What the Incoming Saharan Dust Storm Means for Your Sinuses

June 16, 2020

2 minutes

Reviewed by Michael Kaplan, MD

Head’s up, Houston! A major Saharan dust storm is set to blow into our neck of the woods just in time for Father’s Day. While the dust storms do prevent tropical storm systems from forming, they don’t exactly pair well with outdoor Father’s Day fun — especially for those of us who suffer from chronic sinus issues. 

But never fear, this too shall pass and there are steps you can take to keep yourself comfortable in the meantime. Here’s what to expect and how to prepare.

What is the Saharan Dust Storm?

It may sound scary, but dust storms are somewhat common, if not exactly frequent. In this case, a large western wind system is blowing dust off the Western Coast of Africa all the way into the Gulf Coast. According to projections from KPRC 2, the dust storm will start making its way across the ocean this Thursday, and will make landfall this Sunday. 

Is the Saharan Dust Storm dangerous?

While dust storms may not have the destructive power of a tropical storm or a hurricane, high levels of exposure to dust particles can have adverse effects on respiratory health, especially when it comes to bigger dust particles. Large dust particles can cause eye irritation and can enter the upper airways, impacting the sinuses behind your nose.

While for most these dust particles will only cause slight irritation, those with underlying sinus or respiratory issues may experience more severe side effects, including difficulty breathing.

Experiencing more sinus pain/pressure than usual? Call Kaplan Sinus Relief!

Things like dust storms can make underlying sinus issues worse, but fortunately there are many options for lasting relief that can leave you better prepared for the next environmental challenge. As pioneers in balloon sinuplasty, we’ve helped countless patients eliminate the issues of chronic sinusitis.

If this weekend’s dust storm hits you harder than it ought to, now may be the time to take control and find relief once and for all. Want to learn more about your options? Contact us today to request a consultation and take the first step toward breathing clearer all year-round. 


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