How to Avoid Chronic Sinusitis/Rhinitis From Pollution and Allergies
I was very worried about living in Beijing because of the air pollution. I have a history of very serious sinus problems (five surgeries so far...and a sixth one in the future). However, I was able to go five months in Beijing without a single serious sinus problem thanks to nasal irrigation
(warning: sorta gross picture).
Nasal irrigation is simple and can be done with stuff you have around the house. Mix kosher salt (NOT table salt...this is important) and a bit of baking soda in some lukewarm purified water, put it in a squeeze bottle (or teapot that you never use), and shoot/pour the water up your nose and through your sinuses.
The easiest way to get set up to irrigate is to but a NeilMed Sinus Rinse Kit
(available through Amazon, among other online retailers). It comes with a ready-made bottle and a bunch of salt packets.
Nasal irrigation has been clinically proven to reduce incidence of sinus infection. It's good stuff, very cheap, and works! Give it a try, I swear by it.