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what does dry sinuses mean?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: Justin: Sinus or sinusitis is an overused term, without a uniform connotation. Dry air can dry out the mucus membrane of the nose and cause a sensation of burning, especially if you do not make enough mucus. Dry air by itself does not cause sinusitis. Bacterial infection in the sinuses may require antibiotic treatment. Seeing your doctor would be prudent to settle the issue.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Why does cold air hurts my nostrils or sinuses?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Dryness: The mucus membranes in the nose and sinuses like to be moist, but dry, cold air dries them out as they warm up the air as you inhale it. Wearing a scarf or a cold air breathing mask helps to pre-warm and pre-humidify the air before it hits your nose and sinuses.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How can I clear my sinuses without a neti pot?

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Dr. Carol StGeorge
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Aerosol saline spray: There are several aerosol brands (and generics) that will give a very good rinse without the mess of a Neti Pot or the danger of pouring saline into the eustachian tube. Also no risk of infection. I believe the Neti Pot should be avoided.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Could you explain how to get rid of sinuses?

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Dr. Jeffrey Rumbyrt
Allergy and Immunology 32 years experience
Sorry - you can't: Sinuses are large air-filled cavities that we are both born with and that develop as our head grows. Thus, one cannot "get rid of them." however, if you are plagued by chronic infections or benign tissue growth in the sinuses, surgeons can sometimes open up the sinuses to help them drain or remove polyps that are causing obstruction.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What to do if there's water trapped in my sinuses?

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Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Interesting thought: It would be unlikely for water to be trapped in your sinuses, as they are designed to drain mucus on a daily basis. I wonder how this situation occurred. Were you irrigating your nose or swimming? Work on decongesting your nose and sinuses. Use afrin or neosynephrine nasal decongestant spray for 3 days, no more than 5; take sudafed 12 hour tablets for a few days and this will drain them fast.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What can I do to clear sinuses?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Saline: Frequent saline nasal irrigation can alleviate sinus congestion, 2 to 3 times a day.

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