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Allergies, Chronic Sinusitis, and living in Vegas

Discussion in 'Living in Sin (City that is)' started by Kingbarkus, May 29, 2019.

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  1. Kingbarkus

    Kingbarkus Low-Roller

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    I'm a world class sinus sufferer. I've had 2 sinus surgeries and have been taking allergy shots for over 3 years now. When I visit Vegas, I become extremely dry (duh!) including skin dryness to the point of it being a nuisance. My hope is to live(retire) in Vegas. I asked my longtime ENT (a guy that I trust as a second Dad) if that is a pipe dream. He said it was feasible. I may have to take steps to combat the dry nose and skin, but definitely doable.

    Has anyone on this list have a history as mine and lived in Vegas?
     
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    I have a fairly sensitive set of sinuses and saline nasal spray is a must in Vegas. Once in the morning, again if I go back to my room mid-day, and before bed.
     
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    Usually my friend and I both suffer from really dry noses and use petroleum jelly to try and counteract it. Still get nosebleeds and itchiness. Last August I bought two tiny humidifiers and set them up to release the air over each of us in bed. Worked a treat and things were 95% better despite only using them at night and switching them on if we were in the room. They did a bit so had to put a plastic bag under where they dripped but I shall definitely be putting them in my case now whatever time of year I travel. I didn’t bother in March thinking it would be fine but it wasn’t.
     
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    Since i've moved here, my sinuses aren't too bad but my nose gets really dry. I've heard stories about nose bleeds but so far, i've only had dryness in my nose.

    As for dryness, I installed a 60,000 gallon water softener and reverse osmosis system in my house and it does wonders for our family. My daughter's eczema has mostly disappeared and it feels like showering in lotion.
     
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  5. Kingbarkus

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    May I ask how much a system like that ran you?
     
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    ken2v Wish I was in Bend

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    60,000 gallon? That's a typo, right? That would equal several large swimming pools.
     
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    I never had allergies until we moved to Vegas. i got over the dryness and never had a nosebleed after the first month or so living there. But the allergies suck and are seasonal even since we moved back here.

    I've had the scratch test and they found nothing, but Spring and Summer, I suffer back here. It's not a problem in Vegas on vacation because I rarely get outside. lol
     
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    LOL no it's actually 64,000 grains. Sorry yeah 60k gallons would be crazy
     
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    My allergies are better when I'm in Vegas. I'm sure if I lived there...my body would find stuff to freak out over.

    We have hard water where we live. I bought a water softener set up someplace like Home Depot and my husband installed it.

    If I lived there, I would either have a gym membership somewhere with a wet sauna or I would install one in my home. As much as I love it dry, I think it would be nice to get some moisture in me.

    I understand most cpap machines for sleep apnea include a humidifier. Which makes total sense.

    I ran into problems with my Neti pot. It turns out my anatomy is kinda screwy and it wasn't doing what it was supposed to do. Instead of flushing OUT it was flushing DOWN and further IN. Not what you want. So, I don't mess with saline sprays and whatnot anymore.

    I do have a cool mist humidifier in my bedroom in the winter though. I used to have a traditional one and this works a lot better for me.

    I know here you can get a unit that attaches to your furnace that has a humidifier/de humidifier. I wonder if that's a remote possibility in Vegas. Getting a humidifier that's attached to the furnace a/c unit. Assuming it's a forced air system I guess.

    You'll find equipment and a routine that works I'm sure.

    Have you ever done an anti fungal nasal spray? It's nasty af but it works.

    Good luck man. Sinus troubles suck.
     
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    I have the travel cpap without a humidifier, but I use the Ayr gel to keep the nostrils moisturized during the night.

    Neti pots are good.

    I use a gel type stuff for my nose during my Vegas trips. It is the same company that makes the Neti pot. Stuff works in the Vegas dry air.

    I would definitely look into getting a water softener if I lived there.
     
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    Water is so hard here in Wisconsin I hardly noticed a difference.

    TomTWI
     
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    How does a water filter help with dry nose? Not trying to be a SA
     
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    OP mentioned dry skin and I referenced it as it helped with eczema and overall softness.
     
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    I'm an allergy sufferer and have never had an issue with allergies in Las Vegas.
     
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    In my experience, there's an adjustment period but it gets better over time. The first couple months the dryness was so bad I considered going to an ENT to see if there was something wrong, but it went away on its own -- if you're coming from a relatively humid place, it takes a while to get used to extremely low humidity. As far as allergies, it's indeed bad during certain seasons, mostly because of the wind blowing everything around, but at least for me, it was noticeable but nothing a little Claritin couldn't solve.
     
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    This allergy season has been the worst I've had in over 20 years. I've lost my voice several times. I really don't want to do another round of allergy shots every week for several years. I hope it's a one off. Anyhow, I had to break into the kind of stuff I only use when I have a sinus infection. Because I'm a freak, I can't really do anti-biotics (guess what else I'm allergic to!). So...I had to get creative. I bought a salt inhaler that has a nose/mouth mask, you use whatever fancy salt in there you want. And I have modified my Vick's steam inhaler with a similar mask. I use the salt one dry. And the Vick's one wet. I put salt and whatever essential oils in the water and just steam myself with it. Right now I'm using up the little packets the salt inhaler came with. I also have a colloidal silver nasal spray. I bought it out of desperation when I was ordering the salt inhaler, it popped up in the search results. And then I have a nasal steroid which does the job but also dries the shit out of my nose. So...I have a nasal gel I have to shove up there with a q-tip. Sexy. I have no idea what it's doing but it's helping for sure. I can't handle regular decongestants, besides blood pressure issues they make me hyper and cranky. I'm using a plain expectorant syrup but I buy the pills when I'm in Michigan. I've been on 4 times the dose of 1 type of allergy pill and 2 times the dose of another allergy pill since last September for mast cell instability. I've been seeing a new allergy specialist at the hospital since then too. I'm amazed at how hard this season has been hitting me and we're not into ragweed yet. I fantasize about jumping in the truck and just driving until I can breathe again.
     
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