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I have chronic sinus headaches, but haven't had an infection for several years, since I started on Claritin.
I have chronic sinus problems, too, in spite of surgeries and twice a day irrigations at home. I get thick mucous, and bacteria cling to it.
I have had both pseudomonas and a fungal infection for some months now. I've tried nebulizing medicine and am now using medicine in my sinugator, but don't appear to be getting better.
My ENT said since the topical treatments haven't worked I should go on Cipro since it and Levaquin are the only 2 meds that eradicate pseudonomos. I'm doing research and trying to figure out if the cure is worse than the disease.
Ah, yes.... The orange-grey brain matter looking blob...
I've had sinus problems for 35+ years.
I am curious as to how you got that gunk out?Ditto what @alex3619, @Thinktank, and @SilverbladeTE said. Sinuses never really drain well at all, nose is very stuffed, dried (esp in the mornings) and blocked up w/thick mucus. Even when I was a kid when I got a sinus infection, it was always thick and gluey, and w/a deviated septum, it was always a challenge to get that wad of gum out, but when I did, it looked like (spoiler alert!) a mass of mucus and (almost) brain matter.
But like Alex, it comes and goes, but is there most of the time. It most recently flared in early 2013, and got worse after abx, suggesting fungal issues and/or worsening of food intolerances as a result of killing off beneficial bugs w/the abx.
Yeah, I get the hard to breathe too, feels like obstruction as @Thinktank mentioned.not infections, but constant sinus problems: harder to breathe through them, gotta dig the bogies out like hacking coal to keep breathing
Are you still doing the antibiotic's? You were doing IV but are you continuing with oral antibiotic's at all?I have chronic sinus problems. But I stopped getting sinus infections when I went on antibiotics for Lyme and Bartonella.
Yup.Are you still doing the antibiotic's? You were doing IV but are you continuing with oral antibiotic's at all?
@dannybex, thank you for the info about pseudonomos. I'll look into all this. I've also read that colloidal silver gets rid of pseudonomos.
I am curious as to how you got that gunk out?
I read recently that they think now that people who have chronic problems with their sinuses actually have a problem with their beneficial sinus bacteria being too low and it can't keep the bad bacteria in check. I never had sinus issues, or allergies, until I was put on penicillin 26 years ago for a tooth infection. The sinus issues, allergies, and ME/CFS all started at the same time.Another thing to consider is the possibility that neti pots and frequent nasal irrigation may be flushing away beneficial bacteria.
A study in 2012 found a specific microbiome in the sinuses of healthy peeps that were not there in those with chronic sinus problems. So some have tried snorting various probiotic species with great relief. I haven't tried it yet, but am considering it when I win the lotto.
Here's a website where you can read of the many options and also the results some have experienced:
I've had this same problem for years. I've never been able to pinpoint it to any specific food. I can go weeks without it and then for months my nose is a dripping tap even though nothing in my diet has changed.On a side note, do those of you with sinus issues also get rhinitis after/during eating? I get this from eating anything, doesn't have to be hot in temperature or spicy. And it doesn't necessarily occur with specific foods (ie. some mornings I get it from my breakfast which is always the same, sometimes I don't at all). It's something that's developed later in my ME history like my sinus issues, so wondering if others with sinus stuff experience that too.