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#1 of 16 Old 02-18-2007, 04:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone have any "natural" way to rid his life of them? I don't want him to take antibiotics but he says thats the "only" true way to get rid of them, Thats not true is it? I hope not. He gets HORRIBLE headachs from it. Please Help!
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How about trying cranio-sacral therapy or chiropracty? He might be getting them so often because some of the small bones in his face are "misplaced".
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How about trying cranio-sacral therapy or chiropracty? He might be getting them so often because some of the small bones in his face are "misplaced".
Sorry for the stupidity but whats "cranio-sacral therapy"?
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Cranio sacral therapy is a very gentle therapy. A trained CST uses a small amount of pressure (the weight of a nickel) to manipulate the bones in the cranium. www.upledger.com has more information.
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Finding the cause would help. If he has allergies, he can take steps to reduce allergens in your indoor environment. Using a neti pot would also help.

I prefer to prevent sinus infections. I do this by controlling my environment and by using nasal irrigation. It's a lot better than being on antibiotics most of the year. I haven't had a sinus infection requiring antibiotics in a decade--I used to have several each year.

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if he's having multiple infections have him checked for sinus/nasal polyps...I had two back to back infections and my doctor sent me to have that checked out - I was the worst case my surgeon had seen.

I had them 'scraped' out (basically the sinuses are like thin walled grapes when you have allergies, repeated infections they stay swollen and you are sitting duck for any allergen, cold, infection, fungus etc) I was put under and only had some nose bleeding after the surgery. That was 2 years ago, no infections, no antibotics, no steriods, my snoring is gone and the headaches as well.

do some research on it but he sounds classic. Most people go the antiboitic or steriod route but I hate drugs personally.

Nasal irrigation is great it takes some getting used to but many cultures routinely clean the sinuses with salt water and I think the arruvedics (sp?) often use oils. If thats too much steam can help or encouraging the body to sweat/drip it out with really spicey hot until your nose drips foods...I find soup works wonders.

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Well, I couldn't imagine a kid doing this, nor myself, but I knew a woman who put fresh garlic juice up her nose and somehow tipped it so it just ran in and out up there. She said she was trying to find some fresh garlic juice, so I told her I had a juicer and I made her like a good cup of it. SHe swears it worked!
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Nasal irrigation helped me significantly reduce the number of sinus infections, and the severity. Perhaps consider using a neti pot?
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My DH does nasal irrigation anytime he feels like an infection might be coming (when he has a cold or allergy issues). He also has been taking 1 gram of sodium ascorbate (vitamin C) daily (though I think he upped the dose today). He hasn't had a sinus infection since he started the irrigation, and now he's off of his nasal steroids. He's also seeing a sinus specialist about polyps next week.
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Thanks for all the great info! i just have a couple questions, again, whats a neti pot, where do i get it? and How do you do a nasal irrigation? Is there a recipe or do you buy it somewhere? Sorry if these are stupid questions but i'm new to this. Thanks
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I swear by DermaMed headache balm. Whenever I feel a sinus headache coming on rub a little under my nose and on my forhead, works fast. If it's really bad you may have to reapply. Irrigation works too, also miostening inside of the nose with sesame or olive oil (use a cutip) if dryness is an issue.
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I've had great success with Oil of Oregano. I used to get a sinus infection every stinking time I got a cold, and then O of O was recommended to me, and I haven't had one since. I convinced a few of my relatives to try it, too, when they complained of sinus infections, and it seems to have helped all of them. Horrible stuff, but it really seems to work for us. I've read he shouldn't take it if he's pregnant, though.
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My Dh takes it regularly and he rarely gets sick. I've tried it when I've had a cold and it worked but it upset my stomach, I burped all day. Are the capsules better?
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I've read he shouldn't take it if he's pregnant, though.
we'll make sure he's tested first:
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MaxMommy, I haven't seen O of O capsules, but they might be easier to stomach. I did get an upset tummy once when I took it on an empty stomach, so I make sure there food in there when I take it. Also, I can't take it straight, so I put it in a mouthful of cranberry or pomegranet juice.
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