April, 2015

How Your Diet Could be Affecting Your Sinusitis

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Sinus Headache

Did you know that temporary relief from your sinusitis symptoms could be in your kitchen?

Believe it or not, there are certain foods that can ease the symptoms of sinusitis, and there are some that can make your suffering even worse. While these dietary changes are not scientifically proven to help, this is some interesting food for thought.

Foods That May Reduce Sinusitis Symptoms

The most common symptom of sinusitis is a stuffy nose. Incorporating these foods into your diet might help ease the congestion, especially when you make these dietary changes in conjunction with other sinusitis treatments.

Hot Beverages

Hot beverages like tea and coffee can aid in movement of the mucous membranes, helping you breathe a little bit easier if you experience occasional stuffiness.

Spicy Foods

If you like spicy foods, indulging in them can help break up congestion and clear your sinuses. Foods like hot sauce, horseradish and jalapeno peppers sometimes provide temporary relief.


Veggies that contain Vitamin A, such as green leafy vegetables, yellow vegetables and tomatoes have been proven as effective for reducing swelling in the sinuses.

Nuts, Seeds and Vegetable Oils

Incorporate nuts, seeds and vegetable oils into your diet or a boost in immune-boosting Vitamin E that may make you less susceptible to viral infections.

Foods to Avoid

When you suffer from sinusitis, the last thing you want is anything that will worsen your symptoms. The following foods should be avoided:

Dairy Products

Dairy products, including cheese, milk and ice cream, are well-known for producing excess mucus that makes congestion worse.


Alcohol causes dehydration which can lead to thickening of the mucous and worsening sinusitis symptoms.

Cold Beverages

While hot beverages speed up the movement of the mucous membranes, cold beverages slow down the movement of the cilia, trapping mucous.

Treatment for Sinusitis

While certain foods and drinks sometimes provide a bit of temporary, dietary changes are not effective for everyone, and they aren’t scientifically-proven alternatives to traditional sinusitis treatments, such as balloon sinuplasty. If you are suffering from chronic or acute sinusitis or other sinus problems, please do not hesitate to contact me at the Sinus and Snoring Centers of Texas at 956-686-6880 for the Edinburg office or  956-504-5360 for the Brownsville office.