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I've dealt with them for years... as soon as it comes on I go get a Zpak prescription. Usually knocks it out within a couple days. Otherwise it can last up to 2 weeks or more.

avoid dairy.

massage your face and sinus areas.

inhale warm steam with peppermint oil in it.

drink lots of water with squeezed lemon in it.

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Go to the doctor (ear, nose and throat specialist). They will take a culture to confirm if it is bacteria caused - then you get antibiotics. If you don't treat this type of infection - it will may take months to shake it.

See your Doctor, you may need a prescription to help get rid of the infection.

Dont mess around, nasal infections are hard to get rid of in some cases.

AFTER you see a Dr. to confirm it is in fact an infection, or not. If so he should give you antibiotics. ......

I respectfully but vehemently disagree. I have more than a decade of personal research invested into dealing with personal sinus problems, and consider myself an authority. I certainly know more than the MD that treated me at the beginning of this journey.

Although sinus infections are usually treated like bacterial infections, they are almost always fungal, which means there is no nucleus in the cells of the invader, and it requires a different treatment than a bacterial infection. Antibiotics do nothing for sinus infections, regardless of their cause, since there is almost no blood supply to the sinus cavities, there is no way for antibiotics to act on the infection. If indeed it was a bacterial infection, the only way to treat it would be to bathe the sinuses with an antibacterial solution with the neti pot.

All that antibiotics do is make you antibiotic resistant and kill your gut. Been there, done that. Don't recommend it. The death of my gut is what I'm dealing with now. It's much worse than sinus infections, miserable as they are. And the worst part...once you are dealing with gut death, you still have the sinus problems.

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Probably would, could you send me one please?!?!

Hey now-wait a minute-if you send Bama a RV I want one, too. I don't have a sinus infection, but I have allergies........one RV for me, too please!

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Bama... you are getting plenty of good advice.. I will just add that I will be praying for you and also that you have a good time at the beach.... save some room... might be a mob heading to the beach right quick! wink.gif

Oh, I will add a aide in getting rid of colds... put a clove of fresh garlic through a garlic press... take the pulp and place it on a tablespoon and cover it with honey... swallow quickly. It might be a bit nasty but the combination of garlic and honey (best taken at night) really helps kick a cold and runny nose. smile.gif

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Neti-pot here as well. Dr gave me one a few years ago. Wal-Mart carries them, pretty cheap. I use the prepackaged powder because I'm too lazy to make it up myself. I do it in the shower. It's not glamorous but it does clear the sinuses out. Went most of my life without allergies until 5 years ago, been miserable ever since.

Good luck, Bama...

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Bamagirl, I have severe allergies to the point if I let it go I will end up with a respiratory infection also. If you want something to hold you over till you see a doctor then try Zyertec, also a nose spray. Your pharmacist should be able to assist you.

I get a seasonal allergy shot and it clears me up right away. Pressure is gone, watery eyes and running nose, all gone for about 6 months. But while my allergies are calm I do load of with honey, cinnamon , oils and each year my symptoms have subsided.

Good luck.

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Just don't go trying all of these suggested medicines at once!tongue.gif

Lol...too funny! Thanks for the tips everyone.....hubby is gonna bring me one of those neti pots and the alka seltzer....I hope I feel better by morning.....thanks guys!

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Sorry to hear about your infection. Below is the very best method that I've ever used. For me, it works EVERY time and I also use it when I get a cold. It's tremendous. :)

This is a natural, antibiotic treatment that does not go through your bloodstream and will destroy any bacteria in your sinus cavities. It sounds like you need to do this every couple of hours until you go to bed & then follow up with a daily session for a week to make sure the treatment is complete. Another positive for this treatment is that it is resistant proof. In other words, bacteria do not develop a resistance to the treatment.

Here's the treatment. You'll need:

1. Concentrated Cinnamon Leaf extract.

2. Concentrated Clove extract.

3. Concentrated Thyme extract.

4. A Teapot (or a Vicks V1200 personal steam inhaler)

5. Water

6. If using the teapot, you will also need a bowl and a towel.

You can get the ingredients at any local GNC or well stocked heath food store.

1. Fill the teapot 2/3rds with water or fill the Vicks steam inhaler with water to a level just below the center post.

2. Put 3 drops of each extract in the water.

3. Heat the water. As soon as it comes to a boil immediately pour the water into a bowl and then place your towel covered head over the bowl & breathe in the steam for 5 minutes, replenishing the bowl from the teapot to keep the steam vapor. (For the steamer, turn it on and place the mask on the unit & wait for the vapor to start rising & inhale for 5 minutes.

The vapor is very strong so just inhale an amount that you can tolerate for the 5 minutes.

I started out with the teapot then switched to the steam inhaler as it is more convenient. This technique really works very well. My son-in-law was told that he needed sinus surgery & had scheduled the operation. I told him about this and he tried it. When he went for the preop inspection, the doctor was stunned that the infection was completely gone & canceled the surgery.

Caution! Be careful with the extracts not to get them on your skin or in your eyes. I got a drop on my hand & it DOES burn! Just rinse under the faucet if you get any on you.

Regards

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Neti pots are now available at most stores. Look on YouTube for demonstrations. Dissolve salt in warm water. I stir it with my finger (to check temp) and taste. Either too much or too little salt will burn. Hope you feel better.

The only thing about neti pots is that you don't want the water to stay in them after you use them. When you're finished, rinse them out and let them dry upside down. If you have any questions, just let me know. Hope you feel better soon.

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The only thing about neti pots is that you don't want the water to stay in them after you use them. When you're finished, rinse them out and let them dry upside down. If you have any questions, just let me know. Hope you feel better soon.

Hi Bama, I agree with the above poster....wanted to tell you to be careful with those netti pots. I understand they do work but you have to be careful, my state recently had a tragedy......google netti pots infections.

Hope you feel better soon.

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The only thing about neti pots is that you don't want the water to stay in them after you use them. When you're finished, rinse them out and let them dry upside down. If you have any questions, just let me know. Hope you feel better soon.

Also, do not use regular tap water with a neti pot. Use distilled water only. If you use tap water, you run the risk of getting contaminated with a certain type of ameoba that will eat away your brain tissue. This is NOT a joke. This has happened several time especially in the Southern states.

Link: Neti Pot Deaths

Second Neti-Pot Death From Amoeba Prompts Tap-Water Warning by Nancy Shute

December 19, 2011

Washing noses with neti pots or squeeze bottles has become increasingly popular as a home remedy for colds, allergies and sinus trouble. But it's not such a great remedy if it kills you.

Now that two people have died from infection with brain-eating amoebas after using neti pots, doctors are warning: do not put tap water up your nose.

"Drinking water is good to drink, very safe to drink, but not to push up your nose," says Raoult Ratard, state epidemiologist for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Two residents of his state have died after using neti pots this year, the first known deaths associated with neti pots. "The first one could have been a fluke," Ratard told Shots. But now that we have a second one, the only explanation is the use of the neti pot."

The first death came in June, when a 20-year-old man died of encephalitis caused by infection with Naegleria fowleri. That amoeba is common in rivers and lakes, but only very rarely causes brain infections. Back in August, we reported on several deaths in children who had been jumping or diving in fresh water. But since adults are less likely to be doing cannonballs, they're also less likely to be infected.

Then in October, a 51-year-old Louisiana woman died of encephalitis. The doctor thought to ask if she used a neti pot. Both her brain tissue and her home's tap water tested positive for the microbe. Ratard says: "They found the amoeba, the lady was using a neti pot, and had no contact whatsoever with surface water."

Thus the new warning from Louisiana: If using a neti pot or other nasal irrigation device, use distilled or filtered water. Keeping the device clean is crucial, too, Ratard says. A neti pot, which looks like a small genie lamp, can be safely washed in a dishwasher, but squeeze bottles and other devices need to be scrubbed. All need to dry between uses. "If you let them dry completely, the amoebas are not going to survive long," Ratard says.

A quick survey of neti pots and squeeze bottles finds that the instructions recommend using boiled, distilled or filtered water. But like so many simple hygiene instructions, it's one that's easy to let slide. The prospect of death by brain-eating amoeba, rare though it is, should provide enough motivation to follow the rules.

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I find that the pot thingy to be complicated. I have the bottle and it works great. Comes with powdered saline solution that you mix with tap water. I use it almost everyday for allergies or just stuffy. I get mine from Target or Walgreens.

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