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Old 11-27-2011, 09:25 PM
 
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How do you get rid of sinus problems, or do you just live with it?

I've had chronic sinus infections for years. I go to the doc, get antibiotics, clears it up, then, comes back later.

I really don't want to live on antibiotics, it could cause more problems. I don't really think I have an infection now, just congestion, if that makes sense?

Ok, if you don't want to hear the gross details, stop now!

Now, for the rest of you, here goes:

I have chronic congestion in my nose. it varies from clear to yellow to green. It drains down my throat and I feel like I am eating it. My ears plug, but usually "pop" in a few minutes. Its especially bad when I wake up, nose is so clogged.

I take pseudaphed and mucinex daily. a pharmacist told me I might need to take it every day for 2-4 weeks to see desired effects. also, I use a netti pot 2-4x daily. It has been getting better, but still bothers me. I found drinking hot fluids helps a lot. If I drink anything cold, I clog up immediately. I've been drinking a lot of hot apple cider, hot tea, etc. Also, if I use a netti pot right before I shower, a ton of stuff comes out in the shower!

So, well.....anything else? does this "snot problem" ever go away? Or do you just manage it?
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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By "Doc" do you mean an Ears-Nose-Throat Specialist?

I would go to one of those, instead of a General Practitioner, or Family Doctor.

I wish you well...

Jesse
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:45 PM
 
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By "Doc" do you mean an Ears-Nose-Throat Specialist?

I would go to one of those, instead of a General Practitioner, or Family Doctor.

I wish you well...

Jesse

Yes, I have been to an ENT. They suggested what I have been doing, and agree with me its not an infection. However, the clogged mucus could become a breeding ground for infections.

The ENT suggested a sinus surgery, they go in and drill a hole in your sinus cavity to let it drain. but it is draining, tons of snot! I really hesitate to having a hole drilled in my head! Perhaps if I continue with my home remidies for a good month or two, it might make a difference? I was just wondering if there's anything else I could add, like some sort of vitamins, supplements, etc?

Thanks for advice!
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:09 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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For me it doesn't.

Do you have cats? When I went to the ENT this was the first thing he asked. You can take 2 600mg Mucinex-D tablets at once. Do you have hearing loss from the pressure in your ears? If so the max dose of Mucinex-D should help with this but you'll need to drink a lot more water. I take 1 600mg every 12 hours almost all year long. I just got over a mild hearing loss from pressure this week. I've always believed (and am fairly certain I was told by a dr or nurse) anytime you see anything but yellow or clear coming out you need a prescription. You may have a recurring headache and not realize it is sinus causing it. The popping you describe is the drainage and usually when I get to rapid popping I start feeling better but it is something I fight almost every day.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:29 PM
 
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For me it doesn't.

Do you have cats? When I went to the ENT this was the first thing he asked. You can take 2 600mg Mucinex-D tablets at once. Do you have hearing loss from the pressure in your ears? If so the max dose of Mucinex-D should help with this but you'll need to drink a lot more water. I take 1 600mg every 12 hours almost all year long. I just got over a mild hearing loss from pressure this week. I've always believed (and am fairly certain I was told by a dr or nurse) anytime you see anything but yellow or clear coming out you need a prescription. You may have a recurring headache and not realize it is sinus causing it. The popping you describe is the drainage and usually when I get to rapid popping I start feeling better but it is something I fight almost every day.

Yes, I have 4 cats! They could be part of the problem. That's why I want a dyson vacumn for Christmas!

I've been taking one mucinex/12 hours, thanks for the advice, I will up it to 2/12 hours. also, I will up the fluids. But, like I said, anything cold or even tap water cold makes my sinuses clog up, I need something at least warm. I've been drinking diluted juice, apple cider, tea, etc. Just a small amount of juice, etc, for flavor, some honey etc.

also, a piece of advice from me to anyone else reading this---if you use a netti pot, be sure to use distilled water. Don't use tap water---I read about a guy in LA who died from an infection he got from a netti pot and tap water.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:32 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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sounds like an allergy to me.
Could there be mold in your house?
Cat dander can cause such issues,
Being near my neighbors oak tree makes my allergies go stark raving mad.


I'm sure there are many other things including foods that cause issues such as you are experiencing.
Doctors,I hate to say it, are in it for the money so curing you is not in their best interest
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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If it's green, it's infected. I had the surgery on one nostril about 15 yrs ago. It was amazing! I could FEEL the air moving through that side when I woke up. I wish the other nostril was bad enough to do it also. I never get stopped up on the operated side but frequently on the untouched side.

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Old 11-28-2011, 07:46 AM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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I notice when we leave home for vacation that my allergy is lessened even when I've gone to another house with cats. I currently have 3 cats but it is unusual for us to have more than 2. You can wet a washcloth and rub it across your cat's backs and that will help control the dander. Funny thing is when I was tested for allergies there was nothing positive found. Change the air filters in your house often; if you can afford it buy the expensive ones that filter more allergens. I usually have more trouble during heating season than cooling. Good luck OP; it's a daily battle for sure.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Ask your doctor about Veramyst. It's a steroid nasal spray, but not that kind of steroid, so your nose won't grow huge muscles. It's also not habit forming like some of the OTC sprays can be. Don't know if you're having problems with drainage down your throat, but this stuff stopped about 90% of it for me.

Maybe your doc will give you a couple of samples to see if it helps. You can also print a coupon for $25 off a prescription.

I've used it daily since having surgery to remove nasal polyps in '09. Good stuff.
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I suggest using your neti-pot ever day (use purified water and sea salt) and also, it's really important that you start taking, on a daily basis, a good pro-biotic.
Those constant rounds of anti-biotics are reaking havoc with your immune system.
Antibiotics destroy what they're intended to but they also destroy the friendly bacteria (they don't discriminate) and this is not good.
So find a good probiotic and take as much as you can tolerate.
You'll know you're taking too much if you get diarrhea.
This is something that, imo, you'll be wanting to take for a good long time.
If you're taking antibiotics just make sure that you take the friendly bacteria at a different time of day (and on an empty stomach).
I'd avoid all dairy as it's very mucous creating.
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