Sinusitis? Stuffy Nose? Wash it Out!

Rinse it Out!!
Nasal Saline Rinses to Cure Sinusitis

Do you have a stuffy nose? Sinusitis? There is an easy solution (get it? solution :))

Here are a couple of videos:

The first video is of a couple young kids using the Nasopure squeeze bottle to perform nasal saline rinses. Awesome! [1st VIDEO below].

The second video is from Carol, who sends this great video of her son performing nasal saline rinses [2nd VIDEO below].

Be sure to watch the YouTube video of this, and wait for the HUGE loogie that he gets out of the sinuses.

Now that’s relief!

Warning: serious grossout potential!

 

Most readers of my articles know that I struggle with allergic rhinitis and chronic sinusitis. At least I did until I began my naturopathic journey down the road to cure. Here is a brief outline of some of my remedies.

Most of my remedies are summarized here in my article, 5-Step Program to Eliminate Chronic Sinusitis.

Here is an outline to that approach, some of my articles on these topics, and some links to the products that I use:

  1. nasal saline rinses
    this may include additives for chronic sinusitis (thought to be caused by bacterial biofilm)
    honey / Manuka honey
    – baby shampoo
    – Xylitol
  2. probiotics (for kids) / probiotics (for adults)
  3. humidification (What to Look for in Humidifiers)
    – personal hydration
    humidification of air
  4. healthy immune system (Probiotics: Do They Work?)
  5. Xylitol
    – in diet
    – in nasal rinse
  6. De-Tox
    – eliminate toxic cleaners in the home
    – organic, natural, high-fiber diet
    – cleaning the air in my home

People often ask me whether I use the power irrigation system. I do not personally use a powered irrigation system.

I love my Nasopure system.

Here are some children (yes, children) using the Nasopure system to do nasal saline rinses.

Wow – doing it all by themselves. Cute:

[1st VIDEO: kids doing nasal saline rinses using Nasopure system]

Be sure to click on over to http://www.Nasopure.com to watch some more GREAT videos!

Note that I consider Dr. Hana (Solomon) to be a good friend, and a great Pediatrician.

This is the system that I use myself, and the one that I use for my own children, and recommend for patients. I think that it’s easy, and WAY more comfortable to use than a Neti pot! (no weird neck angles).

But, I hear from some parents that it is easier for their children to use the powered systems than the manually-controlled squeeze bottles.

Whatever works.

The most important thing is to DO IT.

The powered systems are gentler than you might think, and if one of these systems helps cure your little boogorhead’s sinusitis, they are worth the small investment! That is why I provide links to two powered systems on the boogordoctor Amazon Store:

  1. the SinuPulse Nasal Sinus Irrigation System
  2. the Grossan Hydro Pulse Nasal and Sinus Irrigation System

I consider Dr. Grossan to be a friend, and one of the smartest Rhinologists. You may recall my recent article, Guided Imagery and Sinusitis?, where I reviewed his book, Free Yourself From Sinus and Allergy Problems Permanently. It is a great book, and one of my top go-to resources. (Worth a read if you or your kids struggle with chronic sinusitis or allergies).

So, here is a video of a little boy using a powered system, pretty successfully (provided by Carol, a reader):

[2nd VIDEO]

[The little boy in this video is using a powered system that you can also find on Amazon. But it  is 50% more expensive (ouch) than the SinuPulse or Grossan Hydro Pulse systems, and the Amazon ratings for these two systems are  better; so the SinuPulse and Grossan Hydro Pulse systems are the ones I recommend to patients who want a powered system.]

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What about you?

Do use a Neti put?

A Nasopure squeeze-bottle?

The garden hose?

A powered irrigation system?

And if you use a powered system, which one? Do you recommend it?

I think that the first video shows us that even pretty young kids (4 years) can manually deal with nasal saline rinses, given encouragement and support.

Let us know in a comment what YOU think so we can all learn from your experience.

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Comments

  1. Oooo, a star is born!

    Three different ENT surgeries later, my son’s health is a million times better especially since we discovered, and our ingenious doctor fixed, the congenital anomaly that was causing his illnesses. We will still do sinus rinses this winter. I keep reminding my son that we do not want another sinus surgery!

    You ENTs are pretty special guys and gals,

    • Hi, Dr. Faust! A little over a year ago, I searched the internet for the zillionth time, desperately trying to find some help for my then-8 YO son who had chronic sinusitis and seemed to be on antibiotics most of the year , despite previous adenoidectomy & FESS.
      Every time he caught a cold, my blood pressure skyrocketed as I knew what lay ahead.
      UGH. Then, I stumbled across your website and read your strong recommendations on saline rinses. I e-mailed and spoke with Dr. Hanna, learned to do them on myself and taught my son. He quickly adjusted to them (rinses while showering) and one year later, MIRACULOUSLY, has not had ONE SINUS INFECTION . Quite a few colds, but they did NOT, I repeat, did NOT turn into sinus infections. The colds actually…went away! Who knew?! Nothing else changed regarding his health, so I’m a believer! THANK YOU ! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! You are providing an invaluable service to the lay public (and probably quite a few health professionals) and have personally aided in lowering my BP ! :)
      I love this site, please keep up the great work (and humor) !

      • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

        Hi Angela,
        Thank you so much for your kind comments.
        So glad to hear about your son’s success!
        That sounds like my own experience with saline nasal rinses. In my own case, that level of success also required adding the occasional Manuka honey to the rinses, and adding probiotics to my daily regimen.
        I appreciate your readership, and thank you for the support and encouragement.
        Please spread the word :))
        RF

        • Hi Dr. Faust,

          Can you describe what probiotics you recommend and how you add them to your regimen? I have heard of people dissolving probiotics in their nasal rinse but wasn’t sure if it works. Thanks.

          • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

            Hi Nick:

            Because your stomach acid kills the majority of any probiotic that you ingest – unless it is “enteric-coated” – any probiotic that you ingest in powder form, or capsule form, or liquid form, is largely wasted money.

            If you search for enteric-coated probiotics, there are few choices. My personal preference is “Probiotic Pearls” by Integrative Therapeutics.

            I have heard of people adding probiotics to their nasal saline rinses, have not tried it myself. If you try it, please let me know what you think!

            Thanks so much for visiting and sharing.
            Best success.

  2. SinuPulse is the gold standard for nasal irrigation and developed by the same company that first developed the HydroPulse with Dr. Grossan. I had two Grossan units both worked well but failed prematurely after about a year. The SinuPulse was recommended to me by Dr Davidson at UCSD as a step up to the HydroPulse since it has a spray feature that can be used for medications and holistic rinses where you don’t just want it going in and out of your nostrils. The regular cleansing rinse works great as well and it has a larger water tank so you can irrigate longer too. The mechanical irrigator is so much better than the manual methods like squeeze bottles and neti pots but they are pricier.

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Hi Julie,
      Thanks for this feedback. This is the sort of experience that we all want to hear about!
      RF

  3. Julie, I had read that the Grossan machine fails early. That influenced my purchase. I really did not have
    room for the Sinupulse machine on the counter and liked the fact that the Sanvic had a covered compartment for the applicators.

    Carol

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Carol, Julie,
      It is information like THIS that provides value here: been-there-done-that experiences that we can all benefit from.
      Thank you both!
      boogs

  4. Howdy, my son has his first sinusitis in over a year. Ugh!!! We are rinsing twice a day but after the rinse my poor son has a twenty minute plus coughing fit, a tickle cough made worse by rinsing. Horrible, uncontrollable fit. How does one deal with such an over sensitive cough response? Poor tyke coughs until he chokes and he has been sick for two weeks.

    Thanks, carol

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Hi Carol,
      One alternative that you might consider is to use the saline nasal spray that contains Xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally-occurring sugar that bacteria cannot metabolize. In addition, as Xylitol is incorporated into the cell-surface proteoglycans (surface receptor molecules) of the nasal lining, it prevents bacteria from adhering to the lining of the nose and sinuses. All good effects. The nasal spray that I use, and that our kids use, is from Xlear.com – also sold here on this site through the boogordoctor Amazon Store. Amazon has the best price that I have found. If you find a better price, please let us all know!
      It comes in glass bottle – not great for kids – and small plastic squeeze-bottle – great for kids. The plastic squeeze bottle is also much less expensive. I have found the glass-bottled Xlear nasal spray at various local stores, but ourageously priced! So I buy ours on Amazon.
      RF

      • Thanks for the input. I have some Xclear in the house. Last time I tried it, he actually did not like the taste. What is your opinion of steroid sprays like Nasonex? We use that when he starts to show signs of sinusitis along with nose washes.

        Antibiotic finished, cough coming back. I think the only solution is to fly to a hot location and swim in the ocean, hoping the salt water cures all.

        As always thanks for your dedication to us suffers and our families.

        • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

          Hi Carol,
          Oh, how odd. I was able to get my little guy to use the Xlear nasal spray only after I sprayed it on his tongue and he realized that it tasted sweet, not “like medicine.”
          You might consider buying either the NetiXlear saline packets (you can buy them through the boogordoctor’s Amazon Store), or simply buy a pound bag of Xylitol and add some to your saline for nasal rinses. This is what I do now. (This way, I support Nasopure.com by buying their saline packets, and also support Xlear.com, by buying their pound bags of Xylitol – both through the boogordoctor Amazon Store.) By the way, for anybody reading these comments, if you ever find any of those products at a better price (including shipping), PLEASE let us know in a comment!

          I know: this all assumes that you can actually DO saline nasal rinses for your little guy. That’s a tall order, I know. I have been variably successful (and variously failed) over time with our three monkeys. Oh well. Do watch the videos on Nasopure.com, awesome!

          Nasal steroid sprays? They CAN help significantly reduce inflammation. They CAN be helpful. But if you don’t see any benefit, don’t blindly keep going with steroids, even topical steroids like the nasal sprays. Clinical trials have shown that they ARE absorbed into the bloodstream, and they DO have an effect over time. Consider Curcumin as a powerful anti-inflammatory, as well as Quercetin / Bromolein combination. I think that the Orthomolecular brand offers an Antihis-D formulation for children (again, check the boogordoctor Amazon Store).

          Antibiotics? Yuk, too bad. Hope he gets beyond that.
          For maintenance of healthy respiratory system: Probiotics. Xylitol. Curcumin / Quercetin-Bromolein for strong anti-inflammatory benefits. Manuka honey in saline rinses to fight acute or chronic infections. Reduce every trigger for his reactive airway that you can possibly think of. Vigilance will pay off, have faith!
          Thanks for sharing, and keep us posted,
          RF

          • Thanks for all the info. I believe that my son’s airway problems are a result of his laryngeal cleft, now repaired. It did some damage over 5.5 years and he is still healing. He has been checked up and down and scoped by every specialty one would care to think of. I’ll try the quercetin. It is definitely the sinus inflammation that is the concern right now.

            Carol

          • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

            Carol,
            Laryngeal cleft is a rare, but big deal. The inflammation resulting from chronic aspiration does often take a long time to resolve, even after perfect repair. Best success to you.
            RF

  5. I tried adding 5 drops of baby shampoo to my saline nasal rinse to treat recurring pnd. I used it for less than two weeks and have lost my sense of smell. I understand that this is a common effect of adding baby shampoo. Have you heard of this? If so, is the loss of smell likely temporary!

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Hi DM,
      I have experienced this myself. Stop using the baby shampoo additive; it is most likely temporary (it was in my case).
      I would not use baby shampoo as an additive for routine treatment of post-nasal drainage; only for severe, chronic rhinosinusitis that has been very resistant to all forms of treatment, and where I suspected involvement of biofilm. Please come back in two weeks and let us know the outcome.

      • Ok. I suspect the pnd is due to some biofilm in the passages or yeast overgrowth in my gut.

        I have purchased the recommended honey. How much should be added to an 8oz saline rinse solution?

        • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

          I usually add a couple tablespoons to an 8oz rinse. Because Manuka is so strongly anti-microbial, yet non-toxic to your tissues, you cannot use too much.
          Best success!

      • I tried adding a few drops of Baby Shampoo to the Sinupulse rinse for the first time tonight. The rest of the mix was xylitol, celtic sea salt, baking soda (Xlear mix) plus 1 teaspoon of manuka honey umf 20+. The power of the rinse was something else. However, my sense of smell is also completely gone now! I have been struggling with a lost sense of smell over the past few weeks that has been making an increasing recovery the last few days, with it present most of the time. I hope I didn’t just ruin things with one rinse. How long did you lose it for after using the shampoo? I wonder why this happens.

        • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

          UF:
          Loss of smell is not a common response to use of baby shampoo in nasal rinses. It suggests that you have a sensitivity to it: STOP USING IT AND DON’T USE IT AGAIN. That’s my recommendation. The rest of your nasal rinse recipe sounds great! The face that you’ve been struggling with loss of smell for awhile suggests that you do have severe chronic inflammation. Avoid the baby shampoo and stick with the other ingredients. Also avoid hypertonic saline if possible, since that can also be irritating: stick with isotonic saline. You may also try one of the over-the-counter nasal steroid sprays (I think that Flonase is OTC now). The topical steroid spray will help reduce the inflammation and swelling and may help improve your sense of smell.
          Thank you for sharing. I wish you the best success, and please keep me updated.

        • Did you regain your senses back? how long did it take?

    • Did you regain your senses?

    • Did you regain your senses back?

  6. Hi Dr. Faust,
    I have a question for you that I can’t find a black or white answer to. My son’s Dr., (pulmonologist), usually takes a mucus culture from my son’s nose when he comes for a checkup with symptoms. Most of the times the nose sample shows many bacteria and very little allergens which seems to be controlled with the SLIT. The Dr. always sends the culture to let the bacteria grow and it usually comes back positive to strep pneumonia bacteria or influenza… My question is how accurate are these cultures? Does it really mean my son is developing a sinus infection? what is the correlation between a positive nasal culture and a sinus infection proven by a CT scan?
    Thank you!
    Sharon

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Hi Sharon,
      Studies tell us that nasal swabs do not provide much useful information when talking about infection. That is, the bacteria that are in a nasal swab don’t reflect the bacteria that are in our sinuses, for example. However, nasal swabs do tell us whether there are many eosinophils. The presence of eosinophils in nasal swabs suggests a strong allergy component to the inflammation. The bottom line: nasal swabs have poor correlation with sinus infection.

  7. I have a concern: The children in the video are using tap water for their sinus irrigation – everywhere I read indicates this is a very bad idea due to a possibility of a much more serious life-threatening infection. Also, I’m not sure it’s noted enough (even in this article) that distilled water should be used, NOT tap water. Most people find a page like this via a websearch (like myself) and don’t know much more context than what’s listed therefore could end up making themselves much, much worse. Am I missing something?

    That said, I love this website and all the info & feedback in it. I’ve been suffering for 10+ years from sinusitis and thus far no doctor has been able to help me (multiple allergists, ENTs, primary,etc). Recently I’ve been getting a bad infection that puts me in bed almost every week for a few months now. Will last a few days. Few cocktails over the weekend really seem to trigger it by Mon or Tues, almost everytime. I’ve tried many things both conventional (sterioids,allergy meds, immunoizations,antibiotics,antacids,etc) and natural(pills,irrigations with power irrigator, steam inhalers,etc) with no effect at all. Just recently I came across the whole ‘biofilm theory’ and it sounds reasonable. I’m attempting to address this via sinus irrigation 2x/day for 2.5 weeks (then going out of town) along with xylitol in my coffee(10grams/day) since I heard putting this in your blood can help systematically (but maybe need to do this in ~4 doses throughout the day).
    Saline Recipe:
    -Saline Rinse (Premixed: 10 heaping teaspoons/1 gallon)
    -Johnson’s Baby Shampoo (2 teaspoons/25oz of power sinus irrigator)
    -Xylitol (1 heaping teaspoon/25oz of power sinus irrigator)

    I tried 5 drops of concentrated oregano oil but this burned like heck! (So I removed it; wanted the antimicrobial effects from it tho). Each time I use my irrigator I rinse it briefly with rubbing alcohol so I don’t spread or keep alive any ‘bugs’. One time I didn’t rinse the alcohol enough and it burned sooo bad I was congested and in pain for a couple days, so watch out!! Ouch!! I will try the honey if this doesn’t work I guess. All this, thus-far, ‘failed therapy’ really adds up ($$). My wife thinks I’m nuts the way I constantly find something new on the Internet then buy it, and unfortunately fails me each time. I’m so desperate for a relief. (I’m 30 & have the energy level of a 90 year old.)

    Little more background: Have numerous CT scans showing minor infection but ENT says not enough to explain symptoms I’m having (get ‘face discomfort’ along with bad urge to sleep, else I’m miserable). I do have allergies but take zyrtec daily. I don’t have any other symptoms of allergies (no sneezing,no itchiness,no congestion). Biggest complaint is fatigue despite sleeping 10hrs/night. Had many blood tests done but nothing shows an issue with immune system, low whitebloodcell count (no infection), etc. It’s like I have a phantom illness. ENT says I have a deviated septum, but 50/50 surgery would help. I’ve had MRSA infections & a pilonidal cyst thus I’ve taken a LOT of antibiotics over the past 10+ years, so I thought this biofilm thing could be my issue. Also, I’m vitaminD deficient (23), so I’m taking 5k/day (was taking 10k/day but that made me even more tired). Been taking that for ~6 weeks now with no change. Sure I’m missing a ton else…

    Anyway, wish me luck. If you see anything I’m doing wrong please advise. I will certainly update if anything helps, else assume I’m still being miserable :(

  8. Marianne Kleminski says:

    I have tried two different nasal rinses (manual) and netti pot many times. The pressure is severe and it can cause a migraine the pain is so bad. I have a slight deviated septum and some thickened turbines. Any other suggestions as I always have issues with my sinuses and pressure etc.?

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Hi Marianne,
      My only suggestion is to find a physician that is trustworthy. Unfortunately, some people have rhinitis and sinusitis that does trigger migraines (I am one of them), and it’s best not to try fixing that completely on your own.
      Thank you for visiting, and
      Best success.

  9. Morris Ryan says:

    It would seem that a thick sticky mucus has cemented the edges of the soft palate flap to my upper throat creating a road block to mucus migrating from nasal/sinus. Hard snuffing can make the mucus move through available cracks. Have you ever encountered this condition?

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      I have not encountered that. Maybe another reader has ?
      Either way, you might want to visit an ent doc :)

  10. Morris Ryan says:

    Thank you for your response Dr Faust. I am a years long fan of your web site, and yes have done all of the saline rinses including honey and Xylitol. 8 ENT doctors have had a go at my problem with mixed success/failures. Seems I am stuck with an infection on the soft palate area that is resistant to years of antibiotics treatments. Wish medicine was far along enough in Washington State that the doctors here could do like your friends in Virginia.

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Thank you for your patronage :)
      Please consider consulting a doctor of naturopathy (ND) there in Washington state. In fact, you have access to some of the very best-trained naturopaths in the world right there, from Bastyr University – a leading institution for innovative medicine.

  11. Carol Kristina Dahl-DeVries says:

    I am an adult woman who has been seeing an immunologist at Mass General in Boston for the past five years. I have had three sinus surgeries, two prior to seeing and working with this doctor through another ENT specialist, and a third surgery two years into seeing my immunologist with the same ENT specialist. My Boston doctor performs a rhineoscopy procedure in his office 2-4 times a year and sends cultures to the lab.

    It is believed that I have biofilms in my sinuses which are very difficult to get rid of. What I find most interesing and valuable is the way he has me rinse my sinuses. His original order described a method of doing the rinse lying on a bed in differing positions using a nasal syringe.
    I have found a way of performing those same positions while standing up which is much easier.

    First off, I don’t mean a squeeze syringe,but rather a 10 cc syringe that I actually purchase through a pet site to which I apply a little flange from a nasal irrigation/allergy site. First I will share these sites with you and why I use the small syringe vs the large one that this system comes with. The small one is easier to manipulate and push. It is also overkill to use only 7 cc of solution in a 30 cc syringe.

    The flange comes with the large irrigation tip syringe that you will need. Neither of these products are expensive and can be used over and over again. This product is called an intranase intranasal applicator. It can be found on: http://www.mydocspecial.com/nasaline
    The second item can be purchased from: http://www.earmaxx.com It is a silicone multi use pet syringe. Just cut the tip off to the desired length and apply the flange. This is easy!

    Measure 15 cc’s of saline solution (3 teaspoons) to a “medicine cup”. (Little plastic 30 cc cup)
    I add compounded medications to mine that are MD prescribed, but you can use all saline or, if you add other things just remember to dilute in 1 cup of water as you normally do or it will be way to concentrated. At times that I am trying other remedies, like tea tree oil, I will make the cup of solution with 1 drop of tea tree oil and remove the 15 cc I need first, and start with using the rest to irrigate my nose with the netti pot so it does not get wasted.

    So here is the real interesting part. This method helps to touch more of your sinus cavities.

    1) Fill the syringe by drawing up 7cc of solution from the medicine cup that you have reserved. Gently remove the air by holding it vertical and expelling it into the sink.
    2) Block one nostril with your thumb while placing the syringe tip in the other nostril. Don’t worry, the flange end won’t allow you to actually put it in your nose.
    3) Gently instill the irrigation solution into your nose while standing. Plan on breathing through your mouth. Keep your thumb to your left nare holding it shut. Immediateley upon removing the syinge from your right nare, pinch your nose closed with your index finger. Bend forward with yours knees bent and comfortably apart. You should be looking through your knees. Count to 60. (I do 20, 3 times)
    3) Now come up enough so that if you are irrigating the right nare, you turn your head to the left in a flat side lying plane. Again, count to 60.
    4) Now stand with your head up straight and count to 40.
    5) Release nose over the sink and have kleenex handy.
    6) Repeat on the other side.

    This may sound complicated but it is not. Once you have it down, the actual positions and holding takes less than 6 minutes. These positions really do allow the solutions better get to your sinuses. You could check Amazon too, for the purchases.

    This is an amazing way to flush your sinuses, and get to get to them.
    Best of luck and be well, Carol DD

  12. Morris Ryan says:

    Since reading Carol Kristina Dahl-DeVries post “at times that I am trying other remedies, like tea tree oil, I will make the cup of solution with 1 drop of tea tree oil and remove the 15 cc I need first, and start with using the rest to irrigate my nose with the netti pot so it does not get wasted.”
    I am interested in using Tea-Tree oil myself but am hesitant because the instructions say keep out of nose? How safe is this product?

    • Russell A. Faust, PhD, MD says:

      Great question!
      Most of the “essential oils” are actually somewhat toxic.
      I don’t know how toxic tea tree oil is to the nasal lining, but I wouldn’t put it in MY nose.
      I provide this site as a reference resource, not medical advice, and I include comments from readers to give everyone an opportunity to learn from each other. I hope that Carol Kristina Dahl-DeVries discovers your comment and replies – that is the point: that we can all benefit from the experiences of others.
      Thanks so much for visiting, reading, and for contributing to our community!

  13. Hi Dr Faust,

    The boy is now 11 years old. At the age of 4 he had an episode of almost asthmatic attack reaction to a homeopathic remedy. He started breathing very fast. In the hospital, they have two injections of Urbazon (corticosteroid) in the space of few hours. I didn’t notice any affect on fast breathing. Since than there is always some level of nasal congestion present. The boy does Neti pot since the age of 5. During rageweed season the flow of water coming out is quite thin since the nasal mucosa is swollen.
    The boy feels better after Neti pot, but still has to breath through his mouth. Do you think adding Manuka honey or xylitol could help in his case? We will surely try, but just wanted to check if there is anything else you may suggest.
    Even when it is not the pollen season, the nose is still congested. So we did food intolerance test and it showed so many food sensitivities. We tried to reduce the intake of dairy, gluten and quite a few other things, but the nose is still not happy. This mouth breathing makes it very difficult to rest at night.
    When the boy doesn’t eat anything, the nose gets better. But, how can he live like that?
    Please let us know what you think. Many thanks

  14. After reading through your website and suggestions about nasal rinses, I purchased the Nasopure system for my son as well as Xylitol. I add 1/4 a tsp of Xylitol per bottle of Nasopure saline solution. My son is 5 years old and suffers from chronic sinusitis. Between ages 6 months and 2 years old he was in constantly with ear infections and runny noses. At 12 months he had tubes placed, at 2 years old we had his pneumoccal titers tested which were abnormal and he was diagnosed with Selective Pneumococcal Antibody Syndrome and treated with the 23 valent pneumoccocal vacine. Further, he had his adenoids out at 2 years old. We saw significant improvement although he still has trouble with his sinuses. We were recently in and the doctor we saw at the pediatric walk in indicated his right nasal passage was almost completely occluded due to nasal turbinatal swelling and the left passage was 30% open. He also has cobblestoning in his pharnxy. We have tried various allergy related meds with not a lot of improvements and he has been tested for allergies which have come back negative. He recently was on Singular but seemed to have intense bad dreams on it.

    We’ve been told the next step is a CT scan, although I’ve been avoiding it due to the radiation and his age (nasal surgery seems dramatic for a 5 year old). It has also been suggested that we try low doses of antibiotic all winter.

    Do you have any other suggestions? We do the nasopure rinse every day.

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