I'm beginning to wonder if I'm allergic to rosin. It's not a skin allergy, just a rhinitus thing.
I live in Arizona so it's possible that I'm not *allergic* to rosin, but it's in fact just one more stress on my already stressed sinuses.
I have sensitive sinuses (being in the company of smokers for an evening can bring on an infection) and get sinus infections rather easily, unfortunately. It doesn't help that I snore when I sleep (no point in denying it) and that dries my sinuses out and makes me prone to infections.
I've tried wearing one of those dust masks when I play (even tried 'adjusting' the mask with scissors) but that was a total failure. When I brought the violin up to play, the mask jammed up into my glasses.
My husband caught me practicing with little bits of toilet paper shoved in my nose - *that* was embarrassing.
Has anyone else dealt with this problem? How'd you solve it? I wonder if there is such a thing as nose plug sized sinus filters?
Snorting saline solution (they sell it down here to keep sinuses moist) every 15 minutes or so helps a little, but I must say the toilet paper nose plugs worked the best so far. Not plannin on doing that for a lesson though!
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