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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
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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.
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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.
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    Another simple trick - put a damp, cool washcloth over your face and just breathe normally. We had this issue the first time we went to NM. NJ is soooo humid and NM is soooo dry by comparison. Maybe breathe through the damp washcloth and then use the jelly to keep the moisture in there. Sorry you're having issues. I know how painful this can be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    Another simple trick - put a damp, cool washcloth over your face and just breathe normally. We had this issue the first time we went to NM. NJ is soooo humid and NM is soooo dry by comparison. Maybe breathe through the damp washcloth and then use the jelly to keep the moisture in there. Sorry you're having issues. I know how painful this can be.
    This sounds good, hate to depend on pills to clear this up. Funny thing is that I've been to other desert areas for at least a week at a time and never had this happen, but things change and I'll be prepared for my next trip wherever we go.

    Yesterday at grandnephews 5th B-day party one of the gals told me she often visits family in Vegas and goes with allergy pills, nasal spray and antibiotics every since she had an attack like I did. Too bad I didn't get to talk to her before I went to Vegas.

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    Have you thought about getting allergy test. I did that and was surprised because 20yrs ago I tested negative for everything but this time I tested positive for most trees, house dust, dust mites, and a bunch of other things. I also got an air cleaner and I'm amazed at the difference that makes. Make sure it's hepa filter or like one though. Works great. I was really surprised at how much it cut down on the dust. Now I'm taking allergy shots once a week. I was told to go from winter to summer and not open my windows because of all the allergy problems it causes. Thank goodness my animals are low on the scale so they are good to go.
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    I bought a very small (about the size of two fists) room humidifier at Walmart a couple of years ago. I just put it in my suitcase and go. It only will hold a cup of water at a time but that's enough for a night. It works wonders in hotel rooms. The other thing you can do is to put a thin layer of vaseline in your nose and around the outer edges.
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    When mine get real bad I use a neti pot.
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    it's funny, i'm from Houston but live in Colorado now. very dry here. a few yrs ago I went to Houston and seem to have caught a cold on the plane maybe. my nose ran the whole time I was there. it was terrible. i even came home with it.

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    When we drove from Texas to California in the summer (years ago) we stopped for gas in Phoenix AZ mid afternoon and as soon as DH started pumping the gas he got a nosebleed from the extreme heat and dryness.
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    My allergist told me to use Sin-o-Fresh nasal spray. It's over the counter and it cost about $15. but it works. You can also use that Ocean nasal spray it's also over the counter. The bottle top is orange and it's not to expensive and you can use it as often as needed. Good luck finding something to help you. Sue

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    If you ever get stuck without a humidifier again, hang some wet towels, in the room (preferably in front of the A/C). Fill the tub with water and leave the bathroom door open. You can also just place a shallow pan of water, next to the bed. Not as good as a humidifier but it'll still add some moisture to the air.
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    I discovered NeilMed nasal rinse at my pharmacy a year or so ago, maybe more. I had what seemed llike continuous sinus infections and was tired of round after round of antibiotics which in turn caused yeast infections. I started using the rinse. I bought the starter box which included the bottle with applicator and a few envelopes of the powder mix. Make sure you buy the Distilled bottled water. Regular water hurts too much. Also, buy an extra box of the envelopes so you have them on hand.
    I began using the rinse up to three times a day. Boy, did I get a lot of yuck out of my sinuses. After a month or so, I dropped down to twice a day and then once a day.
    If I should happen to not use it, I do get a sinus infection. The rinse keeps your sinuses washed out, hydrated (my nosebleeds came to a stop because sinuses not so dry), and I feel better. We live in a humid state with no AC. When I go into businesses ith AC or homes, my sinuses start to act up. I urge you to try the rinse. Practice, patience, and getting past a possible gag reflex is key. Here's the web addy; www.neilmed.com I no longer use Vaseline in my nose. It is a petroleum product designed as a water barrier and not a moisturizer. I want moisture in my nose not a petroleum product. I wil be checking out the Naso Gel just in case I should need it. I also take a OTC allergy/sinus tablet every day which helps. It is only about 10 mg. so not bad. We use a humidifier only in the winter due to our humid warm months. Hope this helps.

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    Thank you all for your wonderful advice. Finally am breathing right but it's been a long month. This is the first time I've ever had such a big problem. I probably dehydrated on the flight to Las Vegas, got worse with the extra dry air out there, flight home didn't help and arrived home at one of the biggest allergy seasons. Saw doctor the other day and he suggest antihistime and nasal spray which I had been using but have to say the use of vasiline was the best advice. My passages were so dry that it was making me crazy, saline nasal spray helped but only for a shor time but when I tried the vasiline it was instant relief. Will be getting some Naso Gell and Spray to keep in my purse and travel bag along with antihistime so I can get relief from any future attacks ASAP.
    Last edited by May in Jersey; 07-04-2012 at 05:55 AM.

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