Sinus infections

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    Sep 08, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    Just wondering what people do for sinus infections? I'm becoming immune to antibiotics. My friend who's a nurse practitioner scared me away from my neti pot.

    I've been oil pulling, and I also bought a humidifier and slept with it on last night. The combination I think is helping. Any other ideas?
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    Sep 08, 2008 10:41 PM GMT
    The best, and most natural way is simulating the ocean water, remember when you swim in the salt water at the sea how your sinus's clear.

    What my doctor advised qas to get 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of bi-carb soda, mix it with a glass of warm water, bring it up to your nose, blocking off one nostril and inhale it in, to the back of your nose and hold it there for as long as you can.

    I do this in the bathroom as it is rather messy but it really does clear your sinus's.

    Good luck and hope it works for you.
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    Sep 08, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    Go se a Ear/Nose/Throat specialist. You may have a structural problem (deviated septum, sinus polyps, whatever) that can be fixed through surgery. Like you I had repeated sinus infections, was getting immune to antibiotics, finally bit the bullet and had surgery to fix polyps and a deviated septum. Not guaranteed to work (nothing is) but it sure helped me.

    Also (but not instead of) take a look at your environment - you might have to make some adjustments to how/where you live and work. Have you allergy proofed your house and bedding? Or you might be overly sensitive to something in your neighbourhood/working environment. Pollution doesn't help.

    Good luck.
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    Sep 08, 2008 11:46 PM GMT
    Runninchlt saidJust wondering what people do for sinus infections? I'm becoming immune to antibiotics. My friend who's a nurse practitioner scared me away from my neti pot.

    I've been oil pulling, and I also bought a humidifier and slept with it on last night. The combination I think is helping. Any other ideas?


    Why did your friend scare you away from a neti pot? I bought one in the spring and have been using it (although irregularly) since. Since then, I have cut way back on over the counter meds, which can't be a bad thing. I always feel better after using it. Yeah, the idea is a little "gross", but once you get past that, what is a downside? I haven't read any. I haven't had any sinus infections but always had bad allergies. This year...less allergies...less headaches...
  • mpp677

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    Sep 09, 2008 12:28 AM GMT
    Ive been battleing alergies and sinus infections for over 15 years. My family doctor screwed my immune system with larger and more powerful anibiotics, to the point i was sick constantly. I switched to a nurse practitioner about 13 years ago. She found i had no physical / structural issues. Here is the course of action used...which repaired my immune system, and over the years has all but cured my severe allergies (with the exception of hayfever)

    In the immediate future....
    1. Cease all anibiotic treatments.
    2. Identify and remove the allergen causing the problem.
    3. Pushing fluids to clear the infection from the system.
    4. Doing a sinus flush using warm saline daily until the infection is gone. This is easily done using a baby aspirator.

    In the long term
    Begin eating localy grown produce, especialy flowering vegetables like broccoli. Also localy produced honey, a tablespoon daily minimum, since it will contain the local pollen. Ingesting these small amounts on a regular basis will, over time, will teach the immune system.

    Of course this is a slow process of teaching the body, and adjusting it to your local climate. It will take time, but in the end it is comlpetely worth the wait.

    Now it goes without saying, this was my own experience, and it happened to work. Any major changes, especialy changing any antibiotics, should be discussed with your doctor. I would sugest, in this case to see a Natural Practices Nurse Practioner, an Allergist, or a new Family Doctor who believes in natural medicine.
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    Sep 09, 2008 2:35 AM GMT
    Sinus problems have been my life's biggest problem thusfar.

    I worked in aquatics for 8+ years and in the last few I began having crippling migraines. I had no idea why. I went to the doctor and got tons of wide spectrum antibiotics that only killed my gut flora and made matters worse long term, also did not solve the problem.

    History:

    I was vegan for 2 years and I became somewhat lactose intolerant, so now when I drink milk or the weather changes from humid to dry or vice versa I get really bad migraines. Turns out it was sinus migraines caused by sinus infections (thanks to my naturopath).


    For the migraine, the Neti pot salt flush does not work for me, but going out to the ocean and getting salt water in there does! Go figure!



    Anyway right now I keep them in check by avoiding milk as much as possible (it creates mucous buildup and irritates the membranes), and if I sense that I will get a migraine I take Advil SINUS Severe Pain, 2 of those and SINEX nasal spray (2 squirts per nare). Then I drink hot tea that I mix green tea with cayenne pepper powder. I just put a teaspoon or 2 of cayenne.

    This works for me all the time and now I am 4 months migraine free. Honestly I rank the cayenne pepper tea to be the best remedy, make sure you drink it hot!

    As for the infection, I used Grapefruit Seed Oil (GSO), 10 drops per cup of tepid water, I did a flush in the morning for 10 days. That cleared up the infection that I had on 2 occasions. GSO is a natural antibiotic.

    If you have already taken synthetic antibiotics, I would get a probiotic formula to reseed your colon flora (very much responsible for your immune system).

    Good luck, I for one feel your pain,
    Andre
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    Sep 09, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    Take Probiotics daily. It'll fix ya right up in a week or so.

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    Sep 09, 2008 3:32 AM GMT
    In the short term, a corticosteroid like Flonase or Nasonex might help too.
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    Sep 10, 2008 5:16 AM GMT
    Thanks for the input guys.

    Went to the doctor this morning. She says it's allergies. She prescribed me some allegra and it has yet to work its magic. I'm imagining the fact that I've been running outside all Summer means I've probably been inhaling all kinds of stuff.

    GND my friend scared me off of the neti pot by telling me it was a breeding ground for bacteria and she'd seen several people who had gotten some nasty infection from using them. I'll have to ask her what it was. I've used it several times and it didn't really work out for me anyway so no loss there.

    I'm going to have to investigate more into buying local produce. The one farmer's market here kind of scared me. I've been to a couple of great ones a couple of hours away in the mountains, but I'm not driving 4 hours round trip for groceries.

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    Sep 10, 2008 5:22 AM GMT
    I take 1 or 2 25,000 IU caps of beta carotene a day for a few days or a week until it goes away. It works much better than vitamin C as it stimulates your body to reproduce more mucous membrane tissue. It also dry's up sinus in the process. Try it! I've been using this remedy fro years.
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    Sep 12, 2008 8:47 AM GMT
    forgot to mention, that my sinus infection stemmed from my third molars causing havoc... and leaking into my sinus cavities, the milk only made things worse....

    dunno if that helps, but it was my cause @ least.
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    Sep 13, 2008 4:12 AM GMT
    I had one just two days ago. Gargled with salt solution (ty to Librarian) then had a good night's sleep. Really helped.
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    Sep 13, 2008 4:20 AM GMT
    Are you sure they're sinus infections and not allergies. My mom and I as well as the doctor I was seeing always thought I had a sinus infection til one March my brothers and I were at the doctors every day.(not kidding) My mom finally made me an appointment with an allergist and found out I had bad allergies that caused me some of the same signs as Sinus Infections. I take Claritin-D everyday and I can actually breathe. Allergies can develop anytime. Also try using Breathe Right strips, boy do those help me when I sleep.
  • SanEsteban

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    Sep 13, 2008 4:26 AM GMT
    I had a 3 week bout with a nasty sinus infection. I put myself on two courses of antibiotics plus antihistamines and decongestants which did not work. I bought a neti pot and that was absolutely incredible. I had so much relief after the first useage! I swear by it now!
  • six288

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    Sep 13, 2008 4:43 AM GMT
    I have two recommendations:

    1) The products from www.neilmed.com
    You can find them at CVS, Target, even amazon.com
    They have a polypro. bottle that is much easier to use than a traditional neti pot. If washed between use with antibacterial hand soap and allowed to dry properly between uses, then you stand little chance of bacterial growth.

    2) Ponaris
    This is an amazing nasal emollient (moisturizer), that was recommended to me by my ENT. The primary ingredient is pine oil and oil of eucalyptus. It's used by tilting your head back and using the dropper to to apply a few drops in each nostril. Most drug stores will order it for you, they carry it behind the counter (however it is non-Rx and contains no stimulants).
    There's more product info on this website: www.ponaris.net

    I highly recommend both of these products, they've been a great help to me.

    Good luck!




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    Sep 14, 2008 12:57 AM GMT
    Great suggestions. Thanks for taking the time guys.

    As I mentioned in my 2nd post, the doctor thinks this bout is either allergies or viral. I seem to have been much better the past couple of days, but I'm still getting tired in the middle of the day and taking naps when I can. I hope it's just something that's run its course and will be completely out of my system soon.
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    Sep 14, 2008 1:22 AM GMT
    I have chronic sinusitis. To lessen getting them I use the sauna a great deal, which has been shown to kill the rhinovirus (nose virus) which has been implicated in sinus infections. The virus dies at a relatively tolerable 106 degrees or so, which you breath in the hot sauna. It seems to work in my case.

    Before a flare-up gets bad enough for the doctor I take a common decongestant like Sudafed, combined with ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). Finally, the doctor will give me antibiotics and a saline flush.
  • jimbo3

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    Sep 14, 2008 2:00 AM GMT
    I used to get 4 or 5 sinus infections a year. I used to use allegra D for years and that really helped. I would only get maybe 1 sinus infection a year. When Allergra D became over the counter the price shot up to over $100 for a months supply. Now I use salene spray (bactria free when new) and spray it every couple of hours when I start to get an infection. Tried Claratin for a few months and it did nothing for me. Now I use Suphedrine (sudefed) that seems to work the best for me.
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    Sep 20, 2008 2:36 AM GMT
    Runninchlt saidJust wondering what people do for sinus infections? I'm becoming immune to antibiotics. My friend who's a nurse practitioner scared me away from my neti pot.

    I've been oil pulling, and I also bought a humidifier and slept with it on last night. The combination I think is helping. Any other ideas?



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