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Since July, during a heatwave, I had a sinus inflammation episode where I felt like I couldn't breathe. My sinuses dried out and it felt like my lungs had some dry dust or something in them, felt heavy and the back of my nose and throat felt swollen and extremely dry. It brought on panic and I couldn't breathe from my nose, but it felt uncomfortable and irritating to breathe through my mouth too- felt like I wasnt getting enough oxygen. (I was tested for asthma and didn't have it). This then turned into a sinus infection. I'd have pressure, dizziness, anxiety, tightening of my nostrils and drying...they only thing that helped would be to keep moving going on brisk walks probably to dissipate the nervousness, but it felt worse sitting down. My chest would feel heavy- there was no congestion, just dry constriction.
Now, it's been 6 months and I've been on flonase, all sorts of meds which don't help, and I still have dry sinuses which flair up around 6pm for some reason. I stopped all the meds which created more dryness, and now I use saline sprays, the neti pot sometimes, but they seem to superficially resolve the problem. I've been tested for allergies and nothing resulted- had a ct scan, no sinus infections- maybe too "clean' of a nose, suspected to cause dryness. I've stopped all the rinsing and let it alone, just using a saline spray.
It's the back of my sinuses that swell, and there is a swollen or uncomfortable stretched irritating pain around where I swallow- this all gets brought on mostly together. My sinuses feel like they were scoured with sand paper and dry. Sometimes my tongue and eyes will get dry and it's scary there is no moisture. I Drink a lot of water and tea. What is this? I am a jeweler and thought maybe this had to do with fumes or toxin build up....I have been avoiding fumes and metal work for about 3 weeks and still have issues. I've gone on an anti inflammatory diet- no sugar, alcohol, gluten or dairy, bought a humidifier, used xylitol, aloe for humidifying, which help, I just don't understand the root of the problem and why my sinuses are So sensitive and inflammatory and dry!It's scary and it feels permanent- what could have happened? Is this nerve sensitivity? Happens a lot when rainstorms come in too- the bridge of my nose feels pressure, it may spread to the sinuses and inflammation starts in the back of my sinuses and throat, ugh
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