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Options for sinus infections

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 22, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Greetings Paleo folks. I am currently dealing with a sinus infection, and would prefer not to take medications. I know a fair bit about aromatherapy, but would like to know more about what our ancestors might have done. Any suggestions?

Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

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on May 28, 2012
at 12:56 AM

Yes, eat it, don't snort it.

B24fd99c9c808fddc876221339680287

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on May 27, 2012
at 04:42 PM

I'm assuming that the suggestion is to take the Bromelain orally, rather than mixing a capsule with the saline solution for a Neti pot?

3899bf80f345c760036a7fcc490fd727

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on May 23, 2012
at 04:57 AM

Love the neilmed system. Have recently started using Netixlear with xylitol, which is supposed to keep bacteria from sticking: http://www.xlear.com/netixlear-nasal-wash.aspx. Seems good so far. Only side effect is sweet taste in mouth afterwards.

8d5dc34c219659afd7bb321745fd1c97

on May 22, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Thanks Abbietoeknee. Garlic and ginger have long been a staple around here for colds. Never heard of Silver Shield. Sounds like I have some reading to do (just what every person with sinusitis wants to do). Seriously though. Thank you.

8d5dc34c219659afd7bb321745fd1c97

on May 22, 2012
at 06:46 PM

I've been using my Neti Pot for years, and love it. Problem I have is that i have 2 blockages, and the solutions never make it all the way through.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:06 PM

I am not a Paleontologist, but I used to be a sufferer of frequent sinus infections due to severe mold and insect (chitin) allergies.

Sinus irrigation with saline is my key for prevention when I start feeling symptoms (ears popping, pressure under cheekbones and eyes), as well as deep-breathing steam baths for my face (towel over a kettle).

If that doesn't help, I'll begrudgingly go see a doctor, just because I'm quite OCD about my ears due to having severe ear infections as a kid resulting in partial deafness in one ear, and every time I've had a severe sinus infection, my ears have followed suit. I usually opt for a one-time injection of antibiotic over orals - which they rarely do unless it's a severe infection.

And by the way, I've only had about 2 sinus infections in these last two years of paleo. I used to get at least 5-6 a year prior.

8d5dc34c219659afd7bb321745fd1c97

on May 22, 2012
at 06:46 PM

I've been using my Neti Pot for years, and love it. Problem I have is that i have 2 blockages, and the solutions never make it all the way through.

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Dea5f440698f5488b975ada2f61daa0d

on May 23, 2012
at 01:26 AM

A doctor gave me a neil med saline kit instead of a script a couple years ago. How cool is that? It works very well, and i don't have to turn my head sideways.

3899bf80f345c760036a7fcc490fd727

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on May 23, 2012
at 04:57 AM

Love the neilmed system. Have recently started using Netixlear with xylitol, which is supposed to keep bacteria from sticking: http://www.xlear.com/netixlear-nasal-wash.aspx. Seems good so far. Only side effect is sweet taste in mouth afterwards.

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270aa8629304fefa4911d53ef42568d3

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Avoid all sugars/fruits for sure and eat lots of ginger and garlic - both have strong antimicrobial/viral/bacterial. You can eat onions and radishes to encourage drainage in sinuses.

When I have sinus infections, I reach for some Nature's Sunshine supplements - golden seal and fenugreek/thyme to flush toxins, and encourage rebuilding of healthy mucous. Also - a few tsps of silver shield does wonders for infections.

8d5dc34c219659afd7bb321745fd1c97

on May 22, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Thanks Abbietoeknee. Garlic and ginger have long been a staple around here for colds. Never heard of Silver Shield. Sounds like I have some reading to do (just what every person with sinusitis wants to do). Seriously though. Thank you.

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Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

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on May 23, 2012
at 03:36 AM

I tended to get chronic and severe sinsus infections every cold season. Cutting out wheat, sugar and dairy has nearly eliminated them, but I learned alot of tricks to cope as I have no health insurance and tend not to get antibiotics unless it is a confirmed bacterial infection that had gone on for 2+ months. My tricks:

  1. A humidifier at night in the winter for prevention. (wood heat is very drying).

  2. If I feel one coming on, In the morning I put boiling water in a stainless steel bowl with a few drops of lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oils. The steam and the anti viral oils can sometimes prevent onset of infection.

  3. Strengthen the immune system by getting lots of sleep and avoiding stress. Easier said than fined one during finals week, I always had sinusitis when major papers were dur in college.

  4. Eat raw garlic and use elderberry syrup at the slightest hint of onset. Stay hydrated with lots of herbal tea. Hot broth with ginger and cayenne.

  5. Bromelain. An enzyme from pinneapple available at health food stores and on line. Sometimes sold as a digestive enzyme, this is my secret weapon. It eats through the mucus so you can breath again, relieving the cause of the pain and the pressure. If you take away one idea from my exhaustive list, try Bromelain.

  6. Neti pot.

B24fd99c9c808fddc876221339680287

(40)

on May 27, 2012
at 04:42 PM

I'm assuming that the suggestion is to take the Bromelain orally, rather than mixing a capsule with the saline solution for a Neti pot?

Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

(1376)

on May 28, 2012
at 12:56 AM

Yes, eat it, don't snort it.

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D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on May 22, 2012
at 07:50 PM

I actually have a sinus infection this week, but it is quite mild. I ignored it for a few days but got out the netti pot and humidifier last night. I neti potted twice and turned on the humidifier all night and this morning everything wanted to clear out and my throat was much less dry. So yea, I guess yo ualready use a neti pot, I would get a humidifier, because the bacteria thrives when your sinus gets dried out (I think).

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