How much do you put in the water?
NeilMed kit is exactly what I use.
Amazing what can be flushed out of ones sinuses.
The wife has an actual Neti Pot but it is awkward to use and does not work as well as the NeilMed IMO.
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There isn't any set amount. I always make up a half cup of saline for my daily rinse. If I want to hit a cold or infection fairly hard, I add about 15-16 drops of iodine to the mix. More than that and it gets a pretty strong taste/smell to it. As things get better, I will taper it down to 8-10 drops. Using the iodine was something I found on the internet. You just have to use your own judgement on it. Also, try not to swallow it. Iodine is not to be taken internally.
Per my ENT, here's what I use.
For normal sinus rinse to prevent infections, 1/2 tsp xylitol and 1/2 tsp salt in two cups water. The water should be as hot as you can tolerate.
If I'm fairly sure I've got an infection, use 1 tsp Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo in two cups hot water. The ENT gave me a Mayo clinic showing this to work well to break down and kill sinus infections. It does need to be that specific shampoo. If the infection is bad, I'll use alkalol and the shampoo mix several times a day until the infection is gone.
I've been using a drop of J&J baby shampoo as often as I rinse my sinuses during the mowing season. That what gets all the particles of dirt and grass out. I try to do it daily but I forget when I'm beat.
Whoa! That's a weird smell/taste/sensation.
Before I retired this year, I flew over 100k+ miles per year, and would regularly get two sinus infections each year, despite best efforts to protect myself. Most current antibiotics are now ineffective for me, and I would generally suffer 3-4 weeks each episode.
Regarding Levaquin, please do some research and weigh potential side effects. It has been cited for many cases of tendonitis and Achilles’ tendon rupture (including my ruptured Achilles), and that shit hurts!
Stay safe, Steve
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After I'm done with my netipot, I bend over and blow my nose into a kleenex. 9/10 times it gets all of the water out.
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I get sinus infections a lot. Painful pressure, antibiotics are the only thing that clears it up for me, however side effects of antibiotics are a pain in the butt also.
I find I get sinus infections more in the winters than summers, some times I think I pick mine up from taking hot showers.
What are Z Packs and are they available over the counter or prescription only.
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Squeeze bottle works best for me. I use regularly whenever I start to have breathing difficulties or colored mucus. As far as meds, Bactrim DS for me has always worked. I also double up on the solution mix for a good flush as recommended by a Nurse PA. Been doing this for the last few years and have yet to have the severe previous reaction when the different Oaks bloom and spread their noxious pollen. Previous to use, I would be in for infections each and every bloom.
I picked up a sinus infection in Africa a few years ago that hung on for 10 months. Every time I bent down to tie a shoe, my head felt like it would explode. It weathered several treatments with antibiotics. I didn't feel congested. There was no nasal discharge. It was infected, and wouldn't quit. Really bad.
I've had sinus congestion that I didn't know was there before and it's blown out sinuses on flights, on the descent. The first time it happened, I'd been in a swamp for several days, hiding with an emergency locator beacon as part of a search exercise. I rode home in an unpressurized aircraft and on the descent, it felt like someone hit me with a baseball bat in the face. A big bang, unbelievable pain, and next thing I'm in the emergency room. Twice.
I don't think I could ever use one of those pots, pumping fluid through the nose (those don't actually go to the sinus, which is above the eyes, or inside the face in the maxillary region, however, and while they might fix a stuffed nose for a time, won't touch a true sinus infection.
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