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    Old 12-06-2003, 05:10 PM   #1
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    Asthma and sinus infections

    I was diagnosed with asthma back in 1986 when I was in the hospital for a week with pneumonia. I was put on Theodur and Alupent. I no longer take the Theodur and forget exactly why I didn't want to take it anymore, I think it was because I was having trouble sleeping or something. I don't take any maintence meds for the asthma, which maybe I should, but I use the inhaler when I have an attack. Anyway, I used to get colds a lot and end up with bronchitis usually and would have bad wheezing. The sicknesses I've been getting the past several years, though, are sinus infections. I forget why, but the doctor said that people with asthma are more prone to getting them. I'm really tired of being sick and tired! Every year I go through the same thing from October to March or April, one sinus infection after another! I go to the doctor, take an antibiotic for 10 days, end up with a yeast infection and use cream for that. Then if I even stay well a month after I first get the sinus infection, it's a miracle. I get such a sore throat and headache with these and I'm just so miserable and don't feel like doing anything. I feel lousy like when you have a fever, only I very seldom get a fever with these. I also have allergies, especially to dust mites. The doctor said that my sinus infections are probably triggered by my allergies. I had allergy tests done at a specialist, who then put me on Clarinex, which I've been getting samples from him because our insurance will no longer cover allergy-type medications like that and Allegra, etc. Is anyone else like me and get sinus infections because of their asthma/allergies? Is there any type of medicine or supplements or something that you take to help prevent getting these all of the time. It seems like I'm basically sick half of the year, which is really depressing!

     
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    Old 12-06-2003, 07:12 PM   #2
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    Re: Asthma and sinus infections

    I'm not sure what's in Alupent - I'm not familiar with it - but I've been doing a bit of reading lately and certain asthma medications do slightly increase the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections (like sinus infections?). So you might want to check that out, you can usually find the dr's prescribing info sheets on different drugs online, and they have the full report of side effects found during testing.

     
    Old 12-07-2003, 01:00 AM   #3
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    Thanks, I'll have to check that out. I wasn't aware that the medications could cause that. If the inhaler that I'm on is known to do that, I'm definitely going to ask my doctor about switching to another one.

     
    Old 12-07-2003, 03:08 AM   #4
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    Re: Asthma and sinus infections

    Have you had a CT of your sinuses? I don't really have sinus infection problems, but it could be that you have an infection and then it never really clears itself all the way. Like, you get enough antibiotics or whatever to clear it so you don't feel the symptoms, but it still lies somewhat dormant. I've seen this happen. Then, after a couple of weeks, it resurfaces. I know one person who went on like three weeks of antibiotics and FINALLY killed ALL of the infection and hasn't had any problem yet. (That was back in November of last year...)

    Believe it or not, chronic sinus infections and allergies are sometimes common correlation. This is because of the rhinitis that occurs. There is swelling and more production, and lots of fun stuff. Have you considered nasal irrigation? This clears all the gunk out of your nose twice a day and leaves less stuff in there to fester. I have a nifty little bottle (you can get a trial one at neilmeds.com if you're really that interested...) and I put half a tsp of salt and a pinch of baking soda along with eight ounces of sterile water in it and then I spray the water in one side of my nose and let it come out the other side. Sounds really gross, but it does get all the gunk out. Another good thing for sinuses and allergies is some type of nasal steroid like rhinocort, nasonex, or flonase. These sprays are anti-inflammatories just like one would take as a maintenance drug for asthma ('cept for it goes in your nose of course!) and helps keep any inflammation of the nares down.

     
    Old 12-07-2003, 05:44 AM   #5
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    Yep, I've had a CT scan done of my sinuses and it did show an infection, so my doctor put me on an antibiotic for 20 days and then I had another scan which showed that it was cleared up. I never heard of nasal irrigation. Maybe I can give that a try if I can stand to do it. I don't know how that's going to work, though, because I don't even like spraying the nose spray up in my nose. I've tried different nasal sprays already including for instance, Flonase and Nasacort (what I'm using right now). By the way, did your doctor recommend nasal irrigation for you? What made you want to try that?

     
    Old 12-08-2003, 12:12 AM   #6
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    I'm seen at National Jewish, which is the best respiratory hospital to be seen at. "Global leaders in respiratory, allergic, and immune disorders" LOL. I guess they see rhinitis problems a lot (duh...makes sense). One day I had a sinus infection and I was seen in clinic anyway. They had me do a nasal wash and it got all the gunk out. I didn't even need antibiotics, which is remarkable because with my steroids, I usually do. All of the doctors that I have seen at National Jewish (Has GOT to be about ten or so...) have all recommended irrigation. In fact, National Jewish hands out these trial packages free. So yes, my doctor did recommend it and it has helped. I don't generally have sinus problems, but it does clear a lot of congestion and the like. You can read about it as well on National Jewish's site, but they haven't upgraded it for the nasal washes. They still talk about using a syringe or something. Now they use these neilmeds bottles. The site is [url]www.nationaljewish.org[/url] and you should see a link for medfacts. Click it and then look for the words nasal irrigation or nasal wash or something like that.

     
    Old 12-08-2003, 09:13 AM   #7
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    I just checked out that website and that's some great info! I was wondering how a person would do a nasal wash, and they go into detail. I'm going to try doing that! I'm surprised that my doctor never mentioned that to me, and I've been seeing him for quite awhile for this problem. Nothing else has worked, so I'm willing to give this a shot. I'm not especially fond of the idea of doing it, but I'm really not fond of being sick a lot of the time, so I'll try almost anything to keep from getting sick so much. I think I'll be doing a lot of reading on that website, because I see lots of things that pertain to various health problems that I have. Thanks for the link!

     
    Old 12-08-2003, 04:53 PM   #8
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    I love their site, and every time they update it I can spend forever there. Very chock full of information. Check out the research papers they document and everything. VERY intense.

    The washes aren't the funnest thing and they sound really gross, but like I said, it helps a lot. Maybe you should talk to your doctor before starting them, but I'm sure he'd approve. Why not?

     
    Old 12-09-2003, 05:12 AM   #9
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    Yeah, I think I'll be reading on that site for awhile, very informative! I'll check into those research papers that you mention too. I kind of suspected those washes won't be the most pleasant thing to do, but if it's that or get these sinus infections all the time, I'll choose to do the washes. I'll ask my doctor just to make sure, but I'm like you and don't think he'd have a problem with that. Thanks again.

     
    Old 12-09-2003, 09:47 AM   #10
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    No problem. If you hop over to the allergy board you'll see a bunch of posts about nasal irrigation and their different methods and probably how it almost cured their allergies.

     
    Old 12-09-2003, 06:33 PM   #11
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    Thanks again! I'll do that.

     
    Old 12-19-2003, 05:25 PM   #12
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    Re: Asthma and sinus infections

    yomama, have you had a chance to read my topics on "Allergies How I fixed my sinus problems. (Updated version of "upside down" irrigation)"

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    "Colds & Flu Treat my sinus infections "upside down" with peroxide. It works!"

    Both topics are basically the same. I have found an "upside down" flooding technique using peroxide and baking soda, that cured my chronic sinus infections. When my sinuses were infected, it made my asthma worse, so the technique has helped both my sinus problems and my asthma.

     
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