Will I need to make lifestyle changes?

If you have indoor allergies it is recommended that you avoid triggers—animal dander and dust mites, for example—as well as take medications. Smoking is never recommended, but if you do smoke, strongly consider a program to help you quit. No special diet is required, but drinking extra fluids helps to thin nasal secretions.

When should I go see the doctor?

Most sinus conditions are easily cared for. If, however, you are bothered by ongoing abnormal symptoms, recurring infections, or have abnormal X-ray findings or complications, a referral to a specialist is appropriate.

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