Cortisone nasal spray--OK???

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GWB
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   Posted 1/8/2010 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw my ENT yesterday and he said my sinuses were badly inflamed and I had an infection. I had no clue about that either since my sinuses seemed fine to me. But after waking up the past three days with swelling in my head and pain in my eyes I decided to see him because my alternative doctor suspected I had a sinus infection. Rather than take his word for it I went to my ENT (excellent doctor but not lyme literate) and he prescribed me some cortisone spray Nasacort AQ, plus some amoxy.

I wonder if it's safe to take a cortisone (steroid) nasal spray with lyme disease, do you know? I also wonder if the infection and inflammation is lyme related. Probably no way to know that but the doctor did say it was serious and that I NEEDED to take the nasal spray asap. From what research I've done on this the opinions on this are pretty divided. Some say fine, others say no.

Any thoughts?

Gary

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   Posted 1/8/2010 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
steroids are worst thing for lyme. ask a lyme doc. are you doing liver cleanses? are you being treated for the lyme?
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   Posted 1/8/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
An alternative is a colloidal silver nasal rinse or spray. It kills the infection topically and won't hinder Lyme treatment. I didn't know how well this would work until my Naturopath suggested it.
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GWB
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   Posted 1/8/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
bucci said...
steroids are worst thing for lyme. ask a lyme doc. are you doing liver cleanses? are you being treated for the lyme?


bucci, Yes, I know steroids are terrible for lyme. Last year I had three steroid injections in my back for severe leg pain I've been having and after that my health went on a downhill spiral for months, still paying the price for that.

The thing is, my infection is very serious and if it spreads it can do some serious damage. I was told this morning by another lymie who's in the medical profession that the consequences of a nasal infection like mine are serious and potentially fatal. He recommended I take the nasal spray as very little of it gets into the blood stream. It's a hard decision to make but I've decided to risk taking the spray after some more investigating this morning rather than take the risk of serious complications of a sinus infection.

I appreciate your input and don't disagree with you at all. I've been there and done that. But on this one I'm going to take a risk and hope and pray that I don't suffer any consequences from the nasal spray.

I am not doing any liver cleanse. I've been drinking a lot more lemon in my herbal teas and water but other than that nothing. I'm not very experienced about how to do liver cleanses. What would you recommend I do that would not be too harsh on my stomach? Is milk thistle tea a good option or should it be something more potent than that?

Gary

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   Posted 1/8/2010 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Razzle said...
An alternative is a colloidal silver nasal rinse or spray. It kills the infection topically and won't hinder Lyme treatment. I didn't know how well this would work until my Naturopath suggested it.


Razzle, thanks for the information on colloidal silver nasal rinse/spray. My alternative doctor is not lyme literate and didn't suggest this. He's not very up to date on stuff like this, more of an old timer type doctor. I wish we had some decent ND doctors here in OKC, but I haven't been able to find one.

Thanks for the suggestion, I will follow up on this and see if I can find a ND who can help me with this without using steroid spray.

Gary

Post Edited (GWB) : 1/8/2010 9:30:40 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 1/8/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I use nasal spray with steroids in it when I am really desperate. Instead of putting two sprays in each nostril....I just put one. I've also used natural nose sprays too that have helped. If it's really bad though, I use the prescription with steroids in it.

There is a bad cold going around that causes sinus infections. My husband and I just got over it. We both had to take antibiotics for it. It was awful. We were both coughing our heads off. My symptoms started with head pressure, then headaches, then a tickle in my throat.....to running fever and coughing.

Feel better soon!
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   Posted 1/9/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the same issue and my Lyme doc said that the nasal sprays have so little cortisone that it was okay. I use them every day in allergy season.

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   Posted 1/10/2010 5:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had chronic nasal congestion since I had my last head cold in Aug/07. The nasal sprays I use are: 1) Saline solution spray 2) Nasonex spray (corticosteroid) and 3) Decongestant nasal spray (generic Otrivin).

I know it's ridiculous, but it seems as though I have too many other pressing health issues to address at my doctor visits. I believe the corticosteroid spray is less harmful overall than habitually using the decongestant spray (rebound congestion).

I have been meaning to pick up a neti pot for nasal rinsing which was shown by Dr. Oz when he was on Oprah (I think). It flushes out excess mucous and debris ~ Has anyone used this method of clearing out the sinuses?

I'm glad this subject was raised because I have been meaning to ask as well. Thanks Gary, and Get Well Soooon!!

Regards,
Cara

GWB
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   Posted 1/10/2010 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your helpful and informative comments everyone.

Today my wife and I are driving to KS to go to Dr. J's clinic for two weeks of treatment. Please keep me you in your prayers (or wish me luck) that this treatment will put me back on the road to recovery.

I will keep you posted as I am able from time to time from Wichita, KS from the hotel next to the clinic.

God bless you all and may 2010 be a year of better health for everyone of us.

Gary

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   Posted 1/10/2010 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I will be sending you positive healing vibes, Gary. Best of luck!
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