Dry Sinuses – Feel Pain and Dryness in a Mouth

Sinuses are air passages located behind the nose, below the eyes and on the cheekbone. These are extremely sensitive parts.

During a sinus infection, the swollen tissues are causing irritation, and sometimes pain around the eyes and in the upper part of the teeth. Most common symtoms than you have dry sinuses:

  • dry mouth is the most common
  • dried up sinus drainage
  • headache and sinus pain.

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More often than not, infections are results of bacteria build ups often formed because of the presence of mucus in the sinus.

When experiencing this, the person gets clogged nose and congestion. There is another sinus infection where there is no feeling of congestion, no mucus and no clogs: the dry sinus infection.

What causes dry sinus discomfort?

Dry sinuses is the condition when the cause of the infection is not the presence of mucus but allergies. There might be no clogs, but the pain is still present. This infections can be associated with dry nasal lining. Usually, the nose does not totally dry the mucus all the time.

There must be enough to keep the moist inside the nasal passage. When the nose is dry, it is easy for bacteria and viruses to penetrate. This now becomes the cause of infection.​

When in a hot and dry place, and in other cases when a person smokes a cigarette, the mucus in the nose dries up and will not be able to do its functions to filter the air that passes. It allows the entry of unwanted germs or bacteria.

In this case, the mucus producing part of the nose stops because the dry mucus blocks it. The result of this, when not treated earlier, is the formation of dry mucus on the opening that will then trigger infections.

Most antihistamines cause extremely undesirable drying of mucous. Moreover, these drugs do not help in the treatment of bacterial or viral sinusitis. So they are not prescribed for inflammation of the sinuses non-allergenic nature.

Did you use any or antihistamines, which can cause a feeling of dryness in the nose and mouth?

When the opening of the nose is dry, the nasal passage is also dry. This may cause pain in the lining of the nasal and sinus. A dry mouth can be a symptom of sinusitis infection. Another cause of this is the low humidity of the place.

A 2015 study, for example, showed that increasing humidity levels to 43 percent or above significantly reduced the ability of airborne viruses to cause flu and sinus infections. In fact, in a low humidity environment, 70-77 percent of viruses could transmit the disease through coughs, but when humidity was increased to 43 percent or more, that number dropped to only 14 percent.

Drinking water can lessen the possibility of having dry mouth and throat. Turning your place into a comfortable house with enough humidity can also help in the treatment of this.

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If the patient is a smoker, he should stop because the nicotine can also dry mouth and the nasal passages. Preventing it while it can still be prevented is better than letting it cause infection and would treat it later.

Dry sinuses is extremely painful because the dried up mucous membrane is forming cracks. Nosebleeds can also occur especially when sneezing. Applying pressure in the outside of the nose can easily treat the bleeding.

Not only during summers or dry seasons do we experience dry sinuses. This can also happen during winter. The combination of the cold air and centralized dry air can be a remarkably easy way for the breaking of the mucous membrane.

Nosebleeds can also occur more on winter than on the dry season. The best way to do away from a dry atmosphere is to increase humidity by neutralizing the heat-producing device on winter in order to create humidity. The higher the humidity, the lower the possibility of having a dry nasal.

Having a dry sinuses is particularly common, especially when the weather changes and the indoor environment are also dry. If the infection is a result of human actions such as smoking cigarette, it should be avoided because if not, it will only cause disturbance on your part.

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  • morton stern says October 8, 2014

    how to treat? have dry sinuses, very painful-cefton does not help.

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      D says July 27, 2016

      Had horrible headaches/sinus pressure, Tried sleeping with a ultrasonic humidifier (Homedics) next to the bed and that did the trick. No headaches since.

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        JC says June 5, 2017

        Hello, could you tell me how long it took to get relief with the humidifier please? You used cold mist, correct?

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  • c.mccoy says October 17, 2014

    My mouth and nose are always dry very painful headaches

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      Grace says July 16, 2017

      I was so fed up sinus pain. I asked my functional medicine neurologist what would you do? Stop all gluten wheat, all dairy, all nightshades vegetables and eliminate sugar up to six months to see real results. And start building up the immune system .Get the air quality house checked by an incensed expert Then I began using a neti pot, the right way it took some practice. when I used it I hang my head upside down to get it deep into the frontal right sinus I did lot of research and came up with this mixture pour purified water in the neti pot with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda couple pinches of real sea salt and a little bit of organic coconut oil with a little cayenne a small grain or two and the water is warm it will melt the coconut. None of this should burn if it does then the baking soda and sea salt mixture is off . Anyhow the organic coconut oil coconut oil coats my sinus and soothes I made sure the virgin organic coconut oil is made from fresh coconuts not dried since dried has mycotoxins it . Now here is the key coconut eliminates the biofilm that is protecting the bad bugs . This soothed my issue. stopped I’m researching empty nose syndrome to if this is the cause

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  • Tammy says November 28, 2014

    Dry painful sinuses swollen eyes and dry mouth I have humidity running in the house still painful and swollen help thank you Tammy

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      Vladimir says July 13, 2015

      Hi,

      Had this problem for two years, had even a surgery of nasal septum, went to dozens of ENT-s, tryed all kinds of treatments, and after all, the best thing you can do is not even the steam inhalation or hunidifiers, but the good old sinus rinse with regular isotonic saline, like used for IV, but you need to have a spray with this always with, you, so I use it every time I go to toilet, like a part of my hygiene, like washing my hands. So, as many times I wash my hands, as often i spray two pufs of saline in my nostrils, and let it sip back to my throat. This is the most effective, safest and cheapest treatment for this chronic condition.

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        zilch says October 22, 2015

        Because you frequently use the sailing water, your dry sinus gets worse. The sailing water will dry out the nasal membranes. You should use the emollient instead of sailing water. Many people including doctors do not realize it but still recommend the sailing water to moisturize the nasal. The sailing water, however, is effectively to treat the sinusitis but patient should not use it for a long time.

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          Mary says December 1, 2015

          Saline, not sailing. But good point. Is there such an emollient spray?

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            L King says February 2, 2016

            How about essential oils?

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          Pain says March 3, 2016

          i can’t stand it anymore. Nothing helps! IT just gets worse and worse!

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            Graces says July 2, 2017

            My friends and I were sitting around talking about sinus issues so I took note two girls said it started after rhinoplasty, and couple others felt they had sinus surgery due to sinus infections only to find out it did not help because one had a danger allergy /memory foam allergy the other figured out it was ice cream and dairy. so the whole crazy sinus surgery quick fix, was not based on the true cause. I read this that essential oils like thieves oil in a diffuser humidifier encapsulated and digests, spores, mold etc from out of the air so I began doing that and it helps . My other friend flew to LA and saw the best surgeon in the world and he fixed her empty nose syndrome which is getting too much air that is causing sinus dryness and odd sensation around her eyes and headachey feeling so before you get sinus surgery do your homework it seems like the ENT are not always looking at the true cause

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      Ridia says March 27, 2016

      Please do water therap every 5 times in a day , pool water through nose then immediately snize , / take out/ through out, , do 2/3 times, believe me, I was suffering severely , but after having water therapy, I forgot what’s call headache / nose block/ breathing problems! Enjoying full breath is a great blessing!!!!!

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      Rea says May 9, 2016

      MucinexD 1200mg 12 hours extended relief Maximum Strength works for me. I call it the wonder drug. It’s behind the counter no need for a presprection but must get it from the pharmacist. I hope you feel better.

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        J H says August 14, 2016

        I have used that but would probably have to use it daily. I would love to have some snot!

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        Greystone says July 2, 2017

        Two things that might help one is OIL Pulling is amazing it is very helpful and I would go with humidifier and then I would look for the cause and fix it , because everything has cause, just need a detective doctor looking deeply at the cause, is it food allergy, environmental allergy , anything you touch, smell eat and now even elect-magnetic sensitivity can cause sinus issues, working on laptop I think skip the wifi and just do
        the good old fashion corded.

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  • Lewis T. Mubvumbi says January 3, 2015

    I have a dry sinus problem. I am Zimbabwean. When in Zimbabwe I don’t experience the dry sinus but when I travel to Botswana and Namibia I get serious dry mucus stuffing up my nose. Is there a cure? How best can I humidify my room.

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  • Sam says March 31, 2015

    Try salt therapy or get a salt inhaler. I was having the worst pain ever and I was on antibiotics and sprays and just all around horrible dry sinus. I went and did one session of salt therapy and I cried because while I was in there, the pain went away. You must try it at least. Also, drink tons of water. Keeping yourself hydrated works. I hope this helps. 🙂

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      Wendi says February 22, 2016

      What is salt therapy and where do you go for this?

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  • owen says June 19, 2015

    It is an allergy …weather changing…high winds and air dust .. all causes of sinus pain …try holding your nose close with your fingers and breath from your mouth for 5 min it should relive for a while….

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  • Malia says June 30, 2015

    My nose is draining through the back of my throut, nasal passage of right nostril blocked and both are dry and painful. What can I do to stop the symptoms and pain.

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  • Jan says August 6, 2015

    ahh a page on dry sinus. Thought I was imaging this
    Best way to keep nose moist!
    Fractionated coconut oil dabbed gently in especially before bed
    It Works 🙂 keeps nose moist all day put in again whenever you need to

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      Seodhna says September 12, 2015

      Hi jan….tell me more please! Do i dab coconut oil inside my nose? Thanks

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      Greystone says July 2, 2017

      The coconut oil must be made from fresh organic coconuts and not dried. if it is dried coconuts well that has mycotoxins which is mold in it and can make things a lot worse, then you can imagine a serious infection. So, know before you buy which one is safe and which one is not . I just call the company when I’m in the store and customer service will tell you right then

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  • Michael R. says November 11, 2015

    I have been dealing with a dry painful sinus for almost a year. Had a septoplasty and turbinectomy, was told gerd was probably causing it, went on many different reflux medications and they didn’t help. Still suffering from sinus pain, been to 4 or 5 ENTs, neurologist, dentist, chiropractor. My ENT now has me on sesame oil twice a day, still not working. Can’t live like this much longer, ready to walk in front of an 18 wheeler. I know that sounds terrible but this is no way to live and I don’t know where to turn. Can someone one here give me some advice and point me in the right direction.

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      Carissa says November 24, 2015

      Hi, I believe I have this problem too. I totally understand your pain and wanting to end it all. I feel that way too. 🙁
      I’m finding relief drinking hot water and steaming my face but I worry I’m drying my sinuses out more by steaming.

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      MJS says January 16, 2016

      Hey,

      I’ve been having a similar issue with my nose. It’s been about 2 months now. When It first started, my nose was so dry that I had trouble getting In air and would result in multiple anxiety attacks. I didn’t get much sleep for 2 weeks and like you said, I was ready to walk in front of a truck, still feel like that some days. I feel about 50% better since trying flonase (after 2 weeks of use) although it did cause phlegm. What helped me as well and still does is a saline nasal spray by Ocean, it does not have any other ingredients which can make the dryness worse. Drinking a lot of water helps. What has helped me the most I think is sleeping near a window and letting the fresh air in, kind of cleanses my nose. Antibiotics haven’t worked for me as of yet. Im only on my third dose. Don’t know if it’s an allergy or sinusitis. No other symptoms besides a super super dry nose and a headache once in a while due to pushing my nose up to get better air flow.

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        Dana says February 5, 2016

        Hi. I had the most terrible sinus infection. I had a sporting event so rushed off to Doctors and specialists . After 3 rounds of antibiotics and numerous sprays and pills, the infection just kept reoccurring. In desperation I went to my homeopath (after missing my event) ..always believing homeopathy took awhile to work. My face was still in excruciating pain..I felt like my inner ear was blocked and everything sounded muffled. I felt like I was going mad… The homeopath gave me sinus drops which included high dosage of echinacea and kalibash… I had to take 10 drops on the hour. Within 3 hours my ears had unblocked and pressure from face gone. I Currently have dry sinus again and on the drops. And though my sinuses are still battling , it certainly is not going into an infection. Before any of you jump in front of s bus.. Please please do yourself a favour and go to a homeopath. Wishing you well

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      Lauren says April 22, 2016

      Did I ever get better I have the same dry sinus and headache

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        Lauren says April 22, 2016

        Did u ever is what I meant to type

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      J H says August 14, 2016

      I have been dealing with this for longer than you. It is hell on Earth! My allergist referred me to an ENT and the ENT said my sinuses are clear. I feel like I should make an appointment with my allergist and talk to him about the ENT findings and go from there.

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        J H says August 14, 2016

        I would like to add I am sorry everyone is going through this, but it is nice to know I am not the only one. I have felt like throwing in the towel sometimes because my under eye sinus pain is almost unbearable.

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          Donna says December 15, 2016

          So any of you suffer with an uncomfortable tongue

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      holden says August 28, 2016

      hey mike, i’m going through the same shit. any updates??

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      john says September 30, 2016

      Did you ever find out?

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      Tanmoy says February 9, 2017

      Please drink 3 lts of water each day plus a little sea salt.Thank you.You are dehydrated.Thats the problem.Keep drinking water.

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      Greystone says July 2, 2017

      There is help so please know that you can get well You sinus surgery caused this ,of course the what you have is known as Empty Nose Syndrome, there are doctor out there that can help you. It is beyond belief to me that ENT doctors are so silly as to remove so much of the internal part of the nose that it results in a patient suffering so badly and it results in ENS it is not okay . My family member is well known surgeon and he told me that 50% of what he does is fix other doctors botched surgeries what does that tell us!!! Mayo reports that 88% of initial diagnosis is incorrect what does that tell us?. .

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  • sarie galbraith says December 9, 2015

    this has been a god saver Neil Med emolient spray for nose buy more than one bottle and its only one I could find. Neil Med makes the bottles for saline washes and now this great product.

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  • kelly minor says December 18, 2015

    MISERABLE, eyes no tears, sinus dry as a bone. But the strange thing is that when I wake up in the morning my sinus sound like “rice krispes” bubbling sound. Anybody ideas??

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      L.T. says January 4, 2016

      i had this, too. been battling sinus issues and post nasal drip for many years. this “popping” sound is improper drainage. could be a polyp or just inflamed, swollen passageways. that is the information i found in my research that makes the most sense. over the long run, i am finding that the less i focus on “fixing”, the better i become. training the mind to focus on health rather than illness. when you are miserable, it’s tough not to want it to stop and will do almost anything for even temporary relief. i understand that very well. however, i have found that doing so many things was actually interfering with the body’s natural healing ability by keeping the area – sinuses and nose – constantly bombarded with nasal washes, solutions, otc meds, etc. the probiotic balance the body normally maintains can be thrown off by all these things and the body needs time to reestablish. i am continuing to improve.

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        AO says January 9, 2016

        WHAT ARE YOU ACTUALLY DOING?

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      Tammy says January 26, 2016

      I have no tears too!!! I have never met anyone else with out tears Dry everything!!! Wake up with horrible headache ( sinus pressure) have gotten no answers!!!

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        Rachel says February 22, 2016

        No tears either an left side sinus pain that hurts on cheek and behind eye tried antibiotics and coliodal silver.
        Sudifed and asprin are minor relief ..
        No mucus just dry on left side right side u effected and seems healthy normal moist..
        Have had wet sinus issue in past years always in the winter
        This is dry as a bone..
        Eating wasabi to make my nose run proves it
        left side didn’t really run.usually it makes me look like a about noses kid.
        I can see swelling in my face and eye .
        Tired if this a week now and since it is invisible to others they act like in faking it.

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        kathie says April 24, 2016

        Sojgrens syndrome….?

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          BJ says March 18, 2017

          Sjogren’s Syndrome was my first thought as well. Sjogren’s is an autoimmune disorder affecting the salivary glands resulting in dry eyes, dry nose and dry mouth.

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        Ruby says May 20, 2016

        Get your doctor to do blood tests to test you for Sjogren’s Syndrome disease. No tears was what made me think of this.
        Similar to lupus and arthritis.

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        Am Lew says April 10, 2017

        Have you been evaluated for sjogrens syndrome?

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        Grace says July 2, 2017

        For dry eyes… I’ve seen a lot of doctor and some actually have a piece of the puzzle
        Some people do not close their eyes completely shut, I did not know why so I had dry eye after many doctor this one young intern eye doctor goes close your eyes I did and he goes your right eye is not closing all the way wear a comfortable eye mask to bed this will keep the eye closed and lubricated. And he said that if I had sinus or plastic surgery I better be taking serrapeptase or putting castor oil on my face every evening and then putting a warm pack on my face or sitting in steamy shower to let it soak in to break up the scar tissue and he told me up my vitamin A , E and flax seed oil

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        faith says July 16, 2017

        For dry eye doctor told me on good quality A, E beta carotene and flax seed oil. Humidifier help Also use emollient oil. get the eye doctor put in tear duct plugs

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  • Some relief says December 22, 2015

    I have been suffering with dry sinuses, feels like my nose is stopped up, I found by accident , oxymetazoline hydrochloride 0.05, it is an OTC nasal spray, what it does for me is reduce the swollen nasal pasages that eases breathing and allows my nose to drain for a while then I breath and feel normal for several hours, It is stated to only take this medication once every 10 to 12 hours, it is not perceft but it helps me. The link is for the FDA website or you can do a web search and discover side effects and if it is right for you. This is sold as vicks sinex, dristan ?, afrin etc it should not be that hard to find. Be sure you visit the FDA website to find out if this is right for you before you use it.

    I’ll add this story, went to the doctor, he prescriber allegra 180 mg, that is an antihistamine which drys up mucus. This stuff made me worse along with the flonaise he prescribed. To make a long story short after $400 in prescriptions, a ct scan and other test this $3 medicine from walmart works best,

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      sydneyjane says January 3, 2016

      Those nasal sprays sometimes work for me, but you’re not supposed to take them for more than three days, I think, because they could cause chronic congestion. I don’t have the dryness, but I have terrible drainage that just won’t stop. Gets pretty dry in the evenings when I sleep and then I wake up with this horrible dry mouth – and then I have to hack up all the phlegm that accumulated during the evening. Pretty gross.

      I had the same problem last spring and they gave me an antibiotic that did nothing for me and had its own side effects. Seemed to go away on its own after two months and drinking tons of fluids. to the point where I was going to the bathroom every half hour or so. So, I’m trying the fluid route again. I’ve had this latest problem for about 3-4 weeks.

      Like someone else said above, one of my doctors told me last year that he thought it had to do with reflux, and reflux often causes similar symptoms to sinus infections.

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        Pain says March 3, 2016

        I believe reflex is a cause definitely!

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      Betsy says February 9, 2016

      What a pluarese to meet someone who thinks so clearly

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      J H says August 14, 2016

      Thank you! I will try it. I have been through a similar situation and have been getting the run around.

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  • JustMEZ says February 5, 2016

    I have had terrible headaches now for about a month, and last year suffered similarly for weeks on end. I had an MRI of the brain and felt very depressed. During a massage, I asked if the masseur could do anything about headaches. On exploring neck and face muscles, he found some VERY tender spots around the eyes and forehead. After a very painful treatment on pressure points, my headache disappeared! He diagnosed sinus problems, which has never been mentioned by doctors I have attended!

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  • aleihs_08 says February 24, 2016

    It’s hard to sleep at night with air conditioned room. (I’m in tropical country) The back of my mouth and upper part of my nose hurts because of dryness. I also have an itchy runny nose. Because of that I spit tiny blood spots and it worries me a lot. The things I do to lessen the pain is to drink water in the middle of the night and wash my nose. Before the week ends, I will go to ENT. Now I know, Im not the only. My goodness!

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  • Zora says March 17, 2016

    I have the same problem. I think fro m my own experience it sounds like Sjogren’s Syndrome :'(

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  • Susan says March 17, 2016

    I’ve always had sinus problems but this headache and face pain is new to me. I’ve tried all of the above remedies. I’ve had chronic dry eye for 4 years and now the chronic dry nasal passages.

    Seriously thinking about that bus. Haha. At least I haven’t lost my sense of humor, yet.

    I ate red peppered hummus for lunch, tried mentholatum under the nose and vaseline in the nose. The headache is gone but there’s still pain in the nose.

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      Grace says July 2, 2017

      One other cause for dry eyes is working on computer and to blinking as much as we should . My eye doctor told me to take eye breaks and close your eyes and blink more

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  • Casandra Nolan says April 28, 2016

    My headache started as a common cold. Then it was a sinus infection. I’ve had this headache for 1 year now. Had all kinds of testing done. The CTs, lab work, X-rays, MRIs and a spinal tap just recently. The pain gets tolerable but never goes away while I’m awake. Had sinus surgery. Injection in the back of my head. Many different meds. Massage. Chiropractor. A neurologist. Waiting for Botox to be approved although my pain doesn’t actually fit into that category. Next step is Acupuncture. If nothing else I shouldn’t have a seizure. My neurologist has me on 2 different seizure meds and 2 different antidepressants. Anyone would be depressed if they were in continuous pain. Wanted to slap him when he asked me that one. Appetite is horrible. Trouble staying awake at work. Missing out on life. Lying down is the only thing that will help. I’m able to fall asleep. Yea! since this is the only time I’m not in pain.

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      William says July 17, 2017

      Chronic sinusitis that is not resolved by antibiotics is most likely caused by a fungus (instead of by a virus or by a bacteria). Try Diflucan.

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  • Wendy Slaunwhite says April 29, 2016

    For the past year i have had allergies very bad got a sinus infection. on so many drugs for it nothing is helping saline nose wash .antibiotics twice . flo nase steroids 4 different types of allergies pills .going crazy had X-ray done it showed infection in the sinus but antibiotics did nothing for it .one side of my nose just keeps running but is blocked real bad i can not breath through it at all. the other side stays very dry and sore and bleeds . nothing is helping i have lost all since of smell and taste for a year now lips feel dry and numb dont know what else to do .feel like i just want to die

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      William says July 17, 2017

      Chronic sinusitis that is not resolved by antibiotics is most likely caused by a fungus (instead of by a virus or by a bacteria). Try Diflucan.

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  • xxxx says May 13, 2016

    I have been suffering from similar symptoms for years now, on and off. Usually a period of few weeks to a month every year and I’ve tried all sorts of medicines to varying degrees of success, but, in my case, the one thing that seems to alleviate the pain at least for a few hours, is having an orgasm. it might just be the heavy physical workout part of reaching it, but it does the trick.

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  • miserable says May 14, 2016

    the stress is unbelivable

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  • miserable says May 14, 2016

    I have had sinus problems since I was a child, I am now 63 years old. I have had severe problems for years with dry sinus’s where my nose would close up completely on the right side and leave me getting minimal air through the left nostril. I wake up many times gasping for air and with night mares that I am drowning or some one is choking me. One recent dream was that I was being shot in the chest with a machine gun and last night I had a dream that it was my wife that was in danger from not breathing. When I wake up from these horrifying dreams my chest is usually sore from gasping for air as I sleep. In the past my breathing was good enough during the day to get me through the day but my sinus’s / nose would start closing up as soon as I laid down at night. Now things are getting worse, sinus infections are becoming more and more frequent. Three weeks ago I became constipated and my sinus’s got worse both these conditions worsened every day. It used to be only my nostrils that would be dry then my mouth started being very dry. Now it is also my throat were if I fall asleep I some times I’ll wake up coughing because of the extreme dry throat. Now that I am older and my body does not produce enough melatonin I need some sleep aid to help me fall asleep. The problem with that is then I end up fighting sleep because I am afraid of dying in my sleep from suffocating. So, this past week I had one period of time where I only got 4 and a half hours sleep in an 80 hour period. Then finally the next night I got 6 and a half hours sleep so I thought maybe I was getting over this sinus infection. However I am setting here this morning after only getting two hours sleep, watching the sun come up again and witting this post. The two hours of sleep is setting up in my recliner and does not produce the kind of rest that my comfortable bed would.
    I have used Sudafed for years because that was the only thing that worked enough so I could get some sleep. Sudafed is now becoming less effective. Saline helps just slightly the neti pot really works for only a few minuets. I was given a cpap machine and it only made things worse. Trying to force air up your nose when it is totally blocked is insane. For years I would work on 4 or 5 hours sleep. I have seen several Doctors over the years and no matter how serious I talk to them about this they just find a way to get me out the door with out really trying to find a solution. I finally got and appointment for next week with a nose, ear and throat specialist. I am not sure if I’ll still be alive by then. The past few months things have been getting worse and worse. I seldom can sleep in my bed with my wife. I was able to go down stairs and watch TV until my sinus’s relaxed enough to fall asleep. But even that option has now disappeared. Lately I set up and watch TV and then the sun coming up in the morning, getting occasion little naps while setting up. My chest feels like is full of gas or something and I am shaky with my nerves. Some one on here was talking about stepping in front of an 18 wheeler. I do understand, my thoughts have also gone to dark places like that. If it where not for my wife whom I love dearly and the fact that I could not do that to her I would probably end up doing something. However the thought of her finding me dead from suffocating is not any better of an out come for her. So I suffer through this from day to day feeling hopeless. I wonder how this is effecting my heart and other organs, will I die from a heart attach or a busted brain aneurysm? I feel like my condition is futile and I do not have any confidence in the doctors. So many people have a similar condition and it does not appear that there is any research on this. If others understood how extremely difficult this problem is I think some one would try to find an answer. Help! every day I feel like I am drowning and I am afraid of the nights. It feels like I die again each night.

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      Karina says May 19, 2016

      Try going to Naturopath….i was that miserable couple of years ago too until my ND gave me LDA shots for allergies with intervals of 2 months for a year and it helped me big time…

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        Karina says May 19, 2016

        In a meanwhile, try go completely off ALL dairy and gluten….

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      Sausage says May 29, 2016

      Omg I am the same as you… Every night, my GP just keep fobbing me of …. Been like it from being a kid I too am a 60 year old but female.

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      Kerry says June 12, 2016

      I can relate to your story, I have the dry sinus, can’t sleep because I can’t breathe, wake up with terrible headache, etc etc, all of the symptoms people have described here. And I have used virtually all of the treatments suggested here with no relief. I suggest maybe we should all join forces on FB or a similar platform and compare advice long term and see if we can come up with something to help?

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        Kerry says June 12, 2016

        P.S. Fluticasone nasal spray (Avymys) is the only thing that I have been prescribed that can be used long term to unblock the sinusus. It doesn’t work perfectly, and every so often I have to use one of the short term use only sprays (Oxymetazoline) to completely unblock the nose so the Avymys can actually get into the sinuses. Even though this has helped me to breathe at night, and along with the addition of sleeping tablets has helped me to actually get some sleep, I am still suffering terribly with the pain and dry nose. I do use moisturising sprays, but it just seems to be getting worse with these.

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      Mal Vaughan says January 23, 2017

      I can’t tell you how sorry I feel for you , I have been having similar symptoms for about six /eight months , it is so frightening at night that I don’t want to go to bed , it is now 1.00 a.m. as I am typing this message and it feels like the back of my nose and throat are closing up , don’t know what to do !

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  • Patricia says May 26, 2016

    I have severe dry sinus issues. I live in a very dry environment and I have allergies. Horrible! I’ve been to the ER with splitting sinus headaches. There I was given Afrin but it can only be used 3 days or get worse rebound reaction. The bottle even says not to use beyond 3 days.
    I now take antihistamines, fluticasone sinus spray and use over the counter saline sinus gel called Ayr which I keep with me at all times. I also use humidifier with a tsp of tea tree oil added to water some days I add Olive oil and yes, I saline rinse once or twice daily. Hope this info helps others also.

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      Kerry says June 12, 2016

      Thank you Patricia, I have been looking for a gel, I will order some on ebay. I am guessing you are in the US? I’m in Aus, and I’ve never seen it here.

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        Marjorie says June 26, 2016

        I have just found this gel in Australia . Just google and it will come up with fishpond. Unfortunately it is sold only in 5 pack lots at about $78 but if it helps I don’t care what it costs. I want my life back . The ENT socialist told me to sinus rinse twice a day and nasonex twice a day. I am thinking of buying a humidifier .

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        Raeleen says August 11, 2016

        Kerry, FESS Nasal Company makes a moisturising nasal gel in a tube – available at chemists. I have had some success with this for moisturising the front part of the nasal passage.

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          Raeleen says August 11, 2016

          Sorry forgot to add that I am in Australia.

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  • Carol says May 26, 2016

    Does anyone get really bad sore throats with their dry sinuses? I get incredibly bad sore throat in the very back and lower in my throat. Painful to swallow. No strep. Suggestions? ? Thanks!!

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      Kerry says June 12, 2016

      Yes, I get the sore throat too. I think it is cause by the nose being completely blocked and breathing through my mouth all night, and I also think the “infection” in my nose travels down my throat every so often. ”

      Firstly, make sure you are drinking enough water, and then use something to unblock your nose at night (steroid spray – avymys, antihistamines) so you are not breathing through your mouth.

      Hope that helps.

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      Russell says July 27, 2016

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  • Jacinta says May 27, 2016

    I have had a dry nose (feels like no snot) on and off for about 6 months… my ears feel full but my nose and throat feel like they r dehydrated… my throat feels ‘crusty’… anyone else had the same and can offer some advice… have tried using saline spray (gives minor relief) and a course of strong antibiotics cleared it yp for about a week but then it came back… any advice would be greatly appreciated…

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      Jacinta says May 27, 2016

      I might add that i have been told by pharmacist to use anti histamines but i think it just makes it worse and dryer so i avoid those… along with full ears and dry throat and nose i have what feels like swollen glands but doc tells me they r fine… someone please help me… i am going out of my mind…

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        Kerry says June 12, 2016

        Hi Jacinta, the only relief I got was by using anthistamines, Avymys spray, and the stronger spray (that you can only use for 3 days) every so often just to really open the nasal passages. Make sure you are drinking enough water.

        Still looking for something that will cure it!

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  • Sausage says May 29, 2016

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  • Kerry says June 12, 2016

    Has anyone tried using a humidifier in the bedroom? I am thinking of buying one, but I’m thinking its just going to be like all the other things that haven’t worked. Thanks.

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  • tony says July 1, 2016

    ditto to all of the above .. in addition to nasal rinses , steam vapor , i depend on tylenol and musinex .. but have been doing so for months .. headache usually comes within a few hours of waking up ..can breathe but sinus fells full like a bunch of dried snot lining the sinus..

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  • tony says July 1, 2016

    also a putrid smell left in your nose ..

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  • Sharon says July 17, 2016

    Everyone will probably think this is crazy, BUT, I have finally found something that has worked for me. I just tried it a week ago because I was getting sick of everything I’ve tried has failed. I, like most of you have the dry nose, headache and everything else that goes along with it. I was putting Visine eye drops in my eyes and noticed on the label it said it contained Hyroblend moisturiser in it. So I thought, what the heck, if you can use it in your eyes, why can’t you use it in your nose ? So, I put 2 drops in each nose and within 5 minutes, I swear I could breath and my nose didn’t feel dry. I slept like a baby for the first night in a long time. I am so happy I found this and it has worked for me. 🙂 Just thought I would put this on here in case it might help someone else. Thank you, Lord !!! 🙂

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      JC says June 6, 2017

      Glad you got relief but is that safe… don’t the eye drops go down your throat?

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  • Tina Pumper says July 27, 2016

    I’m going to ask my Dr. about this next visit, but, I have been experiencing a very painful “thing” in between my two nostrils….. I can get my pinky finger up there with my long nail, and if I just barely touch it, it hurts really bad, it feels like there’s something in there that is stuck and it’s too painful to try and get out, also, my nostrils have been having like a build up of dead skin that adheres to the inside of my nostrils and won’t come out with regular blowing, sometimes to relieve the pain, I will even use tweezers to rip this out, but then it just builds back up, and the viscous cycle begins again…… never had this happen before!

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  • Mama Faith says August 9, 2016

    I have been suffering now with this for a year after ending up in hospital for 10 days a year ago with the sinus infection going into my mastoide. I like to use natural products and have found cayenne pepper helps with almost immediate relief. I sniff a little through a small straw and it clears all the nasal passages normally starting off with sneezing. I am always surprised that my dry sinuses release a lot of mucus. Afterwards I sniff some water to rehydrate. them. Also I found taking apple-cider vinegar with honey helps maintain good sinus health. I take 2 tablespoons in a cup of warm water and sweeten with honey. Make sure you brush your teeth afterwards to change the ph in your mouth as it can be harmful to your teeth. Since using this I am fine and I use nothing. When it acts up I use the caynne pepper immediately take an anti-inflammatory and any 2 sinus tablets (eg sinucon). That posts the problem and then I use the apple-cider vinegar for a few days. Then I am free of all medications for a while again. Try it, I am sure you will find great relief as I did.

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  • Raeleen says August 11, 2016

    Anybody living in Australia – FESS Nasal Spray company makes a nasal moisturising gel (in a tube). From memory it contains sesame oil and other hydrating oils. I have found this really helps with dryness that is in the very front of the nasal passage and provides some relief to the sinuses (I am assuming as the air passes over the gel in the front of the nasal passage that it picks up some moisture which is then transferred to the sinuses??). I’m definitely going to check the Visine eye drops out and I have also heard good things about apple cider vinegar.

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  • Cath UK says August 22, 2016

    Hi, I am from the UK. I read somewhere to use 100% organic virgin coconut oil, to line your nasal passages. Just put some on a cotton bud. You can buy a large jar (500ml) of it for less than £4.00
    I have only recently started using it and it seems to help.
    I’ve tried saline and I wonder if it makes it worse, as salt is very drying.
    I can sympathise with you all, as the pain is awful. The bridge of my nose and headaches/lightheadedness, even tooth pain. I also suffer with constant post nasal drip too.

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  • Paige says September 8, 2016

    Autoimmune disorder.

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  • Paige says September 8, 2016

    Its related… Makes sense.

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  • Relief not for.m3 says October 2, 2016

    It’s great to know I’m not alone out there. Not sure what’s wrong with me, just that I’m on the verge of checkout because the pain. I tried everything i mean everything.I even took Tylenol crushed it and put it in my nose. It work for a short time but then it comes back. I’m 9 months pregnant. If they’d give something for the pain to stop..I mean anything. It’s so bad.

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  • Claire Liberty says November 15, 2016

    Does using saline help ?

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  • Elisabeth says November 27, 2016

    I’ve had terrible sinus headaches start around 11 each morning and last the rest of the day. This morning I felt extra dry in my nose so I put Vaseline on a qtip and put the stuff as high as I could…now suddenly no headache!! That’s when I googled dry nose and sinus pain. Hope this helps others :))

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  • Helen says January 10, 2017

    I have no difficulty with dry mouth or nose. Just runny nose for couple of hours, then stops. Then pain comes and will not stop until I get antibiotics. The pain is so bad that it hurts to read, talk or even think.

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  • SANGEETA HASSANNUTANKUMAR says January 18, 2017

    along with dry sinus i feel i have lump of mucous in m’y throat. What r thé home remises to cure this along with using humidifier & drinking more water

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  • Kelly says January 27, 2017

    During the winter mostly I get the double whammy of both Cluster headaches and the dry sinus on the right side of my face. Plus Cluster headaches are NOT restricted to the eye area alone!!!! They are called cluster headaches because they ARE in more than one area of the face: travel along sinus, the eye, temple, cheek, base of my skull, ear, and neck. Anybody who actually has Cluster headaches will tell you that. I, unfortunately, have had them for 10 years of my life…I know. It really scares me that you people call yourselves doctors.

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  • Chris says January 31, 2017

    I have been battling nasal/sinus problems for decades. For the most part I have figured out what works for me. During allergy season use Neil Med lavage/nasal rinse. When that is not enough, also use a spray like Flonase/Fluticisone. When that is not enough add in pseudafed — gotta be careful with this, if I use too much, in the middle of the night I feel like I am have an anxiety/heart attack.

    During winter with the dryness from the heating I run the humidifiers, use saline sprays, do the nasal rinse when needed (just enough to unblock things, too much and I rinse away the protective mucus) and have a personal nose/mouth steamer for an extra boost when needed.

    The one problem I have not solved yet is commuting in winter. When I turn on the heat in the car my nose dries out in minutes and I have a headache by the time I get to work/home.

    Anyone else have this issue? Anyone else have a fix for this?

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  • Diane Monaco says April 6, 2017

    It’s just horrible to deal with. I dread winter just because the heat will be on. I’d rather Freeze! I did find a post on Polaris nasal emollient (Amazon) and I swab it in my nose. Only thing so far that relieves me so far

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  • Dorothy Castaneda says April 28, 2017

    My daughter is 26 and autistic and nonverbal.she has sinus issues all the time and breathes through her mouth.this is causing the skin in her mouth to become very irritated and sore.what is the best course of treatment? She doesn’t let the doctor look up her nose or in her mouth maybe because its sore inside?

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  • Forest says June 25, 2017

    I’m so sorry for all who are suffering with this condition. I have it as well. To the person known here as ‘ miserable ‘ .. your entry made me cry. I have never had a problem with sinuses up until October, 2016 when I agreed to having a nasopharyngoscopy done because I was having a lump sensation in the lower portion of my throat. I asked the ENT if she would be able to see down to that area of my throat with the scope and she said no but this will rule out any other possibilities. So up the scope went into my right nostril and I have not been the same since. I felt a bit of a scrape as the scope went in and moved a bit and she said, ‘ that is the worst part ‘ so I figured this was normal. 3 days later I began getting sick and was sick for 6 weeks and left with my right nostril totally plugged. This was the nostril the scope went inside. I called her office 3 times over the course of a few months as I was not getting any better and all 3 times she refused to see me. I called the hospital where the procedure was done and had patient services do an enquiry about how they clean their equipment because the scope was on the table when I went in the room. And open to the air – uncovered. They said this is normal protocol as the nose is not a sterile environment. The ENT discharged my file and would not disclose her reason. I find that totally unacceptable. Any other position and a person would need to say why. But not her. The head of the ENT department said all the proper protocols were followed that day and that my problem is not related to the scope. I don’t believe it. I have been off work since January 16 of this year due to lack of sleep — I manage maybe 4 hours a night on a good night and I am so tired and anxiety ridden. Like ‘ miserable ‘ it is not a pleasant thing to go to bed. Totally blocked passage and feels like there is no oxygen getting to my brain. It is a year’s wait to see another ENT but I will never get a scope up my nose again. For anyone who is interested the procedure was done in Sudbury, Ontario Canada so be aware if you thinking of having this done. I have no mucous – and a very very dry mouth at night – just a total blockage on the right nostril – pain across the bridge of my nose which feels like my bones are going to burst out of my face – huge circles under my eyes – no vitality. It’s totally miserable ! I have not found anything that really helps other than being vertical and crying because then I can blow something out of my nose. My cortisol levels are high as a result of this stress. And she refuses to see me like I never existed for her. I’m really sorry for all those who suffer with this and big hugs to all of you.

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