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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Earth Clinic's Remedies
- Ice Cream, Flu Symptoms and Sinus Infections
- Pain Reliever and Sinus Medication Link
- Air Conditioners and Sinus Infections
- Ajwai Seeds
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Neti Pot
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Oregano Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Sinus Rinse
- Avoid Bananas
- Baby Shampoo
- Baking Soda and Salt Water
- Betadine and Hydrogen Peroxide Sinus Rinse
- Black Mold
- Boiled Onion, Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Cayenne Snorting
- Chocolate and Sinus Infections
- Cinnamon, Clove and Oregano Oils
- Coconut Oil
- Cod Liver Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Colloidal Silver, Ascorbic Acid, Black Elderberry Syrup
- Cream of Tartar
- Dental Care
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dietary Changes
- Egg Whites
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Fennel, Flaxseed and Fenugreek
- Flip-Turn Sinus Rinse Method
- Garlic, Oregano, Cayenne
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Grapefruit Seed Extract, ACV, Echinacea
- Grapefruit Seed Extract, Oil Pulling
- Grapefruit Seed Extract, Sea Salt
- H2O2, GSE, Sea Salt Rinse
- Hemp Seeds
- Homemade Xylitol Nasal Spray
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Hot Shower
- Hot Showers, Hot Tea, Chicken Soup
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide and Sea Salt
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Salt and Baking Soda
- Ice Packs
- Improve Air Quality, Nasal Irrigation
- Lactose Intolerance
- Lemon, Honey and Cinnamon Tea
- Light Bulb Therapy
- Low Grade Sinus Infection Remedies
- Lugol's Iodine
- Measure Your pH
- Mold and Sinus Infections
- Multiple Remedies
- Nasal Spray With Salt, Oregano Oil and ACV
- Neti Pot
- Neti Pot With Saline and Apple Cider Vinegar
- Nose Blowing
- Oil Pulling
- Olbas Oil
- Olive Leaf
- Onion and Carrot Juice
- Oregano Oil
- Organic Tomato Juice
- Probiotic Drink
- Quercetin, Bromelain
- Red Dye
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Reishi, Cayenne, Oregano Oil, Garlic
- Remedies Needed
- Riboflavin, B2
- Saline Rinse
- Sniff Warm Water
- Spleen Connection to Sinus Infections
- Steaming With Apple Cider Vinegar
- Steaming With H2O2 and Salt
- Steaming With Oregano
- Steaming With Sea Salt
- Tea Tree Oil, Mucinex
- Ted's Remedies
- Tomato Tea
- Unpetroleum Jelly
- Website Comments
- White Grape Vinegar
- Wild Indigo Extract
- Xylitol and Sea Salt Sinus Rinse, Spirulina
05/22/2011: John from Antwerp: "30 years sinusitis, klebsiella infection with secundary bronchiectasien. Anosmia and generalized inflammation(use of 6 wk clarithromycine gave me tinnitus). ENT doctor want to do FESS(functional endoscopic sinus surgery).
Do you have a better advice?"
01/16/2011: Annalisa from Spanaway, Washtington: "Having problems clearing up sinus infection, had for 2 week, taking Oil of Oregnol, Tumeric with coconut oil, plus Vit C, still cannot get it under control. Any suggs? Thank You, "Replies
01/16/2011: Blanche from Iberia Parish, Louisiana, Usa replies: "I would suggest you wash your sinuses out using a neti pot if you have one.
You can get one at the pharmacy. It looks like a little teapot and comes with a few packets of sinus wash powder. You just pour it through one nostril and allow it to come out the other nostril. It takes a little practice. You will be blowing your nose a lot for a few minutes. Feels much better when you're done."
12/09/2010: Violet from Harrisburg , Pa: "I had sinus surgery in 1993 after years of misery. I now have sinus pain most of the time and when they operated they found I had fungus in my right sinus cavity. I belive there is scar tissue which can cause pain. Don't know what else to do make my life miserable. Always in pain and headaches. I am now 66 and the doctor isn't too easy to do surgery again. I don't know why. Can any one help. Thank you"Replies
12/09/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "First of all, I think you should see a Chiropractor and have some adjustments because it might be caused by pressures on your spinal nerves. After that you should try Glyco-Thymoline diluted with distilled water used as a nasal spray, and Glyco-Thymoline packs over the sinuses. For the nasal spray, put One ounce of distilled water and 1/2 ounce of Glyco-Thymoline. Glyco-Thymoline is a great product! Search online for the cheapest place to get it."
12/10/2010: June from Greenwich, Ct, Usa replies: "I would try anti-fungal supplements and see if they work. I have had great success with a yeast and fungus condition taking probiotics and also a caprillic acid (sp?) supplement. From what I understand, it can take a year or more to treat fungal conditions in the body, so don't give up if you don't see results right away. Good luck and please let us know of your progress."
11/10/2010: Drew from Miami, Florida, Usa: "I have been suffering from sinus infections (left maxillary) for about 25 years. I have had 2 major sinus surgeries consisting of putting a titanium floor in my orbit due to silent sinus syndrome. I still suffer from periodic sinus infections and constant stuffiness. Today I used over the counter sprays (sinex and afrin) They both worked but then I got stuffed up again and I used it a few more times causing a increase in my stuffed nose and cannot breathe thru my left nostril at ALL. I have read about ACV and started it about an hour ago. Does anybody know of any solutions to get rid of this stuffy nose caused by these nasal inhalers? HELP!!!!"
07/01/2009: Joe from Beaumont, California: "two months ago I went to the dentist with what I thought was a toothache. X-rays did not show a problem. He thought I had a sinus infection and gave me an antibiotic. It worked but two months later I have the same problem in the same area, upper teeth left side and headache. I have no mucus or runny nose just a throbbing pain. Anyone had the same problem that can help? Thanks"Replies
01/08/2012: Danika from Albany, Australia replies: "Hi I am having the exact same problem as you, I have had X-rays, ultrasounds, blood tests you name it I've had it, the doctor now says it is a sinus infection, however I have not had a cold, stuffy nose or anything like that just really excruciating pain in my jaw and teeth. I have been on painkillers, antibiotics and nothing seems to take the pain away. Just wondering if you had any luck or if anyone else can help me."
01/09/2012: Steve from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "A good remote energy healer can help you with this easily by phone. Simpy google healers and pick one with good testimonials on healing jaw and teeth pain."
01/09/2012: Rox from Melbourne, Australia replies: "It sounds like TMJ Syndrome. I had the same symptoms a few years ago. I started back at the gym and I was clenching my teeth throughout my training session, also when I was sleeping. Pain developed in the right side of my jaw and in a few of my teeth on that side. I was taking pain-killers every 4 hours. I visited the dentist and they couldn't pin-point what was going on. I than went to my doctor and she knew exactly what it was - TMJ Syndrome. She prescribed me a muscle relaxant (1/2 tablet of Valium before bed) and gave me a few exercises to do. I can remember one... Put your tongue to the roof of your mouth and hold it there, than open & close your mouth about 20 times - do this whenever you can throughout the day. A few days later the pain was gone!!!"
01/09/2012: Sweetberry from New York replies: "Try vitamin d 30,000 units a day for a week then lower it to 20,000 then all ok."
01/09/2012: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West South Africa replies: "Hi Danika, To get relief try & massage the sore spot as hard as you can tolerate & as regularly as you can & eventually you will get pain relief as the sensitive spots tension is released. It definitely works."
01/09/2012: Rose from Provo, Ut (usa) replies: "I found using an infared heat/massage wand on the jaw areas for a couple of days really helped loosen the TMJ muscles on my jaw. I suffered for months before I read about doing this. The wand can be bought where you would buy any massager at a drug or discount store. I can go a few days without doing it but I have to reapply the therapy again if it starts to bother me."
01/10/2012: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us replies: "If it is in fact TMJ then you may need to see a Biological Dentist who can help you find out why your muscles are tense in the first place. It is possible that you actually do have sinusitis though so don't rule out the sinus issue. You can have no cold, stuffy nose, etc.... And still have sinus problems. Be careful though I had the same issue a while back when I was a dental assistant and since both my doctor and my dentist (who was my boss) couldn't figure out what it was, I was put on IV antibiotics for a week and had a rootcanal done on a tooth that was perfectly fine. I believe it was actually a sinus issue that was affecting my teeth to the point of swelling my entire face. The antibiotics helped temporarily but I still have sinus issues to this day. I am planning on trying the cayanne pepper cure (when I get the courage)that a few people have painfully tried as I am getting desparate. Good luck.
P.S. I am also currently seeing a biological Dentist as I have TMJ. She is helping me to get rid of the amalgam fillings which will also help my sinuses (I hope) and she is helping me figure out why I am clenching my teeth all day/night long. It is usually a problem with the anatomy of your bite. Hi spots, missing teeth, etc that cause you to constantly be searching for a comfortable place to rest your jaw. Some people on EC have bought a sports mouth guard with great success. I am too light of a sleeper for that and I have problems during the day as well as night so I can't necessarily wear a mouth guard while I am at work:) But it may work for you."
01/10/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Have you considered a magnesium deficiency as the reason for the clenching of the jaw? The magnesium will relax the muscles and even stop any tooth grinding as well. Maybe an epsom salt bath before bed would help determine if magnesium is the problem. Most people are deficient in magnesium. I am also an ex dental nurse from many, many years back and usually the dentist would treat this with a mouth guard and grinding down teeth. I would look into magnesium though."
01/11/2012: Madeline from Central, New Jersey replies: "Exercise particularly upper back and shoulders. I was having the same problem and once I joined a gym I started to feel better. Also fix your posture because it's causing your neck to protrude which places a lot of pressure on your neck and shoulders. Mckenzie neck retractions exercise. Good luck"
[YEA] 01/26/2009: Avi from London, United Kingdom: "Thanks so much for the info on Borax, its doing an amazing job on my chronic candida infection. Sinus infection has been a big, BIG, painful problem, causing the kind of headache that occupies everything from the neck up. I recently learned that sniffing up 3% H2O2 can shift that, but I find it really painful and so I tried the advice of a local herb gardener who said to sniff up rhubarb juice, and it worked magnificently.
Stings a little bit, but clears out a lot within minutes and keeps working all day, so you might be slightly sniffy, but great relief, and doing it once every day keeps the sinuses clear, although I don't think its a cure, just a great way of expelling toxins. Mixing 50/50 RAW rhubarb juice and colloidal silver [in distilled water] removes the sting but isn't quite as effective as just rhubarb juice. Anyway, variations on that theme give me immediate relief from sinus headaches. This is useful to me when I detox too fast, maybe it can be useful to others."
[YEA] 03/25/2008: Karen from Alpharetta, Georgia: "Riboflavin B2 100mg right before bedtime will take care of sinus drainage.It will work in about 20 minutes. If not,try up to 250mg. I had severe sinus drainage for years.I found it hard to sit through meetings,church etc, without coughing my head off. I would eat and have a reaction to food and start coughing uncontrollably.Sometimes medications worked,sometimes not. Sometimes I would double up on medication. Now I take NOTHING!"
[YEA] 03/25/2013: Gregg from Augusta, Ga: "Like everyone else on this site, I have really struggled with my sinuses. I found this site about 3 years ago and it has made a huge difference for me.
I started out by drinking ACV and it does work to relieve the pressure. I still use it from time to time during allergy season when I feel the pressure coming on.
For those of you who can't stand the taste, I simply put a shotglass full of ACV (2 - 3 ounces) into 4 or 5 ounces of dark purple grape juice. The grape juice kills most of the bad taste and allows it to go down quickly.
I found that ACV isn't a fix all. An allergist suggested that I look into 'nasal lavage' - which is basically doing a saline rinse. It sounds gross, but by regularly flushing out your sinuses you get rid of all of the pollen, dander, dust, etc that causes sinus problems to begin with.
I am very cheap, so here is my solution. I kept an empty dishwashing soap bottle (dawn, polmolive, etc). I fill it with warm tap water (about body temperature). I pour in some table salt and shake.
Either in the shower or over the sink, tilt your head to one side and squirt the water into the higher nostril. If your sinuses are fairly clear, the water should pour out of the lower nostril (along with all kinds of gunk). If your sinuses are blocked, the water will go in and may not immediately come out of the other nostril. That's ok. The warm water will loosen up much of the crud in there. Have some tissue paper handy and blow to get rid of the water and the gunk.
Tilt your head to the other side and repeat to clear out the other side. You may need to do it a couple of times in each nostril to get stuff really moving. You may also need to blow your nose several times over the course of the next few hours as the stuff continues to work loose.
This will clear a lot of what's in there initially. The trick is to do it regularly (every day during allergy season) so that it gets the junk out before you have sinus issues. I don't do it as religiously as before, but even so, I breathe better than ever and I haven't been sick in 2plus years. I hope that this helps - it's been a Godsend for me."Replies
11/04/2013: Sunny from Ca replies: "Do not use table salt!! Many salts contain added ingridients. Like iodine and anticaking ingredients, check label!! Can use pure sea salt, make sure it disolves! Can disolve in hot water, use drinking water! As sink water contains fluride and chlorine!! PTE free plastics!!"
11/05/2013: Karen from Randolph, New Jersey Usa replies: "Please use boiled or distilled water: http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/natural-remedies/neti-pot-deaths-infections-are-neti-pots-safe. There have been two deaths from using contaminated water in neti pots."
[YEA] 07/12/2012: Sue from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: "I just want to say that whilst traveling in China, without a neti pot or any kind of nasal spray or lavage equipment and no access to any pharmacy or medical clinic at the time, I successfully used a sterilised travel bottle, normally used as cabin bag 100ml toiletry bottle (like a little squirt bottle), as a make-shift saline rinse bottle.
I was suffering terribly with an acute case of sinusitis with heavy symptoms worsening day by day. I couldn't move I was in such pain in my head and body. I knew instinctively that I needed to do a rinse of some kind but had never done anything like it. I researched Earth Clinic and after reading other peoples testimonies about make-shift salt rinses, gained the courage to try a nasal rinse using whatever I had (travel bottle) and immediately gained relief. I continued it throughout the day with the symptoms improving every hour. Amazing results that honestly, I wasn't expecting to be so significant, so fast.
If you find yourself in unfavourable circumstances and need to use a travel bottle or squeeze bottle, it will be a little messy and it takes a bit of trial and error to work out the right squeeze action and angle of the head, but it still gets results and that's what matters!
I'm completely sold on the concept of a neti pot and will look to using this in my daily routines and also pack a plastic light-weight neti pot into my travel bag wherever I go! Thank you Earth Clinic, what a great resource to share globally."
[YEA] 06/14/2012: Joanne from Victoria, Bc Canada: "I had a SEVERE sinus infection with raw throat for 3 weeks and had tried everything except anti-biotics because they have never worked. When I finally went to the doc he said most sinus infections are viral and therefore the drugs don't work. He said if it went longer than 10 days (when I virus has finished running its course) then a person could consider the drugs. I didn't want them. What worked? Three days using sinus rinse system from the pharmacy with their mixture of one part sea salt and one part baking soda added to filtered and BOILED water, which had been cooled, twice a day. I used this plus sprays of GSE, then Xylitol-based and the one the doctor recommended was the capsicum (cayenne) based homeopathic spray. It did help but the final nail in this vicious infections coffin was sinus rinse. Make sure you don't push too hard as I accidentally blew water into my ear canal and could hardly hear for two days. No fun! Anyway, I recommend Neilmed plastic bottle as it works great.. I treated the top with hydrogen peroxide on a tissue and left the bottom and top out to dry. I rinsed morning and night... Good luck and thanks SOO much to Earthclinic for giving us all this space to share such crucial information. Bless you guys!!"
[YEA] 10/10/2011: Lezlie W from Los Angeles, Ca : "The best cure for sinus infection is a nasal saline rinse. I would get sinus infections that made me super sick for two weeks. At one point they kept reappearing every 3 months. I finally got fed up and went on-line for a remedy. I found a reference to this and decided to try it. It worked pretty effectively and quickly. I used The neilmed brand aftvies scoping out all the options on the drug store shelves. I chose it because it seemed simple compared with the other methods. When I used it, it stopped my cold flu symptoms from putting me in that I need to stay in bed and rest all day state. Then I noticed my running nose and stuffy head went away too. I was still able to function daily as the symptoms declined with the use of the saline nasal rinses. Big difference from the way the infections knocked me out ANC made me feel. I'd say after three days of the washes you feel a big difference and after a week of the washes there's no signs of the infection. Since using this twice, once in the midst of a full blown infection and once at the onset, I haven't had a sinus infection since. It's been a year and a half."
[YEA] 05/28/2010: Kristin K from Santa Barbara, Ca, Usa: "The CURE for SINUS INFECTIONS: Saline Irrigation with Sea Salt and Warm Water applied directly into sinus cavity.
My story: I had bacterial sinus infections on and off for 4 years and this last winter is the first year I did not have bacterial sinus infections. I saw 3 ENT specialists and have tried everything from antiobiotics through saline irrigation (netti pot) using Hydrogen Peroxide or Apple Cider Vinegar. The last year I have been finally free of sinus infections by using Sea Salt and warm water only in my irrigation. What I found it its the technique of HOW you use the irrigation; not WHAT you put in the solution. For me the trick was using an irrigation system that got the warm salt water all the way up into my sinuses. I was using the netti pot while kneeling on the batrhoom floor and holding my head upside down to get the water up into my sinuses. Now I use a water squirting devise (a brand name) that is sold to spray a stream of water to clean teeth. A friend told me about using a water spraying teeth cleaning machine for sinus irrigation years ago and I finally tried it February of 2010 with excellent results. The technique of daily squirting the warm water directly into my sinuses has what kept me from chronic bacterial sinus infections that I had in the past. I had tried Hydrogen Peroxide, Vinegar, Baking Soda etc all with stringing and irritation. The electric water spraying device has worked the best hands down.
I am writing this because this site helped me so much in trying different ways to treat my bacterial sinus infections. I was very depressed and frustrated because the ENT specialists I saw only wanted to do surgery on me. One told me specifically that I could not clean out the bacteria with sinus irrigation when I asked him about it. I believe that I can clean out bacteria and what the ENT said is not true. The sad thing is that MDs do not make any money off of telling people to do sinus irrigation at home. I just wish I had started doing sinus irrigation years ago!
Good luck, keep at it and listen to your body."Replies
11/12/2010: Laura from Ashland, Wi replies: "A coworker friend of mine told me about this almost 10 years ago and I haven't been on antibiotics for a sinus infection since. She called it a "Chinese remedy" and instructed to use a nasal aspirator like used on babies. You fill the aspirator with salt water and, tipping your head sideways over a bathtub, push the water up your nose. It feels like you jumped off a diving board and forgot to plug you nose. You just gently blow it back out again, and what comes out with the water is what causes your infection. My friend told the first time there were scabs and dirt etc.
My dad was against homeopathic for years; until when, he complained about an especially bad infection to me, I insisted he try it. Now, he tells me about like he's instructing me and that he's eternally grateful to me and it's the only thing that has been able to dent his infections that have lasted weeks. I'm still wondering about using this for an ear infection with blocked Eustachian tubes, which I have right now. I tried it in the bath and it took about 1/3 of the pressure away. I'm not sure it was the best for that."
12/12/2010: Linda M from Mckinney, Tx replies: "Laura, can you tell me what ratio of salt to water you used? Also, did you boil the water first? When I was growing up, my mother always used a saline solution as "nose drops" on us to clear out congestion. I just can't remember the proportions. Thanks."
04/12/2011: Wyked1 from Newark, Ohio, Usa replies: "I am not familiar with the nasal irrigation but after irrigating my ears several times, my ear Dr. (who must be 80 and has been my ear Dr. Since I was 5) recommended the over the counter oral irrigation but in lieu of that said I could use the bulb syringe. It works well but you have to use good force and have the water as warm as possible without burning yourself.
If you have never had your ears irrigated it feels amazing when it is finished however, it will make you dizzy so if you are doing it yourself, have someone nearby.
Since I have sinus trouble also I am thinking I should invest in the oral system so I can irrigate both."
01/23/2012: Annie Joan from Portage, Wi replies: "First, it is REALLY important to only use "pickling salt" because it has no preservatives or anything that could further irritate your nasal passages. I use the Niel Med squirt bottle. I use 1 teaspoon of pickling salt every time I do my sinus rinse and fill it with warm water- a little above room temperature. The salt will burn at first, but it is SO worth actually being able to breath again. I unknowingly lived in an apartment with mold for 3 years. Now I have esosinophilic pnemonia, rhinosinusitis, have had 3 surgeries (because of breathing/nasal problems) Use to be in the ER at least once a week. I used over 200 tissues a day because I couldn't blow my nose because it was swollen completely shut into the back of my throat. And since it was so swollen and irritated, it ran literally all day. I couldn't sleep because I had such severe apnea.
Finally I met my "lung man" and he perscribed Azelastine HCR and Fluticasone Propionate (nasal sprays, apparently the best known combination). Since I couldn't spray anything up my nose, I was put on a high dose of Prednisone to reduce swelling so I could use the nasal sprays. After I started using them, although I still get chronic sinus infections, I can actually breathe through my nose (usually).
So anyone with issues like mine, I STRONGLY suggest forgetting about ENT doctors and going to a polmunologist (lung doctor) that specializes in allergies. There is a reason you have problems like this. It isn't normal to go through these things."
[YEA] 02/20/2010: Carissa from Flagstaff, Az: "Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! I have been suffering for a little over two weeks now from cold turned into ugly sinus infection. I work with toddlers and I thought that it would take me forever to feel 100% again, which is very important when working with young, energetic ones! Dreading the money it would cost to visit a Dr. (as I do not have health care) I decided to try something natural first. Thank goodness for this website! I mixed just a little over 1/4 teaspoon of salt, a pinch of baking soda and a tiny cap-full of hydrogen peroxide in 1 cup of warm water. I used a baby ear/nose bulb and rinsed like there was no tomorrow. A whole mess of green/yellow mucus came right out of my nose and continued to after the treatment every time I blew my nose. Immediately after the all of the gunk came out I could breathe again, pressure was gone and I was happy! I am very grateful for this amazing website!"Replies
[YEA] 01/06/2011: Sheila from Coats, Nc replies: "Thank you so much for the saline rinse with the baby bulb post! I have suffered from sinus infections for years. I was skeptical of the rinse at first, but decided to try it and wish I had known about this years ago! I couldn't believe what came out! I can finally smell threw my nose again."
[YEA] 01/06/2011: Melissa from Kings Park, Ny replies: "that was the greatest thing to ever happen to my nose! Best mixture! Ive been using the neti pot with a plain old saline solution for days with no relief. I broke out this mixture with a baby bulb and feel a million times better!"
[YEA] 09/14/2011: Cory from Lincoln, Ne replies: "I had never had a sinus infection until 4 days ago. I woke up one morning and the left side of my face felt like it was going to explode! I couldn't eat because my teeth hurt so bad, I couldn't even touch my left cheek bone without a lot of pain. I am a single mom with 3 kids all under the age of 7, I couldn't miss work and I don't have the money to go to the doctor. I tried apple cider vinegar it helped a little but I needed relief NOW!! I tried this rinse and it was AMAZING!!!! Everything cleared and now 2 days later I feel great! One thing I did that helped a lot was I slowly inhaled through my nose, so the solution would get all the way into my sinuses, below my eye, where it hurt the worst."
09/16/2011: Joyce from Lansdowne, Pa replies: "I have had chronic sinus infections caused from allergies for many years. I was taking Singulair and Veramyst and sometimes Advair. I do not like to take medication and looked at many natural supplements and herbs to take. I discovered the Sinus Rinse last spring and tried it. I have not taken any medications since. At first I used it twice per day for a few days and it cleared my sinuses and my allergies. I will not do without this again."
03/20/2012: Amber from San Bernardino, California replies: "I'm commenting on the salt/ baking soda// peroxide/ warm water mix; I was wondering if it was safe for small children and babies? Thank you for any replies."
[YEA] 01/18/2010: Pete from Springfield, Mo: "Sinus Infection Remedy
I have been dealing with a sinus infection for over a week now and found the saline rinse suggestion this evening on earthclinic and could not wait to give it a try. After mixing the solution I realized that I was having a very difficult time getting the rinse into my sinuses, during the process however I had an epiphany of how it reminded me of scuba diving. In scuba diving when water gets into your mask you tilt your head back and blow out out your nose to fill the mask with air and push water out the bottom, inevitably rookie divers often pour water up their nose at the beginning of the process, myself being no exception. I got out my scuba mask, poured some saline rinse into it, pressed it to my face and simply tilted my head back and sure enough it worked like a charm. As long as the mask seals well there is little mess and it is a very controlled way to pour the rinse into your sinuses. I felt relief within minutes, the rinse really does work. I plan to buy a spray bottle, but have doubts about its ability to really flood the sinuses, when at home I think I'll keep using my scuba mask."
01/15/2010: Mb from Littleton, Co: "I still use a nasal rinse "recipe" given to me by an Ear Nose and Throat specialist which is: 1/4 tsp. salt, pinch of baking soda and 2 capfuls of Alkolol with about 1 cup of water. The Alkolol is especially great if you have irritation in your nose. I use a baby bulb syringe and use 1/2 of the mix in each side 1-2 times per day. Super easy if you do it in the shower too!"