Springtime is nearly here. The weather is warmer, plants are blooming, and winter coats (for animals and humans alike) are being shed until next year. During these changes of weather, it is not uncommon for windstorms to arise, especially in the desert. As the wind picks up so does congestion, pressure, sneezing and more. How is it that this blustery weather is so bad for the sinuses?
The Effects of the Air in Las Vegas
As wind speeds pick up, more and more particles, allergens, and dust get transported through the air. In addition to the higher wind speeds, Las Vegas is also a very dry city, making it easier for these particles to travel since there is minimal water to absorb them and take them out of the air. When wind speeds intensify, it can spread anything. Dust, dirt, animal dander, and pollen are just some examples of what can be getting trapped in the sinuses. Our nasal passages act as a natural filter for the air our body intakes, moistening and heating it all while trapping particles to keep them from going any further into our respiratory system. The more foreign objects in the air, the more mucus is created to keep it from entering our airways. When buildup begins (either from mucus or foreign particles), it can lead to a sinus infection.
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How to Prevent the Problems
There are some quick fixes and preventive tricks that people can take to lower the chances of excessive nasal blockage, severe allergies and sinus infections during these windy days. When staying outside for extended amounts of time, a mask, scarf, or another sort of fabric can be worn over their nose to help block small particles from entering. If a person experiences environmental allergies, it is important to pay attention to the weather and be prepared for this. During the breezier days, a person with allergies may want to take allergy medications, just in case the wind picks up something that triggers them. It is important to also pay attention to how long symptoms last (windstorm or not.) If symptoms persist, it is always wise to consult with a doctor to determine the best form of care.
Depending on the diagnosis, a person may be prescribed medication to help alleviate some of the effects of sinus infections and allergies; while others may want to try a more long-term fix for their sinuses. With today’s advanced medicine, people can get a minimally invasive procedure like Balloon Sinuplasty to help open the sinuses and suction out any infection or fluid that may be stuck.
These sinus issues are something that can be triggered or made worse by allergens, dust, pollen and other particles being carried in the wind. But don’t let the breeze bring you down. Spring into action and call the Vegas Breathe Free. You’ll be blown away when you’re finally able to breathe.