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Chronic sinusitis, cold, flu. History of bronchitis, strep throat. Weak auto immune system?

Yep - I student taught and ended up getting sick several times, with bronchitis , strep throat , etc etc. I worked for 6 mo in a school and was sick from the first week - mostly with chronic sinusitis , colds, flu , etc. I am now in college and have chronic sinusitus again! Could it be I have a week immune system? It seems I was always sick when attending college before - what do I look for?
Asked On : Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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here are few remedies you can opt for:
1.Rest. This will help your body fight inflammation and speed recovery.Drink fluids, such as water or juice. This will help dilute mucous secretions and promote drainage.
2.Avoid beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol, as they can be dehydrating. Drinking alcohol can also worsen the swelling of the lining of the sinuses and nose.
3. Moisturize your sinus cavities. Drape a towel over your head as you breathe in the vapor from a bowl of medium-hot water. Keep the vapor directed toward your face. Or take a hot shower, breathing in the warm, moist air. This will help ease pain and help mucus drain.Apply warm compresses to your face. Place warm, damp towels around your nose, cheeks and eyes to ease facial pain.
4.Rinse out your nasal passages. Use a specially designed squeeze bottle (Sinus Rinse, others), bulb syringe or neti pot to rinse your nasal passages. This home remedy, called nasal lavage, can help clear your sinuses. If you make your own rinse, use water that's distilled, sterile, previously boiled and cooled, or filtered using a filter with an absolute pore size of 1 micron or smaller to make up the irrigation solution. Also be sure to rinse the irrigation device after each use with similarly distilled, sterile, previously boiled and cooled, or filtered water and leave open to air dry.
5.Sleep with your head elevated. This will help your sinuses drain, reducing congestion.

check in with your doctor. With a good exam -- and sometimes imaging tests, like X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs -- you may be able to figure out exactly what's causing the problem.

Humidify. Start using a humidifier in rooms where you spent a lot of time. Just make sure to follow the instructions for regular cleaning. If you use a dirty filter, you might be spraying mold into the air.

Breathe in steam vapors. You can either run the shower and sit in the bathroom or breathe deeply. The steam vapors may help reduce congested and swollen nasal passages.

Apply warm heat. Put a warm, wet towel on your face. It might help relieve some of the pressure.

Use a nasal saline solution. While they don't contain medicine, they can help keep your nasal passages moist.

Flush out your sinuses. Nasal irrigation -- with salt water -- can clear out mucus (and other debris) and keep your sinuses moist. There are a number of ways to do it, ranging from bulb syringes and neti pots to pricey irrigation systems. Use distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution. It’s also important to rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave open to air dry.

Drink lots of fluids. They'll help thin the mucus, reducing the blockage in your sinuses. However, cut down on your alcohol -- it can actually worsen the swelling.

Rest. When you've got a sinus infection, try not to overdo it. Get plenty of sleep and give your body a chance to recover.
Don't overuse OTC medicines. Decongestants and painkillers can help up to a point. Just remember that overusing some of these medicines can actually make your symptoms worse.
While home treatments may be enough for some people with sinusitis, they won't work in all cases. So if you've had sinus symptoms for more than a few days -- or they're particularly severe -- go see your doctor. Remember that the sooner you start the right treatment for your sinus problems, the sooner you'll feel better again.
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Answered: Tue, 12 Feb 2013
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