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TeresaJ
01-18-2018, 09:24 PM
I've been getting recurring sinus infections/headaches for a few years now. I hate it.

Anyone else frequently which they could crush all the cavities in the front of their skull just to relieve the pressure?

flurps
01-18-2018, 09:30 PM
I used to rinse email out with saltwater, I 've since moved on to watered down listerine. Heals faster, woowee

TeresaJ
01-18-2018, 09:32 PM
Like in a Neti pot?

I've also heard that using a humidifier works. I should get back to that.

One of my coworkers was constantly pushing this expensive water-swirling, air cleaner thing. Anyone know if those do anything? We already have a fairly sophisticated filtration/purification system as part of our HVAC.

flurps
01-19-2018, 12:09 AM
Neti pots are fine but a saltshaker and a glass of water will do. If I don't rinse them twice a day when sick it's an automatic extra day in bed. Heaters and a.c. need humidifier or extra hydration.

rincon
01-19-2018, 01:29 AM
I used to rinse email out with saltwater, I 've since moved on to watered down listerine. Heals faster, woowee

Really? Like how watered down? Do you do it all the way through one nostril and out the other, as with a neti pot?

flurps
01-19-2018, 02:51 AM
Really? Like how watered down? Do you do it all the way through one nostril and out the other, as with a neti pot?

One to one, I pour it down my nose holes from a glass than hack it back up. Wearing a shirt that already needs washing is a good idea, also it burns. It's gross I'm gross

adkulo
01-19-2018, 02:53 AM
I've been getting recurring sinus infections/headaches for a few years now. I hate it.

Anyone else frequently which they could crush all the cavities in the front of their skull just to relieve the pressure?

You can moisturize your sinus cavities by draping a towel over your head as you breathe in the vapor from a bowl of medium-hot water.This helped me.

rincon
01-19-2018, 05:42 AM
One to one, I pour it down my nose holes from a glass than hack it back up. Wearing a shirt that already needs washing is a good idea, also it burns. It's gross I'm gross

Dang, that's baller. So the alcohol doesn't dry it out worse? Or are you going for the antiseptic effect? I'm curious about trying it, but I dunno.

Limes
01-19-2018, 07:47 AM
I usually get sinusitis as the nice rounding off of every cold I get, which is why I try to avoid people who have colds, not breathe in their air, wash my hands etc.
I definitely get much less colds than I used to. I like quarantine from the filthy, unwashed masses. Speaking of, I hear norovirus is going around again.

flurps
01-19-2018, 04:16 PM
Dang, that's baller. So the alcohol doesn't dry it out worse? Or are you going for the antiseptic effect? I'm curious about trying it, but I dunno.

Two to one is ok too. You probably shouldn't do it more than once or twice per day and rinsing with saline a few minutes after letting it soak in is a good way to remoisturize.

The antiseptic part is what we're going for, obviously. I got the idea after seeing how amazingly it worked on... other infected areas. Lo and behold, Google proved some brave souls have been doing it for a while.

My dick is a mucous membrane too and it didn't burn that off so it seemed safe enough as long as I didn't walk around with it dangling in a glass of Listerine like some kind of bizarre cocktail party.

TeresaJ
01-19-2018, 06:22 PM
I have a neti pot but I haven't been using it lately because I haven't felt mucousy or clogged, just aching and pressure. I'll try to use it more just for irrigation.

Also it turns out my humidifier is broken. :/

flurps
01-19-2018, 07:11 PM
Drink hot water good for healthy

Architect
01-19-2018, 07:23 PM
Kill the dairy. Do it for at least two months and see how you feel.

On my health path in the early days I worked in Japan for months at a time. Eventually I noticed that I came home with no more sinus problems, but they came back after a week. Hm, what did I do differently over there? Unfortunately the govt. was on a campaign to introduce more dairy, they incorrectly believed that it helps bones (it actually has the opposite effect). Haven't been there in a while so don't know what they do now.

jyng1
01-19-2018, 09:08 PM
I'm sure there's a Dexter Guff podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dexter-guff-is-smarter-than-you-and-you-can-be-too/id1277107546?mt=2) that deals comprehensively with any ailment...

"congratulations on your cheese clean".

starla
01-19-2018, 10:53 PM
Drink hot water good for healthy

wtf? Did your chinese mother in law write this post?


Kill the dairy. Do it for at least two months and see how you feel.

Was going to say this. I don't know why I didn't quit eating cheese a long time ago.

Architect
01-19-2018, 11:26 PM
Was going to say this. I don't know why I didn't quit eating cheese a long time ago.

Yeah. The vast majority of the population is lactose intolerant to a greater and lesser degree, and if I was to name the one most destructive food you can put in your body, cheese clearly jumps to the top of the list. Milk and ice cream are next, with meat after that. The reason people eat it is because cows secrete hormones into the milk to release dopamine in the baby cow - e.g. to make it want to eat. So it's addictive. Second the meat and dairy industry has poured billions into convincing you to do it.

The only valid reason to eat it is if you live in marginal conditions, such as Britain pre 1900, where cattle are the only easy way to generate calories from the landscape.

flurps
01-19-2018, 11:45 PM
wtf? Did your chinese mother in law write this post?

Naw man it's just good for healthy (moisturizers your sinuses when you don't have a humidifier).

Not eating cheese is great and all but I still get sinus infections after a bad cold anyway.

jyng1
01-20-2018, 02:25 AM
if I was to name the one most destructive food you can put in your body, cheese clearly jumps to the top of the list. Milk and ice cream are next.

Well there goes 70% of my diet.

TeresaJ
01-20-2018, 02:41 AM
Kill the dairy. Do it for at least two months and see how you feel.

On my health path in the early days I worked in Japan for months at a time. Eventually I noticed that I came home with no more sinus problems, but they came back after a week. Hm, what did I do differently over there? Unfortunately the govt. was on a campaign to introduce more dairy, they incorrectly believed that it helps bones (it actually has the opposite effect). Haven't been there in a while so don't know what they do now.

I am lactose intolerant so I eat minimal dairy to begin with. Since I've been taking TB meds I've cut out even more. I don't even eat much yogurt these days.

Also I thought the whole "dairy clogs you up" thing was a myth based on sympathetic magic (dairy clots... clotting/stickiness/congestion is a problem... therefore, no dairy)

Architect
01-20-2018, 10:13 PM
Also I thought the whole "dairy clogs you up" thing was a myth based on sympathetic magic (dairy clots... clotting/stickiness/congestion is a problem... therefore, no dairy)

Interesting idea. Dairy produces mucous and irritates the congestive and sinus system, which has a very fine capillary network. I'm moderately intolerant, but my son is very intolerant since a baby, the effects were very real. Turned him into a nasty little shit for one thing, the poor kid was driven mad with the congestion.

avolkiteshvara
01-20-2018, 10:20 PM
I have always had sinus problems. Worst was last year. Like 6 months straight.

#ProTip (http://forums.intpcomplex.com/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=ProTip)

After a month, go to the doc. Get a round of prednisone. Like a cold-boot for your sinuses. Even when you get better. You can still have little tiny pockets that never fully drained.

jyng1
01-21-2018, 02:38 AM
Kill the dairy. Do it for at least two months and see how you feel.

I was just going to have a glass of milk but I thought of what you said and I opened a beer instead, feeling much better :)

TeresaJ
01-21-2018, 03:23 AM
Totally useless anecdotal data:

For the past few days I've been using my neti pot twice daily, my diffuser at night, and drinking licorice tea. This morning my headache was awful so I took an ibuprofen. In the meantime, a front of warm, humid weather rolled in. This evening I feel fine. Did the neti pot and all discharge was clear.

We'll see how long this freedom from sinus symptoms holds.

Lurker
01-21-2018, 10:53 PM
I've been getting recurring sinus infections/headaches for a few years now. I hate it.

Anyone else frequently which they could crush all the cavities in the front of their skull just to relieve the pressure?

Do you have a deviated septum?

http://www.entnet.org/content/deviated-septum

TeresaJ
01-22-2018, 12:49 AM
Do you have a deviated septum?

http://www.entnet.org/content/deviated-septum

I don't know! I've never gone to a specialist for it. It seems weird that it would suddenly manifest in adulthood, though.

TeresaJ
01-22-2018, 12:50 AM
And yeah today has sucked. Pressure and headaches all day. Scant green discharge from the neti flush.

zago
01-26-2018, 04:22 AM
I dunno if this helps but every time I get a sinus headache I take a Claritin and it goes away. It actually wasn't obvious to me that this was an allergy issue (and took a long time to realize), so that might be something to check on.

TeresaJ
01-31-2018, 01:48 AM
I dunno if this helps but every time I get a sinus headache I take a Claritin and it goes away. It actually wasn't obvious to me that this was an allergy issue (and took a long time to realize), so that might be something to check on.

I didn't think this would be it since I have zero other symptoms but I started taking Claritin and no more headaches! thanks for the tip!

zago
01-31-2018, 04:35 AM
I didn't think this would be it since I have zero other symptoms but I started taking Claritin and no more headaches! thanks for the tip!

No problem. That's why it took me so long to figure out too, I had no other symptoms.

Edit: I'll also say that generic brand works as well as actual Claritin, and costs half as much.

TeresaJ
02-01-2018, 10:56 PM
No problem. That's why it took me so long to figure out too, I had no other symptoms.

Edit: I'll also say that generic brand works as well as actual Claritin, and costs half as much.

Yeah that's the one I'm actually taking.

Wolf
02-02-2018, 08:29 AM
so it's dairy? Jesus. thanks for this tip. i love milk, cheese, and ice cream.