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bcb1200
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So I had a bad cold last week. I hope it is a good sign as I have had few cold since becoming ill with LYme.

Anyway...this AM I woke up and my right cheek area under my eye is a bit painful. My molars on my upper right jaw are also tender.

At first I thought it was a dental / tool problem, but then I realized it is likely sinus related.

I am very stuffy on that side (a side effect of my cold) and gross, yellow discharge comes out from time to time.

I'm on 3 different Abx. How on earth could I have a sinus infection?

Any suggestions with how to open up blocked sinuses to get the gunk out?

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I would try a neti pot or sinus rinse. But, if it feels like your ear gets clogged from doing this don't keep doing it.

Maybe try Mucinex to thin secretions. Tylenol or ibuprofen for pain if you can tolerate them. Sudafed would dry them up but I can't tolerate Sudafed. Benadryl would maybe help dry them up but will make you drowsy or like me, sometimes it can make you wired.

Good luck! I can sympathize w/you b/c I have chronic sinus issues. Oh yeah, if you're not already avoid dairy b/c it causes more congestion.

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Steaming your face could help thin secretions too.
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Ditto Neti pot...sis swears by it.

Sinus problems are tough...the maxillary sinuses have to drain UPWARDS.

I really like Arm and Hammer "Simply Saline" sterile saline nasal mist. Moisturizes and helps clear congestion. Preservative and Drug Free. Contents remain sterile throughout use.

The self accupressure (pictures) here are interesting:

http://www.chinese-holistic-health-exercises.com/natural-sinus-remedies.html

Some say okay to massage, others say don't.

But the accupressure points should not in any way harm I would think.

Free...easy..worth a try.

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Neti pot. Next time, use it when you have the cold for prevention.

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I've been having sinus issues too and when I do a sinus rinse I get a lot of pain and half of it drains down the back of my throat? My left ear gets plugged sometimes too.

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Yeah, like I said, if it causes ear to feel plugged then don't keep doing it. If the sinus is too blocked that can happen. It has happened to me.

If you don't have a neti pot to try you may be better off getting Simply Saline to try depending on difference in cost. If comparable I would get the neti pot and try it.

It is also important how you position your head. If you're not holding your head in the correct position it will drain down your throat. But, that can happen if completely blocked too as it has nowhere else to go.

I also wouldn't do it right before bed b/c post nasal drip can make you cough if you lay down too soon after.

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Remember not to use tap water with the Neti pot. Saline spray is goodalthough,I think you need to see a doctor. I have had plenty of sinus infections and several surgeries of my sinus areas. Tickled 1, I have to disagree with you, water cannot thin secretions/mucus--only things like pentamedine/Muccomyst due to mucus' chemical structure, it is very, very stable. Try the same things you do with lungs and lung crud, eat chili peppers if you can tolerate hot things, and chicken soup. If you need a recipe for Caldo de Tortilla (chicken soup with a little heat)let me know.
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Fungal sinus infections can occur while on antibiotics.

I personally take Fenugreek and Thyme daily to keep my sinuses happy... Fenugreek thins mucus, and thyme kills bacteria and fungus.

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Otter, I guess that explains why it hasn't done a whole lot for me. LOL!

Razzle, How do you take the Fenugreek and Thyme? What form is it in and how much? Have you noticed a big difference with these?

My doc wants to put me on a combo nasal spray that is steroid/anti-bacterial/anti-fungal and I'm apprehensive.

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I take dried herb in capsules - product name is FenuThyme (made by Nature's Way; I have no financial interest in this company, just a satisfied customer), and I take 2 capsules in the morning & 2 more in the evening.

I find I can breathe well through my nose when I take this product as above (well, I take the contents of the capsules & throw out the actual capsules themselves, since I can't swallow the darn things...).

If I decrease my dose, my nose clogs up again (I have a ton of allergies to all things airborne - grass, trees, weeds, dust, mold, sulfites (car exhaust/factory emissions) - and despite being on 3x the normal amount of antihistamines per doctor's orders, and Singulair, I still get stuffed up severely).

I was using an Asthma-strength steroid nasal inhaler up my nose, until it stopped helping...

Also, I tried a colloidal silver nasal inhaler, and that helps some, but not as much as the FenuThyme.

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Two rather different answers. I watched someone tape two 10 gauss magnets to their forehead sinuses, and soon after, the sinuses started dripping. It got the stuff moving.

When I drank mangosteen juice for the first time, my sinuses ran for two days - they just cleared out. The juice is anti-inflammatory. It's found in healthfood stores and online. I drink 1/2 oz in in the am and pm to keep my eyes and intestines healthy. But in the beginning, it cleared out my sinuses.

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Thanks all. Much better today. I did a netti pot like crazy last night. I also took a sudafed and did a spray of afrin. I don't like to use drugs like that, but doing it only once is fine.

This AM, all feels pretty normal.

Yes, still on Babs meds. Biaxin, Plaquenil, Doxy, Bicillin, Mepron, NEEM, and HH-2.

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2/10 symptoms began
5/10 dx'd, after 3 months numerous test and doctors

IgM Igenex +/CDC +
+ 23/25, 30, 31, 34, 41, 83/93

Currently on:

Currently at around 80% +/- most days.

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The right drug for the right bug

Fungal is a possible

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