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Symptoms Of Dry Sinuses
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
I using a cool mist humidifier still got dry cough off and on. Wake up feeling sinuses too some days. Can this rapid changing weather do this?
Yes: Weather changes and pollutants and allergens in the air can change your symptoms ...Read more
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
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
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
Inhaled/swallowed some pool water on accident today while swimming. Not much, burned sinuses. 16 y/o boy 10 hrs later no symptoms. Secondary drowning?
No, just as U said-: - inhaled chlorinated water. No symptoms later means all is fine. ...Read more
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
Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens? What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units
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
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
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