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Humming for Sinus Health. Huh?

Allergies and asthma can cause all sort of problems – including sinus infections. If you have ever had a sinus infection, you know how miserable they are. They can cause horrible headaches, nasal congestion and pain in between your eyes, in your forehead, on either side of your nose and even in your jaws and cheeks.

The connection between asthma and your sinuses?

What are sinuses anyway? They are a series of hollow cavities in your skull (to see what they look like, you can click here). Normally, the sinuses are lined with soft tissue. When you have allergies, that can make your sinuses overreact and cause a stuffy nose, mucus build up, itching and sneezing.

When you have allergies or asthma, you can be more likely to suffer from sinus infections.1

My kids had many, many sinus infections over the years. They all have allergies and asthma, which caused problems with sinus infections. They were also on antibiotics many times over the years (usually for bronchitis or pneumonia). Once, when we were in Asthma Doc’s office, he said, “You know – studies show that humming is just as effective for sinus infections as antibiotics.” Really?

Humming for sinus infections?

He asked what we wanted to do – put my child on another dose of antibiotics (they had just finished a dose for pneumonia), or try humming? I know that Asthma Doc stays current on medical treatments because he attends the national allergy, asthma and immunology conferences every year.

So, we decided to try humming.

We spent lots of time humming – in the car, while the kids were playing, whenever we could. And – it worked! (For us anyway.)

A study from Sweden showed that those who hummed were able to increase the air flow in the sinuses by 15 times, versus the rate during normal breathing.2

Some doctors recommend humming every day to keep the sinuses healthy and ward off infection. Since I have a 30-minute commute every day, it’s just enough time for me to hum along to the radio. And since a local allergy office is already posting the daily pollen count, I want to ward off any problems with allergies, asthma and sinus problems.

Has anyone else tried humming to keep the sinuses healthy?

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  • Violet.Feath
    10 months ago

    I have asthma and allergies, I’ve been in choir since 3rd grade and I’ve never had a sinus infection.

  • Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator
    10 months ago

    Hi Violet.Feath and thanks for your post. It’s so good to hear that you’ve not ever had a sinus infection. Not all people get sinus infections while others have them recur repeatedly. You are indeed fortunate. We appreciate you responding to this article and sharing your experiences with the community. Wishing you well, Leon (site moderator)

  • Shellzoo
    10 months ago

    I have not but seem to constantly have sinus issues so will give it a try.

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