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Chronic infection caused by neti pot?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Many months ago, I was under alot of stress, had alot of family problems. Everyone in my house was sick with a cold( I haven't gotten sick in over 2 years at that point). They were sick for longer than a week and I was around them, in their faces, didnt wash my hands etc. but I still didn't come down with the cold.

My mom had some ferrero rocher chocolates at home and I ate about 4 of them. I havent eaten sugar in a long time so this was a the first time at that point. The next day, there it was I had a cold. It was awful. After a few days I even vomited from the amount of sinus drainage I was swallowing. My nose smelled of sulphur(I've never had that before in my life, but my brother had that many times before). I had a fever and I was not going to take any medications. After a while of a constant fever, and some real bad headaches starting to appear I took an advil because I didn't have a thermometer to monitor how high my actual temperature was(I was sweating so much, it felt like I jumped in a pool that whole night after the advil).

I was doing some research on the internet and came across the neti pot. I bought one and tried it out. I've had 2 injuries to my nose before, where one I fainted and hit my nose on the bed frame, and the other where my brother accidently elbowed my nose and I heard a crack. The first time it moved stightly to the right side, then with my brother elbowing me, it moved to the left. I never got it checked out by the way. My nose was/is slightly crooked after that.

The neti pot came with a salt mixture and I used it but only a little liquid came out the other nostril. It was hard for me to do it right, it felt like I was going to choke on the water lol. Anyways after my cold went away, I still have a lingering infection I think. This might seem gross to some of you but now whenever I pick my nose, I have so much boogers. They are sticky like it is when you are sick. Its yellow alot of the time. My nose smells of sulphur till this day often also. I have a strong feeling that the neti pot caused this and I dont know how to get rid of it. What should I do? How did any of you cure your chronic infections without antibiotics or any other medications? Do any of you know what this might be other than a sinus infection? This is such a nuisance. I have to pick my nose everyday and there is so much sticky gunk. I want to have a clear nose again.

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on January 31, 2013
at 05:36 PM

Get a countertop water boiler? Don't mean to be snarky, but now we need to buy special equipment to boil water. (Ok, maybe that was a little snarky.) :) I actually have one of these, and I always boil water before I use the neti pot, but you can always just boil water in a small pot.

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on January 31, 2013
at 01:50 PM

There is a difference between over prescribing of Antibiotics which we do all the time and taking antibiotics to kill off bacteria. The "longevity" of today's population is, in a large part, thanks to modern medicine.

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on January 31, 2013
at 01:48 PM

Amen. The other important part is that only a little liquid came out the other side. When you use a Neti pot, you have to flush the sinuses completely. If you leave water, even saline water in your sinuses bacteria can grow over time. Then you have to go to a doctor to get it out.

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on January 31, 2013
at 01:47 PM

Bingo. Agree 100%.

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on January 31, 2013
at 11:55 AM

Well, I would argue that antibiotics are in fact inherently bad for you. However I agree there is a time and a place.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on July 26, 2012
at 10:47 AM

Nope, I think I might have come up with it on my own after a few days of waking up with a coated tongue and noticing that I also had sinus issues... Not sure what drove me to try such a weird thing, but it worked and had no ill effects. I wouldn't try it with solid coconut oil, make sure it's melted.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on July 26, 2012
at 02:33 AM

Wow, thanks for posting.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on July 26, 2012
at 02:03 AM

Did you see this coconut oil method on the internet? If so, can you provide a link? I am interested in finding out more about this. I know coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral etc. but I wouldn't have thought to use it in my nose.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on July 26, 2012
at 02:01 AM

Surely if it were die off, I would of had it in my raw vegan days before that. I'm pretty sure this is not "die off". This feels like I caused it with my neti pot.

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on July 26, 2012
at 12:00 AM

Oh, and make sure you drink plenty of fluids to keep your secretions thin.

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on July 25, 2012
at 11:58 PM

Did you use filtered/distilled water in the neti pot? People have had infections when they use plain tap water.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/12/19/143960631/second-neti-pot-death-from-amoeba-prompts-tap-water-warning

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on July 26, 2012
at 02:33 AM

Wow, thanks for posting.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on January 31, 2013
at 01:47 PM

Bingo. Agree 100%.

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on July 26, 2012
at 01:01 AM

I used to use a Neti Pot all the time, for allergies and just to clean out my sinuses.
I LOVE the neti pot.

Then, I ended up having two sinus surgeries and ever since then I have not been able to use a neti pot. My anatomy is different from the surgeries and I ended up filling up my ears with water which took FOREVER and a bunch of (stupid) decongestants to "dry up". It was horrible.

Anyway, my point is that the injuries you describe and what sounds like a deviated septum, may make it so that you cannot use a Neti. When it works the water drains out the other sinus, pretty much in full. I doesn't stay in your sinuses as you describe.

Also, its imperative to use distilled or sterilized water, not tap water as many people do. That in itself can cause an infection.

I think you need to see a doctor as I don't think this will amerliorate on its own (I had 15-20 years of chronic sinus infections so a lot of experience with this).

You may in fact have a bacterial infection and that is a very good reason to use an antibiotic! The doctor can look at your mucus under a microscope and ascertain if it is bacterial.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on January 31, 2013
at 01:48 PM

Amen. The other important part is that only a little liquid came out the other side. When you use a Neti pot, you have to flush the sinuses completely. If you leave water, even saline water in your sinuses bacteria can grow over time. Then you have to go to a doctor to get it out.

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61c3d2c07376ee667da321cc20a1e94b

on July 26, 2012
at 12:55 AM

When you use tap water for a neti pot, you must boil it at some point. I know it's terribly inconvenient but you can actually die if an amoeba goes to your brain. Get a countertop water boiler they work a lot faster than stovetop. Otherwise buy distilled water. It's not worth the risk of getting an infection or even worse contracting a life-threatening microorganism.

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(3029)

on January 31, 2013
at 05:36 PM

Get a countertop water boiler? Don't mean to be snarky, but now we need to buy special equipment to boil water. (Ok, maybe that was a little snarky.) :) I actually have one of these, and I always boil water before I use the neti pot, but you can always just boil water in a small pot.

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on January 31, 2013
at 06:23 AM

Go to a doctor. Antibiotics are not inherently bad for you. Don't misuse them and ask your doctor to test for ABRS before he places you on a course. This way you won't take antibiotics if you don't need them. You can also ask about a shortened course. Amoxicillin has shown to be as effective as a 1500mg/5-7 days course as it is for 10-14 days in the treatment of ABRS. Regardless take the medication as prescribed.

Paleo or not, bacterial infections can still kill you. No amount of grass fed beef is going to cure syphilis or tuberculosis.

Edit . ABRS = acute bacterial rhinosinusitis

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on January 31, 2013
at 11:55 AM

Well, I would argue that antibiotics are in fact inherently bad for you. However I agree there is a time and a place.

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F68ae7e22173c9ca4d339ac17abb07e0

on July 26, 2012
at 01:42 AM

I was thinking this might be a "die off" as sinus drainage is a large part of die off symptoms.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

(1423)

on July 26, 2012
at 02:01 AM

Surely if it were die off, I would of had it in my raw vegan days before that. I'm pretty sure this is not "die off". This feels like I caused it with my neti pot.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19483)

on July 26, 2012
at 01:13 AM

Ferrero Rocher sound innocent enough, however, if you read the label, you'll find they contain wheat flour! You probably got flu like symptoms from this, and it's possible that whatever viruses were around were able to attack your weakened immune system.

What worked very well in the case of colds/flus was elderberry syrup - it's sold as either pills or as "Sambucus" which is a syrup. It's a potent antiviral.

Coconut oil is also very good as an antibacterial. I've recently had a sinus infection and used coconut oil to get rid of it. Warm it up so it's liquid and use it the same way you'd use a neti pot, or just pour about a tablespoon in your hand, and "breathe" it in with your nose, then tilt your head back. It'll run through your sinuses and down the back of your throat where you can spit it out. I did this 1-2x a day for about 3 days, and it was gone.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19483)

on July 26, 2012
at 10:47 AM

Nope, I think I might have come up with it on my own after a few days of waking up with a coated tongue and noticing that I also had sinus issues... Not sure what drove me to try such a weird thing, but it worked and had no ill effects. I wouldn't try it with solid coconut oil, make sure it's melted.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

(1423)

on July 26, 2012
at 02:03 AM

Did you see this coconut oil method on the internet? If so, can you provide a link? I am interested in finding out more about this. I know coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral etc. but I wouldn't have thought to use it in my nose.

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F68ae7e22173c9ca4d339ac17abb07e0

on July 26, 2012
at 01:01 AM

Boil water 5 min distills tap water-a must! Lots of herbal tea w fresh lemon and fresh garlic severa a day will help clear congestion. If I get run down, I neti pot several times a day to clear my sinuses.

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D74cb1bb57c581421865eee3901158f0

on July 26, 2012
at 12:31 AM

I use a neti pot daily with sea salt with clean water. When I have a cold very little water comes out at first and the mucus can be yellow. If I was in your situation, I would continue with the neti pot, plenty of fluids and rest. If not getting better in a week or so then I would think about antibiotics.

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on July 26, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Take Anti-biotics, I'm against them also, but if you have a prolonged infection, this is the only way to treat it fast. I just went through a bad throat infection, it lasted two weeks until i decided to take Azitromycin. I recovered in two days.

Get well soon

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on July 25, 2012
at 11:58 PM

I hate to say this but you might have a secondary bacterial infection. It's a somewhat common occurance after a viral infection and with a deviated septum you are probably more susceptible. If you aren't careful with cleaning your neti pot well after using it you are also more likely to reinfect yourself. Dunno if you need an antibiotic at this point. I would check with your doctor.

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(5231)

on July 26, 2012
at 12:00 AM

Oh, and make sure you drink plenty of fluids to keep your secretions thin.

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