Preventing Swimmer's Sinusitis  

by Pool Builders on 09-05-2010 in Articles

People who are prone to getting sinus infection have great chances to develop sinusitis from swimming in a chlorinated pool. There are effective ways in order to spare those people from developing a troublesome sinus infection. Some of it is listed below:

Swim in moderation, or better yet don't swim at all. A small tube which is called an ostium connects your sinus cavities to your nasal passages. When chlorine treated water enters your nasal cavity, the mucous membrane that extends to the ostium gets irritated. When irritation occurs the end result of it will be collection of pus and mucus in the sinus cavities, thus causing a sinus infection.

Use other chemicals to purify your swimming pool water. It is indeed true that chlorine purifies your pool water by killing the germs and bacteria that tend to contaminate your water. However, chlorine is irritating to your mucous membranes and irritated mucous membrane is indeed the leading cause of a sinus infection.

Take hot showers and inhale steam right after swimming. Inhaling steam during a hot shower is effective in draining nasal secretions. Steam facilitates proper drainage by liquefying secretions. Aside from facilitating proper drainage steam inhalation also moistens the air that your breath, thus preventing irritation of your nasal lining.

When swimming, it is highly advised to use ear appliance such as ear plugs. Ear plugs are available in various forms and shape, however, using rubber ear plugs is highly recommended rather than using earplugs which is made of wax. This is because wax earplugs are sensitive to heat and it may melt during hot weather and may leave wax substances in your ear. Unlike rubber ear plugs which do not leave any foreign particles in your ear. Rubber ear plugs are easy to insert and can be washed out without any complexities.

Remove your earwax using the correct procedure. Using cotton ear swabs is not recommended in removing earwax. Using foreign bodies such as cotton swabs in removing your earwax may cause damage to your eardrum or any other sensitive areas in your ears. Severe cases of damages to the ear may cause hearing impairment or in worst cases, it may cause hearing loss. Instead, it is highly recommended to have your earwax removed by an audiologist or an otolaryngology specialist.

Listed above are just some of the key pointers to remember in order to prevent sinus infection. Following these simple rules may help you stay away from the known causes of sinusitis, thus saving you from the nerve-racking symptoms of sinusitis. Recovery from the illness takes a lot of time. This is why, it is much better to stay away from the factors that cause infection of the sinuses right from the start.

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