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Cure a Sinus Infection with Natural Remedies

Last Modified on May 27, 2015

Sinus infections are a very common but highly curable condition that causes pressure in the nasal cavity. Effective natural remedies can relieve the symptoms and limit the duration of the condition. Different rinses can be used to clear the nasal passages while effective nutritional passages work to clear the lymphatic system and boost immunity.

What is a Sinus Infection?

A sinus infection is defined as the inflammation and blockage of the sinuses. During a sinus infection, the nasal passages become filled with fluid that contains germs and cause infection. Symptoms include facial pain, nasal stuffiness and discharge, loss of smell and a cough. Conditions that result in sinus blockage include the common cold, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps and a deviated septum.

Natural Remedies for Sinus Infections

Treating an infection of the sinuses hinges on relieving inflammation, clearing the passageway and eliminating infection. A variety of nasal cleanses can be used to achieve these results including apple cider vinegar and saline. Nutritional supplements, such as cayenne, also help clear the sinuses and maintain an active, effective immune system.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Organic apple cider vinegar can be used as both a nasal rinse and nutritional supplement. Taken before or at the onset of a sinus infection, apple cider vinegar delivers a number of nutrients to the body that support overall immune health and prevent infection. Once an infection has developed, the substance can be diluted and used as a rinse to thin mucus almost immediately and to eliminate infection.

Saline

A saline rinse is another effective treatment option that can be used to irrigate the nasal passages. A tonic of sea salt and water functions to eliminate infection naturally. The mixture also helps loosen the mucus that is blocking the nasal passages and prevent recurrence of the condition.

Cayenne

Cayenne is also effective for treating sinus infections in that it naturally promotes circulation in the body. Cayenne is comprised of a potent amount of capsaicin – a stimulant that encourages blood flow and boosts the functioning of the nasal passages. Cayenne can also be used as a swab for the nasal passages; however, the treatment burns.

A sinus infection can be a painful condition that involves inflammation and blockage of the nasal passages. Effective treatments, however, deliver almost instantaneous draining and relief.

Additional Pages of Interest:
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Acupuncture   2  0   

Posted by Cherry (Cayman Islands) on 10/20/2006

[YEA]  Tried neti pot but that only facilitated the mucus to leave my sinuses. Tried acupuncture and that helped a lot, but when on a course of Phellostatin and that was my first real relief...along with one capsule of Cayenne pepper which took away the post nasal drip...this should not be taken too often as it moves the blood and really clears the system. Chronic sinusitis with digestive problems...it was felt by myself and my acupuncturist that fungus was my problem even though I had take Diflucan almost 2x a month. Acupuncture really helps me along with the Phellostatin and the Cayenne Pepper. Acupuncture assists the body to do the clearing and healing needed. Acupuncture was my final and last straw to try as I had tried most conventional medicine doctors and their treatments. Nasal sprays and prednisone. I do stay away from dairy products, but am now noticing that even if I have some I do not react with inflammation as I did before! I can eat cheese and not sneeze or get stuffy anymore. Wish I had gone this route from the beginning.

Replied by Wendy
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
06/05/2013

[YEA]   Yes- acupuncture is VERY helpful. I'm a chronic sinus sufferer and to some extent just have to live with it. BUT when it gets really bad, I see my acupuncturist 2 or 3 times over a week and the problem is much alleviated. There are good and bad acupuncturists so get a recommendation....

Air Conditioners and Sinus Infections   0  0   

Posted by Goose (Pittsburg, Pa) on 05/16/2012

When a air conditioner is running it removes all most all the humidity in the room. The air conditioner coil gets so cold that it dawls in moisture from the air. Similar to how a cold drink will sweat on a hot day. I think the absence of all this humidity dry out the nasal cavity and makes you more prone to infection.

Posted by Art (Everett, Washington) on 02/20/2012

Well there is enough from high end doctors and scientist air conditioners do cause sinus problems in a lot. Spewing mold spores, viral parisites, ect. the cooling unit is a toxin waste site. Repairman who do not handle correct can get very sick. Most don't know the connection 40 years ago I learned this and avoid like a plague and that's what it is. My sinus do still get infection of course my cures have been1- 2tbl sp ACV in large water 3x day, good results. 2- baking soda 1tsp in warm water and nettie pot and 1tsp in large water 3x day. Good results 3- 1tsp food grade activated charcoal in glass of water 3x day good results. At 70 I've never used pharmacuticals as they all weaken the immune system and most likely cause something else to go wrong. Let's face it, if they get you well, they make make no money.

Posted by Faithinhealing (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 10/23/2011

NOPE, I think the CAUSE IS MOLD... somewhere in the ducts or window a/c's...

Replied by Amanda
Virginia Beach, Va
02/10/2013

Try garlic juice -- one drop up each nostral hold it in as long as possible then blow everything out. Repeat as needed

Posted by Arica (Columbus , Usa) on 09/16/2011

I've had 4 sinus infections in my 32 year life and every single one I can tell you was a result from sleeping in a direct air path from an ac unit. EVERY ONE! I told my husband it was the ac's fault I get these infections and he thinks I'm crazy. Well, it's good to read that others have the same experience. I know it's from the ac but I didn't understand fully why until now.

Posted by Marie (Nashville, Tn) on 01/21/2011

I have had sinus surgery and have struggled with these sinus infections for over ten years.

Air conditioners are related to sinus infections, and having any type of heater on is even more related. Sinus infections develop when there are irritants in the sinus cavities that your body normally flushes out, but if there is not enough moisture (or other reasons like a deviated septum) they will not flush out like normal. So even just being dehyrdated can help a SI to flourish, but air conditioning and heating systems remove humidity from the air so if your body is used to having humidity help regulate the nose, and it is removed, it can cause bacterial growth in the form of infection.

Every year when the heat gets turned on in our house, I battle them and throughout the winter. That's why Doctors tell people with chronic sinusities to get to (or move to) the beach where the humidity and salt can help naturally.

Replied by Travis
Houston, Tx
06/03/2011

Marie's point above (sinus infection caused by the dry air from the a/c) agrees with my experience. Christina's points (dirty filters, left wing propaganda) sound crazy and do not agree with my experience. I just changed the air filters on my system, and I bought the most expensive, smallest micron filters available. I slept with the a/c on 2 nights ago, and sure enough, I came down with a terrible sinus infection. This has happened countless times throughout my life, and if the a/c is blowing directly on me, I'm almost guaranteed to get a sinus infection. The dehydration point is very interesting, I think there is something to that.
Replied by Kathryn
Kitchener, Ontario
02/23/2012

Marie from Nashville said "Sinus infections develop when there are irritants in the sinus cavities that your body normally flushes out, but if there is not enough moisture (or other reasons like a deviated septum) they will not flush out like normal. " Most infections are bacterial. Sinus infections are not caused by irritants themselves, the body uses mucus to remove irritants and when the sinuses do not drain properly this mucus can become a breeding ground for bacteria. The sinuses mainly can't drain properly because of inflammation. The opening (ostia) from the sinus to the nasal passage is very small so if there is a lot of inflammation and the mucus is on the thick side it won't be able to come out of the opening. The openings are also at the top of the sinuses so it's important to bend over often. It's important to consume things that thin mucus so it can drain. It's the mucus staying in the cavities that will lead to bacterial growth.
Replied by G
Atlanta, Georgia, Usa
03/13/2012

Its worth noting that not all A/C units are the same.

Down south here, where the climate is humid, the soil is slimy and clay like, and summer drags on for almost half the year, mold is a huge issue. It can grow everywhere in the house, including, yes, the A/C. I work in housing, and we have found that crawlspace installations are especially prone to mold. Installations in wet or dirty basements are just as bad. We think that down here, an installation in an attic, in an area kept clean and dry , works best. Also use good filters and clean the ducts periodically.

I've no doubt that some people use their AC with no issues at all. I'd be willing to bet that they live in climates that are not mold prone, or have houses located on dry hill tops, or the like.

Blanket statements that AC systems either do, or do not, cause problems, miss the complexity of the situation entirely.

Replied by Americana
California
10/07/2013

For those of you who don't believe the A/C is the cause of the sinusitis, have you considered what lives inside your ductwork? It's not necessarily the air conditioner causing the problem, it's the mold, dust, and bacteria living in the ducts. These are easily cleaned. In my region, I call a local carpet cleaning company who also cleans ductwork with their steam equipment. Works beautifully to clean them.

Posted by Tina (Lake Luzerne, NY) on 09/30/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Out of curiosity, I read your theory about ice cream and have to disagree. I have eaten ice cream ( all kinds ) since I was a kid ( I'm 43 ). I never had sinus problems...until, 7 years ago, when I met my husband, and started sleeping in an air-conditioned room. He practically "lives" on chocolate milk, and loves his air conditioner. He constantly has sinus trouble. I believe the air conditioner is the culprit.

Replied by V V
Three Rivers, Texas
07/19/2009

I think the airconditioning is most of the problem, molds from the A/C Units, I live in South Texas and we use A/C practically 9 months out of the year. Then I live by a lake with allgie and mold growth, I also have a deviated septom (crooked nose) that is not bad enough for surgery so I am prone to problems. I have run a low grade fever for several years, freezing just freezing when everyone else is hot. I did all the prescribed nose sprays, allergy meds and antibotics approx.every 2 months are so. Always tired sickly doctors can't find anything. I am healthy other than sinus infections. My daughter told me about oregano oil. I researched a little about it after her advise and choose oregano leaf (juice) 20 drops in a 4 oz of destilled water in a 8 oz nasal wash container, morning and night. At first I only put 4 drops because it burns. I finally after years of fever and antibotics now don't freez. This is the only thing that keeps the fever away.I still feel a bit weak when I have had a hard day are molds are high. I think my body is trying to fight the infections. I am reading more and think maybe I should use the nasal wash more though the daY?? I also was having vertigo the last 4 years and think that it is sinus (fungal/mold) related.I am trying to research more when time allows. I stay super busy as most people these days.
Replied by Jen
R
01/06/2010

[SIDE EFFECTS]   I agree 100 percent that air conditioners give sinus infections. Every summer i get a sinus infection when air conditioners are in full swing everywhere you go. I avoid them at all costs in the summer.
Replied by Christina
New York, Ny and St. Petersburg, Fl
06/24/2010

It is totally ridiculous that air-conditioning makes people sick. What is probably making people sick is that cheapskates don't change or clean air filters as often as they should be, or use the air-conditioning infrequently, causing mold to form inside and circulate around the car once turned on. I have had tremendous problems with sinus infections in the past (until the past two years), due to a blocked sinus and now that I do my absolute best to keep my sinus cavity open (unblocked) on a daily basis, I very rarely if ever get sinus infections anymore, even though I use my air-conditioning everyday year-round. Actually, when I don't use air-conditioning, I have serious problems because of outside pollutants (pollen, cigarette smoke, truck fumes, etc) entering the vehicle. I firmly believe this myth about air-conditioning making people sick is propaganda from the left wing environmentalists, to scare people into not using air-conditioning. Change your air filters everyone!!!
Replied by Smith Johnson
Trenton, Nj
10/27/2010

Christina, You agreed with the people above saying that the NOT CLEANING THE FILTERS IN THE AIR CONDITIONING UNIT ARE THE PROBLEM, and yet you still blamed a political group for spreading propaganda against using ac? Using air conditioning at all was never the problem- it's making sure it's clean on a regular basis. There's no reason to attack a political organization on a medical website, and if you feel that insecure about yourself, you shouldn't be online.
Replied by Gtodd
Powhatan, Va
06/22/2012

You are right about AC and sinus infections. I am a HVAC contractor with chronic sinus issues. My wife is now fine because of this---->

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50DXSGja1SI&feature=player_embedded

I installed UV lights in our home 7 years ago.

However because of my job, the places I crawl and this infection is going on 6 months I am just going to have the corrective surgery and pray it works.

Replied by Patrice
Nashua, Nhl
02/09/2013

[SIDE EFFECTS]   I Just had to add my two cents re Air Conditioning filters. My mother lived in this very expensive, assisted living facility in Florida for 5 years. I only saw them change filters once and it was disgusting all the debris. As a result she was sick constantly with frequent URIs and ended up in the ER 3 times. Moved her to another facility less expensive without all the entertainment frills etc. But filters were mandatorily changed every 3 months. It has been 4 years and she has not been sick once since she has moved there and she will be 90 this April. So this was certainly an eye opening experience for me. Check those AC filters often!!!!
Replied by Michael
San Jose, Ca
02/15/2013

Your Air Conditioner (AC) theory is completely correct. I work in the HVAC industry and can tell you I learned a lot about health during my training. For example on the west coast we use large heat exchangers called cooling towers. The work by running water down a veined surface and pass air over it to evaporate water like a giant air humidifier. At the bottom of the tower is a large (500-1000 gal.) basin of water. Anytime you have a large pool of stagnant water exposed to atmosphere and moving air, bacteria, mold, and viruses will accumulate. And one species begets the other. Mold carry bacteria, bacteria carry viruses. So on occasion these tanks must be cleaned. It's is emptied of all water and refilled with a biocide of extreme toxicity. The reason being if anyone catches a breathe of the dried mold, you WILL get Legionnaires Disease. Care must be taken when designing the air duct system for the building to keep the air intake vents away from the cooling tower. Otherwise the entire building could be infected. Which has happened, btw. Conditioned air also is very dry. Most buildings rehummidify the air to a relative humidity of 40-50%. I always run a cool mist humidifier in my home with my AC during the summer. During winter, the air will naturally be dry. Cold air is denser. Think of squeezing a sponge. There just isn't room for the moisture. Then when the air is heated again and pumped into your home, is is even dryer. There is room for the moisture, and it is going to get it one way or another. It will pull it right thru your skin. So run a warm mist humidifier in the winter with your heater. Be careful not to over do it. That can cause mold issues. If you see condensate on your windows, it's time to turn off the humidifier.
Replied by Chris
Huntsville, Al
03/01/2015

Michael, The system you're talking about has 2 separate water systems, the open system and the closed system. They never come in contact. The sealed system which circulates the chilled water doesn't even come in contact with people.

The moisture that is extracted from the A/C unit does pool and mix with dust to create mold. Your A/C Must be cleaned annually, by you or someone. The catch tray in your unit should have a chlorine tablet, small amount of bleach to stop mold. Regularly spray Lysol in your intake so that it disinfects the coils and ducts.

Airborne   1  0   

Posted by Paula (Virginia) on 07/22/2006

[YEA]  I moved to Northern Virginia in Oct of 2005 from New England. Ever since I arrived, I feel like I have been sick. I had a touch of bronchitis in Nov. My first ever Sinus infection happened in February, following bronchitis. My doc gave me a great antibiotic - and everything was fine until March when the Washington DC area pollen begins in full force. New pollen for me, so I was mildly sick with my allergies.

By the end of March I had another Sinus Infection. I got an antibiotic for that, and struggled with more allergies as new pollens were released - pollen that apparently we don't have in New England since I never reacted to this degree there (and so I've been told by others here)... In June Mold Spores came out just as pollen was winding down. (Another new irritant for me it turns out) I got yet another Sinus infection - this time it has lasted for two months and I have tried everything to alleviate the symptoms. Had two different antibiotics over the course of the month and still have the infection. I tried fresh garlic cloves every day, Vitamin C, Grapefruit Seed extract (which when taken with Vit C usually cures me of most things) , even Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda nasal washes. The infection part of it was fought by the antibiotic and a cortisone prescription nasal spray reduced the swelling. The only natural remedy that helped in conjunction for me to help make my mucus thinner and congestion less thick was Airborne. (Teacher's remedy). Try it and see if you get relief. Some of those other home remedies are great for other things, or when things just start before they get a hold of you, but once you are sick or have to contend with continuous allergies and sinus infections, nothing short of waiting for the allergy season for Mold Spores to end, taking a vacation away form the allergen and relieving the symptoms with a product like this will help.

Ajwai Seeds   1  0   

Posted by Mamta (Indiana) on 10/27/2006

[YEA]  i haven't taken any off the counter medicines for colds since 5 yrs !! and my condition was pretty bad when i came to the US. we got Ajwain seeds from an indian store or you will find it in the indian section of a chinese food store . Ajwain is indian oregano but very strong. every time i get a cold and chest is congested...i take one tsp of ajwain and roast it on a flat pan. once it starts to smoke , quickly put in a kitchen tissue and take deep inhalations, it makes you sneeze since all the nerve in the nose are raw from the cold....but in 5 minutes it all peaceful, no more colds. and RELIEF...esp. helpful in asthmatic attacks.....also have a strong concoction of ginger,black pepper, clove, basil and cinnamon...boil it in water for 5-10 min and after it cools a bit put a tsp of honey and have it hot. honey should not be heated. according to Ayurveda all these thing reduce phlegm in the body.... enjoy

Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne   0  0   

Posted by Nettle (London, England) on 06/27/2011

Question for Ted: I think my sinuses are blocked. I still feel flu like symptoms (achy with slight temp, headache, dry cough especially when lying down to sleep, earache with weird numbness around left ear with echoing only in one ear now), exacerbated at night time in particular. I have reduced pnasal drip (green mucus) and sore throat since doing Apple Cider Vinegar drops in water and sinus rinsing, as well as cayenne mixture (1tsp) with honey (1tbs) and Apple Cider Vinegar (1tbs).

I dont know if I have strep infection? but no white patches anywhere in mouth. Done a few of your remedies and it has helped with some of the symptoms in particular no more nausea! Also, used Hydrogen peroxide drops in ear today and no effect at all.

Question: If sinuses are blocked, then pndrip will continue as not getting green discharge through nose - how do I introduce cayenne into nostrils? Can I add cayenne powder to sinus rinse Apple Cider Vinegar and water mixture or should I sniff cayenne powder straight into nostril and if so how much??

Do you think my thinking about blocked sinuses/psdrip etc makes sense? Thanks

Replied by Nettle
London, England
06/28/2011

Ear pain (both ears) and sore throat gone this morning! However, both ears are now blocked, muffled hearing like I have just come off a long haul flight. I feel that I need to "pop" my ears -pinching nose and blowing thr nose has not worked. Any ideas then please respond. Still wondering whether to sniff cayenne powder into each nostril and if so how much - Has anyone tried this? Or should I now just be patient and give my sinuses time to decongest?
Still have a little post nasal drip (green discharge - yuk), so sinuses must still be congested with infection? Also, have developed a tickley cough - gonna try one of the garlic soup recipes from this website. Will continue with all of yesterdays remedies re:acv, cayenne and neti. This site is fabulous!

Baby Shampoo   3  0   

Posted by Sam (Texas) on 09/29/2014

[YEA]  I have had really bad sinus pressure & pain for a couple days & knew it was a sinus infection. I have been reading all the sinus remedies & thought the baby shampoo sounded crazy, but I tried it anyway & it worked immediately! Since I'd been reading a lot ... I made my own concoction of 3 oz saline, 2 drops baby shampoo, a pinch of baking soda & 2 drops raw honey...shook it up & inhaled it. Within minutes the sinus pressure & pain started to give way & cleared out. I could function again. I just used it a 2nd time before bed to make sure I can breathe clear thru the night. No burning or negative affects. I thought I was going to the doctor for antibiotics & now I know that I am not. Thank you for this odd but effective bit of wisdom. I love earthclinic and all the kindred spirits here who take the time to share what works for them... and what doesn't.

Posted by Alex (Los Angeles, CA) on 06/01/2008

[YEA]  I got a nasty sinus infection during the first week of January 2008. I went to my doctor a couple of weeks later and over the next few months I was given a variety of antibiotics, nasal sprays, singular, Claritin and a neti pot. I tried the silver spray and even used grape seed oil, oil pulling and apple cider vinegar but nothing worked until last week when my doctor gave me this simple advice.

She said: "Add two drops of BABY SHAMPOO to your saline nasal spray twice a day." I started that three days ago and I feel a thousand times better!!!!!!!! I am sending her a thank you note next week. Spread the word, use 2 DROPS OF BABY SHAMPOO IN YOUR NASAL SPRAY!

Replied by Tom
Asheville , NC
06/27/2008

[YEA]   There is credence to the claims of using baby shampoo. A study was done by the Univ of Penn. recommend mixing up a saline irrigation solution with 1% baby shampoo. The theory is this: Bacteria and fungus form a protective bio-film as a way of self preservation. This slime coat is believed to be the reason why anitbiotics and other natural cures are less effective in getting to the bacterial infection. By breaking down this bio-barrier, there higher success at eliminating the infection. The article can be found here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18284857?dopt=Abstract. I have started mixing baby shampoo in my irrigation solution, approx 1 tsp/quart. I highly recommend it.
Replied by Jean
Edwardsburg, MI
03/11/2009

How do I get the baby shampoo into my nasal spray bottle? Can't unscrew top and no other way to get it in?
Replied by Mike
South Florida, Florida
03/14/2009

The tip on all the ones I have used will pull out with a little force. Currently I have Saline Nasal spray from Publix (3 oz) and it pulled out fine. If you cant get it with your fingers try a small pair of pliers with very light pressure (so you don't clamp it shut). I hope this helps.
Replied by Carole
Boynton Beach, Florida
07/07/2009

I was wondering why no one also mentioned that there is anesthetic in Baby Shampoo, does this also help with relief. My grandmother used it for her itchy eyelids with success because of this. How much per neti pot or squeeze bottle. I don't mix up a quart of saline at a time. Thanks-
Replied by Joyce
Los Angeles, Ca
10/04/2014

My allergist told me to use 1/4 tsp. baby shampoo in my squeeze bottle that holds 8 oz. with warm water to rinse my sinuses. I had forgotten that until reading these posts. Going to do that now as I feel a sinus infection coming on. Have been recovering from a cold for the last couple of weeks that just never seems to go away.
Replied by Prioris
Fl, US
10/04/2014

Here is how to make sinus solution

nasal solution ... 1 cup water, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baby shampoo

otherwise it will be very uncomfortable.

Baking Soda and Salt Water   1  0   

Posted by Enigma_aubrey (Portland, Oregon, United States) on 02/10/2011

[YEA]  I recently had a sinus infection, whhile feeling bloated. I was going to do a bit of a detoxing cleanse, and after I drank up the first glass of warm sea-salt and baking soda water my noses started running and I could breathe through my nose again. The entire infection cleared up soon afterwards. The only downside is that the salty water can give people an upset stomach.

Baking Soda, Vinegar   1  0   

Posted by B (Washington State, US) on 04/14/2015

[YEA]  Don't ever use peroxide, your sinuses will swell up and good luck breathing, did it and done it. Baking Soda works, Baking Soda and vinegar in distilled water in a neti pot; wait for the bubbling reaction to finish and we are talking small amounts, tea spoons in distilled water. Don't ever use pure vinegar without diluting it. Never use peroxide; you're going to the doctor. Don't ever use baking soda in a netti pot and follow up with a neti pot of vinegar; you're going to cause an explosion in the sinuses. Want to play it, safe baking soda in distilled water by itself, desperate and not getting anywhere, baking soda, distilled water and vinegar in small amounts in a neti pot and wait for the fizzing to stop; it will unclog sinks too. I am not a doctor; this is my opinion.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn.
04/14/2015

HI U B, , , , , , , , , , , , , , read more and post less, you mean well, but you're talking to folks who've been around the May Pole a time or two.

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Betadine   3  0   

Posted by Daisy (Jacksonville, Florida) on 03/28/2012

[YEA]  Oh, wow. The povodine idoine post might be the best tip on the whole site.

I have been using salt/baking soda sinus rinse for years, but never with the "miraculous" success others reported. There was even a couple of times when I felt like the rinse helped push the infection further up and further in. To combat this I have at separate times added either tincture of iodine or Lugol's in it -- very, very little because it has a nuclear sting -- which seemed to work and has helped in severe infections, but still nothing spectacular.

Over the last two or three days I have been building up to a full-blown sinus infection and came here to study the recommendations again when I came across this tip and realized that even though I have tried iodine, I have never tried *povidone* iodine, which is much less irritating to tissue and widely used in wound healing preparations.

I don't actually have any Betadine on hand except for some prepackaged surgical wipes a friend gave me (like wet wipes for your hands, but with betadine instead) but since I'd only need a few drops to try I figured that was enough. I knew the very first snort would tell me all I needed to know. So today when praparing the rinse I was going to do anyway, I tipped a few drops of water into the wipe packet, and then tipped the diluted betadine from the wipe packet into my sinus rinse bottle, added the water and salt/baking soda mix as usual, and had at it.

Oh. My. Gosh. It didn't sting a bit. And what's more, the building inflammation and congestion I'd had when I started was entirely gone by the time I mixed the second rinse only minutes later. (I usually do two rinses at a time. ) When I did the second rinse, instead of meeting the usual resistance from all the inflammation, the water ran out as fast as it ran in! And now, twenty minutes later, the relief is lasting just fine.

This is definitely a keeper, and not just because of povidone iodine's ease on the tissues and nasal mucosa. I have long had troubles with yeastiness, and am convinced that a lot of my sinus troubles are due to yeast... And as it happens, povidone iodine is active against fungi as well as bacteria. (I don't know about viruses, sorry. ) And if I had to place a bet, I'd say the near miraculous relief I got today was because it hit the yeast as well as whatever bacteria was trying to get a hold up in there.

Thank you so much for posting this little tip. The only thing I would add is that whoever tries it needs to make sure that they are using POVIDONE iodine (Betadine solution or its generic equivalent) and not tincture of iodine, or even a Betadine lotion/cream/cleanser/scrub, because it's not the same thing and there are a lot of products labeled Betadine. The ingredients in Betadine Solution are Povidone-Iodine 10%, Pareth 25-9, Purified Water, and Sodium Hydroxide, and that's it. If you put some other form of iodine in your nasal rinse, I'm going to bet that you come away sincerely wishing you hadn't, because I've tried them all and never found one that didn't sting like a mother until this.

Thank you again for posting this!!!


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