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    Remedies for Dry Sinus Membranes - some blood when I sneeze

    I was wondering if there is either a simple home remedy or OTC medicine to keep my sinus' lubricated for next weekend?
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    I am not prone to bloody noses and can't recall ever having blood in my "nose mucus" before.
    Did 3 days of ~50mile rides in dry, freezing weather. Two days later, I still have "remnants" of bloody nose mucus when I sneeze.

    Saw someone mention Vick's Vaporub, but the bottle mentions DO NOT place in nostrils.
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    Rub a little vasoline in your nose before you go out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanp View Post
    Rub a little vasoline in your nose before you go out.
    I was thinking that specific thing, except AFTER reading NOT to rub the Vick's Vaporub in my nose. (I figure they are both petroleum based)
    My initial idea (though not aware of any progress) was to sniff a few droplets of water to keep my sinus' moist. I googled for products or remedies and found some OTC medicine but cannot recall the name (nor find it again in a search)
    Something like AGR or AYR which keeps the tender membranes from getting dry. It was likely some mist.
    I will probably hit the drugstore today.

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    I get bloody noses frequently after sleeping in dry weather. I recently started putting a little vaseline in my nostrils before I go to bed and it has helped. Vaporub is a whole nother critter -- I wouldn't put a dab of that in my nose on a bet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FreddyBoy View Post
    I was thinking that specific thing, except AFTER reading NOT to rub the Vick's Vaporub in my nose. (I figure they are both petroleum based)
    My initial idea (though not aware of any progress) was to sniff a few droplets of water to keep my sinus' moist. I googled for products or remedies and found some OTC medicine but cannot recall the name (nor find it again in a search)Something like AGR or AYR which keeps the tender membranes from getting dry. It was likely some mist.
    I will probably hit the drugstore today.
    Petroleum base is not the reason you shouldn't put Vick's up your nose.

    AYR is just saline solution.

    Make sure you are taking in lots of fluids.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    Hey StanSeven, DonH. Thanx for the heads-up.
    Ok, I will first try the Vaseline trick and see how that goes. And if at the drug store, grab some AYR.

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    Make sure you're getting enough water in your body. I used to have this problem, sufficient hydration solved it. One rule of thumb is that you should get up to empty your bladder at least once a night.

    Regarding those mists, we use the various 'Simply Saline' products and have been happy with those for reducing cold length & severity.

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    Update. I am ashamed to say I didn't realize they made such a simple product as Saline Nose Spray. I assumed everything would have other meds in them for decongestion. I thought I was going to have to break out an old humidifier.

    Also grabbed a tube of Ayr but haven't tried it yet.
    My main concern was that I didn't want to re-irritate my sinus' for this coming Friday-Sunday rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenl666 View Post
    Regarding those mists, we use the various 'Simply Saline' products and have been happy with those for reducing cold length & severity.
    +1

    In my current house (Northern CO), there's no built-in humidifier. The ambient humidity runs from 18 - 25%. I regularly use the Simply Saline, and have managed to keep the sinus stuff pretty well under control.

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    Get a 'nettie pot'. They're available at Walgreens and come w/several 'saline' packs...enough to last for at least 3-4 weeks. There're directions on how to use one in the package. Using one helps alot. Twice per day...like brushing your teeth. It seems a little weird at first, but the benefits far outway any hesitations one may feel. The yogis have been using them for 5000 years. They're around 15.00US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nashcommguy View Post
    Get a 'nettie pot'. They're available at Walgreens and come w/several 'saline' packs...enough to last for at least 3-4 weeks. There're directions on how to use one in the package. Using one helps alot. Twice per day...like brushing your teeth. It seems a little weird at first, but the benefits far outway any hesitations one may feel. The yogis have been using them for 5000 years. They're around 15.00US.
    I'd say you're absolutely right about the neti pot ... but ... that "little weird at first" goes away with the "Simply Saline" products. Their ease of use is amazing, and they're aerosol pressurized, so it's a simple point-and-shoot procedure.

    Either is good, though.

    By the way, I wouldn't use ANY product that is preserved -- particularly any product preserved with Benzalkonium Chloride (look for it). It is well established that it eats mucous membranes and destroys the ciliary function (the tiny hairs that 'sweep' the sinuses, filtering out stuff).

    The same is at least as true for eye drops.

    Benzalkonium Chloride (BAK) -- over years of unknowing use (prescription eye drops) destroyed my eyes and my sinuses (what goes in the eyes, ends up in the sinuses).

    Be careful.

    Simply Saline is preservative-free, btw....

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    Quote Originally Posted by neil0502 View Post
    By the way, I wouldn't use ANY product that is preserved -- particularly any product preserved with Benzalkonium Chloride (look for it). It is well established that it eats mucous membranes and destroys the ciliary function (the tiny hairs that 'sweep' the sinuses, filtering out stuff).
    Be careful.
    Simply Saline is preservative-free, btw....
    Thanx for the heads-up.
    I just bought some generic saline solution and sure enough BAK is in there. Surprised that a preservative is needed for a salt solution. Anyway I will use it for the balance of the week (make sure my sinus' are not dry for Friday) and then toss it out and get that SIMPLY brand.

    BTW, I don't see BAK listed in the AYR product but there are a lot of ingredients.

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