I also have extreme dryness, but it is more common when there is a heater on. My nostrils get extremely dry and sometimes I wake up unable to breathe through my nose because of the mucus. More often than not there is blood in my mucus, however I also tend to wake up or am unable to sleep because of an extremely dry cough. I am worried as to the contagious nature. However I am not nor have I been running a fever. Just extremely achy and miserable.
Sterimar is a nasal spray based on sea water with its concentration of sodium chloride reduced to the level found in the human body. The sea water contained in Sterimar contains trace elements which offer a number of benefits. Copper, manganese, gold, silver are all valued for their antiseptic, anti-inflammatory or anti-allergy properties.
I USED TO BE SO BUNGED UP ! AND NOW I CAN BREATHE AND ALL THE RUBBISH COMES OUT ! I HAD BLOODY TO IN MUCUS AS NOSE WAS SO DRY! BUT THIS STUFF IS WONDERFUL!
Melissa A. Pynnonen, MD; Shraddha S. Mukerji, MD; H. Myra Kim, ScD; Meredith E. Adams, MD; Jeffrey E. Terrell, MD
Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;133(11):1115-1120.
Objective To determine if isotonic sodium chloride (hereinafter "saline") nasal irrigations performed with large volume and delivered with low positive pressure are more effective than saline sprays at improving quality of life and decreasing medication use.
Design A prospective, randomized controlled trial.
Participants A total of 127 adults with chronic nasal and sinus symptoms.
Interventions Patients were randomly assigned to irrigation performed with large volume and delivered with low positive pressure (n = 64) or spray (n = 63) for 8 weeks.
Main Outcome Measures Change in symptom severity measured by mean 20-Item Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-20) score; change in symptom frequency measured with a global question; and change in medication use.
Results A total of 121 patients were evaluable. The irrigation group achieved lower SNOT-20 scores than the spray group at all 3 time points: 4.4 points lower at 2 weeks (P = .02); 8.2 points lower at 4 weeks (P < .001); and 6.4 points lower at 8 weeks (P = .002). When symptom frequency was analyzed, 40% of subjects in the irrigation group reported symptoms "often or always" at 8 weeks compared with 61% in the spray group (absolute risk reduction, 0.2; 95% confidence interval, 0.02-0.38 (P = .01). No significant differences in sinus medication use were seen between groups.
Conclusion Nasal irrigations performed with large volume and delivered with low positive pressure are more effective than saline sprays for treatment of chronic nasal and sinus symptoms in a community-based population.
Author Affiliations: Departments of Otolaryngology (Drs Pynnonen, Adams, and Terrell) and Biostatistics and Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (Dr Kim), University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor; and Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston (Dr Mukerji).
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