Dry Sinuses



Dry Sinuses: Causes and Cures

Dry sinuses can be very discomforting at times. Headache and nose bleeds are just a few common symptoms associated with dry sinuses.   In this article, we will discuss some of the known causes of this condition.  We will also discuss ways to help prevent or relieve dry sinuses.

Cool, dry winter air and dry artificial heat are a couple of known leading causes of dry sinuses.  Many people with allergies find the winter months to be very difficult times to deal with because of the cool dry air and the dry artificial heat working together.  Inside or outside, if you have dry sinuses, it seems that there is almost nowhere to hide. If you are suffering from the symptoms of dry sinuses, be sure to document the day time and weather conditions when you are getting your headaches.  This will help you determine the best choice of relief for your dry sinuses.  As always, it is important to consult with your family physician before using any over-the-counter medicines or sprays.  If you are currently taking another medication, your physician may be able advise you regarding possible negative reactions to nasal sprays or high humidity conditions that your body may encounter.  He or she may also have a better plan for your dry sinus symptoms.  

There are a many techniques and methods used to help relieve some of these symptoms.  The most important and easiest way to deal with this condition is to drink plenty of fluids.  It is important to keep your body supplied with plenty of fluids in all seasons, but in the winter months, it is especially important to keep your skin and mucous membranes hydrated.  By drinking plenty of fluids, you will also restore moisture to these sinus membranes.  Frequent warm and steamy showers may also provide some relief to your dry sinuses.

 

While at home, you will find that a humidifier can also be your best friend when you are suffering from dry sinuses.  Portable humidifiers are inexpensive and replenish moisture back into your home’s dry air.  It is recommended to use a humidity gauge while operating your humidifier, and it is especially important to keep the relative humidity gauge at or under fifty percent.  Too much humidity in your home will lead to mites and mold which would cause other, more difficult to cure respiratory conditions. Another consideration is that it may lead to damage of your home if the humidity remains too high for longer and sustained periods of time.    

For relief at work or away from your home, try using a quality saline spray.  There are many companies that produce this item and it can easily be acquired at any local pharmacy or grocery store.  The saline spray will provide much needed moisture to the membranes.  In addition to that, the saline spray can also help prevent a cold or a flu due to the fact that you are washing away germs. Another benefit is the ability to wash away irritants that could cause sinus symptoms and result in infections. When using nasal sprays, be sure to use the recommended dosage and do not deviate unless otherwise noted or advised by your family physician.      

Another possible way to relieve your sinuses is to avoid tobacco smoke.  Tobacco smoke contains nicotine which paralyzes the cells that sweep out the dust and mucus.  This dust and mucus can dry causing your dry sinuses to become even drier and stickier.

Other times, dry sinuses are a result from allergies.  Over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants may help combat dry sinuses.  If over-the-counter medications are not helpful, you may consider seeing your family physician for a prescription strength allergy medication.

Dry sinuses are uncomfortable, but they are not unpreventable.  By taking some preventative measures and working with your family physician, you should be able to alleviate the pain and pressure caused by this condition.