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Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:41 pm      Reply with quote
twice its size nd hurts like you know what. i can't seem to put anything on that will reduce the sweling or redness cause I have to keep blowing-any suggestions people at work are even asking me what happened to my face-NICE Sad
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:49 pm      Reply with quote
Oh no, I had a very severe sinus infection about 6 years ago - I tried to self medicate for a couple weeks and finally wound up in the emergency room because I thought my head was gonna explode. All 8 cavities were infected and - best thing I can suggest is to get to your doctor this is a good case for antibiotics. Then you can take care of the swelling nose with topical products that'll reduce inflammation.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:49 pm      Reply with quote
Ugh! I feel your pain. I have chronic rhinitis and sinusitis so know exactly how you feel. When I feel all inflamed like that I get a cold can of pop and roll it back and forth next to my nose and cheek. I look like an idiot doing this but it does help. And I reach for drugs. I'm sad to say I do but my sinus meds are the only drugs I take because the sinus pressure is just too much. I've already had surgery once a few years ago and am going to go for a second round this year to see if 2nd time's the charm. I hope you feel better soon. I really really do. Sad

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:59 pm      Reply with quote
redhead, I've been browsing the internet to find topical treatments that won't irritate and will help reduce the inflammation - wildflower's on the right track, best one I've found so far is cold water - Smile Other topical treatments may be too irritating in your case.

Oh and aspirin, ibuprofin or some NSAID pain reliever to help reduce inflammation internally -Good luck sweetie, please take care of yourself and feel better soon!

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:51 pm      Reply with quote
I used to have these constantly. I recommend to get to a Dr. and get some antibiotics. And before it caused me to have panic attacks, something with psuedoephedrine really drained and opened up the sinuses.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:05 pm      Reply with quote
You guys are the best ever. I did go to the Dr yesterday and got antibotics and decongestant pills. I have had a ice back on and off all night and I know this is gross they said to but neosporean (bad spelling inside my nose) If its not better by Friday they want to see me again. Its the sneezing that keeps it from getting better. i will keep you posted. The BIG NOSE-Dale
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:05 pm      Reply with quote
red head wrote:
You guys are the best ever. I did go to the Dr yesterday and got antibotics and decongestant pills. I have had a ice back on and off all night and I know this is gross they said to but neosporean (bad spelling inside my nose) If its not better by Friday they want to see me again. Its the sneezing that keeps it from getting better. i will keep you posted. The BIG NOSE-Dale


Another thing you can add to your routine is a product called "Simply Saline" which is a saline mist which stays sterile for the whole can (about 18 dollars) and helps clear congestion. There is only so many decongestant nose sprays you can use in a day so it helps the sinus passages feel better.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:13 pm      Reply with quote
My nose is not swollen but bright red from my sinus infection. I started on antibiotics on Friday. I had to blow my nose so many times today that I got really dizzy Sad Plus the sinus headache...OUCH!

Hope your medications kick in soon.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:26 pm      Reply with quote
I used to have chronic sinus infections, one after the other. I've always had nasal/breathing problems and my Mom says I've snored like a bear cub since I was practically born! When I was 2, I had my tonsils and adenoids surgically removed. Lots of colds and sinus infections. When I was about 12 years old or so, I underwent surgery where the doctor roto-rootered out my turbinates and corrected a grossly malformed, S-shaped septum (which helped SO much). I've only had about 5 or 6 sinus infections since then, which is a small miracle, but I do still have a lot of sinus issues. Most of the time, however, I can breathe very clearly and have no problems.

What will help you: a strong course of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, something to help with the chaffing on your nose (neosporin should do it) and ice packs to reduce the surface swelling. Trust me, I've done that treatment a million times!

Also, you should consider getting a neti pot. You can find them at health food stores. You use them to irrigate your sinus/nasal passages. A friend of mine who is a semi-pro surfer had loads of sinus issues from being in the (nasty) beach water all the time. He had surgery on his sinuses (like what I had) and now uses a machine that does sinus irrigation. Fixed the problem for him - no more sinus infections!
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:28 pm      Reply with quote
MermaidGirl,

That is interesting about irrigating the sinus. I also had sinus surgery over 10 years ago. I regained my sense of smell after surgery and had no sinus infection at all until this year. This is my 3rd one in 2 months. I hope I don't need another surgery Sad

I did irrigate my sinus per dr's instruction post sx for a month or so then I got lazy...

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:13 pm      Reply with quote
Are you already on antibiotics? If not, start immediately. With sinus infections, it takes 2 full days before you start to feel better. 500 mg of amoxicilin 3 times a day should do it. You can start off with 2 right away, and taper to 1 each time after that. I got mine from Thailand and I love having it handy without having to wait for a doctor.
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Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:06 am      Reply with quote
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MermaidGirl,

That is interesting about irrigating the sinus. I also had sinus surgery over 10 years ago. I regained my sense of smell after surgery and had no sinus infection at all until this year. This is my 3rd one in 2 months. I hope I don't need another surgery Sad

I did irrigate my sinus per dr's instruction post sx for a month or so then I got lazy...

mtview, I don't think you need another surgery, and I also don't think its your 3rd sinus infection in such a short period of time - what I think is that you never really got rid of the 1st one!

If I were you, I'd tell my doctor about this being the "3rd infection in 2 months" and see if s/he wants to put you on stronger antibiotics. I'd also see if s/he wants you to start irrigating your sinuses again.

Also, you should be taking plenty of acidophilus/probiotics. The antibiotics wipe out all of the bad AND good flora from your system, and we girls usually end up with yeast infections from being on antibiotics. Antibiotics are good for clearing out infection but they don't discriminate!

Go to the health food store or Whole Foods or Wild Oats and get the kind of acidophilus that must be kept refrigerated - don't get the kind that can be stored on the shelf, as I've always found the refrigerated kind to be more active and better for helping repopulate your system with good flora.

Explain to a sales person at the health food store about your sinus infections and subsequent antibiotic use (how much of what Rx you've been taking and for how long) and ask them how much of the acidophilus you should take and for how long. Use Google to get the answer to that question if all else fails!

Finally, keep up with the nasal/sinus irrigation. If you've done it before, then you don't have to take the time really to get used to doing it again - just be sure to irrigate well at least once a week. I think those of us with sinus problems really need to take care of our noses more than average folks!

Good luck!
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Thu Feb 22, 2007 4:32 am      Reply with quote
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When I was about 12 years old or so, I underwent surgery where the doctor roto-rootered out my turbinates


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When I was about 12 years old or so, I underwent surgery where the doctor roto-rootered out my turbinates


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I don't know what the technical term is for the surgery or procedure, but that is the way he explained it to me. I was only 12 at the time, so I understood pretty well!

And remember, I was totally OUT for the procedure - general anesthesia - plus I had painkillers, so he could've cut my head off and sewn it back on upside down and I wouldn't have known the difference!
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I know this is a fairly old thread...But I've been suffering from a sinus headache/pressure/congestation for the past 3 days and I don't know what to do....I've tried taking Tylenol Sinus/Sudafed Sinus, ice packs to no avail.

I literally want to bang my forehead/nose/cheeks against the wall, but that's obviously not a wise decision....And who do I go see, just my regular dr. or an ear/nose/throat dr.

Oh yes, and if I take amoxicillin/(antibiotics), I usually end up w/an ever so unpleasant 'yeast infection'...I remember about a couple of years ago, I went to an ear, nose, throat dr. and he gave me something for my strep along w/my antibiotics that prevented me from getting the yeast infection...Does anybody know what that drug may be??? (Of course, I can't remember the name)...

Any suggestions would be much appreciated as I sit here being unable to breath through my nose... The pressure is the worst part about this sinus problem. TIA
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I just got over a sinus infection about 2 months ago and I know exactly how you are feeling. I kept thinking it would go away on it's own but soon ended up going to emerg because my head felt like it was going to explode. My voice even changed and I wasn't even coughing. It was strange too because I never really got so that I couldn't breath through my nose, just that my sinuses were infected and plugged up. I used a NeilMed Sinus Rinse twice a day as soon as my sinuses started feeling stuffed and I think that's what helped me breath better.
Anyway, they put me on erithromicin and it healed up within a few days. Took about 2 weeks though for my voice to get back to normal, although it sounded kind of raspy, sexy and I was hoping it would stay longer. Laughing
You can get antibiotics for this from your regular doctor, you don't have to go to emerg. Also, I have had erithromicin (due to allergy to penicillin) many times and have never had a yeast infection in my life. Maybe you could try that this time?
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Sorry gellys that your are suffering, I was too until I gave up the ghost and went to the doctor. He said I even had fluid behind my ears. he put me on amoxicillin so I guess a yeast infection will follow. Maybe it won't is someone will give advice for a solution!!! Very Happy Anyway I just went to the allergy doctor instead of the regular doctor because they tend to get right to the issue and don't guess around. After one dose I felt like a new person.
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Re the antibiotic/yeast infection conundrum.... Just take acidolphilus -- better yet, a probiotic formula, which will help you keep your "friendly bacteria" flourishing, and prevent the yeasties from winning.

I just finished a regimen of antibiotics for a sinus infection/cold that would NOT go away. I ate yogurt and fresh strawberries twice a day and took probiotics and had no problems. And I am the Yeast Infection Queen. (Anyone else want the crown? Very Happy) Admittedly, my mouth tasted like I'd been sucking on pennies for the last few days, but I bought butterscotch candies and was fine. And the sugar would have loved to have teamed up with the antiboitics to make me miserable, but I was on top of them with the yogurt! Which was YUMMY!

Get thee to a doctor and get the meds. And TAKE ALL OF THEM. DO NOT STOP BECAUSE YOU FEEL BETTER. FINISH THE REGIMEN.

I'm sorry. Am I yelling? Laughing

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MermaidGirl wrote:


Also, you should consider getting a neti pot. You can find them at health food stores. You use them to irrigate your sinus/nasal passages.


Iíve been using a neti pot for maybe 6 months or so, after reading another thread here on EDS. Had never heard of them before, but now I do it every day, canít go without it, although itís not exactly glamourous. I canít even go on a short trip without a neti pot now, and bought a second one to keep in my travel bag.

Iíve had constant battles with respiratory tract infections/sinus problems, and the neti has really helped. At the moment Iím using a drop or two of oregano oil in the saline solution. Previously was using one drop of tea tree oil and one drop peppermint. Actually, as I'm new to it, Iím not really sure whatís best to use and would welcome any suggestions ??
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Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:30 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks everyone for the advice! I'm still suffering and I need to see a doctor asap, but I wanted to see a specialist...Problem is that I can't see a specialist 'til July 30th!!! I really want to get to the root of the problem because these sinuses are just aggravating...

I know if I go to my primary care Dr. he will just prescribe me some antibiotics, but I'd rather do a more thorough examination by a specialist (ear, nose throat)...

By the way, where do you get a neti pot? Is that the same thing as doing the tent/steam procedure???
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For any signs of sinus congestion, or problems I swear by the neti pot. Cheap and it works wonders. I use it about three-four times a week as a preventive measure.

http://www.drugstore.com/search/search_results.asp?Ntk=All&srchtree=5&Ntt=neti+pot&aid=336064&aparam=netty%20pot&scinit1=netty%20pot

You can buy it at most RX stores.

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Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:42 am      Reply with quote
Ok, so I followed the advice of some fellow EDSers...And I did the steam/tent procedure and I also googled some home remedies for sinus infections and came across this website: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/sinus_infection.html

I took 2 tbsp of ACV with 8 oz. of water for the past couple of days(3x/day)...And I feel much better! I don't want to jinx myself, but seriously I don't feel like banging my forehead against the wall anymore...I also made a ginger tea that I just started to drink.

I've decided to go see my primary care doc on Mon. morning though just to see if I should go on antibiotics and also will see a specialist in a few wks...

However, I would like to take the time to thank everybody on this forum for the great advice always. And also, if anyone has any questions about the ACV concoction ask away!
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Sun Jul 20, 2008 11:02 am      Reply with quote
my poor hubby would get one sinus infection after another and they would pile on the antibiotics which never really got rid of it but caused a ton of other problems.
After he read a report that said antibiotics have been shown to be relatively ineffective with sinus issues he has switched to alternating both a neti pot (saline, oregano etc) and a nose spray with a silver solution. Bingo bango no more infections!! Safe to say he's a much happier camper Laughing
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http://www.silversinus.com/mayo-clinic-chronic-sinus-infection-fungus.html

Interesting article here:

says here that a chronic(over 3 months)infection is probably fungal not bacterial which would explain why antibitics (which kill bacteria not fungi) are not effective for chronic sinusitis. Maybe that's why sinus irrigation works well to literally wash the fungi out of the sinues.

Acute(about 1 month) infection is probably bacterial which probably will clear up with antibiotics.

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