Summer, apart from all the fun, could also spell doom if you're prone to allergies. Besides, all the barbequing, hanging out by the pool and spending time in the park, the allergens accompanied by the season keep a large number of sinus sufferers from having a good time.
And this has been proved by the following study.
A new survey of more than 1,000 consumers shows that one-third of sinus sufferers say they miss or cut short social outings or business engagements because of their symptoms.
But, surprisingly, the majority of allergy sufferers (64percent) do not do anything to relieve their symptoms, according to the survey.
The reason may be that more than two out of five sinus sufferers say their sinus or allergy medication does not work.
However, there is the option of saline nasal wash, which is a physician-recommended, natural technique that relieves sinus symptoms by gently rinsing away allergens and excessive mucus that can lead to irritation and infection.
Saline nasal wash is a clinically proven technique to alleviate allergy and sinus symptoms.
A recent study shows more than a 50percent reduction in symptoms by users of NeilMed's Sinus Rinse.
Additionally, daily saline nasal rinsing improves sinus-related quality of life and decreases medication use such as antibiotics in patients with frequent sinusitis, according to another study.
"The nose is one of the body's filters so cleansing the nasal passages of dust and allergens that cause inflammation is crucial for good respiratory health," says Jay Youngerman, MD of North Shore Hospital at Plainview and Long Island ENT Associates.
"While most people think of allergies as an inconvenience, symptoms can worsen leading to an infection or sinusitis. Simple preventive methods such as saline nasal wash in a squeeze bottle can be used daily over the long term to reduce or alleviate sinus symptoms," adds Youngerman.