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How to Deal with Sinus Pain Related to Cold Weather
Colder weather can evoke visions of warm fires and cozy sweaters. For many, it can also mean sinus pain. Some of this discomfort is caused by changes in barometric pressure as cold fronts push into the area, but there are other factors as well.
What causes the irritation?
Those sweaters and winter blankets are cozy, but they can also harbor dust after months in storage. It’s a good idea to clean those fabrics before wearing or sleeping in them. While you’re at it, go ahead and give your living areas a nice dusting with a vacuum cleaner or damp rag.
Colds, flu, and other viruses are also culprits, so make sure that you’re washing your hands regularly, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated.
Dry air can wreak havoc on the sensitive tissue of your sinus cavities, and the heating systems that keep us warm further dry out the air that we breathe. A bedside humidifier can help you breathe easier while you sleep.
While dry air can be an issue, too much humidity can trigger mold problems. Mold allergies are common, and poor air circulation can make things worse.
How to Combat the Pain
Since much of the sinus pain from cold weather is due to dryness or irritants, sinus rinses are a simple solution. Neti pots are a great way to rinse and hydrate. If you’re not comfortable with those, there are many saline rinse sprays that are available over the counter.
Steroid sprays are also an option. Some are available over the counter, and some are available by prescription. Talk to your doctor about whether steroid sprays are a good option for you.
Decongestants are also helpful for sinus pain relief as a short-term option. There are also decongestant sprays, but those are very short-term options.
If congestion is a common problem for you during the colder months, you might want to talk to us about Balloon Sinuplasty. It’s a long-term solution that can help you find relief from reoccurring sinus pain.