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sinus odor

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 14, 2008
  • 01:38 PM

My husband has had a very stuffy nose for the past three days and it has been getting worse. I suspect that it is a sinus infection because of the color of the mucous. But now he has told me that after he blows his nose and expells large amounts of mucous, he gets an odor of rotting flesh in his nose. He ran a fever the first day, but none since then. He has been taking antihistamines and Mucinex, but is still suffering. My concern is the odor he smells after blowing his nose. Has anyone else ever experienced this?

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  • Okay, this is sinusitis and needs to be treated promptly. The characteristic odor is commonly experienced and results from the presence of certain anaerobic bacteria that develops in the sinus cavities which can become blocked by swelling and the presence of mucus. Depending upon any allergies to medications, Augmentin 500 mg b.i.d. for 5 to 7 days is typically a good drug of choice. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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    • September 14, 2008
    • 06:34 PM
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  • YOUR HUSBAND MAY HAVE A FUNGAL INFECTION. IF SO, ANTIBIOTICS MAY NOT HELP. HAS HE TRIED A NASAL WASH (NOT DEGONGESTANT)? INGREDIENTS SHOULD BE SALINE, XYLITOL, GRAPESEED EXTRACT AND OR OREGANO OIL. A COMMERCIAL PRODUCT, AT A HEALTH FOOD STORE, IS SAFER UNLESS YOU ARE JUST USING SALT WATER. ALSO, ORAL ANTIFUNGALS WOULD NOT BE A BAD IDEA FOR SINUS INFECTION TREATMENT AND FOR PREVENTION: OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT, OREGANOL GELS, GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT, CAPRYLIC ACID, RAW GARLIC AND UNREFINED/ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, JUST TO NAME A FEW CHOICES. I RECOMMEND TAKING TWO OR THREE AT A TIME FOR ABOUT A MONTH AND THEN ROTATE TO TWO OR THREE OTHERS. THIS IS REFERRED TO 'ANIFUNGAL ROTATION.' AUNT T
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    • September 14, 2008
    • 08:43 PM
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