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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. ...Read more
Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids(between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more
I get very dry sinuses from air conditioning. Are there any medications or home remedies to relieve the discomfort?
See an ENT surgeon.: It is not clear as to what exact symptoms do you have. However since the symptoms already annoying, you should go to an ENT surgeon. ...Read more
Sinus pressure: The most effective and least invasive method for sinus care is the neil med squeeze bottle. Use one packet of salt in warm water -- bottled, not tap! -- and follow the instructions. This will moisturize your sinuses as well as clean them out. You can use it up to 4-5 times per day. There are also moisturizing prescription nasal sprays. Consult ENT if you have persistent infections. ...Read more
See below: 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. ...Read more
Yes it might.. : You can try normal saline drops to your nares before sleep to see if it helps. I noticed that you are on pain meds and have a history of GERD. You should be on medicine to protect your stomach as well. Sometimes severe GERD can result in sinusitis - may explain your Sx! Also try sleeping with 2 -3 pillows so that you are at an 30 D angle when you sleep. You should see an ENT doc if this persists! ...Read more
Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens? What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units
Wheni blow my nose, during allergy season, i see blood in the secretions? Is this from dry sinuses?
Nasal bleeding: When allergies are active your nasal membranes can become inflamed and more prone to bleeding. ...Read more
I have been having a really dry sore like throat every night this week and dry sinuses in the back if my throat as well, what could be the cause?
Dry air: Probably the most common cause of those symptoms is dry air. This is very common in cold weather. You could try a room humidifier. Also, for the nose, one of my favorite remedies is nasal saline gel. It is sold over the counter. You apply a small amount to the inside of the nose at bedtime. ...Read more
Is smelling smoke a symptom of a brain tumor a myth? Had CT scan 2 years ago for phantom smells. Everything normal. Now constant smell of smoke x2 days. Dry sinuses? No other neuro symptoms.
See your PCP: Myth, or no myth, it warrants further investigation. Smelling unusual smells that aren't present like smoke is not normal. So the first person to start a dialogue with is your pcp. S/he will be able to advise you further, and provide a referral to see a neurologist, if that's needed. Right now it needs to be documented, especially if you're smelling it full-time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Except during summers, all year, every year I wake in mornings with sinuses dry, open & painful and with migraine on 1 side of my head. Cause?
Dry nose, painful sinuses and ears. I need relief I've tried everything. Problem.I've had all my life. Have had tests done, scans. I'm miserable.
Ear Nose Throat Dr.: See an ear nose throat doctor (ENT, otolaryngologist) and that doctor should be able to help you out. In the meantime, try saline nasal spray, one spray four times daily, try to use a personal humidifier to keep the air you breath humid, clean your air ducts and change home air filters monthly. You can try a Neti-pot as well to see if that helps. Drink more water or herbal tea. Do not smoke. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dry mucous membranes: When the mouth or nose gets dry normally present bacteria types can change which in turn may effect taste and smell. Some medications and allergies can cause these findings as well. An autoimmune process called Sjogren's can do this and can be serious. Taste and smell changes can occur if the hippocampus part of the brain is disrupted. You should see your doctor and be examined and tested. ...Read more