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Not sure where to post this, and I don't want to gross anyone out, but I really need help.

I've had serious post nasal drip for over 2 months, so much so, that I end up coughing, which triggers my gag reflex, and that's enough details! I went to the doctor back in September, and he put me on antibiotics thinking that it might be a sinus infection. Round 1 didn't work. Round 2 I'm on now, and it doesn't seem to be working either. He said we might have to go another round.

He also suggested flushing my nose with saline solution. I've tried it a few times, but I wasn't dedicated about it. I made up a new batch tonight, and I'm going to do it 2 times a day for the next week to see if it makes a difference.

I have allergies, so I do take an antihistimine (Loratidine) every day, and have done so for years. I also use a nasal spray (Flonase generic). I have had PND all my life, but never ever this bad. It's disgusting, and I want it to go away!

Any suggestions?
 

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I once had a sinus infection that lasted through two rounds of antibiotics. The doctor then gave me a cortisone shot, which knocked it right out.
 

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Not sure I can help, but I do understand. Not sure what your causes are.
I deal with this on a regular basis. I'm allergic to the dust mites (their waste)
I hate it when it's running so bad I feel like I'm drowning. Non-drowsy tylenol usually works for me--although, I don't know how it would go with what you're already taking. I'd check first. I do flush my sinus' with the salt water rinse. I think it helps--anyway, I feel better after doing it. I also take the claritin off and on through out the year. I have to be careful, cause sometimes when I'm trying to dry it up, it gets so thick in there I can't seem to cough it out.
I avoid antibiotics as much as possible. That's how I found out what I was allergic to. Dr.'d put me on antibiotics, it'd clear up, the following week, I'd be on them again. (run this course for about 6 months) Found out it was the dust mites, and every time I ran the vacuum cleaaner, I'd get a sinus infection.
One thing our Dr. told us when my daughter was being treated for a sinus infection is that, although sh isn't allergic to her cat, the dander wasn't helping. So you may be reacting to your regular trigger, but the other stuff around you may be adding to the problem. So frustrating!!
Hope you find what works for you.
 

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I use a neti pot (AKA nasal cleansing pot) for post nasal drip. Works wonders. You should be able to find this at your local pharmacy...call ahead so you aren't wasting you gas though ;-) It is used with warm saline. I find the warm is much nicer on the sinuses. Antibiotics are not nearly as effective on sinus infections as we would like them to be because of the nature of the sinus cavity. It just doens't get to the infection very well.
 

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I have this problem. Mine started when I was pregnant with my daughter and was sick with mornig sickness, morning noon and night, for 8 months. Now, Allergies, colds, sinus infections, anything where I cough, and even if I brush my tongue or the back teeth -- gag reflex and throwing up. Just a simple clear your throat cough sets mine off.

Sorry to say, nothing has worked, if you find some miraculous cure, please let me know. I even ask every doctor I meet if they had a solution, no one does.
 

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It is used with warm saline. I find the warm is much nicer on the sinuses.
Warm water (a little hotter than body temperature) helps to break up the mucus much faster. I would do the nasal rinse at least twice a day, maybe even three times, depending on how fast the mucus is building up. The dry indoor air of wintertime is probably making it worse, too. If you have a humidifier, that might help, too.

It's most likely due to allergy, maybe with a superimposed infection that is making it worse.

Hope it gets better soon!
 

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use that saline solution regularly. (i have allergies, particularly cedar fever; i use a neti pot.) make sure you get the right salinity level, and make sure the water is body temp warm, otherwise it's very uncomfortable.
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SALINE NASAL IRRIGATION
FOR NASAL CONGESTION AND SINUSITIS

The nose can be irrigated with a warm salt water solution in several different ways including a bulb syringe, sniffing, and spray bottle. The salt water is a natural decongestant which helps clear the nasal passages of dried or thick secretions. These treatments promote normal sinus drainage and will help you recover from upper respiratory infections.

Nasal saline sprays are available in small handheld squeeze bottles but this is not really enough salt water to thoroughly rinse out the nose. It will be cheaper to make your own saline solution (salt water) this way:

Boil the water ahead of time and let cool in the container (you can use the water in the tea kettle from yesterday if you haven’t added more without boiling it since). Warm up the water to comfortable to the touch- be careful not to burn yourself!- and to 8 ounces (1 cup) of warm water add ¼ teaspoon baking soda and ¼ teaspoon salt. Noniodized salt may sting less than iodized but you may try the salt you have in the kitchen. For chronic or acute nasal symptoms irrigate the nose two to three times daily as follows:

A. Use a product such as SinusRinse (available at many pharmacies) which has a squeeze bottle, directions, and preprepared packets of the saline powder to add to water. Follow the included directions. A neti pot is another version of this and both can be used with the recipe above if no preprepared salt mixture is included or if you run out.

B. Get a large rubber blunt-tipped bulb syringe (sometimes called an ear syringe) from any pharmacy. Fill the syringe with warm saline solution. Standing over a sink, insert the tip in one side of the nose and, if necessary, pinch the nostril gently around the tip. Aim the syringe toward the back (not the top) of your head and squeeze the bulb several times. The saline should go up and over your palate and run out your mouth (spit it out) or other nostril. Repeat for the other side then alternate using all 8 ounces of solution. Then clean the syringe.

C. You may prefer pouring some saline into your hand and sniffing it up into the nose, one nostril at a time, pinching the other side if necessary. Perform with head bent over a sink and let the solution come out your other nostril or mouth. Repeat for the other side then alternate using all 8 ounces of solution.

Note: if you are using a nasal steroid spray or other nasal medication be sure to do the saline rinse of the nose first before using the spray medication, not after. Be sure to allow the saline up to 30 minutes to finish draining back out of the nose.
 

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I was waiting for someone to mention baking soda. Drs now believe that what is called "sinus infection" is really a fungal growth in the warm moist sinus cavaties. Baking soda is an antifungal. It works on athletes foot and on fungus that grows on rose bushes. I would try the baking soda with salt recipe.
 

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I use a neti pot (AKA nasal cleansing pot) for post nasal drip. Works wonders. You should be able to find this at your local pharmacy...call ahead so you aren't wasting you gas though ;-) It is used with warm saline. I find the warm is much nicer on the sinuses. Antibiotics are not nearly as effective on sinus infections as we would like them to be because of the nature of the sinus cavity. It just doens't get to the infection very well.
This has been the lifesaver for me. I'm severely allergic to animals (which is probably why I'll only ever pretend to get back to the farmer roots of my childhood) and the Neti Pot has made a real difference.
 

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My ENT surgeon, years and years ago, suggested that I do the saline 'snort'... and it doesnt' hurt the mucus membranes to use one or two drops of peroxide, twice a day with the snort. I have used the following formula, for many many years, with no detriment to my nose or sinus cavities.
In 1/2 cup of warm water (tap water works alright, ... no sense in sterile water, given that one is snorting it up the nose, not a sterile area to begin with), mix 1/2 tsp table salt (or sea if you like), and 1/2 tsp baking soda. I adjust the levels of the salts so that it is comfortable for me. I put this mixture into a container, and use it day by day till it's done. I snort 1/2-1 tsp of this mixture up each nostril. I do this once in the morning, most mornings. If I have a bit of stuffiness, I will also do this as part of my evening ritual. I do forget to do it sometimes, too. I use this mixture more than once during the day if I feel I've got a sinus issue coming on. The snorting gets the mixture into areas that if you simply run the water through the cavity it doesn't get all the crevaces (that's how it seems to me).
BUT, when I have a cold coming on, and I know it, I do this routine probably 7-8 times a day, once in a while adding a drop of peroxide to each snort. I only do the peroxide once a day at the most. This takes care of anything I catch in double quick time, it's not often I have to take cold meds. I NEVER take antibiotics for sinus infection, so perhaps I dont' have as big of a problem as you do with yours, and you might not find my suggestions useful.
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I have permanent post nasal drip. Always have. DS has it too. It is just the way our heads are built. I never have to blow my nose. Nothing ever runs out the front.
I learned as a child to "breathe" salt water. I breathe it in and then hang my head upside down to get the water way up in there. Then I blow, hack and snort.
I don't do it very often.. just when I am really stuffy.
 

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I so feel for you. I am having the same thing right now. I feel like something is stuck in the back of my throat. Mornings are the worst. I have used Musinex with some help. It thins the mucus enough that it doesen't stick so much and the gag reflex is less. Sumetimes I have just had to throw up some of the stuff. Yuck!!!

I drink a lot of liquids but it doesen't seem to help. Hot teas will help sooth your throat some. I have to stay away from The Tylanol allergy/sinus type stuff as it will almost always give me a sinus infection from drying up too much. Took years to figure that one out.:( Musinex muct be used with drinking lots of water.
 

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Another vote for the neti pot. It works.

Also have read about the fungal connection, and my son's former girlfriend did an herbal anti-fungal treatment that really did help her. I can't remember what all was involved, but you could probably find it if you google it.

But try the neti pot. It made a world of difference for me.
 

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Thanks for the tips everyone - I'm going to faithfully use the saline flush, and try adding baking soda to it too. I'll see how that goes for a few days, and maybe add the Musinex.

We moved into an old farmhouse in May (which sat vacant for a year) so dust could be an issue too. And my cleaning skills (or lack thereof) don't help!
 

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Has anyone heard about eating local honeycomb honey every day to help minimize hayfever symptoms? Apparently being exposed to the local pollen everyday helps your body reduce the inflammatory response (similar to getting allergy shots). I know it wouldn't help with the dust mite issue, but spring and summer allergies are always a pain...
 

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I had allergies with PNS for all of 40 years. Endless sinus infections, etc. Anitbiotics did little or nothing. seasonal allergies locked the sinuses solid, except for PND.

Went to an allergy specialist, who finally (no doctor ever bothered before) took a head x-ray and saw some "unusual" tissue buildup. Referred me to an ENT specialist.

The specialist did an MRI or CAT scan (i forget) and determined that I had a buildup (over many years) of nasal polyps, that prevented proper draining and thus, the perfect environment for endless sinus infections.

Ended up getting sinus surgery to remove the polyps.

For sure, the best move in improving my health, I have ever done. I can breathe and no dripping.

That's why they call them specialists.

Go see one.
 

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PLEASE see an ENT!!!! Hubby almost died 7 weeks ago from complications of a sinus infection!!! 4 surgeries later and he still has a drain sticking out above his eye and will need major surgery within the next 6 weeks. My best advice to anyone who has a sinus infection that one course of antibiotics doesn't clear up is to RUN to the nearest ENT.
 

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PLEASE see an ENT!!!! Hubby almost died 7 weeks ago from complications of a sinus infection!!! 4 surgeries later and he still has a drain sticking out above his eye and will need major surgery within the next 6 weeks. My best advice to anyone who has a sinus infection that one course of antibiotics doesn't clear up is to RUN to the nearest ENT.
When my "sinus headaches" didn't clear up after multiple rounds of antibiotics, I was referred to an ENT.

He did a CAT scan of my face, and told me that I have "beautiful sinuses."

IOW, no sinus infections.

Turns out I have atypical migraine. And then we went on to discover a couple other things that make my life a lot more interesting, but at least I have a reasonable diagnosis for my chronic body pain as well as my headaches.

The specialist was able to get me on the right path, and that is worth a lot!
 
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