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Old 03-14-2011, 04:54 PM   #1
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Baby shampoo to the rescue... maybe.

So, I am occasional lurker on these boards, and many of you might know my history. I am allergic to everything under the sun and on every possible treatment for allergies.

I also had 2 surgeries to correct my chronic sinusitis with no avail. They reduced my turbinates and gave me ''windows'' in my sinus cavities, but I still suffer from frequent pressure and thick discharge.

I went to the ENT today, and he says research is now showing that those allergy suffers who went though endoscopic sinus surgery might be worse off than they were before.

Why? These extra large windows that were created to promote drainage also promote pooling of mucosa which becomes a breeding ground for bacteria -- it creates a bio-film per my ENT. The only way to break up this thick mucosa is with a gentle shampoo.

My ENT told me to add 1/4 of a teaspoon to my sodium chloride solution that I mix in my Neil Med Sinus Rinse. I've done it once today, and I do feel immense relief. It does not burn the sinuses at at. Think about it......babies use it, and if it gets in their eyes it doesn't burn

I would def check with your ENT before trying this. Maybe they never even heard of it. but if you are someone like me who is already on every medication out there, this might help you

Also, if you irrigate multiple times a day, my ENT said only to use the baby shampoo once.

Let me know how it goes for everyone.

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Old 03-15-2011, 02:12 PM   #2
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Re: Baby shampoo to the rescue... maybe.

That is a great idea. My sweet grandmother who was on oxygen 24/7 would have perhaps had appreciated that as well. (I was her PCA for her last six years until last month) She used the Netti pot to rinse her nose. Her ENT was like her best friend. She had a hole in her septum. Her morning routine consisted of saline rinse and then applying a protectant like bacitracin to the insides of her nostrils. Although, she still had a "clogging" issue sometimes and would have to go for a "uncloging". I wonder if using the surfactant would have prevented build up? Besides, it smells better pretty good. Let us know how it works for you. She was always a fan of a baby shampoo mixture to clean her eyelashes! I'm glad you found something that works to comfort such a delicate area. Thanks for sharing.

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