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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Dry Sinuses

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What are symptoms of dry sinuses? I have sore throat. Seems like dryness in nose too

What are symptoms of dry sinuses? I have sore throat. Seems like dryness in nose too

No typical symptom: Try irrigating the nose twice a day with rinse like nettie pot or something similar and using a saline spray a few times a day like ocean--this should really help symptoms when used for a week or more---i do this myself. ...Read more

Sinuses (Definition)

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


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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.

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 more

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Do sinuses every get too dry?

Do sinuses every get too dry?

Yes: Antihistamine medications can dry up the sinuses. Also hot dry environments may cause the mucus membranes the line the sinuses to dry up. (ie. Produce less water filled mucus material). ...Read more

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What does dry sinuses mean?

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

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Please tell me what is good for dry air sinuses?

Humidification: The lining of the nasal passageways and the sinuses are the same and need adequate hydration. Drinking water, humidification, saline nasal rinses are all helpful. Best to see youtr otolaryngologis for an exam. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have extremely dry sinuses with no mucus? It is so dry that it's annoying.

What does it mean if I have extremely dry sinuses with no mucus? It is so dry that it's annoying.

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

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How can I prevent my sinuses cavities from getting dry?

How can I prevent my sinuses cavities from getting dry?

Different ways: A number of ways to do this. Some of the simple ones: a neti pot will help keep passages clean (which will help keep them balanced and moist), saline nose spray. I've personally used a Bacitracin ointment (a small dab just inside the nose)-it seems to help.
Removing (if you can) the cause of dryness will definitely help. A forced air system is drying, try using a humidifier (but keep very clean). ...Read more

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I've been having lots of pressure in what I believe are my sinuses. Except that is the only symptom; pressure. I cough rarely but that's all.

I've been having lots of pressure in what I believe are my sinuses. Except that is the only symptom; pressure. I cough rarely but that's all.

Pressure alone: We have two sinuses located above our brows, two above our upper teeth, and several pairs astride the bridge of the nose. When sinuses are obstructed by infection and swelling, you may have pressure as your only symptom. The cough may be the result of "post nasal drip"- dripping from the back of your nose to the back of the throat. Saline sprays or decongestants may help by encouraging drainage. ...Read more

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What is the best cure for dry sinuses and nose pain?

What is the best cure for dry sinuses and nose pain?

Drink H2O flush nose: Make sure you are drinking enough water and not taking medications that will dry out your mucous membranes. Nasal flushing with a mixture of saline and baking soda can also be helpful. ...Read more

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What should I do for dry sinuses and sinus pressure?

What should I do for dry sinuses and sinus pressure?

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

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Can you still have dry sinuses and sinus infection at same time?

Can you still have dry sinuses and sinus infection at same time?

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

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Can dry mouth be caused by sinuses?

Can dry mouth be caused by sinuses?

Possibly: If you have significant sinus congestion where you are unable to breathe well through your nose, then you would be a mouth-breather, which will lead to dry mouth.

See your internist (md) or otolaryngologist (ear, nose & throat md) to evaluate your sinus problem and determine a beneficial solution. ...Read more

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What to do about dry mouth can be cause by sinuses?

What to do about dry mouth can be cause by sinuses?

Maybe: Dry mouth has multiple causes including medications, breathing through the mouth and systemic conditions. I would suggest seeing your MD about possible causes. You may need to see a dentist for treatment options. ...Read more

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Woke up and my right nostril to bridge is burning can it be dry sinuses?

Woke up and my right nostril to bridge is burning can it be dry sinuses?

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

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ENT said sinuses are clear, so does that mean my symptoms are definitely not sinus related?

ENT said sinuses are clear, so does that mean my symptoms are definitely not sinus related?

ENT said: Your sinuses are clear. Was it based on an exam and Sinus Xray? What symptoms do you have? Best to discuss this with Healthtap doctor on call. Hope you feel well. ...Read more

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Humidity gauge shows normal moisture levels in my house, but my nose/sinuses feel painful /inflamed and "dried out." should I use humidifier or not?

Define normal: The comfort level of humidity for most runs around 40-50%. Levels below 20% have a significant drying effect on the nasal passages & throat & can cause headaches & sore throats. Humidity above 50% allows dust mites to thrive in your home & above ~70% you can promote mold growth like in your shower. A simple digital humidity gauge in your bedroom can help you decide whether to run the humidifier. ...Read more

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When I get hot and sweaty after exercising or being out in the heat I get a headache, nauseated and a stuffy dry feeling in my sinuses. What is this?

When I get hot and sweaty after exercising or being out in the heat I get a headache, nauseated and a stuffy dry feeling in my sinuses. What is this?

Sweating & feeling: Warm are normal-how the body cools itself. Stuffy nose likely due to normal dilation of the blood vessels. Dryness prob due to more air passing thru nose. Try a saline spray in nose before w/o. The headache may be that you're dehydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout day. Nausea may be due to eating to close to w/o (wait 1hr+), or not eating enough calories. Check w doc if nausea & ha continue. ...Read more

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My 6yr/0 has had dry cough 2wks today he woke up cough sounding productive and sinuses congested. Dr said virus 2wks ago but cough sounds different?

My 6yr/0 has had dry cough 2wks today he woke up cough sounding productive and sinuses congested. Dr said virus 2wks ago but cough sounds different?

See Dr again: Viruses can decrease your immune system and the risk of a bacterial infection, or another virus is always possible. Best to see the Dr. For an examination with the change in cough and symptoms, to assure it is not bacterial or in need of any medications to be Rx by doc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Woke up and my nasal and sinuses felt very very dry! I can not breathe through my nose at all. Should I be worried to fall asleep

Woke up and my nasal and sinuses felt very very dry! I can not breathe through my nose at all. Should I be worried to fall asleep

Nose: Although it could be the start if a cold, sometimes it can be related to dryness of the climate or if you slept in air conditioning. Consider a good humidifier at night if it persists ...Read more

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Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens? What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units

Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens? What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units

Humidifier: Anything that moistens mucus membranes will be helpful. Humidifier is a great tool. Not much difference between cool mist or lukewarm mist humidifier, more so the matter of preference and comfort. I like lukewarm slightly better, though. ...Read more

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Had pneumococcal bacteremia. Was told it was likely from my sinuses but help- im still confused as to how it got into blood when I had no symptoms?

Had pneumococcal bacteremia. Was told it was likely from my sinuses but help- im still confused as to how it got into blood when I had no symptoms?

Bacteria are everywh: Pneumococcal bacteria live everywhere in the aerodigestive tract, but predominantly in the upper airways. There's no way you can get rid of them. Most of the time, they cause no problems as your body can fight them off from invading; however, sometimes, somehow a few out of the billions of bacteria slipped into your bloodstream. Sinuses, throat, even stomach (with food) or nosebleeds can do it. ...Read more

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Will a saline aerosol spray help my dry nose and pressure on sinuses?

Will a saline aerosol spray help my dry nose and pressure on sinuses?

Yes: Saline nasal spray is a very effective moisturizer that, if used frequently, will help in alleviating any sinus obstruction. During the winter and known allergy season, I recommend one use the saline nasal spray every 30 minutes during waking hours. See your doctor, however, if the sinus pressure remains or worsens as this could indicate an infection. ...Read more

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I have bad seasonal allergies. When I rinse my sinuses small blood clots in the mucus come out sometimes. What should I do? Am I just dry?

Dry sinuses: It is normal to develop dry sinuses in the winter as all the humidity is extracted from the air. I recommend purchasing a humidifier and setting the humidity between 40-70% in your home or bedroom. This will help you without requiring you to take any medications. ...Read more