Sinus Issues
The Cold, Dry Winter Will Spell Sniffles for Sinusitis Sufferers
Dec 16, 2013 - 5:13:23 PM

Why this season will be so hard on the sinuses

( - It seems like the cold weather and the sniffles go hand-in-hand. People who suffer from chronic sinus issues (such as sinusitis) will likely find that this winter in particular will be hard on their sinuses.

However, while many people blame plunging temperatures for their achy heads and running noses, the truth is that the frigid cold isn't to blame.

Board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Jordan Pritikin explains, "It's true that the winter can lead to sinus issues, but low temperatures aren't the main culprit. Instead, sinus issues often worsen because people are stuck in the house, and with the heater running, the air is often dry as well as full of dust. Allergens get trapped in the house because there isn't a lot of fresh air circulating and there is no moisture in the home."

Dr. Pritikin advises the use of a humidifier, particularly in rooms where you spend a lot of time, such as the bedroom or the living room. He also says, "It's wise to shorten your showers. As tempting as it is to luxuriate in a long, hot shower, it will only dry your skin and sinuses out further. Keep it short and sweet, and stay hydrated with plenty of water and fluids throughout the day."

About Dr. Jordan Pritikin

Dr. Jordan Pritikin is a board-certified otolaryngologist at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, a private medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinus disorders. Dr. Pritikin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and attended Rush Medical College in Chicago, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. Over the years, Dr. Pritikin has cultivated an interest in Rhinology, focusing his practice on diseases of the nose and sinuses, and has participated in clinical research exploring innovative therapies for chronic sinusitis. He has lectured at local and national meetings, developed informational and training videos demonstrating surgical techniques for the nose and sinuses, and has helped develop and refine instruments designed for sinus surgery. Dr. Pritikin and the Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center offer patients an unparalleled level of service, utilizing state-of-the art technology and innovative treatments while maintaining a thoughtful and caring approach. For more information visit


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