Smoking increases your risk of sinusitis and probably hampers your ability to heal from the infection. The sooner you stop smoking, the better off you’ll be. Talk to your doctor about programs and medications that may help you stop smoking.
Drinking more water might help keep your nasal secretions thinner, and therefore easier to blow out. However, there is no evidence showing that fluid intake changes the outcome of sinus infections. It is also reasonable to increase the consumption of fluids in hot weather or following intense exercise.
If possible, avoid flying when you are congested. Changes in air pressure may make your condition worse.
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Last reviewed August 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
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