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so fed up with sinus infection

(53 Posts)
southeastastra Sat 17-May-08 12:06:58

i've had it since february and it seems to have come back with a vengeance. i've been referred to a specialist but that will take weeks. gp hasn't given me any more ab's just nasal spray which is useless.

any home remedies i can try apart from snorting salt water? tempted to buy drugs off the interenet.

FluffyMummy123 Sat 17-May-08 12:09:16

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southeastastra Sat 17-May-08 12:14:47

never heard of them but will go and get some.

i need something to blow my head off!


southeastastra Sat 17-May-08 15:39:50

blardy hell you're not wrong! it's like vicks x100. i can breathe!

mousemole Sat 17-May-08 20:18:07

oooh I am going to get some. Had the same sinus thing since feb South East. its evil isn't it. I need something to blow my head off before I do it myself. Where does all the green gunk come from ??!

expatinscotland Sat 17-May-08 20:20:26


Or one of these squeezy things:

Irrigate your sinuses 2-3x/day until your attack clears, then maintain by irrigating every other day.

southeastastra Sat 17-May-08 20:33:44

it is evil mousemole, i can feel it in my cheek but it just won't budge, i have a cold which is making it thousand times worse.

the sinucleanse sounds hopeful, stagnant mucus is what i have . that's probably why it's green too. why does it take so long to go.

stitch Sat 17-May-08 20:35:57

also, try the following.
go sit in a steam room for twenty minutes. brilliant. and you have lovely clean pores afterwards.
do some serious excercise. enough to make you sweat and sweat and sweat. do at least three times a week. the sweating part is very important. it really helps clear out infection.

expatinscotland Sat 17-May-08 20:37:00

i'll warn you, it is NOT pleasant to irrigate at first. do it over the sink.

quite the contrary, especially when you're really bunged up.

but perservere.

OMG, it's soooo worth it!

i think i'd do it after i had a good inhale of those methol crystals.

southeastastra Sat 17-May-08 20:43:35

i'm desperate to get rid of it. at least the netti pot thing seems to reach the part that's infected.

what sort of serious exercise? just running or something? i'm quite lazy and don't do much really.

expatinscotland Sat 17-May-08 20:48:01

it does get there.

at first, it doesn't appear to be making much difference - i'm a chronic sinusitis sufferer myself.

at first it's like, 'that didn't do jack shit! five minutes later i was bunged up.'

but after a few days, if you hang in there, you will reap the rewards.

and even more so once you start maintaining it.

actually, it was my mother's ENT who suggested netti pot/irrigation to her - it appears i inherited her shite sinuses.

calvemjoe Sat 17-May-08 20:58:29

Face massage- push everything towards the ears, hurts like hell for a while but it does help. Holding a hot cup af tea against your face (best not to do this in public as you do get red marks!). Hopi ear candles to get everything moving again, and of course, steam inhalation. Get well soon.

southeastastra Sat 17-May-08 21:04:10

thanks calvemjoe, i've tried all the facial massaging, don't think i can get the hang of it as nothing much happens .

my ears are really stuffed too.

am ordering a pot from ebay expat, i really want to do it right now, watched the video on the link, doesn't seem too bad. i'm thinking of hanging upside down to budge the stuff.

mousemole Sun 18-May-08 07:51:00

Hi Expat,
I tried the netty pot - but some water seemed to get stuck in my sinus cavity and would then get infected. A week or so later I would be tilting my head to do something and out would pour horrid yellowy water stuff. Is it still worth perservering with it ? Mine is affecting mainly my left side, in a pocket in my cheek. I can almost feel it bubbling away making green gunk ! Have had too many antibiotics but nothing works. Normally i do loads of exercise but this sinus thing has kept me off it for weeks. Right, tomorrow I will just make myself RUN on the treadmill at the gym. SEAstra, I'll try all these methods with you - got to be worth a shot hasn't it. Mine started after a hernia operation. I am convinced I picked up a flesh eating sinus disease in hospital !

southeastastra Sun 18-May-08 11:44:31

mine is my right side, pocket in cheek too, though caused by a tooth abscess. anti biotics didn't work mouse? i was thinking of going to dr again this week to see if they could prescribe anything else. i wake up with an awful taste in my mouth. i hate it so much.

mousemole Sun 18-May-08 16:09:45

SeAstra - have had 3 doses of AB's. Normally so against them but needs must. Anyway, the last dose was a 10 day course and the doc swore they were so strong it would definitely get rid of it. Well it did for about a week, during which time I was in Spain and was wonderfully symptom free. Got back last sunday and by wednesday it was back. Now I wonder if it is something environmental causing it. I have had ENT problems in the past but NOTHINg this bad for this long. Did Netti pot this morning on Expat's advice and did get a big green lump out from the left side this pm ( sorry if TMI) so will persevere with it. I think natural approaches are the only way forward. Thinking of getting a humidifier for my bedroom. I too hate it so much, it has really dragged me down, mentally as well as physically.

expatinscotland Sun 18-May-08 16:38:16

I think you need to see an ENT, mouse. If you're using lots of ABs and the infection's no shifting, you really need a referral to see an ENT and hopefully find out the root of the problem.

You could have problems with your ears that could be compounding the problem, and they're not always obvious.

mousemole Sun 18-May-08 17:17:46

thanks expat - think you may be right. What role do the ears play in it all ? They have been popping a bit so assumed all linked.

southeastastra Sun 18-May-08 17:44:48

yes they're all linked my ears are popping alot too, get referred. my referral seems to be taking forever i'm waiting for the waiting list.

southeastastra Sun 18-May-08 17:52:14

i've had two courses of abs too, but someone on here recommended flagyl, but i suppose you can't just ask the doc for it can you?

it's meant to be good for infections in closed airless spaces. what did you take mouse?

Hobo Sun 18-May-08 18:11:22

I started suffering from sinus infections aou 18 months ago....had the usual treatments...ABs decongestants.

Tried reflexology, netti pot, crystals etc.

Went on steroidal treatment for ages.
The steroids worked but then the problem reoccured.
Saw consultant ENT, who stuck a camera up my nose.
He re diagnosed problem as being chronic rhinitus...[leading to sinus related problems].

HTH...if not, then sorry for waffling!

HereWeGoRoundTheMulberryBag Sun 18-May-08 18:23:11

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southeastastra Sun 18-May-08 18:34:07

oh i really hope i don't have this forever, my dad has problems too.

what's cranial osteopath hwgrtmb (great name!)

calvemjoe Sun 18-May-08 19:24:29

someone sits there for half an hour barely toughing your face and suddenly you feel loads better! It's like magic grin

calvemjoe Sun 18-May-08 19:25:06

Toughing blush Touching.

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