this might sound like a goofy question, but when the humidity is high, can that affect your sinuses and/or your inner ears? im trying to figure out if my dizziness is influenced by the weather/outdoor allergens
If you have inner ear trouble, barometric pressure changes certainly can cause symptoms to worsen temporarily.
People with endolymphatic hydrops (one version of which is known as Meniere's disease) sometimes complain that they're a "human barometer" and suffer a lot when weather fronts come through, getting dizzier, more ear fullness, etc.
I'm not sure about humidity itself.
As for allergens, my neuro-otologist (inner ear specialist) does believe that allergies make inner-ear symptoms worse, and he has an allergy clinic right there in his office. I never thought I had allergies, but he had me tested and of course I do. He does not claim allergies are the CAUSE of my dizziness but says that most of his patients feel better with allergy shots, as anything that even slightly irritates the inner ear can worsen your symptoms. I have had an overall lessening of my dizziness since starting the shots two years ago, although of course there is no proof it's BECAUSE of the shots.
A GREAT site with all kinds of information about all kinds of dizziness is Dr. Tim Hain's site, www.dizziness-and-balance.com.
I live in Louisiana and suffer with Tinnitis, Ear fullness and Vertigo. Although there may not be scientific research to back it up - I *definitely* notice an increase in ear fullness, tinnitis and vertigo on hot and particularly higher humidity days. The higher the humidity, the more I'm trying to 'pop' my ears adn the more anti-vert I'm having to take in order to function. In fact, my vertigo symptoms are pretty much exclusive to only the months of July, August and part of September - the hottest months with the highest humidity here in the Deep South.
I too have been experiencing difficulties in the NE especially when the dew point is high like today. My ears were clogged and I had major vertigo. Prior to this, I've been out walking a lot with my dog. My doc checked my ears and diagnosed me with an ear infection in both ears. It could have been that bacteria got trapped in my ears due to sweat. Well I was on 10 days of antibiotics plus ibuprofen. The clogging lessened and the vertigo dissipated. But noticed when I went outside I'd feel dizzy again. On day 8 I began to take Claritin and a Decongestion. Doc checked my ears on day 10 and infection was gone but still have a little fluid in one ear. Doc said to keep taking the Decongestion. I check the dew point and if it's above 65 degrees I stay indoors. If I have to go outside I make sure to use car ac with windows up. If I'm out too long, my ears get clogged and I feel dizzy again. Also try taking cool luke warm showers after u return from outside. Plus putting cotton in ears when showering helps keep moisture out and use hair dryer on cool to dry ears too.
If you haven't already- visit doc and have em check your ears.
I hope you get some relief. I feel your pain- literally.
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