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Sinus Problem - Suggestions please?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 01, 2011 at 12:48 AM

Hey all -

I recently had my sinuses cultured for some mildly chronic symptoms. My ENT said the culture was "growing a little bit of staff that's resistant to everything they tested against, so it should be easily killed off. Call the office if you want an antibiotic."

I'm very hesitant to take an antibiotic for quite a few reasons. But, since the symptoms have been chronic, I'm wondering if my body hasn't been able to kick it on it's own. Am I over thinking this? Am I missing anything? Does anyone have any experience / suggestions with fighting this off naturally?

Thanks a bunch

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on September 17, 2013
at 07:31 PM

Not something you really want to use IMO. I remember my ENT telling me of the people she treated with destroyed nasal linings from the silver. I used it for a short time and it did nothing. Nothing has worked for me except PALEO and the avoidance of grains and sugar and inflammatory garbage.

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on September 17, 2013
at 07:23 PM

have you tried colloidal silver? It's supposed to be the most powerful natural "antiobiotic", natural news.com did a great piece on it

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on June 01, 2011
at 07:26 PM

bees cappings and oil pulling

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on June 01, 2011
at 04:20 AM

Thanks a bunch, I just used my sinus rinse now :) Gonna try the GSE in a few days if no progress.

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on June 01, 2011
at 04:19 AM

Awesome tidbit, thanks :)

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on June 01, 2011
at 02:42 AM

Fwiw, my sister kicked a long-standing sinus infection using neti. And eating less sugar...

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on June 01, 2011
at 02:40 AM

I've had horrible chronic sinus problems (infections) my entire life. Paleo helped (eliminated most inflammatory foods). I hate to preach anything but the paleo gospel here on this board, but veganism completely eliminated ALL problems and more very quickly. No inflammation, no irritation, less places for those infections to take hold. I have no problem recommending a stint of veganism to anyone with respiratory problems.

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on June 01, 2011
at 02:39 AM

Yeah. First just get a cheap neti-pot and use regular, traditional, warm, salt-water (non-iodized), and see how that goes for a few/several days. It helps allergies too, so you can't really lose, (unless it's irritating). It's awkward, but once you get the hang and work out the salt/water ratio it can be almost pleasant. Then, if it's going ok, but you still have sinus trouble, it might be worthwhile to try the GSE. It's definitely anti-bacterial/fungal though some ppl debate it's "natural"ness. Personally, I'd try almost anything to avoid taking anti-biotics. But that's me. :)

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:58 AM

*nod* Not natural but I saw a MD who did complementary care for a while, he had to write me a script for it back then but said if I had to take a drug this was one of the safest choices and that regular use could keep me off antibiotics and steroids. He was right.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:27 AM

Thanks. Any good reads on the hydrogen peroxide therapy?

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I loved mucinex for a while. Trying not to take stuff anymore.

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:24 AM

I do use the Neil-Med Sinus rinse but not regularly. GSE? Grapseseed extract?

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:23 AM

lots of garlic......lots of it.

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:07 AM

I've experienced the same. I've never had allergies, and seem to have developed quite a few lately. I even went into anaphylactic shock a couple weeks ago. Allergy testing next week, and declined a CT scan. Nothing prescribed yet.

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:17 AM

One suggestion,a somewhat controversial one, is hydrogen peroxide therapy.

Another is the essential oil Helichrysum...apply 1-2 drops topically along the sides of the nose and forehead. Diffuse it in the air or add 1-2 drops in a bowl of hot water and inhale the vapors with a towel over your head. To find helichrysum try www.doterra.com

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:27 AM

Thanks. Any good reads on the hydrogen peroxide therapy?

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:16 AM

Garlic is the antibiotic that works the best on my sinus infections. Including most of the Rx stuff.

I also will rinse, that helps too.

And it isn't totally paleo but I love mucinex to decrease the viscosity of the mucus when I do get clogged

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on June 01, 2011
at 04:19 AM

Awesome tidbit, thanks :)

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 01, 2011
at 01:58 AM

*nod* Not natural but I saw a MD who did complementary care for a while, he had to write me a script for it back then but said if I had to take a drug this was one of the safest choices and that regular use could keep me off antibiotics and steroids. He was right.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on June 01, 2011
at 01:25 AM

I loved mucinex for a while. Trying not to take stuff anymore.

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:09 AM

Have you tried regular use of a neti-pot? I think some people have success with the regular salt-water, but you can kick it up a few notches by adding a couple drops of GSE. My first thought though, is that staph 'lite' is a really common bacteria and might not be the source of your trouble.. In any case, doing the neti-pot is cheap and benign.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 01, 2011
at 02:39 AM

Yeah. First just get a cheap neti-pot and use regular, traditional, warm, salt-water (non-iodized), and see how that goes for a few/several days. It helps allergies too, so you can't really lose, (unless it's irritating). It's awkward, but once you get the hang and work out the salt/water ratio it can be almost pleasant. Then, if it's going ok, but you still have sinus trouble, it might be worthwhile to try the GSE. It's definitely anti-bacterial/fungal though some ppl debate it's "natural"ness. Personally, I'd try almost anything to avoid taking anti-biotics. But that's me. :)

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on June 01, 2011
at 04:20 AM

Thanks a bunch, I just used my sinus rinse now :) Gonna try the GSE in a few days if no progress.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on June 01, 2011
at 01:24 AM

I do use the Neil-Med Sinus rinse but not regularly. GSE? Grapseseed extract?

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 01, 2011
at 02:42 AM

Fwiw, my sister kicked a long-standing sinus infection using neti. And eating less sugar...

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on September 17, 2013
at 07:30 PM

IIRC i think i heard something about using baby shampoo to rinse sinuses to break down biofilm.... may be worth looking into. also like others have mentioned neti-pots do a good job clearing normal sinus backup, not sure it kills bacteria though.

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on August 28, 2013
at 08:42 PM

Distilled water + Neti Sinus rinse + H202 (hydrogen peroide) is a nice remedy. When I started hydrogen peroxide therapy, I would only mix 1 cap full of H202 to 3-4 oz of water, and then I started putting 2 cap fulls in now that I am used to it.

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on June 01, 2011
at 11:51 AM

I know it might be shunned upon, but when I had strap recently, I gladly took antibiotics. I feel that we can do the most in preventing, but when the bacterial infection is already here, it's better to just kill it off well and for good. I don't get serious infections often, as my immune system got so much better on paleo, but I teach so the kids bring crazy microbes with them ;-)

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on September 17, 2013
at 07:23 PM

have you tried colloidal silver? It's supposed to be the most powerful natural "antiobiotic", natural news.com did a great piece on it

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:15 AM

I've never had allergy problems either until now.I tried using the netipot but it seems to aggrivate and irritate my sinuses. Pollups were found when I visited my ENT, and the problem with the netipot is the reason for the CT, just trying to make sure there is not any blockage going on. Neti-pots are supposedly fabulous, just not for me right now :)

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:03 AM

I've had the same problem. Mine is due to an allergy to something, I've been eating Paleo for about 2 years now. I am having a catscan done on Friday and allergy testing done on Monday. I've been prescribed steriods and antibiotics 4 times this year!!!! I'll let you know my outcome next week.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on June 01, 2011
at 01:07 AM

I've experienced the same. I've never had allergies, and seem to have developed quite a few lately. I even went into anaphylactic shock a couple weeks ago. Allergy testing next week, and declined a CT scan. Nothing prescribed yet.

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