A Serious Drainage Problem

 

Toilets aren’t the only things with drainage issues. Your sinuses drain everyday, and yet you might not even notice. It is completely normal for your sinuses to produce and drain mucus to the back of your throat. This usually is not a problem, however sometimes the drainage can get out of hand. If you’re not careful a little sinus drainage can lead to more serious issues. When mucus is produced, it is passed through your throat and down into your stomach. If your sinuses are draining properly, there shouldn’t be an issue. However, when your sinuses become irritated, it can lead to extreme issues and excessive drainage. Many factors can lead to irritation like:

  • Dry air
  • Dehydration
  • Weather changes
  • Allergies
  • Cold and Flu season
  • Sinus Infections

These issues may lead to larger problems such as blockage in your nasal passages. Soon, the amount of drainage becomes overwhelming, your nose is either stuffed or running, and your head feels like it will explode. We have all been there. So, what is the best way to help relieve the pain and pressure?

  • Stay hydrated ­– thin the mucus by using a humidifier and drinking lots of fluids
  • Flush your sinus – encourage healthy drainage with a saline solution
  • Talk to your doctor – if the irritation continues, some medication may be the relief you need

For more advice on how to combat sinus issues, call our offices today.