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It's ridiculous!

Its like my left and right sinuses are on a timer or something. First my left sinus swells up, closing off the air flow completely. Then it will let up and i'll have maybe 15 to 30 seconds of completely free airflow through both of my nostrils. For those 15 to 30 seconds...Everything is fine. Then the other side of my nose will swell up.

There is nothing to blow out, so blowing-my-nose does no good. Its the actual walls of my sinuses that are swollen.

I have suffered from allergies most of my life. Allergy shots do diddly-squat. Allergy pills dont seem to have much effect (except the ones with the decongestant).

Sudafed will clear me up for a couple hours.

I've had endoscopic sinus surgery in the past because of a sinus infection that wasnt treated due to zero medical insurance.

What I dont get...Is why is my inner nose is doing this???? There has to be a way to stop this!

If there are 15 to 30 seconds of freedom...Isnt there a way to flip-the-switch, as it were???? To turn off this randomly switching of the swollen sinuses??? Maybe put up some barricades or pillars in my sinuses to keep them from closing shut??

It gives me headaches, it clogs up my ears, I cant concentrate well, I cant breathe well, I cant sleep well.

There just has to be something I can do to stop this sinus nonsense!

Help anyone???????????
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replied January 4th, 2006
Re: One Nostril Swollen, Then It Switches to the Other Nostr
jesssinushurt wrote:
it's ridiculous!


Its like my left and right sinuses are on a timer or something. First my left sinus swells up, closing off the air flow completely. Then it will let up and i'll have maybe 15 to 30 seconds of completely free airflow through both of my nostrils. For those 15 to 30 seconds...Everything is fine. Then the other side of my nose will swell up.


There is nothing to blow out, so blowing-my-nose does no good. Its the actual walls of my sinuses that are swollen.

I have suffered from allergies most of my life. Allergy shots do diddly-squat. Allergy pills dont seem to have much effect (except the ones with the decongestant).


Sudafed will clear me up for a couple hours.


I've had endoscopic sinus surgery in the past because of a sinus infection that wasnt treated due to zero medical insurance.

What I dont get...Is why is my inner nose is doing this???? There has to be a way to stop this!


If there are 15 to 30 seconds of freedom...Isnt there a way to flip-the-switch, as it were???? To turn off this randomly switching of the swollen sinuses??? Maybe put up some barricades or pillars in my sinuses to keep them from closing shut??


It gives me headaches, it clogs up my ears, I cant concentrate well, I cant breathe well, I cant sleep well.


There just has to be something I can do to stop this sinus nonsense!


Help anyone???????????


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well I have a similar problem with the left nostril. What I have been doing is hot compresses against my face and nose, steaming myself over a bowl of hot water and rhinocort aqua nose spray.

Pretty much have to do this continually and eventually the swelling will go down for awhile. Till you get some Dr. Help anyway.

Hope this helps. :lol:
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replied July 25th, 2012
Nostrils blocked???
Hi all, this is my first ever post that I have ever done about anything and it could not be more important. I HAVE FOUND THE ANSWER SO BEAR WITH ME!

I have taken comfort in reading that so many others suffer the exact same thing as me, I thought it was only me.
Since I can remember I have had this nostril swelling problem, always one side being blocked, no matter what I did. Exactly the same scenario, when laying on one side the higher nostril clearing and the lower blocking, with a split second of normality inbetween. This stopped me sleeping because I just could not breath out of my nose.

This is all day every day, it builds up a level of stress that you are unaware of at the beginning, until you finally experience being able to breath out of both nostrils!!.

I have tried nearly everything, the nettie pot with warm salty water, steam with different vapours, saunas with vapours, forcing air up the blocked nostril to expand it, making myself sneeze, blowing as hard as I can, cold remedies with decongestants-lol absolutely usless on me. The only thing that absolutely cleared my swollen nostril was the sprays that contained Xylometazoline, But unfortunately this is addictive and not ment for our constant problem. I got addicted, I weighed up the pros and cons and lets face it, I COULD SLEEP LIKE A NORMAL PERSON!. However please use them for back up and not for constant use.

Because of this, I decided enough is enough, and I really thought long and hard about a natural way of unblocking my nose.
The answer is simple, so simple, I was gob smacked when it worked, finally I have found relief!. The answer to my problem and to yours hopefully, is a spin-off to the nettie pot!!.

Basically instead of the nettie pot which you tilt your head to the side to let water run through, you use a small sports bottle with the quick release nozzle. This allows you to tilt your head right back, so the water hits the area you actually need, the water should slowly make its way through the blocked nostril down into your mouth to spit out.

But hear is the important part, instead of warm salty water like everyone says, use freezing cold water, taken from the freezer just before it freezes. Its so simple, what are you supposed to do to prevent swelling? Yes you use something ice cold. Same principle. AMAZING!

SO

1) Sports bottle with small nozzle
2) Pinch of salt
3) Mineral water from bottle, (tap water has irritants/chemicals in it)
4) Fill sports bottle and put in freezer
5) Just before it freezes, tilt head back and let it rip, let it trickle through your system spitting out a mouth full at a time, do at least half the bottle on each nostril.
6) Blow your nose, wait 5 mins and hopefully breath easy!!!!!!
7) Reply with your results please as this important to me.

I hope this works for you, good luck and have hope!
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replied October 1st, 2008
one nostril always blocked
on hayfever and rhinocort sprays the dr put me on and nothing unblocks one nostril.had operation to cut out swelling that started last year and the nose is still the same.dr now doesn't know what is wrong.i need urgent help as this is interfering with everything i do even my sleeping.i'm 43 and this started all of a sudden last year in one nostril only.i blow the nose sometimes and nothing is there.please help me
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replied August 4th, 2011
I have had sinus problems for 30 years and after 5 surgeries and lots of medications and the loss of the sense of smell and taste, the problem was not resolved until recently. My nose doctor who I saw recently after an absence of a year or more told me about a simple solution discovered 2 years ago by an allergist.....get a prescription for Budesonide (normally used for asthmatics in a breathing device) and once a day pour one vial of this into a nasal wash bottle with lukewarm water and a sinus wash saline packet (the packets and bottle can be purchased at Walgreens) and irrigate your sinuses. This solution will shrink and eliminate polyps and nasal inflammation and your sense of smell and taste will return if it disappeared during your problems. Find an allergist or nose doctor willing to write a prescription for the Budesonide....it has no side affects, does not affect the rest of your body and there are no withdrawl symptoms if you decide to stop at any point. Good luck and I empathize with you!
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replied December 21st, 2008
One nostril always blocked
I have had the same problem for years.
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replied December 23rd, 2008
effective remedy
Hi Dears
I had three nasal polyps removal surgeries so far.The re-growing polyps are caused by sinus inflammation. Obviously I used all possible remedies over-the-counter but none of them had worked for me indeed. By chance I have found about very controversial method called URINOTHERAPY.
Since I have started using that method my never ending nasal problems had gone away hopefully for good. I use it only externally by inhaling it through my nostrils twice a day.
In my opinion there is no any chances to be cured completely by using conventional methods.
Apart from my nasal problems also other health problems went away.

Cheers
Dan
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replied January 3rd, 2009
I don't believe you Dan
Dan you are an insensitive man and i bet you have no idea how painful sinusitis or polyps actually are.
Another dead end.. One day I will find a cure for my honey.
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replied April 13th, 2009
I suffer everday as well...
My sinus swells like a balloon. Swells on the outside too. It is very obvious and is causing me to lose my mind. I had a deviated septum surgury a couple years ago which did nothing. I am still paying that one off. I have no medical insurance which keeps me away from going to see a specialist. I try everything. I try to stay away from dairy and wheat but I still can't breathe. what the h-ll is going on?
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replied June 20th, 2009
Sounds pretty much like what I have. It's at its worse when I'm trying to sleep. If I'm lying on my right side then my right nostril will plug up and my left nostril will be free. If I flip over to my left side then my right nostril will clear up, both nostrils will be free for a few seconds and then my left nostril will begin to plug up. SO I'm constantly turning all night long just to get to sleep. It's really frustrating. I've had several trips to the doctor where they did this burning thing inside my nose, didn't help. And I even had a deviated septum surgery which didn't help (I was able to breath well for about a day after they removed all the gauze and crap from my nose but then it was back to the same old stuff). After that I gave up. I really wish I could find something to help.
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replied July 24th, 2009
sinus relief
I have the same problem. The specialist said I had swelling of the sinuses on both sides. He recommended a 1)saline spray self-treatment, which I am starting today, then if that doesnt work a steroid prescription to break the cycle of swelling. Have any of you tried that?
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replied July 24th, 2009
I've tried different kinds of sprays including a saline spray (not really a spray, it was this thing you stuck up one nostril and tilted your head a certain way and let the saline water kinda rinse through, and the water is supposed to come out through the other nostril lol). None of it worked. Never got any steroid prescription though.
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replied September 14th, 2009
Neti pot and adult-on-set allergies?
Ktkore - what you used is called a neti (net-ee) pot. I've just started using it and am finding some relief. My bro-in-law used it out of desperation - it took two weeks of doing it morning and before bed and now he feels great. He didn't know how bad he felt until he felt better! We both suffer from adult-on-set allergies and began to have serious trouble with our sinuses after age 42. We - an many others we know - are allergic to all kinds of stuff and keeping away from those helps a lot too. I've been forced to "go organic" - I all natural products to clean, wear no perfume or lotion with perfume, I use laundry soap and dryer sheets with NO perfumes, I must vacuum and dust often, no flowers in the house, got rid of all carpets and put in laminate floors; pets are banished to the yard - it's all small stuff but it helps and I feel better now. A word of caution - we both got to the point where we "could not inhale" when we were around things like diesel exhaust or dust. My doc says it's an ASTHMA symptom, not sinuses so he really wants me to do all I can to reduce the inflamation - remove the allergens or it will only get worse. Good luck to you all.
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replied October 16th, 2009
Another Sinus Sufferer
Wow--- It's actually somewhat comforting just to know that I'm not crazy. I've had this problem--- left sinus swelled shut but not due to congestion, then switches to right side when I change my sleep position,etc... for years. Everyone thinks I'm a nut.
For me, nettie pots were useless, allergy medicine useless, sinus surgery useless, saline sprays useless, flonase useless, blowing nose, useless, etc... Only thing that works for me is the 7 day steroid pack but the doctor won't prescribe it more than once every several months, so it comes right back eventually. I can't believe in this day and age that doctors haven't been able to figure this problem out.
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replied November 13th, 2009
I had this really bad up till a few years ago.
Around 3-4 years ago my sinus got so bad i got addicted to nasal sprays. The specialist said i was allergic to dustmmites, but there wasnt really much i could do about it. I havent tried saline sprays BUT my mum gave me a home remedie where instead it was lukewarm water and a few pinches of salt which was filled in a cup and using a spoon, inhaled in each nostril and spat out through the mouth into the sink. Im assuming this is similar to what sinus_sufferer as i did repeat this every day when i woke up and before i went to sleep. It is spring now, and 3 years after i did this exercise for 2-4weeks, i can still mostly breath through both nostrils, and this year my allergies have gone really bad, i'll probably continue to do this exercise once more. And trust me, you don't want to get addicted to nasal sprays as they will stuff you over and possibly damage the lining of your nose. Most give you rebound congestion if you use them for 3+ consecutive days. Try my luke warm water method + salt (enough to make the water mildly salty when you inhale) You will actually find that a lot of mucus comes out when u spit out the water and blow your nose at the end when you've finish the cup of water.
Hope this helps, another sinus sufferer...good to know i'm not alone Smile
Once again, stay off the sprays!
Also, i don't have that switching thing as bad anymore.
TRY my method and i guarantee you that you will have the satisfaction of breathing through both nostrils without the use of sprays which are bad for you anyway..
Good luck!
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replied March 21st, 2010
EAT ALOE VERA!!! heals from the inside out!

I've suffered from SEVERE ceder tree pollen allergy in Japan. They eat aloe vera in Japan/Asia in lots of things. So I googled it out of curiousity and was VERY happy to make this GREAT discovery!!!! I've been eating a few ounces of the plant three times a day since December?? I feel better this year already, and I'm praying for complete healing like the story of the lady in the site I gave you (^ ^) God loves you and me to give us such great plants!~ John 3:16

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replied April 16th, 2010
i just blow really hard and it goes away all you have to do is blow as hard as you can and it will go away might have to blow multiple times but trust me it will go away and don''t get addicted to anything you but that says nasal spray or nasal solution because it does not work happy breathing and good luck
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replied February 19th, 2012
blowhard is right
This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. You've never suffered like these people have--if blowing your nose fixes your problem, then you're looking on the wrong page.
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replied July 13th, 2010
Me too.
I figured I'd chime in with my useless comment; I too have suffered from this EXACT problem as far back as I can remember... I'm talking toddler to this very moment well into my adulthood. It's something I've just sort of come to deal with but now that I'm beginning serious yoga I can't do the proper breathing exercises and I'm also beginning to realize how much suppressed stress this daily condition causes; I hope we can get to the bottom of it. In the meantime try not to fret; what can you do if you can't do anything?
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replied July 21st, 2010
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Have you tried a Neti Pot to flush your sinuses daily? It works wonders. I go thru same thing, especially when I am trying to sleep. Only problem is, cannot use Neti Pot if ears are clogged so I haven't used it in weeks.
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replied July 22nd, 2010
Deviated Septum
I had surgery to correct q deviated septum...but i still notice when i lay on my right side.. i start to get congested..but when i lay on my left side i am ok.. my surgeon told me my anatomy is fine... He done surgery on my left side.. I breathe ok when i am up and about.. sinuse congestion occurs when i am laying down.. My Doctor told me that the nose is not designed to work laying down... Alhough I feel ok when i am up...I wonder what i can do to help the breathing on my right side...The nostrals switch.. They dont both breathe at the same time.Yet they are connected..as i know because of the use of the neti pot...
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replied November 9th, 2010
I've been on the steroid packs twice with really great success. Tonight I'm up with both sides of my nose completely blocked. I've procrastinated and am paying for it. I'll have to go in again.
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replied January 6th, 2011
I am having the same problem. I feel because my sinuses swell up , I can't blow out my nose and phlegm is being swallowed and is causing chesty cough. I have tried inhaling steam and this is working for me. Exercise also helps.
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