I thought sure I was the only one with this symptom. My sinuses are so screwed up and you are absolutely right they react to my hot flashes. It started out withthis constant drainage and then that finally stopped after months. And then my left sinus would clog, then the right would do. And, then they would open for a little while. It was unbelievable. I have been dealing with this for almost 8 months. It is starting to improve some now, but no where near gone. Weird, I say.
It's enough to drive you crazy. And, of course, I have never before had any type of allergy problems.
Originally Posted by berryqueen
I am new to this message board. I found it in a search for this topic.
I am going through perimenopause right now. While I have a history of allergies, my symptoms have gotten alot worse since this perimenopause started. It's to the point where I can't breath through my nose at all. But the strangest thing is that when I get a hot flash, my sinuses clear. I can often tell when I am going to get a hot flash, because one or both of my nostrils opens up before I even feel the hot flash! I actually like getting hot flashes because they are less uncomfortable than this horrid congestion. It only lasts a little while but I get some relief for at least 5 minutes and often it is relieved for longer. My ENT says that this may be because when my estrogen drops and I have a hot flash that the same drop in hormones causes my sinuses to clear. My PCP MD says that it is a normal occurance since the vascular changes associated with hot flashes will shrink or dialate blood vessels in the same way that exercise or orgasm does. I am not making this up! It happens about 20-30 times a day right now. Is there anybody else out there that this happens to?