For the past five or six years of my life, I have been getting sinus infections. I get them, am treated sometimes for a week, and sometimes, all the way up to three weeks. I usually feel better for about two weeks, when my symptoms present again, and I am told I have another infections. I typically get seven or eight a year. I have mild allergies to dust and grass, which I receive allergy shots for. I had been to my ENT several times over the past few months and have had sinus surgery to clean out my sinuses, shrink my turbinate and air filters, straighten my septum, among other things. Within a week post-op, I had the worst sinus infection of my life. After about every antibiotic on the market, it is April, and I still have it. My ENT is stunned and no one can tell me why I am always sick. Along with my sinus issues, I have many others. From age five, until eight, I had constant strep throat. I had my tonsils and adenoids removed. I have social anxiety disorder. I have been recently diagnosed with a thyroid auto-immune disease. I also have many problems with my white blood cell count and have had two cancer scares within the past year. I have tried everything from daily medication to sinus rinses. I am constantly tried, congested, and I often feel faint and dizzy. I just want to know what's wrong. To me, all of my doctors are treating everything separately, but I want to know if everything is really connected.
What are you eating? I have a large amount of allergy related sinus problems as well, but never any infections...
If you want to try something simple that could help a lot over a few weeks. Try fruit juice drinks; always lemon, but whatever other yellow fruits you want/like.
Avoid as many processed and fast foods as possible.
If you still have problems, try a fast. At least 7 days, preferably more. Some people regularly go 40 days (and one person I know ran a marathon on the last day) without food. Do some research into this.. it'll help clear out anything bad in your body; such as those bacteria that seem to come back after your antibiotics.
You need to remember that antibiotics will also kill your natural defenses against disease. Once they are out of your system, you're pretty well defenseless against anything new coming in. You will need to build up your protection by avoiding antibiotics.. but saying that, sometimes it's unavoidable.
Lemon is a great detoxifyer, as well as producing a more alkaline environment within your body. Bacteria cannot live in these conditions. Watermelon is also good for producing an alkaline environment.
hi there, I have had sinus problems for the last few months as well. Do you have postnasal drip as well? Or, feeling like you always need to clear your throat, especially when speaking?
Have you tried doing nasal irrigation? I have been doing it for the last few days and it's REALLY helped. . . Mix 1/4 teaspoon of koscher salt with lukewarm water in a bowl. Put it into a turkey baster or any other kind of "pump". Put your head over the sink with your ear down so your other ear is parallel to the ceiling. Pour the water through your nostril and let the water drip through the other nostril. It feels a bit funny at first but once you do it a couple times, it actually feels good! Then switch sides! Good luck!
Have you been tested for acid reflux (GERD)? I have had long-term sinus infections and surgeries and finally got diagnosed with GERD and had surgery. It has greatly helped, but not completely eliminated the problem.
Be sure to read it and also the articles in that site. There is an important discussion about the failure of Mucociliary system, body's own defense against airborne pathogens. The cause of your problems may be failure of mucociliary system.
Sinus infections that reoccure while on CPAP - possible answer!
I had constant sinus issues for 2 years, I keep telling the doctors that it seemed that my CPAP machine had to be involved in the issue since sometimes my sinuses would close after 5 minutes of CPAP usage, once closed my sinuses would become infected. Thus I stayed on cycles of antibiotics and steroids to keep the sinuses open and clear.
I finally got an old school ex-navy doctor to go way outside the box, his answer was to try and lower my immune system with the idea that I was hyperreactive or overreactive to the stimuation from the air flow to the sinuses.
Four weeks ago I was prescribed a low does Methotrexate, he stated up from that he had never tried using this medication for this type of scenario but because I was not responding to anything else including two surgeries in less then a year. So he took a risk and it appears to be working!
I have always kept a sinus infection. I went through the same cycles as you have. I would be well and then another one would usually be less than a week away. It seemed that I was always on some sort of antibiotic. I kept on to where I would go in and see the doctor and he would already know why I was coming in before he eve enter the room to see me. I though it was never going to end.
My Mother-in-law started my on a product called Reliv at the beginning of this year. It is really just a nutrition shake. I take it twice a day and I have not been to the doctor since I started taking it in January. I have always keep a sinus infection and at first I didn't really think about the improvements except for the fact that I seemed to have more energy but around Easter I noticed that I was smelling something that I have never smelt before. I had to ask what it was and it turns out that it was an Easter Lilly. I had never smelt them before due to my sinus issues, so I highly recommend the product for people with sinus issues. I can get you some information on it if your interested in giving it a try. I know from my own personal experience that I had improvements with it.
I stumbled onto this site in an act of desperation (surfing the web for relief of sinus problems). I am having the exact same problem. I completely changed my diet back in January. No more processed or GMO foods, only organic and locally grown. No meat, just wild caught fish. No soy, gluten, corn, dairy (lactose intolerant), or anything with peanuts. Have also drastically cut down on sugar intake. I lost all of the extra pounds (a plus) but I still get sinus infections every 4-6 weeks! I even irrigate on a daily basis. It is becoming truly absurd. I have an infection right now. My head feels like it's going to explode and my eyes feel like they are going to pop out.
Recently, I heard about a product called Silver Sinus that supposedly works better than antibiotics. Has anyone tried this?
I have been using Silver Sinus for about a month now. It really works! Normally, I get a sinus infection every 4 weeks. I've had no sinus problems since I started using Silver Sinus. No post nasal drip, stuffiness, pressure, etc. This stuff is great! Please give it a try.
I had constant sinus infections for years. Then my daughter started to get them. I also have low thyroid and my daughter's thyroid results came back low too. In an effort to spare my daughter a life time of this, I researched the heck out of this and found phthalates to be the cause. They are in the fragrance of many products (shampoo, detergent, etc.) Manufacturer's do not have to list what is in their fragrances so you won't know they are in there. Look for phthalate free products. Check out YuRSick.com for more info. Phthalates are linked to all kinds of health issues and the reason you can't figure it out is because they are in everything. Try organic products (even these you have to be careful with), change your detergent to something "green", lose the plastic shower curtain. I am telling you my daughter and I have been sinus infection free for quite sometime doing this. To see if it will help you, try showering everything off. Do not use shampoo, soap, etc. Give it an hour or so and your sinus swelling will go down. Good luck!