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How To Recover Your Paranasal Sinuses by Stopping Smoking

Stopping smoking starts with a decision and the will to live healthier. Leaving the addiction to the smokes behind often seems like an insurmountable task, but the road is worth it. In order to stay motivated, it will certainly help you to learn about the positive aspects of not smoking and what happens to your body if you give up the daily dose of nicotine. 

For example, after smoking your last cigarette, it only takes 20 minutes for your blood pressure to become noticeable. If you suffer from chronic paranasal sinus irritation, it will take one to nine months for the mucous membranes to normalize. Here you can find out exactly what happens in your paranasal sinuses when you smoke and why non-smoking has a positive effect on your health.

What is Sinusitis?

In sinusitis, the mucous membranes of the nose become inflamed. In addition to colds and allergies, smoking also promotes the development of mucous membrane irritation and the resulting inflammation. The symptoms of sinusitis range from secretion flow in the nose and throat to physical discomfort including fever and headaches to chronic fatigue.

A distinction is made between acute and chronic sinusitis. The acute course usually occurs after a cold and lasts only a short time. The chronic inflammation usually lasts up to 12 weeks and is triggered and aggravated by environmental factors such as smoking.

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Why Does the Mucous Membrane Become Inflamed and Why Does Smoking Worsen the Inflammation?

Between the nasal cavity and the sinuses there are so-called ostias in your nose. These are constrictions through which the normal nasal mucus must flow. If there is an inflammation of your nasal mucous membrane, it swells and the constrictions close. The nasal secretion can no longer flow off, as a result bacteria form, which in turn aggravate the symptoms and spread in your body. It comes to the symptoms described above.

In smokers like you, the tissue in the nose thickens, which means that anatomically caused constrictions are further constricted. So even a small cold is enough to cause a secretion congestion and thus trigger sinusitis. In addition, smoking slows down the flow of mucus in your nose and makes nasal fluid a thing of the past. In addition, smoking promotes the growth of bacteria, so that bacteria can form in your nose much faster in a secretion congestion.

How does Stopping Smoking Affect the Paranasal Sinuses?

It takes one to nine months for your mucous membranes to recover from constant nicotine use. The shortness of breath decreases, you can breathe more freely and your bronchial tubes also thank you because the mucus breakdown is smoother and faster again. After less than a year, the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is drastically reduced as your body begins to regenerate blood vessels. Becoming a non-smoker is worthwhile for everyone, but especially for people who suffer from chronic sinus problems.

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