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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:42 PM
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Allergies or sinus infection? (gross medical thread... avoid while eating)
I have been having an awful lot of greenish-yellow thick mucus lately, and it gets encrusted in my nostrils and is hard to get out.

Every time i blow my nose, it is flecked with blood. I haven't been having bloody noses per se, just flecks of blood. I also have not been experiencing a great deal of swelling/congestion. But the crusty mucus blocks my nose, and doesn't easily come out, except after a long hot shower.

So, is this likely allergies, or a sinus infection? Should i be taking Claratin, or dosing up on Afrin, and getting antibiotics?
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:47 PM
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1. No Afrin, you will become dependent on it. n/t
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:53 PM
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6. Not the way I use it.
Once a day for two days, then the third day I take off.
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Snow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:48 PM
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2. The thick, technicolor stuff just screams 'bacterial infection'....
I normally like acupuncture and/or my snot pot (google 'neti' and 'stainless' to see what I'm talking about) for my sinuses, but it sounds like you need to run down to the doc for a bout of antibiotics. Exceot you don't mention any pain. What's with that? & quit blowing your nose so hard - that's where that blood is coming from.
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Mistress Quickly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:48 PM
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3. Greenish yellow, call the doctor fellow

Clear is all clear.

I would say sinus infection, but I'm not a doctor, I only play one with my kids!
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zbird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:52 PM
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4. You might want to try something called "Ocean Mist" to thin out the mucus.
It's a saline solution that you squirt up your nose to help thin out the secretions. I like to use a warm compress over my sinuses when I'm feeling stuffy there. It helps me drain a little bit better. I use a sock (clean), fill it with uncooked rice, tie it off, then microwave for 60 to 70 seconds to get it nice and warm. Works wonders.

I hate going to the doctor. In personal experience, 9 times out of 10 they just tell me to do what I've been doing (unless, of course, it is serious), and I'm out 75 bucks.
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bloodyjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:52 PM
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5. quit smoking!
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:55 PM
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8. I don't smoke, but i live in Houston.
I never had a sinus infection before moving here, and now I've had two, and perhaps a third.
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happyending Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:58 PM
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9. Bush
You can thank Governor Bush for relaxing those environmental
regulations. Who needs clean air? LOL.
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happyending Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:53 PM
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7. yellow snot
"I have been having an awful lot of greenish-yellow thick mucus lately"

I've had sinus troubles since I was a little kid and I am almost 50
now. I am NOT a Doctor but that sounds like a sinus infection. You
really might want to go to the Doctor and get some anti-biotics.

That thick, yellow-green snot is THE sign that you have a sinus infection.

Best wishes to you, hope you get to feeling better soon
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harrison Donating Member (916 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:00 PM
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10. Okay, just been to see a specialist about sinus infections, and
here is what he told me:

First of all, sounds like a sinus infection.

Secondly, sinuses are basically like air filters in a house. Sinuses discharge mucous which normally goes down the stomach. The problem is that the membrances lining the mucous become inflamed and swell and close up the sinuses so that they cannot drain bacteria, and other stuff. Then the bacteria multiply and it develops into a sinus infection. That usually requires a shot of decadron and antibiotics.

Now, the membranes swell because of either allergies, or just because. My doctor tells me that half his patients aren't allergic to anything that they can tell, yet their membranes swell.

What do you do?

You can buy an attachment for a water pic and wash out your sinuses daily. (google Dr. Grossan irrigation sinuses).

If that doesn't work, you can start a daily regimen of a topical spray steroid which will keep the membranes normal.

If that doesn't work, you will be looking at surgery.

Good luck.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:01 PM
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11. bleeding from orifices and brewing anger
lovely picture, see a doctor.
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TXlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:46 PM
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12. I brew ale, not anger.
Anger must be lagered.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:07 PM
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13. Save yourself $100...
I had the same problem last year. Yellow-green mucous, blood, and everything.

I went to an ENT specialist, and he prescribed steam. His suggestion was that if I absolutely felt I had to have a decongestant, I should only use Guaifenesin; because everything else dries you out. He said saline sprays are fine.

Boil water, turn the heat off. With a towel over your head, breathe the vapors for 15 minutes. Do this 3-4 times a day. You might also want to invest in a humidifier.

Feel better, my friend!

PS Beer dehydrates. You'll get better quicker if you hold off for awhile.
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SOteric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 04:16 PM
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14. See an otolaryngologist, Tex.
There are other options than the ones you mention for root cause of your symptoms. Namely, - the sinuses can be home to an insidious fungal infection. You want someone who's qualified to make the diagnoses advising you on the best remedy.
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SarahB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:50 PM
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15. As Mrs Professional Booger Expert
(It's our little family ha-ha as hubby's a respiratory therapist.)

I would say it's an infection. Green goo means an infection and the blood means it's getting pretty bad. You have a bad, bad sinus infection dude. See the doctor, get some antibiotics, take the entire course, rest, and get plenty of fluids.
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cally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:59 PM
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16. Not necessarily a bacterial infection
Edited on Thu Apr-08-04 12:00 AM by cally
I live with sinus infections and have taken way too many drugs for it. The best advice I ever had was to wash the sinuses out with a homemade saline solution. Get one of those kids' aspirator bulbs. Get a clean dish and put about a 1/2 teaspoon salt, a pinch of soda and warm water. Mix it and then use the bulb to inhale it into your sinuses. It's awful, I know but you do get better at it. It helps to disinfect and clean out your sinuses. I do it every time I'm congested and I haven't used an anti-biotic in three years. That's astounding for me.

on edit: an ENT specialist taught me this.
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SarahB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 12:06 AM
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18. You know I do this with the kids
And it does usually do the trick. Not always and we've been really lucky this year, but most of the time it helps a lot.
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 12:05 AM
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17. Allergies?
Mrs/Dr DemoTex (in Texas) has similar symptoms with total laryngitis. Same thing going around here in North Carolina and South Carolina.
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