That “Sniffing” In Public Transport


Sinusitis, also known as a sinus infection or rhinosinusitis, is an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. Healthy sinuses are filled with air. But when they become blocked and filled with fluid, germs can grow and cause an infection.
Common signs and symptoms include thick nasal mucus, a plugged nose, and pain in the face. Other signs and symptoms may include fever, headaches, poor sense of smell, sore throat, and cough.


We use public transport to commute to work and people on the train around you constantly sniff. Remember the time a middle aged man stood beside you and sniffed every five seconds for the whole journey. You thought it must be because you smell which made you paranoid. Myth debunked!
One in three Singaporeans suffers from early-morning sniffles, a runny or blocked nose, and other nasal allergy symptoms, according to a study in 2013. Yes that man could be suffering from sinus. It may not be your smell.


Identify the possible triggers and eliminate them from your home and work environment. Do take note of the time pattern of the symptoms – whether they are present the whole day or only at specific times of the day. Measures to keep your surroundings clean and regular washing of bed sheets with hot water will help to reduce the irritants.
If there is no improvement despite these measures, it is advisable to get a thorough physical examination. Allergy tests may also be conducted. The key is getting to the root of problem and then you eliminate the cause.
One of the best ways to achieve better indoor air quality and reduce sinus relief – is to use a top quality HEPA air purifier. Air purifiers improve the quality of indoor air and reduce allergic reactions which help with sinusitis. Since they can remove 99.97% of particulates as small as 0.3 microns, a HEPA air purifier is an efficient way of giving you a pure environment.

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