Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acupressure, Nasal Rinse
- Air Purifier
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Himalayan Pink Salt
- Chinese Herbs, Diet, Neti Pot
- Cow Ghee, Fluids, Avoid Junk Food
- Diet Change, Sleep Method
- Eliminate Dairy
- Enzymes, Hcl
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Fennel, Flax and Fenugreek Seeds
- Food Allergies
- Fungal Treatment
- Get Rid of Unnecessary Items
- Ginger and Nettle Tea
- Ginger, Egg
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Honey and Cinnamon, Garlic
- Honeyed Onion
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Keep Head Warm
- Milk of Magnesia
- Multiple Remedies
- Nasal Spray
- Oil Pulling
- Oregano Juice and Salt
- Remedies Needed
- Romaine Lettuce
- Salt and Baking Soda Rinse
- Salt Rinse
- Smelling Salts
- Warning on Levofloxacin
- Xylitol Nasal Spray
11/05/2012: Bev from Mckinney, Tx: "I have chronic sinuitis. I am miserable 80% of the time. Something has happened recently that had improved my sinuses greatly. I cannot figure out what or why. The only thing I have done differently is I started drinking 5 hour energy drinks every few..."
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[YEA] 08/23/2011: Jddavidson from Toronto, Canada: "Neti pots and other traditional methods of irrigating the sinuses are reliable and effective ways to manage sinusitis. A recent approach to dealing with these symptoms is to use a nasal spray which works similarly to traditional salt water sprays but with improved salts and other ingredients, which makes it more efficient. Keeping the sinuses clear of mucus help immensely with comfort for chronic sinusitis sufferers."
04/30/2012: Miserable_in_bama from Oneonta, Alabama, United States: "I've had the worst sinus infection for about 2 months along with ear infections and I couldn't hear. I live in Alabama, and since I moved here my sinuses have been horrid. But it got worse two days ago, my right eye was so swollen, a huge pocket of fluid on eyelid, and below where dark circles are, even just above eye lashes.
I just happened upon this site, and decided to do the oil pull, and I had some cold-pressed coconut, good stuff! I've been into natural healing for years, and tried a neti pot with sea salt, and couldn't even get that to go through! Also I take herbs everyday which have helped through the years.
So I also have had eczema since moving here, on my ear lobes, on forehead next to hair line. I know that's a sign of lowered immune system function. So after cleaning my teeth, I did the coconut oil pull. It tasted so good! I was surprised. So I did it for 15 minutes, swishing it around, and went to bed. I woke up this morning with the whole right side of nose all red! Also with eczema bumps on it! Wow! This stuff works fast! The poison is coming out of my system! I did another oil pull this morning, and then neti pot, and finally got it unstopped.
I still have that lump of sinus crud in the back of my throat, it feels thick, but I know I'm going to beat this thing. I also put coconut oil on eczema on nose, it's good for that, it has many anti-bacterial properties!
So just day one, I will update as I go! I'm very disabled, arthritis, many back and joint surgeries, so looking forward to seeing if I get good results as other have on those aches & pains oil pulling. I'm so glad I found this site!"
[YEA] 12/19/2008: Sri from NJ: "I always had Sinus issues as far as 12 years now. Allergies manifested as really quickly. Oil pulling is a god send for people with any of these issues. It became a routine for me before brushing and makes my day a whole lot better. It loosens up the phlegm in the sinuses that accumulates overnight and make it easy to sneeze it out. It seems to also take care of the stubborn plaque and teeth cleaning. Sometimes, if the brushing in the evening does not make me feel clean on teeth, i get to another round of oil pulling to clean up.
However, do not oil pull without at least 3-4 hours after eating and 30mins after drinking anything. This is also mentioned elsewhere. Please follow the instructions meticulously. One thing i noticed is that the amount of time you swish it in mouth depends on how stuffed you are. If you are good, oil takes a while to liquify and if you are stuffed, it liquifies quickly and you can feel it thinning.
This also helps me manage my allergies and I stopped using the sprays and now i am on accupucture treatment to completely get rid of these problems.
If you have that feeling of phlegm stuck in your lower sinuses even with oil pulling, you may want to use netipot. Use kosher salt and warm water. That should give you relief for atleast 24 hours, free of any stuffing what so ever. There are advanced techniques with neti pot (drug stores call it sinus rinse) which can effectively clean every part of sinus over time. Good luck!"
EC: More about Oil Pulling here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html
07/07/2011: Dianec from Los Angeles, Ca. replies: "Before you try anything for sinusitis PULL ALL CARPETS FROM YOUR HOME AND MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO PETS IN THE HOUSE! These 2 things may be causing your sinus problems."
Oregano Juice and Salt
[YEA] 01/20/2008: Robert from Naples, Florida: "For the last 15 years I've had chronic sinusitis, post nasal drip, clogged nose, etc. I was constantly clearing my throat, and sometimes coughing. I snored a lot, which my wife didn't appreciate, and the snoring actually would wake me up in the middle of the night, leaving me tired in the morning. I seemed to catch colds more easily than before, but I attributed this to my very frequent plane travel.
Doctors prescribed antibiotics, but I they did not fully cure the problem and when I stopped the treatment, every symptom returned. (And I just don't like unnatural treatments.) Others said it was allergies.
I wondered: Could my sinusitis be a fungal problem? More exploring on the internet found the answer:
In 1999 Mayo Clinic researchers found the cause of most chronic sinus infections to be an immune system response to fungus, and that this may kick off a secondary bacteriological infection. It is not an allergic reaction, but an immune reaction.
Again, I felt betrayed by the medical profession. Why hadn't anyone told me this?
I went to the health and vitamin store to look for an anti-fungal nasal spray, and nothing met my requirements or budget ($10-15 for a one ounce bottle of ingredients seemed way out of line.) Here's the formula I "invented:"
1. Rinse out a 1 ounce nasal spray bottle
2. Add one eye-dropper (approximately 1 ML) of Oregano Juice (NOT Oregano Oil it's too strong and will not dissolve in water)
3. Add a pinch of salt (approximately ½ ML) (Iodized salt is OK iodine is a good anti-fungal)
4. Fill the rest of the sprayer with distilled water, and shake well until the salt is dissolved.
Spray as frequently as once an hour until symptoms subside. For me, this solution began working within an hour; most symptoms were gone in three days. And the price of the ingredients per bottle is just a few pennies.
If the oregano/saline solution is too strong for you, dilute in half with water. If you want, you can add a drop of eucalyptus oil with ½ ML of glycerin, (which will bond the oil to water). I now spray once or twice a day, just to prevent any recurrence.
A very dear friend, who is 75, has had awful sinusitis for years. He heavily cleared his throat every minute or two. I told him of this simple formula, and two days later he called me to say it was working. He then said with amazement: "I don't believe it, we've been talking for over 15 minutes and I haven't had to clear my throat once!"
There are articles and books that claim that some cancers are caused by fungus. If this is true, taking action on fungus early may be very beneficial in the long run. It's time we gave fungus a deeper analysis."Replies
09/06/2008: Rosa from Columbus, Ohio replies: "Where I can buy the Oregano Juice? I found the oil but not juice. It is a great website. Thanks very much for helps!Rosa"
[YEA] 08/07/2012: John from Palisade, Colorado: "The paradigm of modern culture is summed up as "sterilize" is equal to healthy. This paradigm comes from the discovery of germs and their coincidental relationship to diseases. It can be likened to a field that is plowed and left barren. This field is then populated with all kinds of weeds and plants some may be good and many are bad or useless. But the normal or healthy field is never barren. It is a culture of balanced plants in a proper relationship. Modern allopathic medicine seeks to sterilize your mouth with highly toxic to bacteria AND YOU, ... Chemicals, and seeks to maintain that state. But in nature (dare I say God's plan?) a human being has 5-10 times more bacterial cells in the body than actual body cells, amounting to approximately 3 pounds of them, and without them you WILL die! They are much smaller than body cells so the disparity in weight.. plus you are mostly water weight.
Current research in probiotics is only now understanding the critical importance to your guts immune system response ( 80% of the immune system is in the gut). And this is due in a large part to the probiotics in your entire intestinal tract from front to back.
I had chronic ear infections starting when I was just a child and had a radical mastoidectomy by age 14 . The removal of my entire left inner ear mechanism left me in danger of becoming deaf if the right ear also went that way. I fought the sinusitus and the ear, nose and throat infections for 45 years with EVERY possible medical and natural treatment I could find and NOTHING cured it. At best I got relief for a few days. I plowed the field diligently and stopped anything that I thought might of contributed to it like dairy. In the end I found my ear infection was worsening, my nose was so swollen, (nasal passages deviated septum they called it) and my eustacean tubes closed so tight (with inflamation) that I knew that like the creator of the muppets; I was doomed to die. Antibiotics, sinus flushes and rinses and anything else I tried (and I tried them ALL) were of NO effect. I was in dispair! I was suffering from sleep apnea and snoring and my mouth breathing had cause sever gingivitis on the front gums due to the unaturaly dry mouth. It was so bad my cats would jump purposefully ON ME to get me to breath or stop snoring, I am not sure which, but [probably both. Lol but thats the only reason they did it, I am sure. I was getting poor rest from all that. Things were bleak to say the least.
Last year I read about a bacteria cultured from human breast milk and intestinal flora that is the pre eminant colonizer of the baby from birth. It's a home maker for healthy probiotics and has a natural antibiotic that selectively kills bad bacteria and is harmless to the good bacteria, called "reuterin". This bacteria named "L. Reuteri" My years of research had show that the "plowed field" of my sinuses and the rest of my body were in danger of being overwhelmed by the weeds. It occurred to me that I needed to plant my field with what God intended to have there.
I took some of the powder of L Reuteri and placed it in my ears (both were helped) against the right ear drum and was excited to discover that within three days the ear infection had stopped and the pain was lessened and drainage had all but ceased. I snorted some of the powder up my nose (straight live bacteria) and within a week my nose was opened and I breathed easier for the first time in 45 years. My eustacean tubes opened up the next week after I continues to apply the bacteria to my ears nose and throat, and they started to function normaly, again after 45 years of them NEVER working right! I applied the Reuteri to my gums repeatedly after a gum cleaning and within a week my gingivitis had all but disappeared!
I have now been nearly perfectly symptom free for nearly a year! And after a few booster doses my nose is wide open and my eustacean tubes work perfectly my eardrum has not shown any sign of infection. To breathe freely through my nose again, to sing, to smell, what a joy! I am not snoring, I am sleeping better, and wake more rested, and so are my cats. Lol If you wish to discuss this with me or see the list of things I tried and the surgery and stuff in the past 45 years I had done or tried write me at lifesharer(at)yahoo. com .
09/25/2012: Jong from Singapore: "Hope someone or Ted can help with following... Over 10 years, progression of dry & thinning nasal mucous membranes, especially nasopharynx, causing weird headaches & throbbing sensations in nasal passages. Normal mucous production is absent to fight infections.
I have tried sesame oil, castor oil, neti pot etc etc without much sustained success. Any help with how to rectify the situation urgently appreciated, tks, Jon"
09/01/2012: Chrty from Bohol, 3600: "hi please help me, I do have sinusitis, it's so horrible, I admit I do have bad breath, with this sinus, even my dentist told me that I have a good teeth, but howcome, I do have a bb, and I went to EENT doc, but then he just gave me an antibiotics, nasal spray, but still not working, I do have bb with this sinus sue to the mucus in the throat, how can I treat this? suggestion pls, it sucks ;("Replies
11/05/2012: Bev from Mckinney, Tx replies: "I have chronic sinuitis. I am miserable 80% of the time. Something has happened recently that had improved my sinuses greatly. I cannot figure out what or why. The only thing I have done differently is I started drinking 5 hour energy drinks every few days because I have a stressful job. I cannot see how this would make a difference but am wondering if all the b vitamins might be the answer............ I know drinking these often are bad for you so am continuing research. I even went to a moldy old courthouse/post office that was turned into a museum and did not have any side affects. The basement was horrible..."
[WARNING!] 11/06/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa replies: "Energy drinks wreak havoc on your kidneys! Especially if you're drinking more than 1 on many days of the week! People have died from over-drinking this junk!"
01/12/2012: Kay from Hicksville, Newyork, Usa: "Hello, I have sinus since 7years, till now I have used many types of medicines but there is no use, but I found reason for my sinus to increase. Whenever I masturbate then my sinus start increasing and I can't breathe that day and headache, flowing nose etc happens. In my case, does masturbation really affect my sinus, if so what should I do to prevent it? And could you please tell me solution for my sinus?"Replies
01/13/2012: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Kay, the sex act requires LOTS of energy so if there's a link to an illness like your Sinusitis it indicates a possibility of toxic fat; or a toxic colon as the colon does a drastic contraction during climax thus releasing any toxins from an permeable wall (perhaps diverticulitis or ulcerative colon).
To remedy begin with 1/2 spoon milled flaxseed 2 daily, and 500 mg Vit-C before and after sex. Garlic is a good start for antibiotic AND detoxifier. There's also some good Homeopathic detox formulas that could help particularly when you suffer most.
Hope this helps and report any changes."
01/14/2012: Bonnie from Riverside, Calif. replies: "Kay when you have sinusitis everything you do is horrible! Bending down is painful and uncomfortable! I am now free of sinusitis! CURED!
(Rarely do I need slight maintance and then I irrigate my sinuses with Apple Cider Vinegar in warm water when needed)
Actually my sinuses are not bothering me anymore! I love it!
1. I started using a drop of Apple Cider Vinegar in a neti pot and rinsed my sinuses with the warm water and it helped me tremendously!
2. I increased the Apple Cider Vinegar to 2 drops in the neti pot. This works for me even better!
(I have had no irritation or redness in my sinuses for using this)
3. ALSO--I started using "Good Bacteria Culture drinks" like you buy in the yogurt section of the super market. Such as Yakult, there is another less expensive brand in California.
I use loads of them, yogurt, and raw wild honey!All good for your gut flora! All this with the apple Cider Vinegar (2 drops) in the neti pot with warm water rinsing out my sinuses and I am no longer having sinus problems! I hardly ever need to irrigate my sinuses anymore!
I read that if your GUT FLORA needs good bacteria allergies can occur! I am also going to start taking a probotic capsules soon and acidophilus.
I am going to buy Kefir grains in order to make my own healthy yogurt smoothies. There is video on Utube on this!"
01/14/2012: Neverbeold from Somewhere In, Mo replies: "Please read through the info in "Castor Oil". There was a post about gently swabbing the nasal passages with castor oil for this. I do not suffer from this, so I cannot speak from my own experience, but would be a simple addition to your treatment regime."
01/14/2012: Bonnie from Riverside, Ca. replies: "I forgot to add about my experience with sinusitis and being back to normal: the reason I seem to need maintenance at all is when my head gets cold! When my head gets cold I seem to produce some mucus.
Before I suffered from sinusitis for 11 years this never happened to me with the cold. I'm hoping this goes away with time. And I get back to normal.
But it is not the horrible mucus of sinisitis where this thick painful pus-type mucus drips down my sinus, throat and chest, with that horrible strange feeling I used to get. It is simply mucus.
When it is cold wear a hat or keep your room warm with heating. Try not to go to bed in a cold room or allow your head to get cold."
[QUESTION] 08/11/2009: Christine from Manassas, Va: "Blocked ears and long term sinus issues
desperate here for some insight...... i have dealt with bouts of sinusitis and blocked ears since 1986, the year my career began in the airline industry. having these bouts of sinus issues presents a real job hazard as, unlike office and/or ground jobs, i cannot fly with blocked ears. i refuse to go to another md or ent who will dismiss it with a sinusitus diagnosis and a few drug prescriptions that only temporarily work!
my caveat and most recent concern is that i drank the very strong detoxifying drink kombucha for 5 days in a row. kombucha's claims are many, one being that it will detoxify the body. i have practically been bed-ridden with a low grade fever, body aches, sweating, weakness, sinusitis and completely blocked ears for six days now!!
of course i am trying everything natural including the nettie pot, mega doses of vitamin c, natural anti-inflammatory omega-3's, vaporizer with tea tree/eucalyptis.
i am desperate and really need some input on what to do now! what is the best way to determine if i've had the presence of infection for all these years in my sinus passages? i am at my wits end!!
08/11/2009: Aware3 from Navarre, Fl. replies: "My son had a similar problem, and I got him a sinus spray from a health food store that contained the oil of oregano in the formula, I myself use that oil of oregano about 3 drops in my netti pot for prevention of colds, and sinus infection. It cleared my son's problem up quick. I also in between alternate with sea salt for cleansing. Blessings, and sure hope this helps. p.s. I keep pure essential oil of oregano as a staple, it has been shown they say to kill MRSA in test tubes, and we had a family member who used it for that reason with great success, on MRSA boils, which when taken orally and sprayed on made the boil break-outs stop!"
08/11/2009: Gaynor from Manaton, Devon Uk replies: "A successful cure for sinus that I used- a steam inhalation of essential oils Thyme, Cinnamon and Clove oil.I used a facial sauna and put three drops each of the three essential oils into the water compartment with the steaming water. Inhalation is painful at first- I inhaled alternate nostrils then both together for about five minutes maximum. You could use a bowl of boiling water and a towel over your head if you do not have a facial sauna. I did this for one week during day- every two hours for first two days- then reduced frequency to every four hours until the symptoms were very much improved. After about one day very much better after 10 days I was free of sinus blockage and could breath at night freely. The oils kill bacteria and the virus that is in the sinus cavity. To maintain the cure I routinely contiued this treatment just once a week. Hope this helps. I also brew my own Kombucha and drink this regularly."
[YEA] 10/29/2009: Rachel8now from Delray Beach, Florida: "Does ACV with cayenne pepper bring down cholesterol?
Relating to something different, postnasal drip, chew on Romaine lettuce. Very effective. Rachel"Replies
09/17/2012: Carol from Sumter, Sc replies: "Just wondering, how and why romaine lettuce?"
Salt and Baking Soda Rinse
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/27/2008: Marie from Reading, England: "I recently have suffered from PND [POST NASAL DRIP], which came from sinus and housemite dust. I have had a lot of health horrors over the years but this PND tok some beating. It has been absolutely terrible with horrible throat clearing and cough.
I tried drinking ACV and honey (have to watch the honey coz of diabetes), breathing olbas oil (childrens one) from an inahler, malt vinegar and paprika, small amount knocking it straight back, make no mistake -- it takes some bottle to knock that all back in one go.... Finally, I made my own rinse spray with ordinary table salt and a pinch of bicarb [baking soda]. Can't say it's totally cleared as yet, still got a bit of a cough, and very occasional tickle, but is much better and bearable, able to live with it.
I tried Nasonex and that worked for all of 3 days which cleared the waful hacking cough up which was persistent. I might try it again, as I read somewhere just today is best to wash the nostrils out with spray solution first then that gives the Nasonex chance to get right up into the cleaned out nostrils."
[YEA] 07/06/2008: Bob from Melbourne, Florida: "Salt rinse cures my sinus flare ups: I never had problems with sinus until recently when I was diagnosed with allergies from all outdoor things. I was taking shots but, had no luck. I moved and they wanted to start the damn shots over again from the weakest dosage. What a scam!!! So, I decided to do as I was always told. Spray the nose pathage with salt water. I first bought the solution from the drugstore and now, make my own and place in the bottle I bought. I spray up my nostrils in the shower, pinch my nose, shake and blow the crap out. Boy, the next few days I felt great. Now, I only use it as a monthly or so routine. If I sense I have an allergic affect or sinus flare up then, a spray or two a few days or a week or so will solve the problem. I've been sinus ache free and medicine free for a four years now. Darn glad I found your site to tell others and to learn how to take care of myself without a prescription (otherwise known as a low dosage poison). Thanks for the time,
12/01/2009: Carmen from Melbourne, Fl replies: "What kind of salt did the person use for the salt rinse? Thank you."
10/03/2010: Danceaholik from Miami, Florida replies: "Hey Bob, what is the solution you used to mix the salt rinse. I have tried the store bought rinse but it does not work at all. Thx in advance."
[YEA] 04/14/2009: Waqar from Islamabad, Pakistan: "I had eight years old sinus which was a real chronic problem for me. Even a slightest breez put me into headache. Every morning I had to get up earlier than my sleep was enough to clean my nose. Headache and nose and cheek bone pain was an almost daily problem.
But one day it so happened that my chronic sinus disappeared for ever. Now I never have to even clean my nose even after going through snow breez. I dont have any headache now. Let me tell you what happened.
We brought a couple of goats from the cattle market "IN OUR CAR" to slaughter on Eid (we the muslims slaughter some cattle on this festival). Although the two goats did not do any spoiling in the car but their extremly abnoxious smell remained in the car later for many days. As it was winter we could not travel in the car with the car windows open. It so happened that we had to travel in the same car to another city some 100 miles and back on the very next day. The smell in the car although it had subsided to some extent caused me severe headache when I reached back home. Anyway I took a pain killer and went to sleep. In the morning again I had to take another pill of the pain killer.
BUT... aroung in the afternoon I realised that some thing had happened. My SINUS HAD GONE FOR EVER.... AND ITS OVER FOUR MONTHS NOW. No nose cleaning, no headache no cheek bone or nose pain no secretion.
CAN SOME PHYSICIAN EXPLAIN IT??? I would love to have your comments and wish somebody to investigate it further and keep me updated. Let me tell you I am a natural scientist myself."
EC: As goats frequently urinate on themselves for various reasons, most likely the odor Waqar is talking about is that of ammonia. Thus smelling salts (ammonia salts) are worth consideration as a possible remedy. Any thoughts or experience with this home remedy as one potentially for sinus infections?
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/10/2010: Dewillac from Graham, Wa, Usa: "Hello and thank you for having your web site available when I needed to find you. I detest going to the dentist because of the pain they inflict on my already sore teeth and gums. However, about five years ago, I had no choice but to visit one. Glad I did because he was very, very good and fixed my problem. Unfortunately, I've since developed what I believe is a sinus problem I've never had in the past and I don't if it's related to the dental work. I'll do my best to describe my symptoms - a constant liquid drip down the back of my throat which sometimes feels like it either coats my throat and I can't swallow, or it stops at the top of the back of my throat and feels like there is a blockage and I can't swallow. I have to inhale and snort hard to try to dislodge everything and get the liquid moving again just to swallow. Lately, I've begun drooling while sleeping and awake. While awake, I'm aware of the drool when I feel it on my face. When sleeping, I've begun keeping Kleenx under my pillow to absorb the liquid. I either drool like a normal person or, lately, wake myself up when I discharge a fair amount of liquid (it literally pours out of my mouth). I don't know how else to describe what's happening.
Two days ago, I had some vinegar potato chips for the first time in my life. For the first time in five years, I did not snort and no liquid was going down my throat or out of my mouth. My sister mentioned ACV to me and, while researching it, found your website. Can you help me? What do I have and is it related to my sinuses? I've never had allergies before and don't know what to do. If ACV will help me, what kind would you recommend I take? I've been reading about regular, diluted, undiluted, organic, and filtered. If this will work for me, can you narrow it down? Thank you so much for your patience while I vent and try to describe something that.....well, how do you describe the sound of trying to clear your nose and throat? Kind of difficult. Thanks for any help you can provide. If this posting goes out to the public, then thank you ahead of time to the public for any help."Replies
01/10/2010: Indigo from Sacramento, Ca replies: "Hi Dewillac, I think it's best to take ACV that is , unfiltered, raw, organic if possible. The "mother" is the stringy stuff you see in unfiltered ACV. You should be able to find some easily at your local health food store. There's well-known brand - not expensive - that is available all over the US and I don't think you'll have any trouble finding it in Washington. As far as how much to take, I would advise reading postings here and experimenting and observing what seems to work best for you. Other readers may have better advice for your specific condition. Best of luck!"
01/10/2010: Katie from Edison, Nj replies: "I started apple cider vinegar when I found this site, my allergies are gone...can't believe after all these years- I can wake up with a clear head..I was also taking iodine for my thyroid..but these are the only two things that I did..so I am crediting both."
01/10/2010: Lynn from St. Petersburg, Florida replies: "I have the same thing down the back of my throat, and have had it for years. It's "post nasal drip," just a title that describes the symptoms. You have mucus from your sinuses running down the back of your throat. This is your sinuses cleaning themselves, but over a lifetime it is not good for you because it carries bacteria into your stomach and your system, and is known to cause bacterial infections elsewhere in the body, such as the urinary tract. It's a reaction to something you ate due to allergy or food intolerance, such as dairy. Sometimes it can get so thick you feel you will suffocate. Gargle with warm salt water to clear it out, or just warm water period. Hot tea is good, too. Then treat with other things such as diluted vinegar or grapefruit seed extract or other remedy. You may have a sinus infection if you have yellow discharge from your nose when you blow."
01/10/2010: Karen from Sequim, Wa replies: "I just read, with interest, the problem you are experiencing with your sinuses. I don't exactly have a cure but am trying the Turmeric (1 heaping spoonful in a glass of water twice a day) and will report my progress - or not - after I've done it a few days. I wanted, mainly, to let you know that I have been experiencing a very similar problem for about 5 years now, and yes it is very annoying. My problem is that I have a lot of phlegm in my throat. Sometimes I have difficulty swallowing as well. I am constantly attempting to clear my throat of this bothersome "stuff", and it's very annoying (and embarrassing), especially when it comes to the surface and I have to spit it out. I keep Kleenex with me for when this happens. Yes, it is a very "ugly" subject to write home about, or even approach it on the internet. You have my utmost appreciation for your bravery in writing about your symptoms, and I felt compelled to reply, mainly, to let you know there are others out there suffering from the same thing. Let's hope we can get to the bottom of what causes this very uncomfortable problem (I have been told the name of it is post nasal drip - but hey, what's in a name?). I just know it's very uncomfortable in a lot of way."
01/11/2010: Tricia from Ireland replies: "You could all be writing my story - I call it tonsil mucous. I don't always feel the "postnasal drip" only sometimes. Because I work with people on a one-to-one basis I end up having to swallow this awful stuff. It sits in the airway and I have to cough it up later so that it does'nt get into my lungs. My lungs are always clear when I get them checked yet I can have the most awful wheeze which I can feel in my throat.
3 years ago I went to a specialist whe put the camera through me. He could see nothing wrong with my sinus or tonsils but could see the build up of mucus and a bubbly fluid at the tonsils, just no reason for it. So as a long shot he prescribed an ant-acid as excesssive acid can cause mucus in the body. When I finished the course - which made no difference to the mucus - I then started to suffer heartburn. Desperatly looking for a cure for this new painful ailment I found this site.
To the person who said it is probobly a food allergy. Mine certainly isn't because I do an elimination/detox diet which takes me a total of 2 1/2 months every two years for health reasons and it never makes an ounce of difference to the mucous
I have tried the 1 tablespoon ACV and 1 teaspoon baking soda in 8 oz water which worked wonderfully for the heartburn but not the mucus.
Tried 2 tablesppons of ACV in 8 oz water (no Baking soda) slight difference but not enough to continue.
Next I purchased a Neti pot and added
- a) sea salt
- b) grapefruit seed extract 1 drop
- c) peroxide.
Not all together obviously. But I did conclude that it wouldn't work for me cos it makes me gag too much.
I tried gargling with a 50/50 peroxide/water - useless
Tonight, at about 7 o'clock, I bit into a wild oreagno capsule(tried but couldn't get the liquid form) and "oh boy". It's about three hours now and I feel a big difference. Now I must say I felt like this with the ACV and water and it didn't last. So I'll talk to you again in a couple of days. If this doesn't work my next try will be peroxide inhalation.
By the way, just cos some of the above didn't work for me doesn't mean it won't work for you. I have had great results from this site on heartburn, rosacea, broken capillaries and hubby's fungal feet.
The answers are out there - we have to look for them."
12/01/2011: Jean From Mallorca from Cala D'or, Balears 07660 replies: "This is to Tricia from Ireland.
Ref. your problem with mucous [if you still have it]. It sounds to me as though you had a bad sinus infection. I was advised by an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist to simply sniff pure menthol crystals. These can be bought quite cheaply and all you need to do is inhale them whenever you think about it. I suffered an infection for three months before I got this information and the Menthol crystals really worked for me. I am never without them now and if I feel my sinuses are becoming a bit clogged I sniff them often during the day and pretty soon the problem goes away.
Hope this suggestion helps. PS be careful not to get any crystals up your nose, they really sting and taste nasty."
03/04/2012: Dr. L from Payson, Utah replies: "Having treated many sinus conditions for many years I will say from experience that the vast majority of sinus problems come from infected teeth. It takes a well trained dentist to find the bad tooth. Diagnostic X-ray is generally ineffective unless the condition is more than significant. Many times it's under a crown or a failed root canal or multiple metals in the mouth (galvanism). An additional complication comes after a tooth is too aggressively extracted and the sinus drops and fills in the new space as the bone resorbs and sometimes results in a fistula (CT scan will show it) The fistula has to be lifted and closed. Bacteria from the mouth communicating with the sinus will cause severe infection/inflammation until it is corrected. If these problems are not effectively addressed the sinus treatment is generally only palliative and the condition will continue to return."
Warning on Levofloxacin
[WARNING!] 07/26/2011: Lori from Sacramento, Ca: "Ok here is my story: I have had chronic sinusitis for years due to a rare blood disorder in short I do not have any gamuglobulin and am susceptible to upper respiratory problems. I rarely have problems with anything else except the sinusitis. I took 18 days of Amoxicilin about 3 wks ago and still have the infection.
I had read about Apple Cider Vinegar with garlic a long time ago and even had a jar full but did not use it because I could not get the lid off. I finally got the lid off, started taking it once a day for about two weeks and then stopped a week ago Sat. I saw my specialist last Fri and still have the infection she decided to give me a different antibiotic Levofloxacin. She did say that I should not do any extreme exercise while taking it because it could cause tendon problems. I let her know I was increasing my walking and had a hike planned on Sunday so she agreed to let me start today.
I picked up the Levofloxacin and consulted with the pharmacist which was useless then read the WARNING when I left. Levofloxacin is associated with a breakage of tendons! The list goes on........... I then looked it up on the internet and saw many blogs that some people had this problem from day one to several months after taking it. To their credit some people did not have any side effects and think it is great. There are many law suits taking place and the FDA place a black box WARNING (that is what I read) on the medicine (AKA: poison).
I am letting my Dr. know that it is not worth the risk. I have other chronic health problems and I do not need to add another that can effect my entire life. So I just drank my first cup of ACV with raw organic honey while I wrote this and plan on doing more during the day along with nasal salt washes, olive oil eucalyptus massage on nose and sinuses (only at night), acupressure and what ever else natural may find it's way to my limited knowledge. I will see what takes place in 2 weeks when I have a CT scan of my sinuses (I found out that this in controversial because the imaging can give false negative results). Oh well, who knows? Here's to sipping ACV! Good luck to all."