What are dry sinuses?
Dry sinuses occur when the nasal passageway–or sinuses–become drier than usual and cause discomfort. When these mucus membranes found inside the sinuses are not properly moisturized, it can lead to nosebleeds, irritation, and sinus infections. While a dry nose can be very uncomfortable, the complaint is common among adults. Symptoms can usually be alleviated with at-home care under the guidance of an ear, nose, and throat doctor. In more severe cases, medication or other treatment options might be recommended.
Causes of dry sinuses
Dry sinuses can result from a number of different things, including the environment that you live in. Commonly, dry sinuses are the result of living in an arid environment. Other possible causes for dry sinuses include the following:
- Dry air/low humidity
- Travel & flight
- Dust mites
- Mold and mildew
- Smoking and secondhand smoke
Additionally, the following seasonal allergens and other factors could contribute to dry sinuses:
- Pet dander
- Flowers/blooming plants
What are the symptoms of dry sinuses?
The health of your sinuses can affect your head, nose, throat, and mouth. Most commonly, dry sinuses cause the following symptoms:
- Sinus pain/pressure
- Dry mouth
- Pain in nostrils
- Sore throat
- Pain in cheeks/sinus area
How are dry sinuses diagnosed?
If you’re experiencing dry sinuses and/or any of the above symptoms of dry sinuses, an ear, nose, and throat physician can help you uncover what is causing your discomfort. Sometimes, an underlying condition like allergies could need treatment in order to alleviate your symptoms. It is important to see a physician to resolve dry sinuses to avoid chronic sinus infections/sinusitis or other complications of dry sinuses.
Your sinus problem can be diagnosed during a simple office visit with your ear, nose, and throat doctor. During the visit, your physician will ask you questions about your symptoms and past medical issues to make the most accurate diagnosis of your sinus problem. Your doctor will also likely use a special tool to look inside your nose. This will also help determine what is causing your symptoms and rule out underlying conditions like a deviated septum.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor can help inform you about possible treatment options and ways to alleviate your discomfort and avoid complications.
How to treat dry sinuses
There are several at-home remedies that can help treat the symptoms of dry sinuses. Check with your ear, nose, and throat doctor to determine which of the following may help relieve your symptoms and avoid complications associated with dry sinuses:
- Using a humidifier
- Increasing your fluid intake
- Using a sinus irrigation system
- Using nasal spray for dry nose
- Considering alternative allergy medications (antihistamines could be exacerbating your dry sinuses)
- Avoiding medications that increase nasal dryness
Additionally, if your nasal dryness is the result of allergies or another underlying condition, your ear, nose, and throat physician might recommend another treatment option to resolve the underlying problem. These options could include:
- Sinus surgery
- Alternative allergy medications
If you are suffering from dry sinuses, the first step is to consult with a sleep health expert. Ear, nose, and throat specialists at eos sleep have extensive experience in treating ear, nose, and throat conditions as well as sleep-related problems. Call 212.873.6036 today or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or to learn more about eos sleep treatment options.