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    I swear by the Nedi Pot also. The first "flush" is uncomfortable, but so worth it. I will never go through another spring in Maryland without mine again! I purchased mine at the GNC store.

    Good luck and I hope you feel better ~ Pat

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    I have the same problem. My ENT, who doesn't give medication like handing out candy, recommened the NeilMed Sinus Rinse. It works. I never thought something so simple could help. You can buy it at the drug store or Walmart off the shelf. Hope you can find some relief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lscho4jm
    Thank you, crafty linda. I was seeing the ENT doc who did my surgery. He likes to throw antibiotics at it. Our house is only 5 years old but I did have it checked. Must be in my DNA tonhave sinus problems.
    And, here I've been thinking all these years that DNA stood or DEFINITELY NOT ANOREXIA!
    DNA - that's toooooooooo funny. I think I suffered from that for years! (Really sorry about the sinus infections, though - perhaps a geographical cure?)

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    I have had problems with sinus infections. Surgery helped some. I was tested for allergies by my allergy doctor and now I only get the occasional sinus infection. Mostly one in the spring and one in the fall. My regular allergy medicine that I take daily just isn't quilt strong enough during my major allergy seasons. This year he gave me something new AllerX to take as needed. No spring sinus infection. It is quite expensive $739. for 30 days. Thank God my insurance paid. Get allergy tested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    My son started me growing Kombucha. Supposed to be swarming with probiotics. Easy to grow, and you can get starts at some grocery stores and health food stores. Just use the drink you buy to start one.
    the one at the health food store builds up alcohol, so use sparingly if you are driving!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanmom
    I have had problems with sinus infections. Surgery helped some. I was tested for allergies by my allergy doctor and now I only get the occasional sinus infection. Mostly one in the spring and one in the fall. My regular allergy medicine that I take daily just isn't quilt strong enough during my major allergy seasons. This year he gave me something new AllerX to take as needed. No spring sinus infection. It is quite expensive $739. for 30 days. Thank God my insurance paid. Get allergy tested.
    I don't have allergies but I have a very sesitive nose so I get problems with that along w/sinuses. I have found that I need to switch my meds back and forth every season because I become immune to them. I go back and forth with Allegra, Zrytec and sometimes a couple of others. I also like the new Advil Congestion meds that is out; when it's really bad I take that along with my allergy meds. I also like the saline solution to help w/my nose. I'm happy to hear your insurance paid for yours I know a lot of people who use one of the biggest ins. co. out there and they won't pay for thiers; makes no since. They both end up w/infections because the over the counter stuff doesn't work and yet the company would rather pay for the antibiotics instead of the prevention. I'm lucky; I have two insurance plans and so they normally pay for it all.

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    go back to your ENT and tell him and he can treat whatever is going on.

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    Have you heard of a nettie pot? I read about it in the paper and went and bought one at the pharmacy. My husband has bad allergies and asthma and uses it frequently. You use a solution using salt and water and pour it through your nostrils twice daily. Wonder of wonders, it really works and it does not hurt. Try it.

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    Since Easter I have been suffering from allergies that have made breathing a major full time job wit swollen sinuses- this is a first for me. Everywhere I turn people are suggesting the Netty pot as a way to clear the sinuses of anything that can lead to an infection. Check with the doctor and your health food store. This is a non medical, easy to do process when ever method of helping clear the sinuses. People who have them swear by them as the first step in avoiding and clearing infections. It certainly is a great alternative to immedialty using a med. IT also is worth a try.

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    or maybe rinse your sinuses out like Carol Burnett does. I've done it, it's not so bad. I do it over my bathroom sink but she's done it on t.v. shows!

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    I can't recommend enough the sinus rinse. I do it every morning in the shower, it's just easier that way.

    At my worst, I had five sinus infections in just a little over a year. I had allergy testing, nothing significant resulted. But since I started the rinses, I've only had about two sinus infections in the past 15 years!

    I use plain tap water with a little baking soda -- seems to go better than salt. I got the squirt bottle from the allergy doctor, so maybe check with your ENT...

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    I have had chronic sinus problems all my life. Is there some way you can support your immune system? Drugs are just a temporary fix. If I go outside I start sneezing. Air conditioning stops my headup, especially if I sit near a register or in a car. Low pressure weather systems effects my sinuses. The biggy for me is emotions. If I get upset, then two days later I come down with a sinus attack. If you find a cure, send a private message.
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    To help prevent sinus problems, find a thin stocking cap and wear it to bed at night. My dad has done this for decades and keeping his forehead warmer at night keeps him from getting sinus problems.

    Other than antibiotics or toughing it out, I don't know how to get rid of your sinus infection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodster
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    My son started me growing Kombucha. Supposed to be swarming with probiotics. Easy to grow, and you can get starts at some grocery stores and health food stores. Just use the drink you buy to start one.
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    What is Kombucha and how do you ingest it?
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    It's a drink that you start with sweetened black tea. You put the starter=called a Scoby=Symbiotic Combination of Bacteria and Yeasts=in it and it ferments the tea into a drink that turns from a hard cider and can go into vinegar. On top of it will grow a flat waxy pancake thing that will keep growing and making new ones for the rest of your life and beyond.
    From what I've found online, it's several thousand years old. There are Kombucha forums online, check them out.
    I like mine just to the point of being sour, then put it in bottles with cloves, ginger and Stevia for 3 or 4 days, then in the fridge and drink 8 or more ounces per day. Poured over ice it's real nice in summer, and at the age of 77 I think it gives me more energy. Not a health food fanatic, just a health food nut.
    Want to know how to fix it? PM me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lscho4jm
    Been tested several times for allergies. I wish it was allergies the I would know how to stop it.
    Don't know how much time you spend in your car, but mold, residue, etc. in the car air conditioning system can really add to those problems. Nearly did in a friend of mine. Blessings on you.

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    I am on a low steriod nasal spray. Use it all year long. Used to have terrible sinus infection at least twice a year and now I haven't had any for four years. Ask your ENT about it. FLONASE (generic: Fluticasone Propionate) Nasal spray 50 mcg

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    My husband had sinus infections as long as I knew him (+ 40years). It eventually lead into spells of vertigo. He was recommeneded to have sinus surgery. They found sinus cavities that had been closed off by scar tissue. Since the surgery, he has been fine(8+ years). Find a good ENT & good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lscho4jm
    Our house is only 5 years old but I did have it checked.
    If your house is only five years old you had better check the drywall used on your home it could have something to do with that.I know one sign of bad drywall was the smell of sulphur. I hope this is not the problem but I felt I needed to make you aware of it.

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    Sorry you are having so much trouble. I have never had a sinus infection. I think it could be because I had my adnois (sp?) out along with my tonsils when I was 10.

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    I had the chronic sinus infections as well, and finally found what I was allergic to, and started having allergy shots every week. Pain in the butt, but I haven't had a sinus infection since. The real problem is that if you're an adult when you start allergy shots, you have to take them once a week for the rest of your life....

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    I used to have chronic sinus problems until a pharmacist told me about 'nasal saline'. I tried the aerosol form, hated it, I use the squeeze bottle. About $2-3. I haven't had a sinus infection since! Since it the same saline they put in IV's, there is no symptom rebound, drug interaction problems, nor bad side effects. I hope it works as well for you as it did me. Dr. Oz recommends a 'Neti pot' for the problem.

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    I have had them since high school. After much trials, I now use a netipot and clean out sinuses with saline solution. No more stuffiness either! Husband had deviated septum and surgery helped him with the infections. Big difference for him!

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    Probiotics won't hurt you even if you don't need them, so why not give them a try? All of the antibiotics we take really mess up the balance in our system. I would recommend a refrigerated type from your health food store because they have more in them. Just follow the instructions on the label, and see if you feel any better in a couple of weeks. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    Solaray Multidophilus from the cooler at the natural food store is my favorite. If you have taken any antibiotics, you definitely need to replenish the good bacteria. Antibiotics kill the good guys with the bad guys. There are prescription meds, too, like Diflucan that kill fungal infections.
    I think Irish Rose has some good advice. If it were me I would also look at my diet. Several of my friends are now on a gluten free diet and it has really done wonders for their health. It's not an easy way to go but if you are in total misery you might want to check it out. Hope you kick this soon.

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    I had horrible constant sinus infections. I retired over a year ago and have not had a sinus infection since. There was definitely something in the work environment. I did get a mold test kit and used it according to the directions in my classroom and the results came back saying "too numerous to count".

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