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debsoap
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   Posted 6/4/2013 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone tried a nasal rinse for allergies? Does it help? I have heard a lot of good reports but haven't tried it yet and wanted some input :)
Looking for helpful remedies :)

Alcie
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   Posted 6/4/2013 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, Deb.

I am trying nasal rinses, but so far haven't had any luck with allergy symptoms using only saline. It does get rid of extra mucus but only temporarily. However, my allergist recommends it, along with other treatments.

I like the larger bottle types, like Neil Med. Don't use tap water, as there was a recent report by the CDC about brain-eating ameba from a netti pot using contaminated household tap water. Boiling will kill it. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/infection-sources.html I use distilled water heated 30 sec in the microwave. Salt 1/2 tsp and a pinch of baking soda, or use the 2300 mg/700 mg packets for 750 ml water.

Water from hot water heaters can be dangerous if they are set below 145 degrees. It's nice to have water set low to save energy and not scald kids, but if it's too low it can encourage all sorts of pathogens. Water from the tap should be let run if it hasn't been used in the last 6 hours to wash out lead from brass plumbing fittings.

debsoap
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   Posted 6/5/2013 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Alice :) I haven't tried it yet but am hoping for some good results. Have you tried Guaifenisen? Just wondering if it better than Claritin or something like that. I need to find an allergist so I can see what I am actually allergic to. It been so terrible since the first of this year. It seems I am allergic to everything and can't hardly stand any kind of smell. Do you have any of these problems?
Take no meds at this time.
Dacree

Alcie
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   Posted 6/6/2013 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Guaifenesin works but the regular release only lasts maybe an hour. Mucinex 12 Hour is good for all night. There are some generic store brands (at least at Walgreen) too. I'm not convinced they are as good, but I haven't been trying that very long. I only take the regular strength 600mg. I wouldn't recommend starting with the extra-strength 1200mg.

Guaifenesin keeps the mucus thin so the cilia (little hairs) in the sinuses can move it out. Dried up mucus is a prescription for sinus infection.

Start with one thing at a time so you can figure out which things work. I keep a diary of all my foods, meds, and the reactions I get. My allergist had me start it. It helped us figure out my food intolerances. (Look up food diary in the search box at the top of the page. That's a great place to see if anyone has posted on stuff in the past.)

I recommend seeing an allergist too. I love my very experienced allergist. She got me started on shots and I have almost no allergy symptoms now.

debsoap
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   Posted 6/6/2013 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Alice, I am looking for a good allergist in my area. I need to find out what mine actually are. I did get the 600mg Guaifenesin to start with because I wanted to start with the lowest. I do feel like I have a chronic sinus infection in deep sinuses going on. I had one a few years ago and didn't even know it until I went to the dentist and he did a panoramic x-ray to see about my wisdom teeth and the x-ray showed a really bad deep sinus cavity infection. They put me on meds for it. I thought the Guaifenesin might help get things moving better for me. I am switching dr's and cant get in until July 10th if I don't find an allergist before then maybe he can recommend one.

Alcie
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   Posted 6/8/2013 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I treated my chronic sinus infections and constant headache with an ENT for over 3 years. I've tried just about everything, including sinus surgery which only made things worse.

When I have a bad infection - green mucus and pain - I get antibiotics. I use my saline sinus wash daily to clear the excess mucus and try to prevent them. Make sure to use only distilled or boiled water to prevent getting brain-eating ameba.

The only other thing that seems to be helping so far is using antihistamine nasal sprays. I don't really like drying out the sinuses so I only use them at night. Steroid sprays did nothing. I have allergies but get shots every week. Trying the different sprays, mainly samples from my allergist, is helping me figure out if there is anything that works.
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