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Sinus drainage/thick mucus

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 15, 2006
  • 03:28 AM

For years I have had sinus infection problems with lots of gooey green mucus drainage. I have had two sinus surgeries and I haven't had a bad sinus infection since the last surgery about 4 years ago.

I still have alot of drainage from my sinuses draining into my throat, mostley clear to milkey and very sticky I am always clearing my throat and making weird noises trying to get the mucus up. It isn't so bad during the day, maybe because I'm upright and the mucus can drain? It is very annoying to me and others. I feel embarassed but until I can clear the mucus I can't seem to stop clearing my throat. It is really bad at night. I usually go to sleep ok but I wake up around 2:30 AM almost every night and feel the mucus hanging from my sinuses into my throat. I try to ignore it but it is too annoying. It usually takes 1-1.5 hours to clear so I can try and go back to sleep. By then I am very nervous and having anxiety problems and pinched nerves in my back from caughing. The problem is so bad and has been on going for lots of years that it seems to be controling my life. If I'm not clearing my throat, I'm wondering when I will have to and it's getting to the point I don't want to go to bed because I know I will wake up in a couple of hours and be back at it.

My ENT tells me there isn't anything he can do. He tells me to take a mucus thinner but they don't seem to work very well. Sometimes they even make the problem worse. The stickey mucus is deep in my throat and doesn't caugh up very easy.

I have been seeing a Chiroprator that specializes in applied kinesology for 3 years or so. He has treated me for yeast infection/candida, imune system disorders and digestive track problems. He seems positive that we are making progress. I am better than I was several years ago because of no sinus infections, however I am very uncomfortable and tired of this problem. I don't know where to go from here. I have also been through several alergy tests for polins, metals, food etc.

Looking for help!

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  • I am an engineer not a doctor, and this comes purely from looking at what my friend told me and doing some minor research on the computer. A Chinese friend recently had Alum poisoning (burned her throat and threw up blood) from alum added to Rice cakes. Alum poisoning affects the mucous membranes. http://www.personal-wellness-consultant.com/aluminum-poisoning.htmlWhen I looked up Alum, it is used in China as a cheap whitener in flour and substitute for cream of tartar. It is also found in many products surrounding the use of white flour. US companies that make baking powder have also been using it as a filler. Rumford has always had a good quality baking powder without alum... http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/BakingPowder.htmHere is an old article about a company trying to add it to the baking powder http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9504E6DB123EE73BBC4053DFB4668382669FDEAfter looking at some of the things that relieve the symptoms of chronic sinus infections, I see white flour and canned goods. People already get alum from many sources so for people suffering from these sinus conditions, alum may be exacerbating this affect. Alum comes from many things such overthecounter medications, pans, wrapping food in foils, cans, etc.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 10, 2009
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  • Believe it or not, a good spoonful of horseradish (or cream horseradish) will most definitely clear out your sinuses. Don't swallow it right away, let it linger a bit in your mouth, chew it around and then you can spit it out if you wish, but I've found swallowing it to be more effective in sinus clearing. You'll likely sneeze a few times, but boy oh boy, will you be able to breathe after!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 21, 2009
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  • I'm having the same problems. Had surgeries. Multiple. Bad snoring. Had my uvula trimmed. Snoring didn't stop.Anyway, my sinus keeps draining. Nothing seems to work. (Sinus rinse helps, tried mucinex, drinking plenty of water, anti biotics and what not!)However, my biggest problem that no one else on this group has talked about, is bad breath. Because of the drainage, I get really bad breath. I'm really scared to speak at work. My personality is completely affected by this. I'm not shy, but appears that way because I refuse to speak.Anyone has this problem? Any luck resolving it?Despo.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2009
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  • I've had this problem for years. I would get sinus infections since I was a kid. I even had nasal surgery to fix it but with little luck. It always seemed thick but I noticed that I would get really thick, stringy mucus that would eventually start to show signs of an infection. Doctors always give me a mucus thinner, antibiotics, and suggest psudophedrine. Nothing ever seemed to work to fix the thick mucus issue. I also notice that my tongue was always covered by a thick, white gunk, which no amount of brushing or oral rinses seemed to fix. I did some research online and wondered if it might have someting to do with yeast. So I took some of the suggestions I found online for yeast infections and started doing them: stopped eating all things with sugars (even fruit juices), simple carbohydrates, and things with yeast. I started eating lots of unsweetened yogurt, taking garlic pills, and cinnammon powder on a daily basis. I've been doing this for about two weeks. Now I think my mucus seems thinner and I drain alot easier. I also think the white gunk on my tongue is thinning. Occasionally I get some of the thick mucus but I think it is being flushed out of my system rather than being the norm. You might try some of these and see how they work for you.
    Twiddle.Diddle 1 Replies
    • February 14, 2009
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  • I've had this problem for years. I would get sinus infections since I was a kid. I even had nasal surgery to fix it but with little luck. It always seemed thick but I noticed that I would get really thick, stringy mucus that would eventually start to show signs of an infection. Doctors always give me a mucus thinner, antibiotics, and suggest psudophedrine. Nothing ever seemed to work to fix the thick mucus issue. I also notice that my tongue was always covered by a thick, white gunk, which no amount of brushing or oral rinses seemed to fix. I did some research online and wondered if it might have someting to do with yeast. So I took some of the suggestions I found online for yeast infections and started doing them: stopped eating all things with sugars (even fruit juices), simple carbohydrates, and things with yeast. I started eating lots of unsweetened yogurt, taking garlic pills, and cinnammon powder on a daily basis. I've been doing this for about two weeks. Now I think my mucus seems thinner and I drain alot easier. I also think the white gunk on my tongue is thinning. Occasionally I get some of the thick mucus but I think it is being flushed out of my system rather than being the norm. You might try some of these and see how they work for you. Sounds like you are on the right track. I would be careful not to eat too much yogurt as it can cause mucus buildup...a better choice would be a good quality probiotic. Also try Oil of oregano for the yeast - works wonders for me. Chronic mucus and nasal drainage is often a sign of an allergy - dairy and wheat are often culprits. NAET can help determine if you have an allergy and will clear you of this allergy. This is the first year in over six years that I no longer have this chronic problem. www.naet.com Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 14, 2009
    • 07:43 PM
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  • Hello, I posted some info regarding a nasal spray I tried...but it looks like the moderator removed the website link -- sorry about that. Anyway, this spray really works well for me...it's called Sinofresh. I use it now everyday and it really helps with the drainage. I was told that I may need sinus surgery but after using this spray I think I can hold off for now. You can go to Google and type in Sinofresh and you should be able to find the site and read up.Thank You! I have had four head colds this winter and the drainage from my sinuses is unbelievable. The doctor gave me four different antibiotics during this time and had me taking MucinexD and those pearl drops (100mg benzonatate capsules) for the cough, besides. Gargling with various concoctions and using a nettie pot with saline solution, nada. This last bout started two weeks ago. The mucus was the worse this past weekend and the cough was productive but after ten minutes I would have another coughing spell and more mucus to spit out. I was so sore in my diaphragm from coughing, it hurt to breathe. I couldn't sleep, eat, or do anything without coughing from the mucus drainage. Then I found your message about SINOFRESH! THANK YOU! THANK YOU RMPAL! :)Thank You! SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE is unbelievable! Two days ago I took your suggestion and went to the SINOFRESH website and wandered around learning about SINOFRESH. Lo and behold it said it was available at my local grocery store, Wegmans. I needed milk & bread so I went over there and found SINOFRESH in the pharmacy section. It looked like no one had bought any since the display case was stuffed full with packages, about 20. I read the container and then went to ask the Pharmacist if he had any feedback on the product. He said basically "no" but if I tried it to let him know how it worked. I bought two packages of SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE, one for me & one for the wife, as I gave the head cold to her last week. I opened the package in the car and gave myself 2 sprays in each nostril. I got a little high for a second and then my nose started to run. I sniffed a bit and the nose running stopped. I drove home and noticed that it was easier to breathe. I took in the groceries and told my wife that I found the SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE at Wegmans. I opened her package and gave her a couple of sprays in each nostril. I puttered around putting away the groceries and about an hour had past since I had given myself a dose of SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE. No coughing from the nasal drainage. I went and looked at my throat in the bathroom mirror and no mucus??? We took another dose before bed and we slept the whole night. No mucus, no coughing, no burning, and I feel relief from the sinusitis. My throat looks less irritated and mouth refreshed. Oh! My wife feels much better too! Two days later and the SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE really works! My ears even feel clear, no mucus, no coughing, I can't believe how SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE worked so fast!SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE is GREAT STUFF! It cost $15.49 a spray bottle but if it works for me and helps prevent another sinus attack, I'm keeping a couple of bottles around. I spent $120 on the Docs visit and prescriptions, plus $150 on the MucinexD. I'm ordering a couple more bottles from SINOFRESH and a couple of bottles of their SINOFRESH DAILY THROAT SPRAY which prevents a sore throat. I'm telling everyone I know about this wonderful product as almost everyone I meet has a head cold that won't quit this Spring.THANK YOU RMPAL! :) You're A LIFESAVER! :D & YOU ARE COOL! :cool:
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  • Followup: Stopped by Wegmans today for grocery items I missed the other day cause I was so "Under-The-Weather" to shop. Told the Pharmacist about how great SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE worked for me. Two people picking up prescriptions overheard our conversation about SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE and asked me what it helped. I related about my sinus attack with the cold and they said that is what they have. They asked me where I found it and I went over and showed them. They both bought a package to see if it would help them too. The Pharmacist joked that I was trying to drive him out of business with that OTC SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE. Hope it helps them as much as SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE helped my wife and I! ;)
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  • I am going to try the SinOFresh too. I had the sinus drainage, cough, clearing throat for about a year. Tried a lot of things mentioned. My doctor told me I had LARYNGOPHARYNGEAL REFLUX. It is acid reflux, except that it does not come up all the way like most acid reflux. It just irritates your windpipe. The acid reflux caused my sinusis to drain. A visious cycle. I was told to take Acifex 20 minutes before eating in the AM and 20 minutes before supper in the evening.I was also told to remove from my diet all carbonated soda, caffeen, acid producing foods (greasy foods). chocolate, ice cream, milk, and citrus food & drink. In less than 2 weeks my cough was gone. The 2 things that helped the most was chocolate (especially milk chocolate) and coffee.As I slowly went back to my old bad habits, my cough, mucus returned.I do get worse in the spring, as I am allergic to maple pollen. So I have to control it in the spring, or i get my LARYNGOPHARYNGEAL REFLUX back from the irritation.Google the LARYNGOPHARYNGEAL REFLUX and see what I am talking about.
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  • Followup: Stopped by Wegmans today for grocery items I missed the other day cause I was so "Under-The-Weather" to shop. Told the Pharmacist about how great SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE worked for me. Two people picking up prescriptions overheard our conversation about SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE and asked me what it helped. I related about my sinus attack with the cold and they said that is what they have. They asked me where I found it and I went over and showed them. They both bought a package to see if it would help them too. The Pharmacist joked that I was trying to drive him out of business with that OTC SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE. Hope it helps them as much as SINOFRESH NASAL & SINUS CARE helped my wife and I! ;)FOLLOWUP: Tried to order 2 of the Sinofresh Nasal & Sinus Care and 2 of the Sinofresh Daily Throat Spray on their website, and it wouldn't proceed past delivery info. Noticed that the *** is next to the items. (Products marked with *** does not exist in desired quantity in our stock.) You're out of stock???? Sinofresh emailed back: We apologize for the inconvenience. Currently we are out of stock in our warehouse. However, you should be able to purchase from our online distributor: drugstore/com (type in Sinofresh in the search box). Let us know if you need any further assistance. Sincerely, Customer Care TeamSomething weird here? The only two items on their website and they're out of stock???? Asked to e-mail when available and haven't received reply. Keep you informed.:mad:
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  • I am going to try the SinOFresh too. I had the sinus drainage, cough, clearing throat for about a year. Tried a lot of things mentioned. My doctor told me I had LARYNGOPHARYNGEAL REFLUX. It is acid reflux, except that it does not come up all the way like most acid reflux. It just irritates your windpipe. The acid reflux caused my sinusis to drain. A visious cycle. I was told to take Acifex 20 minutes before eating in the AM and 20 minutes before supper in the evening.I was also told to remove from my diet all carbonated soda, caffeen, acid producing foods (greasy foods). chocolate, ice cream, milk, and citrus food & drink. In less than 2 weeks my cough was gone. The 2 things that helped the most was chocolate (especially milk chocolate) and coffee. As I slowly went back to my old bad habits, my cough, mucus returned. I do get worse in the spring, as I am allergic to maple pollen. So I have to control it in the spring, or i get my LARYNGOPHARYNGEAL REFLUX back from the irritation. Google the LARYNGOPHARYNGEAL REFLUX and see what I am talking about. Try stinging nettle for your seasonal allergies - I cannot recommend this highly enough...better than any OTC allergy med I've ever tried. You can buy this in capsule or tincture form and it is safe and very effective. Try it and see. Also, NAET will help reverse your alllergies. www.naet.com Best wishesDOM
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  • I've had Sinus issues now for 2 years. Although I get no sinus drip at all, I just feel pressure which radiates from my frontal sinus to pressure in my ears or a really itchy nose. I saw my doctor, who surprise suprise offered me antibiotics. They worked after 3 days, 2 days after feeling great the symptoms returned. I eventually had endoscopic sinus surgery after a CT scan confirmed my sinus's where in a mess. The surgery alas did bugger all. The doctor had me on the operating table for 3 hours. Two weeks after the operation I was back to square one. I was never really ill, just aware of constant pressure and irritation. Decongestants, sprays and antihistamines did nothing. I paid £200 and got tested for allergies and was found to be allergic to yeast. I've read nearly 500 posts on candida and yeast infections and im convinced it is this. Like many people of my generation, my diet is bad and alcohol is the centre of most social gatherings. I used to suffer from stomach bloating, but since I dropped bread out of my diet this simply vanished? To add weight to my theory there is a new product being fast tracked in the states for release called SinuNase, based upon the assumption that 95% of sinus infections are fungal in origin? No good for me in england. The company making the product has seen there share price rise even in these dark financial times? Also google 'Sinus Mayo Clinic'.My Own Findings---------------------A fresh garlic clove eaten raw (not pleasent) always shifts this sinus glue, but it's temporary and makes me stink. But it gives me a short route for temporary relief. Steam rooms give a little relief, as does a good rigourous run, or a game of football (exercise basicially). I did a half marathon and my nose poured for 3 hours it was heaven. I get huge sugar cravings and recently ate 4 of my sons easter eggs in one night (im not massive either). Probably deserve sinus ***l for that one. Oregano Oil, Caprillic Acid, Cinnamon Oil, Yeast raiders all seem to help. I've tried ThreeLac and Fivelac, also Oxygen elements etc...I've got a constant white mouth in the morning and my backside itches like a beast. Again classic candida symptoms apparently. I'm useless at the diet thing, although when I stopped eating for two days, my symptoms dissappeared. I'm off to try a nutrionalist soon as my doctor thinks i'm barking mad. I've spent loads of money on potions and lotions and would pay anything to bottom this. People will rob you of your hard earned cash as you search for the silver bullet (diet seems a war of attrition that im destined to loose). My search continues....... As do the mispent hours on the web
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  • Hi everyone, I will make this quick and easy. Go to sinuswars.com and see if they can help. Best to all. Les
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  • I have a deviated septum. For 6 months, I have had 4 infections and rounds of antibiotics. I am allergic to cillans and Levaquin. That leaves only 2 other families I can take. I have clear mucus that drains down my throat and causes a constant clearing by coughing. When I sleep. it's always clogged on one side. I went to an ENT and he did a CT scan. I have fluid in one sinus cavity. I am going on my 5th round of antibiotics (14 days), along with steroids (6 days). He said if this doesn't work, it's surgery to remove the fluid.
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  • The Wall Street Journal published an article about a Chinese Herbal tea or tablet that claims to cure rhinitis and thick mucus. Biyan Pian is the name. I bought tablets from a local Chinese Grocery supermarket Scarsdale NY for $2.85 per 100 in . I will try them tomorrow. I took Mucinex today. That helps but it is no cure. A bit expensive.
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  • I have a comment about the cool mist vaporizers. It's my feeling that they may do more harm than good if not kept thoroughly disinfected and clean. Seems to me that if they are not meticulously clean, they will spray bacteria laden mist into the air which is extremely likely to be inhaled. I think a hot steam vaporizer is probably much safer and bacteria free in this respect.
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  • I have been suffering acute swelling and pain of my sinuses since I was a kid (I'm in my mid 30's now..)My savior was a doctor I met more than a 10 years ago who diagnosed so accurately so much so that my life greatly improved with the prevention measures I took.I thought my condition was really bad until I stumbled upon this forum, and reading all your thoughts on it, well, I can only offer words of encouragement to brave it along..The key trigger in my case was dust, MSG and sugar. Not normal amounts, but really sweet stuff like biscuits and candies really made my sinuses throb for weeks. I was able to detect whether there's MSG in my food with the immediate sting it caused, right behind the bridge of my nose!As far as medication is concerned, I take anti-histamines (Clarinase) every time the pain is unbearable, but decongestants (Zyrtec-D) are only for really bad situations.I have seen many traditional Chinese medicine 'Sinsehs' who recommend burning a type of cigar and expelling the air through the nostrils. I have not tried it yet, but do hope to get information from those who have.There's also a kind of saline drop from a Malay herbalist that my friends rave about and brought to me a couple of years back. All you need to to is tilt your head back, put a few drops in each nostril, and tilt your head forwards. Foam would start to form, and you would see gunk just start splattering in front of you. It really stings, I kid you not, but after 10 minutes, it's the greatest 1-month sinusistis-free bliss you'll find on earth!I have ran out of that potion (my friend gave me a 10ml bottle!) and it seems that the condition is called 'Resdung' in Malay. I haven't got a clue how to get more of it since I lost contact with my friend who emigrated to the Middle East.. : (To all, good luck in your search for a better health!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2009
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  • Hi there I don't know if you have tried any nasal sprays for your sinus issues...but you may want to try: I have had chronic recurring sinusitis for the past 20 years. After countless rounds of antibiotics and 3 CT scans, I was told I needed sinus surgery. After having 2 sinus infections within a month, I found this product. I have been using it for 7 weeks now, and so far, so good. It really helps with drainage and does not have an unpleasant after-taste. I am recommending it to everyone I know! I have tried Claritin, Flonase, and dristan and they don't work nearly as good as this stuff. You can find the nasal spray by searching Google under sinofreshstore.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 30, 2009
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  • You can find the nasal spray by searching Google under sinofreshstore.I've had this condition as long as I can remember (I'm 33 now) and I went to a sinus doctor who recommended me to an allergy doctor. They said the only way to "permanently" get rid of severe allergy's is with immunotherapy. They basically test for what you're allergic to, then inject you with those allergens over the course of 3-5 years in order to build up your own system's immunity to it/them. The only downside was there was only like a 70-80% chance it would work/be permanent. I have taken Zyrtec for years and it helps, I also have a deviated septum and had my tonsils and adnoids taken out when I was young. Never got to finish it because I lost my health ins. at the time!Good luck with this info! I'm gonna try the Bi Yan Plan for now.
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    • September 23, 2009
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  • I've had this condition as long as I can remember (I'm 33 now) and I went to a sinus doctor who recommended me to an allergy doctor. They said the only way to "permanently" get rid of severe allergy's is with immunotherapy. They basically test for what you're allergic to, then inject you with those allergens over the course of 3-5 years in order to build up your own system's immunity to it/them. The only downside was there was only like a 70-80% chance it would work/be permanent. I have taken Zyrtec for years and it helps, I also have a deviated septum and had my tonsils and adnoids taken out when I was young. Never got to finish it because I lost my health ins. at the time!Good luck with this info! I'm gonna try the Bi Yan Plan for now.Hi, So sorry for everyone as I have same problem. My diagnosis was post nasal drip, and the consultant (dont know if you call them that, I am english) has suggested I have my nose straightened and also my sinuses dealt with at the same time. Trouble is I keep reading people who say the op worked only for a short time or not at all. So I have declined. My problem started a year ago after a two month virus. Hence it being called 'post' which means of course after a condition. I use a nasal rinse and an ocean water nasal spray, also drops morning and night called Fluticasone (flixonase) all this is a great help. Alas no cure though, I believe an op would make no difference in my case. Thank you to everyone who has contrubuted to this forum.
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    • October 3, 2009
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  • Nasal irrigation didn't work well for me. I hated it. But I became increasingly distressed a few months ago and found what is for me a better way.I gargle with the saltwater mixture recommended, but I have found if I tilt my head back and gargle and begin slowly breathing out my nose it does irrigate my nasal cavities. In fact it works very very well for me and I do this every morning in the shower. It makes a huge difference for me. It took a few days to get used to trusting the process, remembering not to breathe with my nose full of saltwater (!) and adjust the salt concentration so it doesn't burn.The perfect salt solution is 8 oz/240ml luke warm water to quarter teaspoon of Kosher salt (jewish salt) to quarter teaspoon of bicarbonated soda or think you may call it baking soda. This will not sting at all and is very comfortable.
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    • October 3, 2009
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