exercises at home this winter. Please be aware that over exercising will do the opposite and can make your body and immune system tired which makes you more susceptible to infection of colds, flues and sinusitis.
  • Antioxidants help to build the immune system and prevent infections by getting rid of free radicals. Foods high in antioxidants include fresh fruits and vegetables such as berries (blueberries, cherries and cranberries), artichokes and pomegranates.
  • Avoid drinking milk if you know your sinuses are bothering you. Milk makes your mucus thicker which will make it harder to drain.

HYGIENE:

  • The first rule to avoiding germs and bacteria is to wash your hands! Wash, wash, wash… every time you go to the toilet, use a public phone, cough or sneeze, shake hands with someone, after shopping (especially after touching elevators and escalators) and definitely before eating anything.  Make sure to wash your hands with antibacterial soap and rub your hands together for at least 10 seconds before rinsing them off. If water and soap is not available make sure you have a hand sanitizer.
  • To avoid the spread of germs you may consider using paper towels instead of cloth ones.
  • Keep your bathroom clean by putting your exposed toothbrushes away in the medicine cabinet, frequently washing the hand towels and using a disinfectant to clean your toilets, bathrooms and showers.
  • If you are feeling sick, use a brand new toothbrush once you are feeling well – this should ensure that you do not get sick again.

ALLERGEN AVOIDANCE TIPS:

  • Avoid allergens (things that you are allergic to). Possible allergen areas are basements, fallen leaf heaps, barns and garage spaces.
  •  The best way to avoid allergens is to stay inside with the doors and windows closed BUT to have your air conditioning on for ventilation.
  • Another way to minimize allergens is to change your bedding and pillow cases every 3 – 4 days and eliminate smoking in the bedroom.
  • Keep humidity low to slow down or stop mold growth. Install a good air conditioner and dehumidifier in your home (maybe even in the basement) to do this. You may also want to install an extractor fan in your kitchen (over the stove) and in your bathroom to remove extra humidity.
  • Check for mold in the bathroom, on carpeting, in the laundry room and basement.
  • Put wet clothes immediately in the dryer or hang them up to dry before putting them away or in the laundry room. Don’t leave wet laundry in your machine for more than a week.
  • After every shower ensure that the shower curtain is opened properly to dry (so that mold doesn’t fester) and wash the plastic curtain, bathroom tiles and grouting with mold removal products.
  • Use machine washable mats in your bathroom and bedroom if possible.
  • Don’t keep many pot plants or even dried flowers and wreaths indoors to avoid mold and pollen allergies.
  • Limit the use of the fireplace to avoid fumes and drying of the air. If you are using your fireplace; open a window in the same room to help with ventilation of the smoke fumes. Remember as well to throw the ashes out as soon as the fire cools.
  • Check the filter on your furnace or heating system (especially this time of year when you will be using it so much more).
  • Near your fireplace or heating system you want to make sure there is a bit of humidity. A portable humidifier that can be used only when you need it is great for this. Since the weather is already wet and cold, you only need the setting on low to achieve good breathing air.
  • If you or anyone in your family has pet allergies remember that cats can be more allergic than dogs simply because the allergens lie in the saliva or urine of your pets – and cats lick themselves often.
  • Don’t allow tobacco smoking indoors and reconsider lighting those scented candles as they may irritate your sinuses.  Rather use artificial candles or unscented beeswax candles to help your sinuses and still have that candlelight atmosphere.
  • When choosing a Christmas tree remember these:
    • Live trees have pollen, mold and resin on them which can cause allergies. If you prefer live trees over the artificial ones then remember to wear gloves when you handle the tree and wrap it up in a sealed plastic casing until you decorate it.
    • Artificial trees may have that artificial pine scent on them and so may the decorations which can cause irritation in the nose. Artificial trees that have been kept in storage may be dusty and moldy, so make sure you wash or wipe them before usage.

GENERAL TIPS:

  • To avoid your nose and throat getting dry at night, make your bedroom well insulated from drafts. Close your bedroom door at night and seal off gaps around the window edges. Sleep with a thick blanket or an electric blanket and do not sleep with a heater on (as it will dry the air). You should save a lot on your heating bill this way. 
  • Keep your sinus and allergy medicines on hand; especially when you go out as you never know when you might need them.
  • Get a flu shot to prevent colds and flues which is one of the main causes of sinus problems.
  • Lastly – keep your spirits up by not only staying physically fit but emotionally as well. Keep your emotions running high by spending time with people you love (your children, your lover, your parents, your friends) and do fun activities (read WAYS TO HAVE FUN THIS WINTER) to entertain yourself and those around you.

Have a sinus free winter!
SinusWars.com

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Fun Things you can do this Winter!

November 7, 2010

Winter can be a depressing time with it being cold and damp; especially when you have a cold or flu…

Check our Sinus Tips (to keep you sinus free this winter) …

AND

Keep reading for amazing ideas that will make sure you have lots of fun and keep your spirits high…

If you have lots of energy and don’t mind the cold then you will love these amazing OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES that you, your whole family or group of friends can do … such as:

  •   Building a snow man in the front yard! Everyone loves this!Have Fun building a snowman in your back yard!
  •   Having a snow ball fight
  •  Take a walk with your children in the snow
  •  Making a snow angel
  •  Children can play tag or hide and seek
  •  Go sledding from a nice hill
  •  Jump on a trampoline
  •  Build a snow castle or your very own igloo. Adults can build the structure while children mould the bricks.
  •  Go fishing… this is a great time to catch big fish!
  •  Ice-skate on a frozen lake or go ice-skating at a parkIce skate with friends
  •  If there is a bit of sunshine showing… bask in the sun
  •  Take a nature hike
  • Go for a 15 minute power walk around your neighborhood
  • Take a slow walk early one evening (before it gets really cold and really dark) around your neighborhood admiring how everyone decorated their houses with lights and trimmings
  • Drink hot coffee or cocoa outside
  • Go skiing or snowshoeing
  • Look for animal tracks in the snowLook for animal tracks in the snow… see how many tracks you can identify correctly to the animal that made it…
  • Make ice candles and place them in your yard. Make them by filling water in a bucket and placing a plastic cup in the center to create a hole once the water freezes. Place a stick across the top of the bucket and tape the cup to the stick so that the cup does not drift from the center. Once the water has frozen remove the cup and bucket (use warm water to loosen them) and place a lit candle in the hole. (To freeze the water you can leave the Snow Tubingbucket outside overnight or put it in the freezer). These candles make your yard look awesome and your kids will love them…
  • Go snow tubing or snow kiting

Remember to be safe and responsible when engaging in the above activities and to dress up warm when you go outside by accessorizing with gloves, hats, ear muffs, socks, scarves and a good warm jacket…

Always check the weather forecast before doing any outdoor activity. If the weather is too cold opt for one of the indoor activities instead.

If you prefer staying inside there are also many INDOOR ACTIVITIES … you can have fun by:

  •  Exercising – do simple exercises or take out that aerobics workout video and strut your stuff!
  •  Visit a museum or art gallery with your partner or a friend
  •  Take all your photo albums out (even the ones of yourself when you were growing up), get your family together (just you, your partner and your children), snuggle up on the sofa near the fireplace and go over all the pictures. You can even do this by yourself…
  • Go to the movies with your family or friends or better yet hire some of your favorite DVD movies and play them at home – don’t forget microwave popcorn the next time you at the supermarket!
  • It is usually warm at the mall or shopping center, so go shopping with friends and have lunch at one of your have coffee with a friendfavorite restaurants afterwards
  •  Take a friend or that special someone for coffee at a cozy coffee and muffin shop
  •  You can stay in bed and finish reading that book you never had a chance to
  • Get your children (or nieces and nephews) together and find the artist in you by painting, drawing and coloring pictures of the snow, Father Christmas or other fun holiday stuff!
  • Find time to decorate your home… you definitely want your home to look fantastic for Christmas when your family comes around!
  •  Had Play board gamesenough of computer games, TV games and cell phones?? Gather your family up one snowy day and bring out all your old board games like monopoly, snakes and ladders, chess, backgammon, twister, ludo or other classical games! You are bound to have fun!
  • Do you or anyone in your family know how to play a musical instrument? Invite them and their family over one cold day and create your own holiday band! Everyone should bring something to eat (like biscuits, cake, donuts or muffins) and you provide hot coffee and cocoa…yum, yum….
  •  Are your children bored? Organize with other parents and host a sleep over party for them and their friends… girls at your house and boys at another parent’s house (or vice versaJ)…
  • If you want to do something for the adults then invite a bunch of your friends and family members over and host a cocktail party. Drink reasonably and have a meal before you bring in the drinks. Compile some of the greatest musical hits and have fun!
  • Go to a spa and pamper yourself… or stay at home and create your own spa! Fill the bath with warm water and use your favorite bubble bath, essential oils and sea salt. Switch off the lights in the bathroom and fill the room with lit candles. Put a do not disturb sign on the bathroom door and relax for a few hours!
  • Create a romantic dinner for you and your partner at home (send the kids to grandma or a beloved aunt). This is a wonderful way to spend a winter evening!
  • Learn how to dance by hiring or buying an instructional DVD! Invite friends over to join or practice alone.
  • Sometimes just relaxing in bed, watching television or cozying up with the ones you love are the best things you can do in winter…

Remember that whether you choose to do indoor or outdoor activities HAVE FUN and take lots of photos to add to your memories…

Have a fantastic Winter!

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