Just over a gnarly sinus infection myself. I too avoided antibiotics as long as possible. My doctor told me that with my level of phlegm, I should be using the neti-pot 8 times a day! I also made sure the bedroom was really humidified (had to wipe down the walls and windows in the morning with a towel). I also used inhaled colloidal silver. All of this helped, but I still had to go on a very mild antibiotic (can't remember the name, but it was only 5 days). I was paranoid, but it worked out fine. Take lots of probiotics.
Hope you feel better.
diagnosed with UC in Feb 2007
taking 12 Asacol/day since then
take Rowasa enema as needed
Mega-dosing on iron due to anemia
Have tried dozens of alternate remedies:
glutamine, sunflower/spinach, omega3, Ayurveda, reflexology, herbal prescriptions, blood allergy testing (avoiding dairy and eggwhites), tried no nightshades, tried SCD (not very strict to be honest), tried Guts to Glory program, briefly tried David Klein diet, mega-probiotics, probiotic enemas, slippery elm enemas, etc. etc.
I know that the right combination for what my tender tummy needs is out there!