Dr. Brian Weeks takes a simple but effective approach for sinus problems. He recommends sinus irrigation using salt, water and possibly baking soda. A pre-made formula for this purpose is available in stores.
To deal with any allergy problems, Dr. Weeks suggests that you allergize your home in simple but effective ways. Cover pillows and mattress, vacuum frequently, use tile rather than carpet in your home.
Dr. Weeks specializes in ear, nose and throat problems.
(Transcribed from video interview)
Ladies, let’s talk about what you can do to help prevent sinus problems. I think there are the three most important things that I would recommend to focus on to prevent sinus and allergy problems. The first one is probably the most important, and that is regular sinus irrigations with nothing more than salt water. You can do that in one of two ways; you can create your own mixture at home using distilled water and salt and baking soda, or you can go to the store and buy a pre-made formulation. Both ways are equally effective.
Essentially what you are doing is you are washing your nose, just like you’d wash your car. The minute you finish washing your car it looks beautifully clean, and within five minutes it’s already getting dirty again. Your nose is the same way, but if you think about how nice your car looks each time you wash it, same way with your nose. It’s great for your nose; it’s healthy and it keeps it in a clean, healthy state.
The second thing is to understand the possibility that you may suffer from underlying allergies that are even in your own home. You want to really allergize your home, as we say, things like dust, like molds, like different environmental allergens that you can really do little things to prevent affecting you. Things like covering your pillow and your mattress with a simple mattress and pillow cover, a small plastic bag that you can buy at any grocery store or bed supply store that will keep those allergens and those environmental stimuli from getting into your upper respiratory tree when you are sleeping.