The nasal passages and sinuses are meant to be kept moist for healthy breathing. When the sinuses are dry, it can cause discomfort and other health concerns. There are many contributing factors to dry sinuses, from your environment to your habits and other health conditions. At Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT, we are ENT specialists that can offer treatment for dry sinuses at our clinic in Alpharetta, GA.
Causes of Dry Sinuses
Dry sinuses are a common problem. The mucosa that lines the nasal passages and sinuses is designed to create mucus that keeps the nasal tissues lubricated and moist. Mucus is vital for trapping germs that enter the nose and keeping them out of the lungs. When there is not enough mucus produced or it dries too quickly, the sinuses and nasal passages are affected. Causes of dry sinuses include:
- Dry air – climate or indoor climate control
- Exposure to mold or mildew
- Exposure to animal dander
- Exposure to certain pollens or other allergens
- Frequent air travel
- Exposure to smoke or chemical fumes
- Dehydration or lack of fluids
Dry sinuses are often caused by a combination of these factors. Allergies combined with dry air and limited fluid intake are a recipe for dry sinus conditions.
Symptoms of Dry Sinuses
If you have dry sinuses, it will likely feel uncomfortable. Not only are your nose and sinuses dry, but your mouth will likely be dry, too. The dry condition of your sinuses can result in a variety of sinus problems, from acute or chronic sinusitis to frequent sinus headaches. You may experience frequent nosebleeds and have difficulty sleeping. Many people with dry sinuses will have a dry throat and cough.
There are many ways to combat dry sinuses. First, you can increase your fluid intake and add moisture to your indoor air with a humidifier. There are nasal applications that can increase moisture in your nasal passages and sinuses. Many of these home remedies can be effective for mild to moderate cases, but more severe cases may need medical treatment.
If you have symptoms of dry sinuses and want to explore treatment options, come see us at Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT. We offer holistic and integrative medicine to protect your respiratory and overall health. Contact our clinic in Alpharetta, GA, to schedule a sinus exam and consultation with our ENT specialist.