How do I restore order to my sinuses?
January 6, 2009 5:55 AM Subscribe
Calling all chronic sinusitis sufferers! How do you keep your sinus infections and symptoms to a minimum?
In the past year, I have developed a chronic sinus problem, though I may have had a low-lying nasal issue forever. My ENT ordered a CT scan and called my sinuses 'crappy-looking' and suggested surgery, but I'm not ready to take that leap yet.
The worst part for me is the post-nasal drip, coupled with dizziness/nausea and a constant stuffed-up feeling. Lately have been getting headaches, too.
Here is what I've tried:
1. Sinus rinse. I use inconsistently and only when I feel sinus problems cropping up, but I hear this may be my best maintenance option. Trying to increase use to daily.
2. Nasal corticosteroids. Also use only when symptoms are severe.
3. Humidifier. Is this really helpful in the long run?
Things I have not yet tried: Dietary changes, daily allergy medication [I am reluctant to take these unless I know what I'm allergic to], injections, etc.
Anything that helps or has helped you significantly? Please share!