Sinuses and Meniere’s Disease

This post was written by Mike on January 2, 2014
Posted Under: Meniere's Disease Triggers & Causes,General Information on Meniere's Disease / Syndrome

Sinus issues and Meniere’s Disease

Problems with sinuses have been linked to triggers or possibly even a cause of  Meniere’s Disease.

Sinuses and Meniere's disease - face of woman depicting the position of the sinuses

Denise, a friend of Meniere’s Help recently published a very good post on her blog regarding sinuses and how to safely clear them. Steaming is preferable to  saline sprays.

Denise says that if she used any sort of saline spray she would get ringing in the ears badly and dizziness . She reminds us that saline sprays have a great potential to drift straight to the ears!  This is something we totally do not want because it contributes to the vicious cycle of Meniere’s symptoms!  She says she is no longer fooled when they say that saline solution is safe because there is no ‘so called’ medication ingredients.  I found this very eye-opening but not surprising: 

Denise has some very good advice in her post. When we have congestion in the sinuses we may think there is something inside. However, sometimes it is just the swelling that occurs due to infection, irritants, or histamine reactions.

Read a much more in depth article on sinuses and allergies here: Stopping Meniere’s disease symptoms during allergy season.

blocked sinuses can be an obstacle when trying to overcome the symptoms of Meniere's disease

The safer alternative to nasal sprays when you have Meniere’s Disease

Allergies from pollen in the air and sinus problems seem to be a factor with many people. Hay fever and other airborne allergens, causing inflammation around the nasal passage and sinuses and clogging up the ears with pollen would seem an obvious candidate and many people do seem to have problems with this.

The sinuses and tonsils are the first line of defense for your immune system. The tonsils pick up bacteria and prevent it from going further into your body. The immune system memorizes the bacteria and now has a ready made army of cells to send to eliminate that bacteria the moment it appears again.

In the case of sinuses, these are filters to stop unwanted dusts and allergens into the body. When your sinuses are blocked or running, they are doing their job. To do  their  job, they must be kept moist.

Most sinus medicines prevent them doing their job in order to make you more comfortable. However if the sinuses are not filtering out the allergens, they can proceed and do damage deeper in the body.

Wearing a mask during allergy seasons and steaming the sinuses clear regularly can help. Steaming is preferable to masks. Masks can hold bacteria that should be exhaled. Wearing masks for too long can result in bacterial infections.

You can steam the old fashioned way, bent over  a bowl of hot water with a towel over your head to stop the steam escaping. Or you can use a personal steamer inhaler. 

Click here to read Managing Meniere’s Disease
Click here to read The Need for Balance – Dealing with the Causes of Meniere’s

Help other sufferers. What is your experience with sinuses and Meniere’s disease? Tell us all about it in the comments box below or email Mike at

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Reader Comments

So true, Mike! Saline is no solution because it can make symptoms much worse! I have found that Steaming or pure gentle cleansing works so much better when it comes to clearing the sinuses. Also, medications can worse symptoms also because they can be very drying and the key is keeping the respiratory..throat, eyes, lungs, sinus cavities moist in order to not plug up because dryness breads infection so then can plug up. This can also lead to breathing difficulties and so can impair proper blood flow as well.

Written By Denise Griffin on April 14th, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

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