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Kayaking and sinus problems

Do any of you have problems with your sinuses from getting water up your nose? I've had an almost continuous sinus infection this summer and it's really bugging me.

I've tried several types of nose plugs and none of them seal completely. A dive mask is realistically only an option during skills sessions. Of course, there's always the unplanned capsizes and rolls to contend with as well.

I've noticed that untreated fresh water is the biggest problem; pool water and salt water are less of a headache (literally). It seems like all it takes is a few drops to leak past and I'm screwed.

Do any of you have any insights?


Brian "stuffy" Nystrom