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Old 11-23-2007, 01:57 PM
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I know this is kind of gross, but my husband and I are desperate for help. We've been here a couple months and our noses are so dry.
We've tried saline nasal spray. It doesn't seem to be getting any better. We drink plenty of water. Any ideas before we have to see a doctor? Thanks
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Old 11-23-2007, 02:23 PM
 
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You didn't say if you have a humidifier in the dwelling unit. We do, and I still use saline sprays sometimes.
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Old 11-24-2007, 06:04 AM
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Thanks, no, we haven't bought a humidifier as we're planning to be here only 6 months, but I think we will need to. Do you have one in every room?
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:13 AM
 
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Thanks, no, we haven't bought a humidifier as we're planning to be here only 6 months, but I think we will need to. Do you have one in every room?
We have the whole house type that is built into the forced air heating system.
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Old 11-24-2007, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Denver Colorado
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I know this is kind of gross, but my husband and I are desperate for help. We've been here a couple months and our noses are so dry.
We've tried saline nasal spray. It doesn't seem to be getting any better. We drink plenty of water. Any ideas before we have to see a doctor? Thanks
A doctor will basically prescribe a saline solution mist for your nostrils (mine did anyway). Save yourself the doctor fees and go out and buy a humidifier for every room in your house and keep them running all the time (it might help). They're portable and you can take them with you when you move.
Best of luck to you.
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Old 11-24-2007, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Vaseline, for those really dry times.
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Old 11-24-2007, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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A doctor will basically prescribe a saline solution mist for your nostrils (mine did anyway). Save yourself the doctor fees and go out and buy a humidifier for every room in your house and keep them running all the time (it might help).
Not disagreeing with you but a humidifier for every room in your house (and their electricity costs) will cost a lot more than one doctor visit and the subsequent prescriptions....but these are two different ways of attacking the same problem.
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:21 PM
 
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How about just putting one in the bedroom where you probably spend 1/3 of your day?
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:34 PM
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Put a whole house humidifier on the furnace. It will run when the furnace runs. We tell our pts to run a humidifier during the day in the room where they spend the most time (kitchen, family room, whatever) and the bedroom at night. MaddieClaire is right, the dr. will just prescribe saline, and your insurance won't pay for it since it is available OTC.
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Old 11-24-2007, 09:46 PM
 
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I'd recommend a humidifier in the bedroom at night, and then doing nasal irrigation 2-3x a day. a regular nasal saline spray isn't going to do it, though it's nice to have around when you're out and about. yes, it seems kind of gross, but it's what the doc will recommend (in addition to the humidifier). also try musinex or something to loosen the phlegm (be sure to increase the water consumption). btw, plenty of water according to docs is considered to be 64 oz a day. if you're doing any exercise or going outdoors much, add more.

here's a link for more info on the nasal lavage/irrigation (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nasal-lavage/MM00552 (broken link))

good luck-I'm suffering from this too .
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