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.

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