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-nose-paindry sinuses:

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

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.

Dry, but the pain is still present..

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.

dry-nose-painWhen 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.

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.


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.

dry sinusitNosebleeds 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.


  1. Tammy says

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

    • Vladimir says


      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.

      • zilch says

        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.

  2. Lewis T. Mubvumbi says

    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.

  3. Sam says

    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. :)

  4. owen says

    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….

  5. Malia says

    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.

  6. Jan says

    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

  7. Michael R. says

    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.

    • Carissa says

      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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