The colder months of winter have officially made an appearance. While we may not have severe winters around here, there are still a number of ways cold air can affect your sinuses during the coming months.
Before we look at ways cold air can affect your sinuses, let’s quickly recap a few of the more common symptoms of a sinus infection. Common symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- A runny nose,
- Nasal congestion,
- Facial pain and discomfort,
- Thick, discolored mucus or drainage, and
- A reduced sense of taste and smell.
Now that we know what to look for in terms of a sinus infection,we will share a few ways cold air can affect your sinuses too.
Sudden changes in weather.
First of all, winters in the South are anything but typical. During our winter months it is not unusual to experience extreme changes in our weather—from temperatures to barometricpressure.
These sudden changes in the weather could trigger sinus pressure, headaches and stuffiness.
More exposure to environmental allergens.
Since we tend to spend more time indoors in the winter, we are generally exposed to more environmental allergens. Common indoor allergies include dust mites, pet dander and mold.
All of these items can contribute to sinus infections and aggravation.
Out of all the ways cold air can affect your sinuses, this may be the most common. Simply put, as cold air moves in, so does drier air. Plus, using our furnaces more to warm up our homes also causes drier air.
Dry air can lead to dry sinuses. One way to battle the dry air is to use a humidifier, which helps add moisture back into the air.
Cold and flu season.
As cold and flu season kicks into high gear, it is important to watch for cold symptoms becoming something more. Oftentimes, a stuffy nose can lead to a sinus infection.
The good news for sinuses suffers is relief is out there. Asking yourself where to find it? Start by making an appointment at one of our four convenient locations. For more on our services and ear, nose and throat health, continue to read our blogs!