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Back story: I have had this weird thing the past few months where all of the sudden (in multiple settings so it's not an environmental thing) I get this weird smell in my nose. I can't truly compare the smell to anything though. It will last for a few hours and go away. Sometimes it makes me sneeze. I did some research and it could be post nasal drip build up, or some sort of infection. Today it was slightly more intense, I could taste the smell too. I felt like I had very bad breath. I have allergies. The gland things (adenoids?) in my nose are always swollen. My doctor put me on FloNase at one point, but it gave me migraines. When ever I go to the Doc she tries to put me back on them, but realistically it has never bothered me... until this smell thing started.
I have been wanting a Netipot for a while and today I got one. I thought it could only help this situation. Also it was a long work week, and I thought a little pampering would do me good! SO I tried the netipot, and I got the hang of it pretty quickly. It felt cool though All the came out each nostril was water, I was hoping for something dramatic to happen so I could be magically cured. I did the Neti pot twice tonight as suggested for maximum results. I was thinking it there truly is sort of infection

could I add a little hydrogen peroxide to the saline? I looked on line and saw some sourses that said I could, and some said no. Your thoughts?

After doing creepy things to my orifices with water I decided that I should syringe my ears out. It has been a long times since I have done that. I have always had a problem with earwax build up. Apparently my family has extra sticky ear wax. I again consulted the memories here for any tips about loosening earwax. I read about adding a little olive oil to loosen the wax prior to rinsing the ear canal out with a bulb syringe. I put a little extra virgin in each ear canal for about 5 mins and started to syringe away. Nothing happened. No plugs of wax came out (gross I know... sorry) My balance is a little thrown off and I think I have water still stick in my ear is spite of hopping around my bathroom with my head at an angle trying to dislodge any water (or wax) that is stuck in there.

Did I miss something? Did I do this wrong? Did I just dance around my bathroom looking like a loon only to cause further hearing issues to myself. Advice? Please?

Have a lovely weekend all my natural lovelies!


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Nov. 8th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
I haven't read anything about adding hydrogen peroxide to a neti pot solution. I personally would not do it. The things I have read say just to use salt and water. An even with just that you can irritate your passages if the solution is not correct or the right temperature.

I have bad allergies and sinus problems, too. I usually just get water out, too, unless I have a nasty head cold and I'm all congested and gross.
Nov. 8th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
I would not put hydrogen peroxide in my sinuses. I mix a little salt and a little vegetable glycerin in a lot of water and use that to flush my sinuses. The glycerin keeps the salt from drying everything out.

Re: ear wax. I would use warm olive oil and I'd lie on my side for longer than 5 minutes to let it soften the wax. I don't think you can get the right angle just tilting your head. Try about 15 minutes of lying down with olive oil in your ear before using water and syringe. If you want to try something more powerful for the ear wax problem, there's this but it's expensive and I'm not sure how well it *really* works:

The ultimate ear wax story:
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Nov. 8th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
agreed, i do this right after i get out of the shower, so everything is still wet
Nov. 8th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
Wet Q-tip, that's brilliant. I knooooooowwww Q-tipping is bad, but it just feels so good! I'll try this wet Q-tip idea.
Nov. 8th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
I have this product: http://www.neilmed.com/usa/sinusrinse.php to be much more effective than the netipot. Also, sometimes the really gross junk doesn't come out until after I'm done and I'm blowing my nose.
Nov. 8th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Dunno about peroxide in the neti- but peroxide works great for dissolving and softening earwax. Personally, it's the only thing that works for me.
Nov. 8th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)
Is the smell only in your nose, not outside your nose? Can anyone else smell it? I ask because sometimes after I exercise I get a really strong ammonia scent inside my nose that no one else can smell. It gets overwhelming sometimes. Mainly it happens when I've begun exercising again after a hiatus. It's extremely weird.
Nov. 10th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
I get that too! The ammonia smell after exercising - either after a hiatus or exercising really hard.
Nov. 10th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it's not just me! I've looked it up, but there are no solid explanations for it. There are a few different theories out there.
Nov. 10th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah? I've always thought it was just me. I didn't realize other people had it too. What are some of the theories?
Nov. 10th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Kidney problems, abcessed teeth, liver disease, sinus infection, just plain urea in sweat, metabolizing protein, depleted glycogen reserves, lactic acid... the list goes on and on. If you Google it the list of possibilities will just drive you nuts... LOL! I'm going with urea in sweat myself, as the hypochondriac in me would just faint if I believed much of the other stuff.
Nov. 10th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Hahaha...I was thinking that I would believe that as well when I read it. The least of all the evils!!
Nov. 11th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
I forgot to add brain tumors. "It's naht uh tumah!"
Nov. 11th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
LOL...yes, urea is definitely preferable to a brain tumour!!
Nov. 8th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
I've heard people say 'I can smell the inside of my nose' when they have a bad sinus infection, and I concur. It's almost a feeling, instead of a smell. I kind of suspect it's the smell of oozing blood/lymph through irritated membranes.

For clearing the sinuses, here's an odd thing from Wiki about the vomer bone in your nose: "It has been suggested that by alternately thrusting with the tongue against the roof of the mouth while pressing with the fingers between the eyebrows, one can move the vomer, and if repeated for about 20 seconds, the sinuses will discharge, thus rapidly clearing a stuffy head without the use of drugs.[1]. There is no scientific evidence that this procedure actually works." I can go one further with this to say that you can actually move the vomer under its own muscle power, but it's a very hard-to-descibe action; sort of a combination of squinting, flaring the nostrils, and sneering with the upper lip, and yet not any of those, because it's deeper inside your head.

I often do this to clear my stuffy nostrils so I can get to sleep, tensing said muscle(s) every few seconds while trying to take gentle test breaths through my nose with two or three hard swallows. After a minute or two, I'm usually cleared up.

I also suspect that chronic tenseness in this set of muscles is what gives some people sinus headaches. You have to realize that they're there before you can relax them!
Nov. 8th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Whoa, that is SO weird. I read your description and pushed my tongue up against my mouth and ZOMG, my nose cleared up! (Seriously, and I didn't need to do the eyebrow finger thing, though I did the squint, sneer thing, sorta automatically, maybe it was that, I don't know).

Nov. 9th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Hooray for shortcuts! :D
Nov. 8th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Not directly related to you specific ear question but rather to the whole situation you describe... How is your thoat? The weird smell + bad breath + post nasal "thing" made me think of caseum -- which can occur in people with "cryptic" tonsils. Basically, caseum is formed by tiny particules of inner mouth skin (from natural "shedding") along with tiny particules of food that accumulate in the small cavities of the tonsils, causing bad smell/ odor while stuck there... It eventually gets released naturally when the person talks, moves, chews, etc.(then the bad smell/ odor is instantly gone). In the meantime, it can create discomfort/ pain, irritation and feel like a mild infection
Nov. 8th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't put Hydrogen Peroxide in the Neti Pot. It works with saline solution just fine, the H2O2 is only gonna irritate you I'd assume. H2O2 works great on ear wax though. When I get an ear infection that blocks everything up (which happens about 1x/year) I pour a capful of hydrogen peroxide in there, wait til it stops bubbling or slows down, then flush out with warm soapy water with one of those infant nasal aspiration balls you get at the pharmacy. My mom taught it to me, it essentially does the same thing as the warm water rinse doctors do and will get whatever blockage I have out in a (usually) hard, infection-y gross earwax ball (because of the infection it's usually black and gritty. It's really gross).
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