It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Sinus Problems Message Board

  • My colds always turn into sinusitis

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 11-18-2009, 12:56 AM   #1
    ouchmyjawhurts
    Member
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Dec 2008
    Location: Beer
    Posts: 67
    ouchmyjawhurts HB User
    My colds always turn into sinusitis

    Everytime I get a cold, sinusitis always seems to follow. This has happened for years. I am on the pill now though so antibiotics are a complete pain.

    I have two questions:

    a) Is there anyway I can prevent my cold from turning into sinusitis?

    b) Is it possible for sinusitis to disappear without antibiotics and is this harmful?

     
    Sponsors Lightbulb
       
    Old 11-18-2009, 06:40 AM   #2
    wakkochic17
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Mar 2004
    Posts: 1,209
    wakkochic17 HB User
    Re: My colds always turn into sinusitis

    first, be aware that antibiotics do not render the pill inactive, so you don't have to worry about that. There is a "possibility" it can reduce it's effectiveness, so it's best to use a backup just in case.

    Second.. have you seen an ENT? If your colds are always turning into a sinus infection you may want to get a CT to see if there are any structural problems causing it. A lot of times when one keeps getting infections it's because there is a blockage somewhere and the mucus and bacteria get trapped causing an infection.
    Also, have you tried sinus irrigation such as the neti pot? Something to definitely think about. I rinse my sinuses once or twice a day but I would recommend it definitely while you are sick. It thins out the mucus and helps it drain, preventing it from getting "stuck" up there.

     
    Old 11-18-2009, 02:39 PM   #3
    ouchmyjawhurts
    Member
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Dec 2008
    Location: Beer
    Posts: 67
    ouchmyjawhurts HB User
    Re: My colds always turn into sinusitis

    I should see an ENT specialist really.. I've had ENT problems my whole life. I had my tonsils out because they were just massive dead germ attractors, I have a problem with my ears where they feel blocked all the time but they are not waxy. And sinusitis. I have a feeling it could be to do with my jaw positioning - does that sound crazy? I have a very slight underbite so my jaw juts out a bit. Sometimes my jaw aches along with the sinus problems and the ear... anyway...

    Forgive me but I have no idea what a neti pot is? Is it a nasal spray? I've been told nasal sprays don't really help and can make things worse but who knows.

     
    Old 11-18-2009, 07:29 PM   #4
    wakkochic17
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Mar 2004
    Posts: 1,209
    wakkochic17 HB User
    Re: My colds always turn into sinusitis

    the position of the jaw wouldn't cause any sinus problems, but the nerves are so intertwined that sinus pressure can cause your jaw to hurt, just as jaw problems can cause problems up the sides of your face.
    Neti pot is just a brand of a sinus rinse system, there are others such as NeilMed SinusRinse. It's not a sinus medication spray. You can find these systems in any drug store or even Walmart in the sinus area. They use salt water and you actually "rinse" out this sinuses. This helps water down any mucus and cleans out any dirt/pollen, etc. It won't completely prevent sinus problems, but I find it helps immensely!

     
    Old 11-19-2009, 01:38 AM   #5
    ouchmyjawhurts
    Member
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Dec 2008
    Location: Beer
    Posts: 67
    ouchmyjawhurts HB User
    Re: My colds always turn into sinusitis

    I'll have a look in my local chemist and supermarket! I'm from England you see, so we don't have a Walmart.

    Thanks for the help! It's been useful.

     
    Old 11-24-2009, 12:46 PM   #6
    ny57
    Newbie
    (male)
     
    Join Date: Apr 2009
    Posts: 9
    ny57 HB User
    Re: My colds always turn into sinusitis

    I love my neti pot and recommend nasal irrigation all the time! No, itís not exactly killer party conversation but good habits w/ the sinuses can go a long way toward good health.
    I am a huge believer in natural cures, and in not jumping to meds or surgery too quickly. However I must say that if things get to the ďchronicĒ stage donít mess around. See your doctor and then if you get a ct scan make sure you know all your options (it used to be that sinus surgery was the only option. but now there are less invasive choices like balloon sinuplasty).
    Thatís my two cents. Take care and keep those nasal passages clean!

     
    Old 11-26-2009, 06:54 PM   #7
    TEdds83
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    TEdds83's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Feb 2008
    Location: Iowa USA
    Posts: 1,970
    TEdds83 HB UserTEdds83 HB UserTEdds83 HB UserTEdds83 HB UserTEdds83 HB UserTEdds83 HB UserTEdds83 HB User
    Re: My colds always turn into sinusitis

    I have the same problem too. When I get a cold I almost know its going to turn into a darn sinus infection. I have been using the neti pot off and on for a couple of years now. It does help. But I still deal with the problem. A couple weeks ago I went through 2 rounds of z paks to clear one up. Now tonight my sinus's are just aching and throbbing. I don't know if it is because our weather has just turned very cold and damp or what. I do also think I have small sinus tubes so I don't think they drain real well. I think some of us are like that. I am trying to do everything natural too.

     
    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    My colds always turn into sinus infections. How do I stop this from happening? thejoker999 Sinus Problems 2 12-30-2009 05:25 PM
    Does Anyone Else Seem To Get A Lot Of Colds/flus/sinus? sey Sinus Problems 11 07-14-2008 08:11 AM
    Feeling tired all the time. Worse after bad bout of colds. Evannah Colds & Flu 1 06-04-2008 03:31 AM
    Frequent colds & coughs goatmule Colds & Flu 1 06-03-2006 06:24 AM
    Colds become laryngitis, could it be thyroid related? tracies Thyroid Disorders 3 03-29-2005 07:31 AM
    Colds that come every year at the same time and never go away muzteach Colds & Flu 3 01-05-2005 11:13 AM




    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off




    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:42 PM.





    © 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!