I am so grateful to have found these posts and my cure. Having used 3%HP for gurgling to disinfect my throat for several years, I don't know why it took me so long to think of looking up HP for my sinus infections which usually last about 3 weeks. When I get a cold which is like 2-3 times a year, the mucus is clear on the first day, then turns to thick and yellowish suffocating globs that drains for weeks. I tried using distilled water with the prepacked salt packets that I get from the drug stores but that only helps to briefly clear the sinus and the yellow mucous keeps coming back. The post nasal drip gives me a frog-in-my-throat feel and causes me to chock constantly. Antibiotics takes too long and who know what else it is doing to my body.
After getting a cold, this time in the middle of summer, I decided to give HP sinus rinse a try. Based on the everyone's input, here are some tips that help cleared up my sinus infection in about two days.
* Always have these supplies on hand so you don't have to run to the market when you feel a cold coming on.
(1) Unopened one gallon of distilled water which is only fresh for about one week after it's opened. (Do not use filtered drinking water, RO or tap water.)
(2) Premixed sinus (salt) packets (they come in 100 packet boxes) from the drug store near the neti pot section. (Do not use cooking salt.)
(3) 3% HP
(4) Baking Soda
(5) Clean disinfected dispenser: neti pot, sinus rinsing bubble or use your nostrils to suck up the liquid mixture from the edge of a cup's edge (a short cut that may require some skills).
* Don't vary too much from 1 teaspoon of 3% HP for 6 oz of distilled water or you risk an ineffective solution or getting your sinus burned. If you are afraid of getting burned, use 1/2 teaspoon of 3% HP and work your way up to 1 teaspoon. Don't be tempted to add more HP thinking it will be more effective. When I tried to add more HP, it stings badly and swelled up my sinus for a couple of hours. Add a pinch of baking soda if you have it in your kitchen and stir to dissolve the solids.
* Get in front of a sink, upon flooding your sinus tilt your forehead down towards the sink drain (watch out for the tap, lol), then turn you right ear towards the drain for a few seconds then your left ear. These positions enable the solution to flood different parts of your sinus. Lift your head and allow the solution to drain drain from your nostrils. Wipe what ever that comes out so you don't contaminate the area near your nostrils with tap water. If you want to blow your nose do not blow hard and do not block one nostril to blow out the other since too much pressure may cause the solution to seep into unintended tubes connected to your sinus. To rinse the area between the sinus and the throat, you should keep an upright position throughout the flooding and keep your mouth open. The draining will gravitate towards your throat so it can be redirect to your month to be spit out into the sink. Do not swallow the solution.
* You might want to do this rinse upon waking up, just before bedtime and optionally an additional rinse in between. You should see the mucus clear up within a day. I hope it works for you as well it did for me :-)
As a chiropractor, we generally preach letting the body heal itself. I have to admit that getting adjusted has reduced my sinus infections to once every couple years instead of three times a year.
I started with a cold last week. (Worse thing ever for a chiro because we have to lean over people.) I even took two days off. I broke down and started anti-biotics 4 days in, which I hate to admit. It got better, but still a lot of sinus pressure. For some reason I thought about HP in a neti pot. Your site was very helpful.
Three capfuls of hydrogen peroxide and saline powder is what I used. I was SHOCKED at what came out. Quite a bit of (this will be gross) very thick rusty colored mucus...more than I ever thought possible. No matter of blowing my nose could get this stuff out. I'll repeat three times a day until completely resolved.
I feel GREAT! Thank you so much. I'll pass this along to my patients.
Santa Cruz, California
St Paul, Mn
Peroxide Sinus Rinse:
Does it burn? If yes, you are using too strong a mixture. I use 1/2 teaspoon of salt - 1 teaspoon of 3 percent peroxide in 8 oz. water. WORKS GREAT. With only a very mild sensation, not a burn at all.
Wow, when I first read about using peroxide for sinus infections I laughed. Having been operated on 4 times, the Caldwell Luc is an uncomfortable procedure and your face swells like a balloon.
So, I still get sinus infections but at least I can breathe out my nostrils! That is what the operations did.
So, yesterday, after going thru another 110 days for antibiotics which is the MD's answer, I followed the "saline filtered water - with 3:1 water to 3% peroxide.
My head began clearing within an hour and this am, I could breathe and actually smell again, somewhat!!! I am going to continue for 4 days and see if it continues.
Remember it is key to use filtered water, or boiled water. There is some bacteria - especially in the South, that has been fatal, when inhaled.
Great site and articles!!!! Thanks much, Robb
Ten Mile, Tn.
My medical doctor could not figure out why my sinus infection was not going away. Finally he figured it was biofilms. He put me on chelating agent with atomizer 3x a day then I would wait 15 minutes then use a capful of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide with pinch or two of sea salt in my neti pot filled with distilled water then I would tip my head down towards the ground while on my knees and just hold it for 10 minutes. This cleared my sinus infection straight away.
Thanks. This really works. But being that it is allergy season I am using it twice a day, sometimes with just the salt in a netti pot. Not sure how often I can use the hydrogen peroxide in it but will read all of these posts to see if anyone knows.
Outstanding. Works when prepared and used according to the instructions. Too much salt or hydrogen peroxide and you're going to irritate your nasal passages.
I recently tried your hydrogen peroxide and sea salt in a nasal pot for a sinus infection that had just started. It was amazing! I admit it did sting for about 10 minutes after the rinse, but felt immediately better. I did it 3 times the first day, 2 times the 2nd day and 1 time the third day. Cured!
I use the hydrogen peroxide netti pot irrigation remedy for my sinus infections and it works great. I alternate with salt water to wash away any remaining hydrogen peroxide. I'm going to add the ACV as a supplement as well. My sinus infections won't go away with antibiotics but this does the trick. a few words of caution. It doesn't take much hydrogen peroxide. I use a small amount from a dropper and that is powerful enough once mixed in with a netti pot. Be careful over doing it because I think you can end up irritating the sinuses rather than healing them. Also you want to use filtered water as some parasites live in tap water and while tap water is safe to drink, these parasites can get into your body via the nasal passage. There are cases of this and those parasites are dangerous, even if rare.
Hydrogen peroxide and sea salt in a neti pot - A big YEA for me!!
This remedy is fantastic and gave me immediate relief! Thank you to all who posted their sinus infection remedies. After trying out a bunch of remedies without much luck, this one cured my sinus infection very quickly. I also took grapefruit seed extract as well and I think that helped as well.
A neti pot (or the plastic kind you find in the pharmacy, which is what I used) filled with:
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (3%)
and warm water
cured my sinus infection in a few hours. I did this twice a day and continue to do it at least once a day for my remaining sinus congestion.
I am grateful I didn't have to resort to antibiotics!!!
I'm currently pregnant so I'm really limited in what I can take medication wise for any colds, allergies or infections. I recently tried the Peroxide, Salt, and saline wash method. So far it's the only thing that's really done much at all to help with my sinus pressure and pain. I am also drinking Apple Cider Vinegar at each meal. I feel that between the two it is really helping and there's nothing in either of these things that will adversely affect my baby. I love home remedies!
I have been miserable with a sinus infection for about 8 days and found relief when I tried the Hydrogen Peroxide and Sea Salt steam. I hadn't been able to breathe through my nostrils and I had enough so I google home rememdies for sinus infections and came across this amazing website! I boiled a small pot of water and poured the water into a nice size bowl. I added 2 tbs of sea salt and hydrogen peroxide. I used a towel to cover my head to make sure none of the steam escaped. The first minute of holding my head in the steam I felt movement. My nose started dripping and my left nostril opened. I could breathe! I couldn't handle the steam for more than 10 minutes. I tried the steam again later in the day and my right nostril opened. I was able to breathe! Love love love love love this website!
Fairfax, Va, Usa
I have had a cold, now sinus infection, for 3 weeks now(mainly in my left sinus passages). I NEVER write comments on sites where I find random remedies for myself/animals/husband/etc. but this site is amazing! I had tried the Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water(yuck! )and didnt really see/feel any immediate results but felt a little difference in my right nostril, I then put my head over a mix of 3 TBS peroxide and 3 TBS salt mixed with enough hot hot hot water to fill the bowl and put a towel over my head and inhaled for 15 mins, my right sinus was completely cleared but my left was still being stubborn. I had been using the AYR saline solution my doc had given and wasnt seeing any results (felt worse actually) so I tried the hydrogen peroxide and sea salt with water mix.... AMAZING!!! My left nostril cleared up almost completely for about 10 mins and then I went back an hour later and did it again, feeling so much better! I went straight to my laptop to write this! I cannot thank you enough, I have to go to work and school full time during the week and do not have time to be sick and get headaches every time I move my head :(.... Let alone do it all with a horrible sinus infection that put me right back into bed every morning for about 3 days. Yes, it does burn a bit, I am a huge sissy so I also teared up a little too, but it is totally worth it. I will be doing this once more in the morning and again tomorrow night and repeat until its gone.
I do have two notes though:
1. I have been on Amoxicillin for 2 days now (no results, felt worse) and I am not discontinuing the antibiotic bcz I do feel as though it will help keep my infection AWAY, but for immediate results, I felt this saline remedy is best.
2. DO NOT BLOW YOUR NOSE TOO HARD!!!! I have witnessed a friend do this and blow out her ear drum and then get an infection in her ear from blowing the infection into it(she was blowing VERY HARD haha). If you have too much sinus pressure/it hurts to blow your nose, only blow it VERY gently and dont put ur finger over the other nostril to just get the boogies out of one side, leave both nostrils completely open.
Thank you again so much for all your responses/advice and for providing such a wonderful site!! I will be back again when the next sickness comes my way!
PS I also am planning on trying the Tomato Spice Tea tomorrow, no tomato juice/V8 at the moment and I will update you as I (hopefully!! ) get better!!
WOW!!!! Yes it clears your sinus cavities right up. I tried it without the baking soda, not recommended. The burning was strong, I beleive the baking soda stabilizes the vinigar. BUT IT DID WORK RIGHT AWAY!! .... ;o)
I Just tried this about two hours ago, and immediately the pressure in my face and head got extremely better. My nasal passages, ears and everything else effected became around 80% better. I did it once again about 20 minutes after that and plan to do it before bed, but so far i can breath so much more easily and i'm far more comfortable than i was before i tried it. I suffer from sinus infections far too often for up to two to three weeks. I did this remedy a day or two in and it worked! It does sting/burn but only for up to 10 seconds.