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Thread: Need advice about dry sinus and nasal passages...

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    Super Member May in Jersey's Avatar
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    Need advice about dry sinus and nasal passages...

    Want to know how you deal with it.

    During the Winter I tend to have dry sinus and nasal passages so we had a humidifier attached to our hot air furance and it really does keep the problem to a mininum. Earlier this month I spent a 5 days in Las Vegas for our granddaugther's wedding. Well everything must have dried out during the flight and the dry Vegas air didn't help. The air in our hotel room was so dry that the problem just got worse as my head felt so heavy that I wanted to sleep but couldn't fall asleep as I was so uncomfortable. Checked out Target, CVS, etc. looking for a small humidfied to add some moisture to hotel room but there were none to be found. All they had were air cleaners.

    I've flown many times & stayed in dry desert areas like New Mexico, Arizona but never have such a bad reaction. I am going to see my family dr. soon and will talk with him about it and most likely see an allergist but I find that it's back again while home in Jersey.

    I'm using a saline nasal spray and keeping the AC on, the cooler circulating air helps. During the summer we usually have the AC going during really hot and/or humid days, turn it down at bedtime and open windows and have fans bringing in some cool moist air. Right now we're having a big heat wave with temps during the day 100 - 110 so AC on full time and the windows are closed.

    Right at this moment I'm feeling good, probably because I'm writing this and not thinking about anything getting dry again. I'd appreciate any advice you can give me in case it gets worse. May in Jersey
    Last edited by May in Jersey; 06-21-2012 at 07:26 AM.

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    I'm not sure the AC is doing you any favors, my understanding is it actually removes moisture from the air. I think you are on the right track with the humidifier idea. Not sure why you can't find one in stores, maybe it's a seasonal thing?

    I have the same problem, although it's not as severe as yours seems to be. I try to keep my nasal passages moist with distilled water (do NOT use plain tap water) or the nasal spray like you're using. I live in the Pacific Northwest, so it's not as big of a struggle for me. It's really important to keep everything moist, that helps a lot with keeping germs out of your nose.

    Let us know if your doctor has any advice other than the spray and the humidifier!

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    the saline nasal spray is good. you may have to also take 1/2 of an anti-histamine. I do or I get dizzy. I just bought a baby humidifier. at Bed,Bath and Beyond store. looks like an egg sort of. works well. when out, try putting some vaseline in your nose a bit. It's OK to do that and it helps too. have you asked the Hotel for anything to help in your room? You would think they could do something for their guests.

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    Did you look in the pharmacy section for the small humidifiers? I can't imagine those places wouldn't have any at all. Other places to try would be hardware stores.

    We have a whole-house humidifier in addition to central heat/AC and can adjust a dial to keep the humidity inside the house within certain limits no matter what is going on outside.

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    i have this same problem, i use the vaseline in my nose, those sprays are acid, and allergies can be in your bed linens., i found i was using the wrong pillow, so i put double cases on it. and just keep your air cool. not too cold. i've had this problem for yrs.
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    NeilMed Naso Gel I found at walmart for dry noses works good. I squirt it up my nose at bedtime. I had sinus surgery in April because of to many sinus infections. I have 3 spray prescriptions from my doctor. And I do the nedi squeeze bottle twice a day. Sinus surgery is very painful but it helped me.

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    Thanks gals, Vaseline or the Naso Gel sound like good ideas to relieve the dryness and to help keep it from coming back. Will do that right away while I'm thinking about it.
    I've been using the saline spray but don't want to rely on it too much, also I'm going to change to distilled water spray as too much saline spray may cause problems.

    We do have a full house humidifier that we use in the winter and a window one for room that isn't connected to our main heating system. I was surprised that CVS and other drug stores didn't have small humidifiers, might be as somone suggest it may be a seasonal thing.

    Will follow up with Dr. as I need to know if this is a cold or allergies and what to do about it/them, especially since we plan to fly to CA this summer to visit family.
    Last edited by May in Jersey; 06-21-2012 at 09:23 AM.

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    When I have sinus issues, deep inhaling while in the shower & holding a steaming cup of water under my nose gives me relief. I also have trouble when I travel.

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    After years of sinus blocks I saw this on Dr Oz. I found this on line and started using it about 5 years ago when needed. Not one sinus block since! They have a video and a CD. Watch it.>>
    http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/product/neti.aspx>>

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    I've always had dry nasal passages. Got that from my Gramma. I used to use this stuff called Nasal Jelly. Today I just use Vaseline. Put a little on a Q Tip, and roll it around the inside of my nose.
    The one who dies with the most fabric wins.

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