Dry Sinuses & Dry Nasal Passages
What are dry nasal passages?
Dry sinuses are characterized by overly dry sinus passageways, which can cause pain and discomfort. In a healthy nasal passageway, a liquid substance called mucus flows freely and coats the passageway. This helps limit sinus irritation and keeps the passageway moisturized as usual. When the nasal passages are not properly lined with this mucus layer, it can lead to swelling, sinus infections, and nosebleeds. Dry sinuses is a common condition but can be very uncomfortable and frustrating. However, the troublesome symptoms can be alleviated at home and under the care of an ear, nose, and throat doctor. In cases where dry sinuses are causing severe pain or lead to other conditions, other treatment options might be necessary.
What causes dry nasal passages and throat?
Dry sinuses and throat could be caused by a number of different conditions, which most commonly include one of the following:
- Living in a dry, arid geographic region
- Dry air during colder months
- Dog, cat, or other animal dander
- Traveling and flying often
- Mold or mildew exposure
- Certain flowers/pollen
- Smoke or chemical exposure
What are the symptoms of dry sinuses?
Visit your ear, nose, and throat physician if you notice any of the following signs and symptoms associated with dry sinuses:
- Dry mouth
- Sinus pain
- Sinus congestion
- Sore throat
- Headache/pain around the eyes
- Trouble sleeping
How are dry sinuses diagnosed?
Dry sinuses are often caused by an underlying condition, like allergies. If your symptoms are chronic or severe, discuss your condition with an ear, nose, and throat doctor as soon as you can. You may be experiencing side effects of another condition that needs treatment.
During a regular exam with your ear, nose, and throat doctor, you will be asked to describe your symptoms, physical pain level, past medical conditions, and other relevant information. Additionally, your doctor might perform a test to determine exactly what is causing your dry sinuses. These could include allergy testing, nasal exam, and other diagnostic exams.
How are dry sinuses treated?
The following are some simple steps that can be used to moisten dry sinuses under the guidance of your physician:
- Using a home humidifier
- Drinking plenty of water
- Using nasal drainage systems
- Avoiding nasal decongestants (ask your doctor about alternative medications when needed)
In addition, treating any underlying conditions could resolve your dry sinuses as well. The following treatment options could be beneficial for you, depending on the exact sinus problem you are experiencing:
If you are suffering from dry sinuses, the first step towards feeling better is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of nasal conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.