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Best Air Purifier in Malaysia (and Singapore) – What I Chose and Why

*This is a guest blog post by Nyagoslav Zhekov, the loving husband of Jenny Zhekova.

Note! This blog post is solely for sharing purposes. We are not selling or endorsing any air purifiers! ūüôā

If you have been following this blog, you most probably know by now that my wife has been fighting with severe sinusitis for many years. As things she tried worked with moderate, short term success, I decided to try something new.

Air Pollution in Malaysia and Singapore

Air pollution in Malaysia and Singapore is a serious problem. If you have ever lived in any of these two countries, chances are that you have experienced the May-July severe haze Рa direct result of forest burning in Indonesia. But Indonesia is not the main problem. Overpopulation in certain areas, industrial activity, excessive usage of personal transportation means instead of public transport, are all add-up factors. States of emergency are not uncommon due to pollution levels rising above the Emergency level of 500 API/AQI/PSI.

Air Pollution Index

There have been times when surgical disposable masks¬†were not available in pharmacies.¬†The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Malaysia shares an interactive map of the hourly changes in air pollution levels in the country per area. Similar map is maintained by the National Environment Agency of Singapore. In fact, you could even download and install this¬†app that provides the same information via¬†phone updates. Of course, this wouldn’t really help resolve the issue. It could only make you more aware of the threats you are facing in your everyday life. And as different respiratory illnesses have been directly linked to air pollution, I suggest you act fast on getting a healthier life, without having to move up to some secluded mountain.

Buying Local vs. Buying from Amazon

Before starting to discuss the factors that you should take into account when purchasing an air purifier, I should mention that your biggest problem might very well be the undersupply of high-quality air cleaning systems in Malaysia and Singapore. If you try to do your own research, you will probably encounter a number of articles mentioning products that you will later on discover are not available in the local market. These articles are most frequently written by Americans, and as almost all of the best brands are American, there is certain logic into this fact. Unfortunately, if you are reading this article you most probably live in Malaysia/Singapore. What are your choices then?

1) Buy from Amazon.

2) Scrounge the local market and buy from a local supplier.

If you decide to go with option 1, you will discover that the variety is bigger, and the net price is much cheaper. However, you should take into consideration the following factors:

РWarranty is almost always limited to the country where the machine comes from (most frequently the US). If you get a defective product, you would either not be able to exchange it, or even if you are able to exchange it, you would need to bear the international shipment costs.

РChances are your product will be tailored to the 110 Volt electricity in the US, so  you would need to buy a voltage converter. These usually cannot be used long hours, and are in general not recommended for usage whenever they could be avoided. Sometimes they could be stated as a cause for warranty forfeiture.

– You will be getting your air purifier transported from overseas. Besides the obvious threat of it getting spoilt along the way, the transportation costs are also not to be neglected. A regular home purifier might weigh between 5 and 15 kg, which means that shipment might be in the range of US$150 (~MYR550 by today’s exchange rate) per unit.

– You will not be able to test your air purifier personally. Things such as noise level and design are much more difficult to be comprehended “on paper” than in front of one’s eyes.

Having taken into consideration the above factors, I personally decided to buy an air purifier from a local supplier. As mentioned above, the options are more limited, but many of the negatives a purchase of an Amazon purifier would come with are avoided.

What Are the Options?

There are just a handful of companies that sell air purifiers in Malaysia, and not all of them offer the highest quality products. For instance, Harvey Norman, which is one of the few suppliers¬†that are physically present outside Kuala Lumpur/Selangor, feature¬†a range of Sharp, Panasonic, and Hitachi air purifiers. When I went in person to the Citta Mall branch, I also found a DeLonghi air purifier there. Of these, only some of the Hitachi ones rely mostly on¬†HEPA filter technology for air purification (more about why this is of crucial importance below). Another option for the ones not living in the Kuala Lumpur area¬†would be Lazada, but while it features a wider range of products than Harvey Norman’s stores, the quality level is approximately¬†the same.

If you live in the Johor Bahru area, you might consider purchasing an air purifier from Singapore.

If you, however, do live in or around KL, you would have the following options for high quality air purifiers:

Alen Air Р3 types

Coway Р5 types (not available in Singapore)

BlueAir Р3 types (6 types in Singapore)

Honeywell Р3 types (4 types in Singapore)

Therefore, everything could be boiled down to a choice between these 14 models of home air cleaners.

What Factors You Should Consider

The number one factor, which I will not even write in detail about, but will just share some additional resources on, is the presence of a “True” HEPA filter and the reliance on this filter for air purification. You could read more specialized information about it here and here. All of the products mentioned above do feature such filters.

The second factor I looked into was the size of the filter and the airflow intake. While you might find different statements about what area certain air purifiers can cleanse, this is the one “empirical” factor that could be very telling. You could take a look at the motor of the air purifier. If it is bigger in size, the chances are the air inflow is larger, too.

The third directly-related-to-air-cleanliness factor I took into consideration was the tightness of the casing. If you actually take a look at some of the lower quality products I mentioned above, you would notice that there are holes in the casing, probably left for design purposes. If there are holes, it means at least some part of the collected dust and other air pollutants go back to the room air.

An obvious factor to consider is the cost of the device you would be purchasing. A top quality air purifier (the ones I strongly recommend you look for) would be in the range of MYR2,000, but the price could very well go up to MYR5,000+. It is important to remember that with air purifiers, the higher the net price of the product, the lower its long-term cost. Additionally, the more simplistic the technology, the lower the chances of technical glitches over a period of time. The cost of the filters, and their average lifespan is an added figure of the total long-term price of an air purifier.

There are a few less important factor for me personally, which I am sure might be of primary importance to others. For instance, the design of the air purifier. However, frequently certain design decision are made in expense of technological embetterment. The noise an air purifier produces could also be considered, especially if it is to be used in a bedroom. The electricity consumption is another factor, which could add up to the long-term usage cost.

Which One I Bought and Why

I bought a Honeywell HAP 18200 from House of Air Cleaners. It has the thickest filter of all, one of the largest (if not THE largest) airflow intakes, and a relatively long lifespan of the filters (1 to 5 years for the HEPA filter, depending on usage).

Honeywell HAP 18200 Front

Honeywell HAP 18200 Side

I understand it doesn’t cut it when it comes to design, as it might seem¬†a little bulky to some, but I am far from the idea that an air purifier’s main purpose is to improve the design of a room. Additionally, because of its very powerful motor, it scores lower at noise levels and power consumption, as compared to other similar range purifiers, but as I mentioned above, these are less important factors for me personally. The Honeywell air purifiers have a lot of endorsements from hospitals and independent physicians, and the brand is¬†among the highest regarded in the field of air purification.

At the same time, it is competitive price-wise. I was considering purchasing it from Singapore, where it is sold for SG$599 or SG$609 (~MYR1,600+), depending on the dealer, but I decided to go to House of Air Cleaners, where its “official” price was MYR1,959. My decision was based mostly on the fact¬†that the retail store is less than 15 minutes driving away from my home, and because I got a discounted rate of MYR1,850, as well as a carbon pre-filter as a free gift (worth MYR85 at the same store, but worth MYR120+ in Singapore). You could also purchase substitute filters from the same store – activated carbon pre-filter, and HEPA filter.

House of Air Cleaners’s retail showroom’s address is:¬†11, Jalan SS2/55, 47300 Petaling Jaya. The street is very heavily congested with parked vehicles on both sides, especially during business¬†hours. Additionally, there is pasar malam (local night market)¬†on Monday,¬†so it is generally recommended that you visit the store during their weekend working hours – Saturday from 10 am to 7pm, and Sunday from 11am to 3pm.

Other Products I Considered

There were a few other air purifiers I considered, or I would have considered in other circumstances.

The first one in this list was AlenAir Paralda. However, the price point is a bit high (MYR 3,188 after discount, MYR3,588 standard price, at the time of writing this article), so value-for-money-wise I consider it worse than my Honeywell device. The price of the same product in Singapore is SG$1,280 (~MYR3,450).

The second one was BlueAir 203 SmokeStop (MYR1,559). Having in mind that neither me, nor my wife smoke, one of its main features was useless to us. It is cheaper than Honeywell, but it covers smaller area and its general inflow capacity is much lower. You could find the same product in Singapore with SmokeStop filter, as well as without that filter. The price is SG$625 (MYR1,680) and SG$588 (~MYR1,570) respectively. You might consider going with the 450E SmokeStop model (MYR2,459 in Malaysia), although I do believe Honeywell 18200 is better.

A smaller, but powerful air purifier, which came close second in my choice list, was Coway Aires¬†(MYR2,100). The fact that Coway directly sell it in Malaysia (and not via a distributor or a third-party retailer) is an added advantage. I would have probably gone with it have I had smaller rooms to purify. It might be a good choice if you live in a suite apartment, for instance. Coway don’t have physical offices/stores in Singapore, though.

Final Words

Choosing an air purifier is a long-term investment that could have significant implications on your own and your family’s health. Do not take my word for granted as what suits one might not suit another, and do your own research. The good choices, specifically in Malaysia and Singapore, are limited, so it shouldn’t take you too long to sift through the available options.

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Surviving sinusitis part 2

More than 2 years ago, I wrote a post about my experience surviving sinusitis. You can click here to read about it. I still adhere to the points I mentioned in the first article. This second article is an update to my current condition and some measures I have taken in addition to the points mentioned in the first article. Having sinusitis is really a pain in the *ss!

Note: The author is neither a doctor nor a sinusitis expert. This post is solely based on the author’s experience having chronic sinusitis for the past years. This post is solely for sharing purposes.¬†

My BFF once mentioned to me that when I sneeze or blow my nose, the noise is as loud as a bomb. She told me that if I continue to blow¬†my nose like that, my nose is going to drop soon. Actually, I’m quite ashamed by this fact (harsh nose blowing). It’s not that I don’t want to blow my nose gently. I obviously don’t want my nose to drop. And honestly, I have developed many bad symptoms like pain in the ear, pain in the middle of my forehead and back pain due to my harsh nose blowing. Can you imagine having back pain while blowing your nose? Yeah, I’m not even talking about being pregnant. I’m talking about my¬†back hurts when I blow my nose. That’s how hard I have been blowing my nose. So, why did I not stop? I have tried to blow it gently but the mucous in my nose is so thick that it refuses to get out from my nose. Gentle blowing doesn’t help me to clear my mucous. I can gently blow my nose for 20 times in a row and the mucous would still remain stuck. But twice harsh blowing helps to clear mucous, but of course I have to suffer pain elsewhere. So tell me, what choice do I have?

When I vent my frustration about sinusitis, many people offered suggestions. In fact, I have been to so many¬†doctors (GPs, ENT Specialists and Chinese Physicians), have taken so many different medicines and have used different nose sprays but none of them really helped to completely cure my sinusitis. They did help to relieve the symptoms in some ways but usually my sinusitis would occur again and again and again. Ggrrrr… I believe my sinusitis condition can only be controlled and not cured. It is like a bomb ticking in my body, which can explode at any time. If my surrounding and my diet are perfect, usually my sinusitis is under control. Under such “controlled” condition, I would still sneeze in the early morning or once every few hours. Therefore, it’s not entirely¬†sneeze-free or mucous-free. However, if there are slight changes in my surroundings and diet (e.g. the weather becomes colder or if I eat a little more chocolates), then my sinusitis becomes so serious that every day I use a box of tissue to clear my nose.

Really, I am thankful for all the¬†suggestions and advice I’ve received. I truly appreciate your concerns. I assure you that I’ve done everything possible to keep it under control. In return, if you are also a sinusitis sufferer, I’m going to share with you which doctors I have visited, which medicines I have eaten, and what I have done to keep my sinusitis under control (not always, not most of the time but just sometimes). If your symptoms are not as severe as mine, I truly believe these methods will help you. However, if you have severe symptoms like I do, you can also try these methods and in addition, let’s pray and keep a positive mindset that one day, miraculously, our sinusitis will be cured completely.

1. Doctors

  • General practitioners in clinics that I have visited¬†would most probably take my temperature whenever I told them I have sinusitis. Perhaps they just want to ensure that it is not a flu instead. Usually they give me antibiotics and flu medicines. Sometimes they give me anti-histamine pills and paracetamol if they think I have additional symptoms like fever or sore throat.
  • I’ve been to ENT specialists in both private and government (public) hospital in Malaysia. I hate going to specialists because there is always long queue. Even if they have taken my appointment, I’ll still have to wait somehow. So I’m not sure what kind of appointments those are. Being frustrated not having my sinusitis cured from GPs in local clinics, I decided to go to this ENT specialist in one of the private hospitals in JB. Waiting in queue for hours was really not a problem. The doctor did nasal endoscopy and laryngoscopy for me. According to this specialist, my condition was¬†“normal”. He sent me away by giving me medicines with nose spray and asked me to see him again in two weeks’ time. I was very confident that I would be cured, since he said it was “small issue”. However, it turned out that the medicine he gave me (Aerius 5mg) almost killed me, eventhough I have already mentioned what kind of medicine I am allergic to. I couldn’t breathe and my heart was beating fast after taking it. I called them to tell them about this and they told me to continue taking the medicine. Seriously, did they want to kill me? What if I died? That was way more horrible than my nose being stuck. I didn’t return to that doctor ever since.
  • After that incident, I decided to go to the¬†ENT specialists in the government hospital in JB. Since then, I’ve been returning for regular medical follow-ups. Sometimes in 3 months, sometimes in 6 months, depending on the schedule they gave me. One bad thing about going to ENT specialists in a¬†government hospital is that I don’t have a regular doctor. Each time I go, there’s different doctor who attends to me. It doesn’t really matter to me because I’m sure they have my medical reports but most of the time, I have to repeat one and the same story to those different doctors. Different doctors will tell me the same thing – avoid dust, avoid pets, avoid cold rooms etc. Seriously,I know all these. I have been there more than 10 times, can you tell me something different? Do you think I would purposefully expose myself to these conditions knowing that I’ll most probably suffer?¬†Some doctors are very nice, they do very thorough examinations (nasal endoscopy, laryngoscopy and x-rays) for me. Some doctors merely ask me a few questions and send me away. So it really depends on luck when visiting them. If I’m lucky, I get to be examined thoroughly. If not, I basically waste my time there. But, I still prefer the¬†ENT in government hospital over other private clinics and hospitals because doctors in government hospital don’t give me antibiotics. They usually give me just anti-histamine pills and nasal sprays. They give me different types of nasal sprays according to my condition. I hate antibiotics! (Read below for the reason).
  • I’ve also visited Chinese physicians. Chinese physicians usually don’t believe in the “western” medicines and they highly recommend¬†you the ‘traditional herbal medicines”. However, these herbal medicines usually require a long period of consumption. The Chinese physicians usually explain that they believe in “healing from the inner side, rather than healing on the surface” (direct translation from Chinese). That means that they believe that one has¬†to cure the “root” or “core” symptom, which sometimes may or may not be directly¬†related to what illness one is having (for my case, it’s sinusitis). These herbal medicines usually come in big dosages. There are several packs of small pills or liquids that I’ll need to take. In addition to these medicines, there are also several foods and beverages that I’m not allowed to consume. I do believe in this “healing from the inner side” principle, but for how long? Usually these physicians can’t tell me¬†for how long I need to consume the medicines. I’ve visited Chinese physician and have taken herbal medicines for some period of time (6 months and above). Has it helped in any way? Well yes, it did help in some ways (not entirely) when these medicines are taken for long period of time with the rigorous and vigorous diet routine. Was I cured? Obviously, no.

2. Medicines

  • I have taken so many types of antibiotics that I can’t remember their names. Some of the recent ones I’ve taken are Zinnat 500mg and Klacid 500mg. These are not the strongest. I’ve taken some which are so powerful that my brain doesn’t work. I also constantly feel tired when taking antibiotics. I don’t see sinusitis as being “sick”. If I have caught a flu, that is “sick”. And I think¬†antibiotics in this case are¬†helpful because I get sleepy all the time. But having a sinusitis relapse should not be considered as “sick”, so it’s really horrible that antibiotics are making me weak and tired. (Note: I’m not saying antibiotics are bad and unnecessary. They are good and necessary when consumed at the right time.)¬†
  • I’ve also taken so many different brands of anti-histamine pills. I mostly consumed this white anti-histamine pill, which is to be consumed once per day. I’ve also been prescribed the yellow anti-histamine pill (that usually causes severe drowsiness), but only on very rare occasions. Note: I’m not sure the exact names of these pills but as far as I understand, they are all anti-histamine pills.¬†But I hate these yellow pills because they are¬†making my body weak. I don’t like the white one either. But if I have to choose, obviously the white pill is better than the yellow pill. On a short term basis, these white anti-histamine pills work well. Usually after a few days I can see my symptoms get¬†reduced, but not completely gone. Usually, doctors told me to consume the white pill whenever necessary. However, there was a time, my sinusitis was so bad that a¬†doctor told me to eat the pill daily every day until the next appointment. My next appointment was 3 months later. So I ate those pills, once a day for 4 weeks straight. Guess what happened? I notice that my brain somehow “stopped”¬†working normally. No kidding. I started forgetting things very easily and sometimes I couldn’t find the right word when speaking. I was a lecturer. Can you imagine the pain when my¬†students asked me¬†some questions and I can’t find the right word to answer their questions? Horrible, horrible feeling!
  • So far, my favourite sinusitis medicine is Sinupret. It was first given to my by my father-in-law (who is a doctor). I’ve previously told him that I hate all kinds of medicines because I felt like these medicines are destroying my health and not helping me. But he mentioned that Sinupret is a plant-based medicine and that it’s not as “harsh” as other medicines. I would say that this medicine did help in some ways, but also didn’t cure me completely. The last time I asked in a pharmacy, Sinupret was¬†not sold in Malaysia. My BFF (who told me my nose would drop) told me that she got her Sinupret from Singapore. (Note: I don’t have exact information about Sinupret because every time I consume Sinupret, I’m in Bulgaria. Hence, all instructions are in Bulgarian. Therefore, I can’t give you any details.)

3. Nasal spray / Nasal rinse

  • In addition to medicines, I’ve also used various drops and sprays. I can’t remember all the names of the nasal sprays I’ve used. I’ll just list some, which I used recently. Back home in JB, the doctors in government hospital have given me ¬†Oxynase, Budecort, Beconase and Beclomet nasal sprays. In Varna, I’ve tried Vibrocil nasal drops.
  • Not relying on just these medicinal nasal sprays, I’ve also tried sterilized seawater nasal sprays, namely the Pureen Clinzo Isotonic Spray and Ialumar Isotinic Spray.
  • Besides all these spray, I’m also using Neilmed Sinus Rinse to rinse my nose daily.

4. Food intake / Daily routine

  • Going to doctors, eating medicines and also using nose sprays are definitely not going to help if my daily routine and diet are like shit. As per recommended by the Chinese physician, I try¬†to avoid all kinds of cold food and drink (i.e. iced beverages, ice cream, yogurt, etc.), white bread, Milo, nuts, fried food, dairy products, and biscuits. Well, I’ve tried my best but I can’t avoid them completely, right? If I do, I’ll have a completely miserable life. According to the physician, all these foods are mucous-inducing food.
  • Also, I can’t be in cold room. I cannot have pets. I cannot go near anywhere dusty and smoky. Hmmm… I can avoid having pets. Avoid cold room? My office was air-conditioned, should I turn off the air-con so that everyone sweats with me? Avoid dust? I can try my best but I can’t prevent dust from entering my house. Avoid smoke? I can avoid smokers but I can’t avoid if my neighbouring country decides to burn its forest.

Thank you for reading until the end of this post. Thank you for your kind suggestions and advice. From this article, you should know that I tried my best to control it. But it relapses from time to time based on surroundings, which is very frustrating as this is not something I can control.

Are you a sinusitis sufferer? Did you also take similar measures as I did? Sinusitis is very frustrating. I hate sinusitis!!! ūüė¶

Note: Sorry for any typo/grammatical mistakes here. I blame it on my medicines that affect how my brain works! 

Surviving sinusitis

I am not an expert in this subject matter but I would like to share some tips about improving the condition of sinusitis. I personally a chronic sinusitis sufferer. On top of that, I am also allergic to dust, fur and even the slightest changes of weather. People who know me, would understand that I am quite a hygiene freak but it is not something that I want to do, but something I have to do.

First of all, I must tell you that I am very resistance towards the idea of eating medicine, especially Western medicine. I have heard so much about having long term side effects and stuff which makes me extremely resistance in consuming them. But at times when you need it, you HAVE TO take them! I have also tried many different many traditional Chinese herbs medicines and also consulted many Chinese physicians. On top of that, as a person who is very skeptical towards Western medicines, I also consulted many specialists whose fees were so freaking expensive that I clearly cannot afford in the long run. Clearly, my condition did not improve at all. My last resort was actually to consult in a government hospital because I cannot afford anymore to pay more for these medicine, whether from the specialist or the Chinese physicians. I must admit, in the government hospital, you cannot really expect very good service and this is the reason why many people dislike going there. And, you have to be “kiasu” (scare to lose) and to go and queue for your number at early morning to avoid the crowd. Yes, that is all true. But I was also waiting for my turn for hours even in the specialist clinics. Once, I actually gave up waiting and just went to another clinic, BUT I still had to wait for my turn. Ever since I successfully registered myself in the government hospital, I am regularly going back for check up. Of course, sometimes you meet very good doctors who help you to check very thoroughly, at times, I also meet very lazy doctors who couldn’t be bothered to touch my nose. The doctor would just ask me several questions and told me to come months later. Well, this is something which is beyond our control, so you just have to pray about it.

Here are some tips that I want to share with you:

#1 – Besides relying on your doctor, you have to clearly know your own body condition. Although your doctor is an expert, but note that everyone’s body is different from another. Medicines which suit others can be hazardous to you. So, do not follow blindly but rather do some research about the given medicine.¬†

My story: Once I went to a specialist clinic and the doctor gave me Aerius 5mg (one tablet per day, total 10 tablets) for my sinusitis condition. After taking once, I felt extremely uncomfortable but I was thinking, the doctor knew what he gave me, and I continued taking it until the 4th pill and I was dying. I couldn’t breathe through my nose and my mouth (I felt like the oxygen just refuse to go in my body) and my heart beat was extremely slow and weak. I couldn’t move and I was just lying on the bed like a zombie. I then went to check for this medicine on the Internet and found out that there were many people also having the same symptoms as me. Of course, some of them had lesser effect but most of them were suffering the same symptoms as me. The nurse called me to go back for follow up, and I told her I will never step in the clinic again because the medicine almost killed me. And, she didn’t even apologize or what. All they care was just me going back to follow up and pay them for their money.

#2 – Know your surrounding condition. Different people feel better at different condition / weather condition.

My story: I was once told that being in cold environment (in air conditioned room) will make my sinusitis worst. Basically, I have to avoid all cold areas. No doubt, I realised that sometimes I would sneeze when I am in cold room. Therefore, I was very scared to visit cold places and in fact, was in fear before I visited Bulgaria during winter season when I heard that the weather could reach -25¬įc. This is absolutely WRONG! Later, I found out that the reason why I sneezed in cold room was because most air conditioners WERE NOT CLEANED REGULARLY! I remembered when I was in Macau, the air conditioner in my hostel actually gave me peaceful sleep. I am not sure if it was cleaned regularly, BUT it was definitely being cleaned before. Sad to say, most offices and classrooms (I mostly spent my time there because I am a teacher) have very dirty air conditioners. Such heavy loaded air conditioners that work daily should b cleaned once a month but in my previous office, it was only cleaned once during my 2 years stay (it was cleaned because it was leaking). Very bad hygiene! In contrast, my sinusitis was very much relieved when I was in Bulgaria. Even at -20¬įc, walking in the snow, I didn’t get sick at all. So, COLD is definitely not the cause!

#3 – Know the level of humidity you can accept.

My story: Having sinusitis is a shit. I cannot be in a room where the air is too dry or too humid. Too much also heating (during winter) or air conditioning (during summer) will make my sinusitis worse. Therefore, you have to adjust to a level which you feel comfortable with. In Malaysia, we have summer all year long. However, not because the weather outside is warm, and therefore you must switch your air conditioner to an extreme low level. You should adjust at a temperature that suits you. I found that between 23¬įc – 25¬įc at auto level is good for me. Although it is not too cooling, I do sleep peacefully with such temperature. But of course, my own room doesn’t have an air con, I’ll move to the next point where I’ll share about surviving in a room with fan.

#4- Keep your fan clean!

My story: Sadly, my own room doesn’t have an air con. It is also very narrow therefore the air ventilation is very bad. Even if I keep the window and door open, it is still warm compared to other rooms in my house. I considered installing an air con but haven’t got the chance yet. Either busy working (not at home) or not in Malaysia at all. If you have no choice but to stay in a room with fan, do not turn your fan to high level. Low or middle level is good. Also, clean off the dust from it regularly because if the dust remains on the fan, it will eventually falls when the fan is switched on. AND, dust will DEFINITELY make your sinusitis worse! At least, it makes mine much worse.

#5 – Drink a lot of liquid!

My story: Water, juices and honey tea will keep you hydrated and make your sinus less dry and thus, less irritated. Make sure you drink enough liquids per day. Try to avoid “fake” fruit juice. By “fake” I mean those with artificial flavouring and with added sugar. Choose those that is 100% fruit juice. Of course, the best is to make it by yourself. Water itself helps to clear the toxins in the body. Honey tea will sooth your throat and ensure general well being. I am a fan of camomile tea + honey and it works very well. And by honey, I mean 100% pure honey, not fake honey with a lot of flavouring and sugar.

#6 – Take Vitamin C regularly.

My story: I found that whenever I am sick or not feeling well, my sinusitis will occur. For prevention, take Vitamin C regularly. No matter how lazy you are, just remember to take it once you remember it. I missed several times of Vit C, and now, I am sick like hell. So, don’t think it’s just a small pill. It’s very important to your health. Before you even considered taking other types of vitamins or supplements, make sure you have Vit C first!

#7 – Get enough sleep!

My story: Having enough sleep is the best medicine for being healthy. Whether you are students or working adult, make sure you know your schedule well. If you have classes or if you are working at early hours, make sure you hit the bed latest by 11pm. Nothing beats having a good sleep. It doesn’t only keep your mind fresh, it also helps you to stay young and healthy. Of course, it is okay to sleep late for a day or two in a week (or during weekends), but make sure you generally have enough rest! I recommend at least 8 hours sleep. That is like the minimum. Of couse, some of you may argue that you have a lot of assignments or work and blablabla, what I can tell you is, time if for you to manage. Everyone only has 24 hours in a day. No one has more or less. So, it’s all up to your personal time management. There’s nothing like “having no time”. But there’s something I called “wasting time”. If you are spending too much time on your DOTA, PPS, Facebook, yamcha and etc…. you should know it’s time for you to cut it down.

#8 – Be positive! Better yet, be HAPPY!

My story: Sickness only come to you when you are feeling negative. Depressed, sad, stressed etc. When you are positive, nothing can bring you down. People nowadays, always complained of having stress. Again, nobody can escape their workload. Nobody is doing easier job or having lesser things to do. DON’T ALWAYS think that you are having much more to do than the others. THE ONLY PROBLEM is whether you know how to handle you workload or not. Work is never ending, there’s nothing to stress about. Make sure you schedule everything properly, you will definitely be left with time. Save the weekends for yourself. Work hard during the weekdays, rest on the weekends. Do something that makes you relaxed, or happy on these 2 days. Life is too short to be stress. Open your eyes and you will see many wonderful things around you.

#9 – Avoid smoke

My story: Pollution is something we cannot avoid but we can avoid smoke. Try avoid sitting near to smokers. If you have smoker friends, tell them about your condition and I am sure they will be glad to smoke somewhere else, and not in front of you. If they insist to smoke near you, then these are not your true friends. You might want to consider stop going out with them since they don’t care about your condition at all.

I am currently having a terrible sickness. I could hardly move from my bed the past 1 and a half day. The reasons? 

1. I didn’t have enough rest when I was travelling back home. I almost didn’t sleep for 36 hours. (#7)

2. I didn’t have enough water. I am generally a big water drinker. I drink at least 2L of water per day, excluding juices and tea. 1L of mineral water in the airport costs ‚ā¨3, I wanted to save money so I just bought a bottle and instead, I sacrificed my health. Eventhough I was taking in liquids in the plane, it could never make up to the liquids I lost during my 10 hours wait in Amsterdam. Remember, always drink lots of water especially when you are travelling. (#5)

3. I missed my Vit C and my medicine when I was travelling. I thought it was okay to just miss a dose or 2. I was wrong. When you are travelling, make sure you take them on time!  (#6)

4. I was feeling depressed before I came back. I resisted the idea of coming back. 1 week before I came back to Malaysia, I was so stressed and upset that I kept having nightmares every night. Then, I was also feeling upset when I was travelling and even when I reached home, I was feeling so depressed. (#8)

Of course, there are more things which could result in you being sick. If you do have any tips, please feel free to share them. I hope this article somehow helps you in any way, especially if you have the same condition as me.

p/s: sorry if there’s any typo / spelling error.