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bmark123
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   Posted 2/19/2011 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been having problems with breathing through my nose for the last couple months... which in turn means ive been having problems with breathing in general lol. I recently went to an ent, and he said I had a severely deviated septum, along with a lot of inflammation and what could possibly be a sinus infection... I need to breathe through my mouth almost 24/7, which makes it hard to sleep, and also means that I wake up with an extremely dry mouth. I also have had post nasal drip for the last couple months... I feel like all of these symptoms are decreasing my quality of life, and was wondering what I should do? Im not sure if the inflammation is caused by allergies or a sinus infection

bmark123
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   Posted 2/24/2011 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the advice, ive been using a neti pot religiously for the past couple of weeks, it has been helping a lot but im still having some problems... im pretty sure they are allergy related, so I wont be able to start solving them until I see an allergist. I just want to know what I need to avoid

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   Posted 2/24/2011 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry the person who responded to you was a spammer and the admin deleted the post.

Have you tried any otc allergy meds? Saline nasal spray? You mentioned seeing an ENT, did he/she prescribe any medications such as a nasal spray (steroid)?
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bmark123
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   Posted 2/26/2011 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I have tried taking Benadryl at night, before I go to sleep, and it seems to help a little, although still doesn't make me feel 100 percent. I also use saline nasal sprays normally once or twice throughout the day, and while it also seems to reduce the inflammation, nothing really just like... takes it away. I just finished a z pack, and it seems to have helped a great deal, to the point where there my nose was actually completely normal for about 20 minutes a few nights ago, but by the morning it was back to being congested... Im starting to think its just an allergy that I am unaware of, or my deviated septum. Not sure though

Alcie
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   Posted 2/26/2011 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been fighting sinus infections for nearly 2 years and haven't found the answer yet. I've been on Amoxicillin, Augmentin, Bactrim, Diflucan, Cleocin, Bactroban spray I had to mix up myself, saline sprays and rinses, my own saline and baby shampoo sinus rinse (using a tiny teapot like a "Netti"). I use Flonase spray to try to shrink the nasal membranes. OTC I've also used menthol spray, Vick's Vapo Rub, and Mucinex.

I've had X-rays and CTs, the latter showing infection. It all started with an accident and broken nose causing more deviated septum than I had before. I think the openings of some of the sinuses are shut.

Beware of using antihistamines. They can just dry out the tissues and cause even worse infection. Ask your ENT first! Mucinex 12 hour does help. It liquifies the secretions so the cilia in the sinuses can clear them and they can drain.

I suspect I've developped a resistant "bacterial plaque" which my allergist was trying to kill off with the Bactroban mix I use as a spray. I just don't think it's getting where it needs to go. Diflucan for fungus and yeast seemed to help at first, but isn't doing anything now.

Today is a pretty bad day. Maxillary sinuses are worse than usual, causing hot, red mask like a raccoon across cheeks and nose. A couple of aspirin eases that - reduces swelling, pain and fever. I am trying to get back in to see the ENT, but it takes 2 weeks to get an appointment. (I've asked for any cancellation.) I nearly went to ER last night because of the pain. Fortunately I have a bunch of stuff for my degenerating spine and slipping ribs, which on top of my fibro tramadol, is keeping me at a tolerable level.
Alcie
 
 
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