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Updated: 1/14/2003 2:29 pm
Sinusitis (si-nih-SYE-tis) is the inflammation of the sinuses that can be very painful. In many cases, it can be recurrent, so it’s best to know what triggers your sinus problems. You may be susceptible to sinusitis because of allergies, so you can learn to avoid allergens like pollen, pet hair, dust, and mold. Humidifiers and air filters are two good ways to ease sinusitis that’s caused by allergies. Other sinus irritants include chlorine from swimming pools, alcohol, smoke, and harsh chemical smells. It’s best to try to avoid these irritants and allergens, because sinusitis can lead to sinus and respiratory infections. You may also want to use caution when traveling in an airplane, as trapped air in the sinuses can cause severe pain during takeoff and descent. You may also want to consult a chiropractor about your sinus problems. He or she may be able to determine what allergies and chemical sensitivities you have. The chiropractor may also suggest vitamins or nutritional supplements that strengthen your immune system and even reduce some inflammation. Some chiropractors use sinus irrigation to reduce sinusitis. The procedure involves a warm solution rinsed through the nostrils and into the sinuses, and it may ease inflammation.

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