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Monday, April 27, 2015

Fungal Sinus infection and Hydrogen Peroxide

Warning!!!  The next photo is gross AND more importantly - I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND AM NOT RECOMMENDING ANYTHING.  THIS IS JUST WHAT I TRIED.

I have suffered from an ongoing sinus infection for over a decade.  Sometimes it's worse than others, but it's never gone.  I don't have insurance but I have braved the clinic a few times and gotten antibiotics.  They didn't work.  Sometimes the infection would be so bad that I would have nosebleeds coming from my sinuses.  It was frustrating.  During that same time I started sneezing up these green balls of mold. I tried to talk to the doctors about it maybe being fungal instead of bacterial, but nobody would listen to me.  It was always a two week treatment and then a return visit - sometimes with more antibiotics that still didn't work.

I have tried a few home remedies with various results.  I couldn't do a nasal wash because generally I couldn't get anything through the sinus cavities.  It was a little helpful, but not super effective.  The same could be said of allergy medication, sinus medication and nose sprays.

I have read about using a wash made of hydrogen peroxide and saline water.  I was a little leery about trying it because the bubbles in my sinus cavity sounded terrible.

This week I was in pain, having some blood (not a full nosebleed) and sneezing up the largest mold balls I have seen in my long history of sinus problems.


I decided to give the peroxide thing a try.  I got out my nasal pot, some saline packets and hydrogen peroxide.  First I added a few drops to the water and while it foamed a bit on contact with my nose, it didn't seem to have much effect.  Then I decided to bite the bullet and make add about 50% water and 50% of peroxide.  That made it a 1.5% ratio I think. 

At first it didn't have much effect. My sinuses were pretty badly blocked.  Then it started getting in and OUCH! it burned.  I didn't want to swallow anything so I spit out anything that went down my throat.  I didn't clear up enough to get water coming out of the other nostril, but it seemed to have some effect.

I took an allergy pill and a hit of nasal spray before bed.  In the past these methods have kept me clear for about 2 hours - long enough to get some sleep in.  I was still clear when I woke up this morning.  Better than I have been in ages.  I'm still having some colorful mucus, but no mold balls so far.  I can smell stuff now too.  It's been awhile since I was able to smell things this well.

I did a second hit of the peroxide wash.  This time with clearer nasal passages I was able to get it in there good.  OMFG! I didn't abbreviate when I yelled it.  Burn, pain, fire!!!  SOB! was yelled a few times too.  It hurt.  This time it did come out of the other nostril though.  Again I was trying not to swallow peroxide so I spit out anything that went down my throat.  It was gross and full of crap, but that's crap that wasn't in my sinus anymore.  This afternoon I think I am going to try a nasal wash without the peroxide to keep things flowing clear.  I'll decide tomorrow morning if I am going to do another treatment with hydrogen peroxide.  I probably am, but at least this time I will be braced for the pain.  


I'm sure there are other methods of treating fungal infections, but I won't have insurance until Friday and I can't afford the duductable anyway, so I hope this works.  If it doesn't I will try to get some surgery to get all the stuff out.  Provided I can find a doctor to listen to me.


1 comment:

  1. I've been living in a moldy house for almost three years and the hydrogen peroxide rinse is my savior. I was experiencing the same nasty green and yellow fungal balls with blood clots for over a year before internet research brought me to the hydrogen peroxide cure. I use about a cap full of 3% hydrogen peroxide in my nasopure rinse syringe whenever I notice the infection coming back, 2-3 times over a period of 2 days, and it definitely keeps the nasties at bay. I also use ayurvedic "nasya" oil to moisturize my sinuses which is also very very effective(when the sinuses dry out they get cracks and the fungus and infection can seep in deeper).

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