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This Post Probably Won’t Get A Lot of Views

Because, really, how many people want to read about someone’s vasomotor rhinitis?

All my life, I’ve had lousy sinuses. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t have to have a box of Kleenex next to my bed. In middle school, I took so much Dristan that it stopped working. For decades. In high school I started taking the first of any number of steroid nasal sprays.

Allergy tests always came up negative. (“You’re mildly allergic to pet dander, mold, dust mites, and Johnson grass, but not enough to warrant shots.”) X-rays showed nothing that could really be improved by surgery. At least in grad school I had plenty of company; everyone I knew kept a box of Kleenex next to the door, because chances were good that a visitor would need a Kleenex even before they could say hello. Apparently Williamsburg, Virginia, kills everyone’s sinuses.

A couple of months ago I had a CT scan and a consultation with an ENT specialist. I’m in a “grey area” regarding surgery. A couple of weeks ago I saw an allergist, who said, “Well, you don’t have allergies” and repeated the vasomotor rhinitis diagnosis I got from an Army doctor 30 years ago.

That’s right, my sinus problems are caused by the weather. Thanks a lot, weather. It’s probably good that I’m not Ororo Munroe, because instead of being a powerful and largely benevolent member of the X-Men, I’d just use my powers of weather control to make my sinus problems more manageable.

So, if I don’t have allergies and it’s not bad enough to mandate surgery, how bad is it? Well, let me put it this way. Before Baguette was born, I was on an Internet forum where someone posed the question, “Is there anything you don’t want your baby to inherit from either of you?”

It took me about one second to type in: sinuses.


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5 thoughts on “This Post Probably Won’t Get A Lot of Views

  1. The views shared are really useful so that we can cares for our self better.Thanks for sharing .It is really very informative.And useful.Thanks for sharing your views with us.

  2. Unrelated to sinuses (although my husband would sympathize, and I fear my children have inherited some of those woes), I wanted to drop by your website to thank you for the kind words about The Silence of Trees on I’m glad that you enjoyed it!

  3. Have you ever tried using Neil-Med’s Sinu-Rinse? I have non-allergic rhinitis, as well, and the Sinu-Rinse is the only thing that works for me. It takes some getting used to, but it’s way better than a neti pot and it’s easy to do in the shower.

    • I have–the problem is that I only remember it when I’m extremely congested. I’ve been trying to be a little more systematic about it lately, but it’s really hard to add anything to the evening routine I’m already barely on top of!

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