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I do *sigh* I had a bad tooth ache a few months ago, went to the dentist he couldn't find anything wrong with the tooth, the 2nd time he took an x-ray still nothing, it's the back upper tooth.. finally he said maybe it's sinus problems, had xrays done and sure enough I have a blocked sinus cavity, had a Cat scan done it showed the same on the CT sooo I went to the ENT last week, and I have to have surgery on my sinus next month.. I'm not very excited about it, but they have to know what it is.. he's leaning more towards a fungal infection though..
So i have to do this thing to help flush out the sinus, and i'm having a hard time getting it to work for me..anyone else do this type of thing? it's not very pleasant!! :grump:
 
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My consumption of sinus medicines has plummeted to a tenth of what I used to take before I finally convinced myself to try sinus rinsing. No Neti pot, just a quart of warm water, a teaspoon of table salt, and I snuff it up from my cupped hands. This has made such a difference in the amount of sinus trouble I used to endure.

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A.T. Hagan said:
My consumption of sinus medicines has plummeted to a tenth of what I used to take before I finally convinced myself to try sinus rinsing. No Neti pot, just a quart of warm water, a teaspoon of table salt, and I snuff it up from my cupped hands. This has made such a difference in the amount of sinus trouble I used to endure.

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Me too Alan!!
 

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My husband just went through this back in February. He had surgery and that corrected a lot of his problem, but his infection has gone on for so many years that he still has a chronic fungal infection on one side. He has to use some type of steam medication. The little steam machine doesn't seem to work well. He's already on his third one. Luckily, the company is very quick to ship a new one (next day service) so it hasn't interfered with his treatments.
 

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are you rinsing your sinus? did he give you something to do this with?

The ENT gave me Neil med sinus rinse. I'm having a heck of time getting it to work right.. and now i have a horrible smell and taste in my mouth.. this whole thing is frustrating.. how do you get fungus in your nose anyways?? :shrug:
 

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SinusRinse works okay for me but took a week or so of few times a day to unblock so it actually runs through from one side of nose to the other.
 

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I was having awful sinus problems, until I went to an ENT specialist.

I missed alot of work due to my sinus headaches.

Plain and simple, I was drinking pop, and thought I was getting enough water in my body.

He told me no more pop....just water and tea.

I begain getting enough water.....I cannot remember the last sinus headache I had!!!!

When I eat salty foods, or am dehydrated, I know I need several big glasses of unsugared tea.

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Add me to the sinus rinsing proponents! You don't have to have a fancy get-up to do it. I use an ear syringe that you can get at any pharmacy. You make up some saline solution and squirt a bulb full up your sinuses (up one side then the other). Do take care not to "suck" any of the bad goo out of one and depositing it in the other, I don't think that would be a good idea!

Please try it before going under the knife. I think you will find it very, very helpful.

(oh and be careful that the water isn't too hot).

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Petunia: fungus especially likes dark and moist conditions like sinus cavaties. Since most sinus infections are fungus really, the antibiotics don't do a thing to them.

Some people use a pinch of baking soda instead of salt.

I've never known anyone to be long term satisfied with surgery to correct sinus problems. Often there is later scarring that is worse to deal with than the original problem. Be careful.

Once I dealt with my seasonal allergies, I could keep my sinuses clear. I have to be sure to use suphedrine and allergy medicine and my allergy nasal spray when I get that itchy feeling in my nose followed by being stuffed up.
 

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I guess the main thing the doctor wants to do is biopsy whatevers in there. He sounded sure it was fungus but they need to make sure, he said it was unusual to have it on one side and not the other, but that the bones around my sinus aren't affected by it, so he's doesn't think it's cancer.

I'm having a problem with the solution I get it in my nostril and the directions say then it needs to go out my other nostril or my mouth and it's not doing either it's coming back out the same nostil i'm squirting it in.. if that makes sense, and nothings coming out either. what am i doing wrong? :shrug:
 

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I don't know if you have the neti pot or one of the squeeze dispensers. You must make sure there's no gaps around the dispenser and your nostril.

If you seal your nostril around the dispenser, (hold that side of your nose gently closed with your fingers), then administer the water slowly, it should flow up and around and come down the other side.

I'm assuming you are leaning over the sink, looking at the drain, chin slightly tucked.

Here's a video.http://www.ifilm.com/video/2686985
 

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when i start having sinus issues i start rinsing them with saline solution works like a charm!
 

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I don't know if you have the neti pot or one of the squeeze dispensers. You must make sure there's no gaps around the dispenser and your nostril.

If you seal your nostril around the dispenser, (hold that side of your nose gently closed with your fingers), then administer the water slowly, it should flow up and around and come down the other side.

I'm assuming you are leaning over the sink, looking at the drain, chin slightly tucked.

Here's a video.http://www.ifilm.com/video/2686985

Yeah it worked today, I squeezed it in one nostril (slowly) and it made it around and came out the other nostril. I have instructions that came with the dispenser, and yes i have my head in the sink. Yep I read all the directions, I know i didn't like the feeling of something up my nose like that, I used a little warmer water today too, I had some stuff come out, but not a whole lot.. it will probably break loose if i keep doing it twice a day..

Thanks.
 

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Petunia40 said:
The ENT gave me Neil med sinus rinse. I'm having a heck of time getting it to work right.. and now i have a horrible smell and taste in my mouth.. this whole thing is frustrating.. how do you get fungus in your nose anyways?? :shrug:
It took almost a year of rinsing my sinus before I could see that it was better. But I was at the Doctors office every 3 months with an infection. I didn't have insurance at the time so I didn't see a specialist. My sister in law showed me how to rince my sinus long before the neti pot came out. And like I said it took a year of doing this to see the result, but it did work. This last allergy season was the worst problem I've had in several years. But I still didn't have to take medicine like antibiotics. Warm water with a little salt placed in your palm and sucked up your nose, that was the way I did it.
 

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I've had a nasal drip since the fourth grade. I tried antibiotics a few times but it always came back. I have alot of seasonal allergies and it seems like something is always in season. I take Claritin D 24 hr and it helps reduce the drip but I think I would feel really weird not to have a drip anymore so I don't do much for it.
 

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I've had a nasal drip since the fourth grade. I tried antibiotics a few times but it always came back. I have alot of seasonal allergies and it seems like something is always in season. I take Claritin D 24 hr and it helps reduce the drip but I think I would feel really weird not to have a drip anymore so I don't do much for it.
I got rid of my chronic drip and cough with claritin. Dh got to sleep through the night first time in years. But now with occasional sinus rinses (and moving back from England LOL) I am off claritin.
 
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