Factors which aggravate sinusitis and ear infections
Air pollution: Air pollution and smoke are major causes of irritation of the sinuses.
Air conditioning irritates the sinuses because the aluminum fins in the air conditioning condenser, strip electrons from the air leaving an excess of positively charged particles in the air which irritates the nose and sinuses and can lead to sinusitis.
Rapid Changes in Temperature: Going in and out of air-conditioned or heated rooms frequently causes sinusitis as the nasal lining is very sensitive to changes in temperature
Dust Mites: Dust mites and their faeces accumulate in pillows, mattresses, quilts, blankets, sofas, curtains and carpets causing allergies.
Dust and Mould also aggravate sinusitis. Going into damp rooms and cellars where mould flourishes can aggravate sinusitis.
Smoking irritate the sinuses and nose.
Cold and cooling Foods like ice cream, cold drinks, bananas, guavas, coconut water and oily food aggravate sinusitis.
Alcohol aggravates sinusitis and all infections in the body. If you have sinusitis or any other infection you should not drink alcohol. If you do drink you will notice an increase in the problem a few hours after you have taken alcohol. Drinking alcohol with an infection, is like pouring alcohol on a fire!
Colds cause swelling of the lining of the nose and aggravate sinusitis by blocking their drainage.
Hay fever, caused by allergy to pollen and other particles in the air can cause or aggravate sinusitis.
Synthetic carpets and furnishings deplete negative ions from the air and predispose to sinusitis. Use silk or wool carpets if you need carpets.
Food allergies especially to milk, gluten and nuts increase mucous secretion and aggravate sinusitis.
Bright sunlight aggravates sinusitis causing headaches and photophobia.