Dear Earth Clinic I am excited and would like to share my cure with other sinusitis sufferers!
I have suffered from Sinusitis for close to 10 years. I had never had any allergies to anything except Figs (they cause my throat to itch) so I avoid them. About 9 years ago I began to have extreme post nasal drip and this caused me pain in the throat down to my stomach. This became so bad that I stopped hiking and walking. I gained an awful amount of weight in 9 years. About 30 pounds! Before the problem I used to hike up to 12 miles with a 10 minute break! I was slim and in great shape for a woman of 48. Then came this health problem.
After trying everything over the counter and also prescriptions nothing worked. Medications only gave me some relief. I must have spent hundreds on medications. I was getting worse everyday.
I suddenly remembered that massage therapy works on many medical problems so I begin pressing out my sinus area. I usually lie down and place my thumbs on the area across the eyebrow near the nose and press down hard as I can stand it. (Works better if someone else does this)The area was in so much pain! I also irrigate my nasal passages with a teaspoon of sea salt and a teaspoon of baking soda with hot water as I can stand. When I irrigate I try to suck in the liquid deep in my sinus passages. Both sides. Then I press down not only the eyebrows but the orbits of my eyes and near the nose. (If you have problems with glare this might be the cause of the problem. I believe the computer screen can cause problems with the eyes and sinuses. This problem started 2 years after I bought my first computer. I actually wear sunglasses when using the computer or you can dim the screen. Or buy a screen shade of some type.)
I believe my eyes were the cause of my sinusitis. I believe the nerves of my eyes were inflamed with the light and glare. I use sun glasses at all time out of doors. Since I began pressing my sinus area the painful post nasal drip has stopped! And I am almost back to normal.
I still have a slight problem but I only started this treatment a week ago! I pressed out my sinuses before I went to bed last night and irrigated my sinuses with hot water with sea salt and baking soda and I also took a hot shower and allowed the hot water to hit my sinus area! This morning I woke up with extremely thick Flem from my sinuses that was like chewing gum! It was difficult to take off my hand it was so gooey! That is what was in my sinuses and who knows for how long? Anyway I would like to share this treatment with others. And I pray it helps others!
I was completely unable to breathe normally through my nose for the first 40 years of my life. Many people are mouth breathers like I was, and it causes problems because our lungs do not get the filtered and humidified air that comes from nasal breathing. The docs told me it was allergies or maybe polyps, but, no. The good news is, I found an easy trick to open the nasal passages.
Everyone can flare their nostrils, and they can close the nasal passages when in the water. So we have some control of muscles in that area. The good news is that the muscles continue up into the sinuses, but we haven't learned to use them yet.
So here's the trick: Flare your nostrils, then visualize flaring them up a bit higher. Do this several times a day and you will begin to have control over those unused muscles. Every day you will be able to open the passages a bit higher up. It only took about a week before I was breathing freely through my nose. Try it.
Apple Cider Vinegar
I had a minor cold which was under control in flight with Benadry. However, as plane descended the pressure in the eustacian tubes and sinuses became greater and greater. Once aircraft landed ears were so clogged I could only hear as if in a bubble. Tried everything natural to clear sinuses and eustachian tubes except Apple Cider Vinegar.
I did the Apple Cider Vinegar nasal rinse for this sudden onset case of altitude induced sinusitis and it cleared in a very very short time. Thanks!
Hello: My chronic sinusitis began in 2000 after having a flu and a cough that would not go away. Over years, it became worse, progressing into routine bouts of major bleeding, and, having me always clean bleeding scabs from my nose. It wasn't unusual for me to be unable to stop the flow of blood from my nose on my worst days--I would literally be bent over a sink, blood dripping profusely.
One day, I realized that since I use a CPAP machine for sleep apnea (the machine forces air into your throat to keep your breathing unimpeded), I would use it alternately with food-grade hydrogen peroxide (make sure you read the cautions associated with using this product, NEVER drink it or allow it to touch your skin directly from the bottle--you must carefully make it safe by mixing it with water in a 1 part HP to 11 parts water ratio)--and--I also used eucalyptus oil on separate nights. I would use the oil both on the nose pillow and in the chamber's water.
After about 2 weeks use, I woke-up having difficulty breathing. I felt movement in my nasal passages, much like feeling rice krispies pop in milk. Then, starting that morning, my nose profusely drained. I could not keep up with it. Water was just pouring water out all day long. I must have used 3 boxes of tissues tht day. The experience was mildly uncomfortable, constantly feeling a sensation of wanting to sneeze, but, you don't. For the next 2 days, I was dealing with extensive drainage and feelings of movement in my nose, a sensation of sudsing, much like you see when pouring HP on a wound? There was absolutely no pain involved, just the frustration of dealing with the experience.
When the worst was over, after 12 years of suffering, I realized that I no longer had any blood in my nose at all. I could not believe it. And, I finally felt normal. I no longer had to clean my nose several times daily. My nose today remains clean. My sinuses are no longer an issue. Total relief. Done.
I have faced chronic allergic rhinitis since more than 50 years now. Nothing worked (including 3 operations and plenty money wasted on all kind of especialized doctors, until I gave up and learned to live with the problem. On your site I found out abt H2O2. Curious enough decided to try my own drugstore formula reduced at 1% (2:1) in clear water. I started spraying twice every nostril, four times a day. At day #5 I started to show a mix o blood and yellowish mucus from my nose at morning time only (once). Quite an amount every day I must add. I was at first scared, yet decided to continue. It was the same cleaning routine (expelling out)for 7 days straight, then my nose came up with clean, clear mucus. No more yellowish or bloody outputs. I infer I have cleaned my sinuses completely from a fungus or bacteria that have been infecting me for decades. I have kept doing the spraying, but in leeseer frequency. I do carry my sprayer with me all day now and I think I will not stop from using it from here on. I believe it will keep me from getting sick again, no more flu, virus, rinitis, etc. I wake up now breathing freely, something I never thought possible. My snoring has been reduced or eliminated, and the only mucus I have known is clear like water. Still must keep cleaning my nostrils several times a day, but not as before and its clear. I thing if doctors are keeping this simple solution from us, they are all crooks. And I know how much money I have spent on all kind of expensive treatments, Xrays, poisons, etc. If I am doing something that may harm me, please let me know, but so far so good. I will keep going.
PS/ You may edit my poor English if you want to publish my experience.
Max from Costa Rica
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV STEAM FOR SINUSITIS
Hi there. So for a whole month I have been suffering with sinusitis. It started off as a cold that wouldn't go away. The sinus blockage went from bad to worse. Dairy products made it even worse. So realised that needed refrain from dairy products too. Tried steaming with ACV and water. Each time I did it it helped but came back. So I decided to use ACV with less water so that it will be more concentrated. Oh boy oh boy just that one treatment and I felt like a new person.
Did it the second time and now I feel back to normal. Completely. I am glad I didn't agree to take the antibiotics!
I also have been drinking lemon juice with honey on a daily basis.
ACV works like magic.... after a whole month of suffering for nothing!
It was quite strong... so u must close your eyes and mouth. I use the face steamer... so that the steam is not too strong... put over a towel and that does the trick!
Thank you earth clinic. Wish everyone good health and a speedy recovery!
I have had chronic sinusitis for years now - years!! I thought it would never go away and was completely miserable until I read on the internet how Niacinimide (B3) can kill candida. I suspected all along that my sinus problems were yeast related. I started taking the Niacinimide about 5 days ago and right now I'd say I'm about 98% clear already!! I estimate that in another couple of days I should be cured of this nightmare! I started out taking 100mg 3X a day and now I'm up to 300mg 3X a day. I'll probably go up a little more and then get a maintenance dose. I would think Niacinimide would help all types of sinus issues. A MUST TRY!!! Good luck out there! Remember, it's Niacinimide, not Niacin!
I would like to state that up until a short while ago I have suffered from severe chronic sinusitis for 14 years. I am 34 years old and I am in my final stages of completing a medical degree and had chronic sinus pain and congestion for every second, literally every second since my highschool graduation. While I studied biology as an undergraduate I had brain fog and pain through all of the laboratories and had to give up sports and social life just to study and finish. I had two operations in the US and two in Italy, and no! I never asked for surgery, the ent's said that was the only thing to do. After a very delicate operation on my sphenoid sinuses at the skull base last year I thought I had finally resolved my problem because it was never operated on and the surgeon is a good one.
Unfortunately like the other operations all the symptoms came back and last winter I had a horrible headache, no concentration, brain fog, gas, athletes foot, starch cravings, internal itching inside my nose and head and intestines, and nobody supported me at all. It was at this point that I decided to research this problem, I couldn't study medicine properly anyways because of the anguish of the symptoms. I started treating my symptoms as if they were related to fungal overgrowth based on the research I found and the testimonials from sites like this one. I often find this topic to be considered "alternative medicine" but there are many formerly trained scientists and physicians who have referenced this ailment and it seems to me it is only alternative because it does not receive enough attention from the mainstream medical community. I started with baking soda and apple cider vinegar with some honey and wow IMMEDIATE RESULTS. I felt the ups and downs from more energy to flu like symptoms (Herxheimer). I felt I was on to something and I was surely desperate so I started studying again basic medical sciences such as pathology and also mycology (the study of fungi) and in the end I was able to improve my symptoms so dramatically and I will tell you what I did.
1) Baking soda - I spoke with a kidney specialist I know and about the safety because they work extensively with acids and bases and in small regular doses it is not dangerous, but it is always best to careful. I take 4-5 teaspoons a day, when I have time I also mix it with apple cider vinegar and some honey and I usually do not take it from friday through the weekend. I generally mix 1/2 teaspoon with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and then add a tablespoon of honey and top it off with hot green tea, which I make at the same time. I also add another half teaspoon of baking soda alone to a half liter water bottle and drink it throughout the day, one third of a bottle every 4-5 hours. Be careful if you have any kidney problems and DO NOT CONFUSE TEASPOONS FOR TABLESPOONS because 4-5 tablespoons can make you very sick.
2. Colloidal Silver - I have taken this product for many years and I always took it sparingly because I didn't want to turn blue. In reality my research has found only a few cases in the world of Argyria and the EPA sets limits for its safety and I do not exceed that limit and I now take 5 ml of 40 ppm colloidal silver that I make from a high concentration of 240 ppm and it really works. I usually add 1 ml of 240 ppm colloidal silver to 5 ml saline.
3. MSM - I mix 1/4 teaspoon in an ounce of saline (30ml) and put it in my nose a few hours before I put the colloidal silver solution in my nose. It seems to help the inflammation.
4. Vitamin C powder - I take 10 grams of vitamin c powder daily and it really helps boost my immune system and I am sure it suppresses the inflammation. I take 5 grams twice daily. It can cause some diarrhea so some people might want to divide the dose a little. See Linus Paulings research on this for further information
5. Candida Clear - I take as directed to clear the yeast / fungi from my system.
6. Probiotics (acidophilus etc.) - I always take probiotics at least 6 hours from taking the candida clear.
7. Liquid Oxygen - as directed in order to improve oxygenation.
8. Healthy anti-candida diet - I avoid starch and limit my intake of meat to 6-7 times a month.
9. Avoid antibiotics if possible.
10. Ground flax seeds or omega 3 fish oil - for inflammation
I don't have any intention to tell people what to do and I respect everyone's right to research and find what works for them. The main reason for writing this post is because I am a traditional medical student with a degree in biology and have always thought that through drugs and surgery I could beat this, but it was only by the treatments above that I now feel better than I have in the last 14 years. As a medical student I really shouldn't acknowledge any of the above but this cocktail worked for me and surgery, antibiotics and cortisone made things a lot worse. The only thing I would like to say regarding this the products mentioned above is that you have to stick with it for many months and I hope I am providing useful information for those who live with the nightmare of chronic sinusitis.
I'm a 29 year old male who has suffered with recurrent bouts of acute sinusitis for years. In the past two years, it's gotten really bad (about 6-8 bad infections per year, with more time spent sick than not). I've tried just about every do it yourself, home remedy sort of deal, and what I've found is that -- by far and away -- the most effective measure I can take in addition to taking certain potent antibiotics as prescribed, along with standard stuff (guafnesin, keeping well hydrated, good sleep & diet, occasional psuedoephedrine) is a daily nasal lavage and a "flooding" treatment with a 5% solution of Xylitol.
After trying numerous different biocidal agents, from hydrogen peroxide to diluted Listerine, to clorhexidine mouthwash to colloidal silver, Xylitol stands out as the best one for the job. For not only does it have outstanding biocidal activity against pathogenic colonizations of the bacterial flora that typically reside in the human oronasal cavity, as confirmed by numerous studies to date. It also is, unlike all the other biocides mentioned (besides perhaps colloidal silver), not harmful to the mucosa in any way. Not only that: its application also actually helps to moisturize and thus lubricate the mucosa over and above saline solution. If my hunch is correct, this peculiar property of Xylitol helps to restore, during times of infection, the normal action of the cilia, those microhair-structures that push secreted mucus out and away from the site of the infection. What's more, Xylitol is readily soluble in water, and is thus a natural osmolyte, meaning that it alters the osmotic pressure water places upon the cells of your mucus membranes. A 5% solution contains the exact ratio of Xylitol to water that is needed to keep the solution isotonic to your body's cells, meaning that the solution will exert no untoward pressure on the cell membranes, and thus cause no further irritation of the mucosa. Whereas a hypotonic solution (5%) WILL cause irritation - something that must be avoided in order for the mucosa to effectively heal.
Unfortunately for the consumer, most commercial Xylitol products marketed for sinus health carry a hefty price tag - which is ridiculous, given how cheap the chemical itself is to manufacture, and how much Xylitol you're actually getting in a premade solution. Good thing that Xylitol is available in bulk form as a sweetener -- I purchased a 3 lb. Bag of Xylosweet bran from a local healthfood store for 20 dollars. Also, it's good news, I've discovered, that after over 10 years of having taken it in High School, I've just brushed up on my Chemistry by studying for and taking the Chemistry CLEP exam, which has really come in handy as of today.
For the past few weeks, I'd been making my own Xylitol solutions using store bought Xylitol crystals. I have not been exacting about the ratio of Xylitol to water until today, when it dawned upon me that trial and error wasn't really cutting it. My mucus membranes, reason being, were still feeling agitated by the act irrigating them; something, I reasoned, needed to change in my approach. So, taking an example from the studies and abstracts I'd read online, I set about trying to make a solution that was exactly 5% in my nasal irrigator, whose capacity is 240 ml.
Now, the specific gravity of Xylitol is 1.52 grams/ml, whereas water's is 1. What this means for our purposes as sinus sufferers, is that per every volume of water to be mixed, 0.075 of the same in Xylitol must be utilized to provide a 5% solution. For 240 ml of solution, this amounts to about 20 ml of Xylitol and 240 ml of water. Of course, I'm using crystalline Xylitol, which has air gaps etc. That makes for an imperfect conversion from volume to weight, but from the results I've experienced, I do believe that there is such a thing in this case as close enough. 20 ml amounts to about the same as a heaping tablespoon (roughly 4 teaspoons).
I have tried this amount and found that it makes for a very pleasant washing experience -- even smoother and more comfortable than what I've felt utilizing pre-mixed, store bought, buffered Neilmed sinus rinse packets. I use a pulsatile irrigator that can be purchased at most drugstores -- the NeilMed "Sinugator" -- and as a rule, I irrigate in multiple iterations per session, until all the purulent gunk has been pushed from the sinus cavity, and the discharge out of the exit nostril and into the sink runs completely clear.
After irrigating in this way today, I took an empty squeeze bottle of about 450 ml. In volume, and added 35 ml. of Xylitol to it, filling the rest with water, again attempting to recreate as close to a 5% solution as is practicable/necessary. I then squirted this solution into either nostril, while laying in bed, per a "sinus flooding" protocol originally developed by an ENT on the East coast for use with Mesosilver brand colloidal silver. To put it simply, I filled my sinuses up until solution was overflowing from the nostrils, and laid down in bed for about 5 minutes, my head flat on the bed with no pillow underneath it. Then, I pinched my nose and, while holding it, turned belly down, with my head leaning over the edge of the bed. I held the solution there for about a minute, discharged it into the sink, and irrigated one more time.
It's been about an hour since all this has transpired, and I am already feeling the positive effects. My right maxillary sinus cavity has been severely compromised by this disease over the years, with discharge often being bloody, and a practically permanent sensation of swelling and pain in the tissues that surround it, even when it's not acutely infected. The relief I'm currently experiencing from this is nothing short of remarkable, and I believe it has everything to do with keeping the ratio of Xylitol to water as exact as I can, with my methods being a little haphazard/inaccurate.
When I am able to purchase one in a few days, I am next going to try using a 5% Xylitol solution with a Vick's personal steam inhaler, which many sinus sufferers have rated highly on amazon.com. I will report back with my findings. Until then, I cannot say how encouraged I am by my findings today. I have lost so much health and hope owing to this disease, which prevents me from exerting myself at work, and also exercising routinely and vigorously -- something that someone wired like me needs to do to keep sane and healthy. As of now, it seems like this method, in combination with continuing to take care of my overall health, limiting dairy/lactose consumption, limiting/eliminating alcohol consumption, and refusing any kind of smoke inhalation, may just let me hit the gym and bang out some heavy squats and deadlifts very soon, without having to worry about getting yet another full blown sinus infection afterwards. I'm ecstatic about this, and hope it can help anyone else save some money and relieve themselves from suffering.
I've just started the ACV method today for my sinusitis and I'm amazed how well it works! I did 2TBSP in 8oz water with some honey and suger. I did want to post something interesting I found online though about the vaginal discharge someone said cleared up when using this method.
According to this article the sinusitis is actually a yeast infection!! So I'm wondering if the ACV 'killed' two birds with one stone :)
Raw, unpasteurized, organic sauerkraut cleared up my sinuses -finally!! After many, many years of stuffiness and suffering. You buy this kind of sauerkraut at a health food store or a farm - NOT at a supermarket - that's the processed kind and you don't want that! Start out just taking a teaspoon, then a few days later add another teaspoon, keep going until you find the right dose that clears you. If you take too much all of a sudden, you may get stuffy - that's a detox reaction. Try and gauge what the right amount is for you and stay on that amount for a while before you raise it. Raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut kills yeast and fungus, which is usually the culprit in long term sinus issues.
Black Seed Oil
I'm not the original poster, but 'lavage' is not misspelled. It's a medical term that means to irrigate the cavity with water (or with medicine, but in the poster's case, it sounds like they used water--probably warm water).
Avoid Cold to the Head
I just wanted to share my Sinuisitis tip with Sinusitis Sufferers -something that helped me stop my Sinusitis attacks!
I found that one of the triggers for my sinusitis attacks was a part of my head getting COLD. The part on me was just below the Crown of my head on the back of my head. If that spot gets cold this will activate a severe Sinusitis Attack! This includes an acid type liquid that seeps down my upper nose and burns all the way down to my upper chest! It's a horrible and painful attack! Like hot chili coming down my sinuses into my upper chest!
I was sick almost all the time until I found this trigger! I used to wonder why I got Sinusitis attacks in summer? It was due to the cold air of the Air Conditioner! Causing the back of my head to become cold! If I put on a warm cap this will stop my Sinusitis attack! Even going into a cold store will cause me a Sinusitis attack if I'm not wearing a warm cap.
It took me years to discover this was happening. A blow dryer to the head, face, and neck will also stop my Sinusitis attack. I hope this information helps people with my particular health problem.
REMEDY FOR STOPPING COUGHING DUE TO EXCESS MUCOUS AND FOR CURING FUNGAL AND BACTERIAL SINUSITIS
I was plagued with fungal and bacterial sinusitis. I went to 13 doctors, had three sinus surgeries and tried 25 medications plus acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs and other treatments and nothing worked. I did a lot of research about other options and came up with this mixture, which works for me and has worked for many other people. My allergist recommends it to some of his patients and has had good results with about 55% of the people that used it. It did not help some people at all. I have had some flare ups of fungus and bacteria but the mixture seems at least at this point to get rid of them. A very helpful website in my research was Earth Clinic.
An allergist and the head ear, nose and throat doctor from Stanford hospital, Dr. Huang, approved this mixture. Make sure you get the input of your doctor before using it since there maybe some condition in your sinuses that will be problematic for this mixture. You will probably get a reaction from most doctors like I got which was, "it won't hurt you but it won't help you either." They were so wrong!
You will need a large size Neilmed bottle. You can buy this bottle at drug and health food stores or find them on the Internet. Do not use any other brand or a Netti pot. They don't work as well. The Neilmed packets that come with the bottle are not extra strength. You have to order these from the Neilmed company. You need to use water that has no impurities in it. I was told by an Immunologist that the Dasani bottled water is the purest you can get. Do not use tap water. It has too many things in it. First, put the water in the Neilmed then add all ingredients and warm it up in a microwave for 40 ? 45 seconds before using. This may be too warm for some people so adjust accordingly but warm it up as much as possible. This helps with absorption.
You can get a measuring cup at a drug store with ccs on it for these ingredients.
*3 ccs of Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Shake well. If you can't get this brand, get a high quality brand that says on the label that it has "mother" in it.
*5ccs of Kyolic brand aged garlic extract. Keep refrigerated after opening.
*12 drops of Nutribiotic brand grapefruit seed extract. Doesn't require refrigeration.
*3ccs of Hydrogen Peroxide
One extra strength Neilmed packet.
One Budesonide capsule (prescription medication). The mixture seemed to work well for some people without this ingredient, but I use it to keep polyps from forming.
The ingredients with an asterisk can be purchased at health food stores. These apple cider, garlic and grapefruit seed extract brands are high quality brands that may cost more than others but they work and are worth it. I strongly suggest you do not use cheaper products if you can afford it.
After its warm, shake gently to mix up the ingredients. Squirt it in your nostrils following the instructions that come with the Neilmed bottle. This combination may give some people a burning sensation and/or cause more mucous production. If this happens, first slightly reduce the apple cider vinegar amount and if that isn't enough then slightly reduce the levels hydrogen peroxide and then grapefruit seed extract. It may take a while experimenting to find the amount of the ingredients you can tolerate. You want to use as much as you can tolerate. Your tolerance may increase over time. It takes some getting used to and if you cut back too much or too soon, it won't work. But you don't want to irritate your sinuses to the point that they produce mucous. If you over do the ingredients your sinuses will get irritated and produce a lot of mucous.
Do not use this mixture in your nose after swimming or any activity that gets chemicals in the nose (like a nebulizer with a facemask) because it will irritate the sinuses and cause mucous. Wait four hours or more before using the mix. Also it is very important to thoroughly clean the NeilMed with antibacterial soap and water after every use. Put the empty Neilmed in the microwave for 15 seconds to get rid of any bacteria. I was told to get a new Neilmed every three or four months.
You may be surprised at what nasty stuff may come out of your sinuses including chunks of mucous and other disgusting things. The mucous may be all kinds of green and yellow colors and very thick. This is what happens with infections. Eventually the only thing that will come out is the mixture and clear mucous.
This combination used twice a day (two hours before bedtime and first thing in the morning) reduced my coughing over several days. My coughing was eliminated in about two or three weeks. I had been coughing for several years to due postnasal drip that could not be controlled except if I took a lot of medication to dry out my sinuses. Getting rid of the bacterial and fungal infections may take more time and require the use of other medications. In my situation, medications alone did not get rid of the bacterial and fungal infections completely. My last surgery reduced the degree of bacterial and fungal infection and maybe that is why the mixture worked. I'm not sure but eventually I stopped all the antibiotic and other meds with my doctor's permission and then I used of this solution got rid of those problems. It took about a month of twice a day use of the mixture to get rid of the fungus and bacteria completely. I've had a couple of minor bacteria and fungus flare ups over three years but they went away. You can tell because you feel stuffy and the color and consistency of the mucous changes. When I had those, I would flush an extra time in the middle of the day with only water and the Neilmed packet. In a few days I got back to normal. I continued to use the mix twice a day to keep the problem from coming back. Now after about a year I don't do it every day unless I feel something is going on in my sinuses. I have had a complete recovery. I hope this information helps you too.
Keep Head Warm
About 2 months ago I discovered that keeping the crown of my head warm using caps, hats or whatever helps to keep my head warm stopped my Sinusitis attacks! I had suffered from Sinusitis for over 11 years! No medical professional could help me and when they tried they usually prescribed loads of antibiotics that would not work. I saw many, many Doctors and had no relief from Sinusitis except for over the counter medications (benadryl). And I continued to suffer.
During one sinusitis attack about 2 months ago I noticed that the top back of my head was super cold. So I blow dried my head and the heat from the blow dryer helped ease my attack. This caused me to wonder about the cold on my head.
During the night I would wake up with a full blown attack of acid mucus keeping me awake and miserable. It was horrible. The acid mucus burned everything it touched.
I began wrapping my head in either a T shirt or a flannel to keep my head warm at night. This stopped my sinusitis attacks at night so I started using warm caps during the day. The caps on my head kept me well all day!
About 3 weeks ago during the night my cap fell off my head and I had sinus attacks for 2 days but they were not as harsh as the attacks in the past.
I have continued keeping my head warm especially at night or on cold days and I haven't had one attack in weeks! I recently fell asleep without a cap on and I have no sinusitis attacks! I seem to be healed.
I don't know why my head was cold but keeping my head warm seems to have healed my Sinuistis problem. No cold head and now no sinusitis! I will report back to Earth clinic in a couple months to see if this medical success story continues for me!
I've struggled with chronic sinusitus due to the very poor air quality of the area I live in which I believe is ranked in the top ten worst in the USA. I've been to this forum and have tried the ACV, tried the Netipot, tried the cayenne, tried diet, and they have all helped to provide some relief this stops it cold. Just put the purifier on your nightstand and keep it on the whole night. Works wonders! I just did it after having to take the week off of work due to a URI. Even after antihistamine, eating healthier, netipots, juicing, it still was throbbing and sapping my energy. My Mom swears by this and recommended it to me. After one night the pressure was gone and I felt much better. My wife tried it last night and felt much better this morning. My wife swears by this now and says she does it just for preventative measures- too much success...
I'd like to offer a remedy for chronic and/or repeated sinusitis sufferers - Rosemary Oil, Green Tea, and Himalayan Sea Salt nasal rinse. I'm going to go into a fair amount of detail regarding the history of my condition and treatments I've tried over the years in case some of you find similarities. My chronic sinus problems date back to 1994 when I was underprescribed antibiotics for a bacterial sinus infection that then became antibiotic resistant. Since that time,I've always had a chronic level on inflammation in my R sinuses, usually getting infected and requiring antibiotics at least once a year. By 2007, my ENT specialist recommended surgery due to recurrent infections over a period of a year - repeated antibiotics along with standard daily nasal rinsing was not preventing new infections.
A point of interest here - I had a CT scan done when I was not currently infected, and it came back showing my sinuses were clear - no obvious physical malformations. I tried acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine as opposed to surgery, which did work well to stop infections from taking hold once they started, but was very expensive and never stopped infections from beginning in the first place.
I then did my own web research and tried a host of nasal rinse with essential oil combinations. Grapefruit seed extract, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Oregano, Lavender, and/or Hydrogen Peroxide - just throwing the kitchen sink at it. A nasal rinse with a few drops of GSE and/or a capful of Hydrogen Peroxide did stop infections, but never seemed to address the underlying nasal inflammation (in fact, you can see an old write-up of mine under the "Grapefruit Seed Extract" portion of this site). I've been antibiotic-free going on a year and a half, but still not symptom free by any means.
In my case, there are two distinct processes going on: 1. ) Chronic Inflammation; 2. ) Infection. While it seems I can stop an infection early, I haven't found a remedy to reduce the inflammation and prevent infections from beginning. In my case, I believe my problems start with my sinuses becoming inflamed with some environmental allergen, and as the inflammation progresses, bacteria gets trapped and then starts a new infection. I got the following remedy from a Health Food store in Sedona, Arizona - a gentleman there who was apparently very familiar with aromatherapy treatments was recommended to me by a friend. He is a fellow sinus-sufferer, though not quite to my level. He recommended aromatherapy Rosemary oil specifically for it's anti-inflammatory properties, weak Green Tea (anti-microbial), and himalayan sea salt in a neti pot for a sinus rinse.
Brew up a quart of green tea and let it fully steep with one green tea bag. The himalayan sea salt is prepared as follows: whether in rock or crushed form, place a large amount (maybe a quarter-cup) of salt in a mason jar and fill it with water (tap, in my case), and let it sit for several hours. The idea (and research this on the web if you like) is that the water will dissolve the salt up to a maximum saturation of 26% salt in a liquid solution. Basically, it becomes a salt-water brine. Add 1 drop of rosemary oil (2 if particularly congested), 2 tablespoons of the salt brine to a neti pot and then fill it with the weak green tea. Adjust the amount of salt brine in the rinse get it to a concentration that is comfortable for your sinuses - I find that a bit on the salty side is more comfortable. Rinse as you would normally, but at least twice a day. I've been on this regimen for a week after getting my tell-tale sign of a new infection - blood-tinged yellow mucus. The bleeding stopped within a day, the mucus is now clear, and the inflammation I'm typically used to is well below what is typical. My sense is that if I can find a method to get the inflammation under control, I'll be on my way to fully healing my sinuses. I'll report back in the coming weeks with my observations.