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Old 12-06-2010, 07:32 AM   #1
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Sinus problems all winter

Can anyone give me some advice on how I can stop my sinuses from bothering me so much in the wintertime? Every winter my sinuses start to dry out, and I wake up with horrible headaches, and this morning I woke up and one side of my face was swollen so badly from them. I canít take anything related to sinus pressure or pain because it causes a rapid heartbeat so my doc told me not to take them. Is there anything I can do to alleviate the dryness in my sinuses? I donít have drainage really, and I have tried using a neti pot, but it only helps for an hour or so and the pain comes right back. I live in Arizona, so we get absolutely no humidity during the wintertime especially so that is when my sinus problems are really really unbearable.

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Old 12-10-2010, 04:40 PM   #2
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Re: Sinus problems all winter

Do you have a humidifier? Here in the North East when it gets really cold and the heat is on a lot, my sinuses go wild.

My ENT gave me a spray bottle to use to rinse out my sinuses, very similar to a Neti pot, but it's a squeeze bottle. Sometimes I don't have any solution so I just use plain old tap water. It burns a bit, but it does help. Even taking a shower I sniff the water in and out a few times, that helps as well, but a humidifier does put moisture in the air. I hate it when you walk across the room and touch something and get a shock, then I turn the humidifier on.

Not crazy about the portable ones you put on your furniture, they can stain it, so I have a small floor model unit.

Try getting a small unit, they are fairly inexpensive. Good luck...JJ....
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Re: Sinus problems all winter

I live in Utah and our humidity is low most of the year as well. I've struggled with sinus problems since I moved here.

A few of the things I've found help:

-Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and steering clear of caffeine.
-Continue with the Neti Pot to help "cleanse"
-Try using saline nasal sprays. I like Ayr or Xlear. The Xlear has Xylilol in it that I think helps a bit extra.
-Try using a nasal saline gel. I find it lasts longer through the night to keep my nasal passage moist.
-Use a humidifier. I keep mine going almost 24/7. I prefer the ultrasonic ones. The big thing about the humidifiers is the white residue it leaves if you have hard water. I either use a humidifier with a filter or filter the water before filling the tank.

I also found out in a round-about way that "silent" reflux was also aggrevating my sinuses. Acid was making its way up into my sinuses in a gaseous form--who knew it came up so high. While I still have sinus problems, Acid reflux treatment has helped.

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