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Old 02-22-2020, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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I've been having sinus problems since early December.
I was diagnosed with a sinus infection, took antibiotics, and it cleared up.
Then I got an ear infection, used Rx drops, and it cleared up.
I got a head cold, waited it out and it cleared up after two weeks.

A week later, a different head cold took over. This one seemed to clear up, but then settled into my sinuses. My breathing is clear, but my nose runs constantly with thin, clear snot.

The worst part is that it feels like I've been punched in the nose--the spot where cartilage meets bone hurts really bad. Acetaminophen takes the pain away for a few hours, but I get up in the night to take more.. That's been going on for three or four days.

If it doesn't clear up by Monday, I'll call the doctor. In the meantime, any suggestions about what this is and how to get rid of it?
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Old 02-23-2020, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Allergies. Check with a ENT doctor to get tested. Allergies are prevalent in AZ and especially now after the heavy rains we've had.
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Old 02-23-2020, 07:43 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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I use a cortisone nasal spray about 9 months of the year for sinus problems. (recommended by doctor).
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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I use a cortisone nasal spray about 9 months of the year for sinus problems. (recommended by doctor).
Do you mean fluticasone/Flonase? I've been using that for about a month. I'm a little worried it's part of the problem. But I'm grasping at straws.

I've suspected allergies, but the only ones I know I have are mold and christmas trees. I don't think I encountered any real trees this year. Ours is fake, of course.
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Old 02-23-2020, 09:19 PM
 
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Been on Flonase for over 10 years. Seasonal allergies change every season
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Old 02-23-2020, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I've had sinus issues for a month or more. I have a lot of drainage into my throat and constantly hack up mucus. I've had CT scans which showed a slight infection. I was on an antibiotic for 30 days but that didn't help. I flush my sinuses every day with warm saline solution. It feels great, but only helps temporarily. I take a product called Mucosa which thins and loosens mucus but that doesn't help much. I'm waiting for spring/summer and we'll see if it clears up on it's own. I'm really sick of hacking up snot. I also switched off of milk, but apparently I'm not allergic to it. Here's hoping warmer, drier weather helps.
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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I've had sinus issues for a month or more. I have a lot of drainage into my throat and constantly hack up mucus. I've had CT scans which showed a slight infection. I was on an antibiotic for 30 days but that didn't help. I flush my sinuses every day with warm saline solution. It feels great, but only helps temporarily. I take a product called Mucosa which thins and loosens mucus but that doesn't help much. I'm waiting for spring/summer and we'll see if it clears up on it's own. I'm really sick of hacking up snot. I also switched off of milk, but apparently I'm not allergic to it. Here's hoping warmer, drier weather helps.
Try fluticasone. It takes up to 8 weeks for full effect. I coughed for ten months straight before a doctor suggested it, back when it was prescription.

Also, white flour/bread seem to increase my mucous production. YMMV.
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Try fluticasone. It takes up to 8 weeks for full effect. I coughed for ten months straight before a doctor suggested it, back when it was prescription.

Also, white flour/bread seem to increase my mucous production. YMMV.

I have tried Fluticasone. It didn't help. I've been off flour and bread for several months. We are on a low carb diet.
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Old 02-24-2020, 06:21 AM
 
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I've been having sinus problems since early December.
I was diagnosed with a sinus infection, took antibiotics, and it cleared up.
Then I got an ear infection, used Rx drops, and it cleared up.
I got a head cold, waited it out and it cleared up after two weeks.

A week later, a different head cold took over. This one seemed to clear up, but then settled into my sinuses. My breathing is clear, but my nose runs constantly with thin, clear snot.

The worst part is that it feels like I've been punched in the nose--the spot where cartilage meets bone hurts really bad. Acetaminophen takes the pain away for a few hours, but I get up in the night to take more.. That's been going on for three or four days.

If it doesn't clear up by Monday, I'll call the doctor. In the meantime, any suggestions about what this is and how to get rid of it?
First I want to ask if you have dental implants. My fiancé had them, and about two years after he got them done he started experiencing severe sinus problems. He was constantly clogged and getting frequent headaches. It turned out to be that one of the posts from his implants migrated into his sinus. He had to have it surgically removed.

If not that, then yes it probably is allergies. You can develop allergies at any time in your life. I never had allergies when I was younger but I have them now. Do you have a Netti pot? This can help a lot. I also use humidifiers in my home which helps.
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Old 02-24-2020, 06:38 AM
 
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I have tried Fluticasone. It didn't help. I've been off flour and bread for several months. We are on a low carb diet.
There are a few others over the counter. Not everyone is responsive to Flonase. You might want to try Rhinocort or Nasacort. Is your home really dry? I am allergic to Rhinocort but it takes a while for it to show symptoms, so that did not help me at all.
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