FAQs about Sinusitis
Q: How do I know when I have a sinus infection?
In order to diagnose an acute bacterial sinus infection, patients typically need to have the following occur:
Almost always have had a “cold” for 7-10 days before a bacterial sinus infection is present
Thick and coloured nasal drainage
Nasal congestion and trouble breathing through the nose
Facial pain that presents typically in the upper teeth in the presence of a cold
Reduced or absent sense of smell
It is extremely rare for someone to develop an acute sinus infection without the presence of a cold first. An exception to this would be sinusitis caused by a dental infection.
Q: Tips for using the sinus rinse bottle
Use boiled and cooled or distilled water in your rinse to reduce risk of infection
Replace your bottle every 3 months
Wash bottle with warm and soapy water and allow to air dry with pieces apart after each use
lean forward over the sink when rinsing
Don’t squeeze the bottle very hard. Just squeeze it hard enough to get through your nose. The harder you squeeze the bottle, the more likely it is to bother your ears
turn your head from side to side after each rinse to remove excess rinse fluid from your nose. It is normal to have a little bit of drainage coming out of the nose some time after the rinse
Bleeding and burning with rinses can be normal when someone starts to use a sinus rinse. This is typically because the nasal lining is not conditioned to the rinses and generally inflamed. This will improve with continued use of the rinses.
Q: How do I use Pulmicort in my sinus rinse?
Adding Pulmicort to your sinus rinse is very simple, safe and effective for treating nasal and sinus conditions.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO USE A NEBULIZER MACHINE FOR THE PULMICORT SINUS RINSES.
Add 1 package of the Neilmed Sinus Rinse salt package to the rinse bottle and mix with clean (boiled and cooled or distilled water - not plain tap water)
Break open Pulmicort nebule and pour into sinus rinse bottle
Replace the bottle spout and rinse as you normally would, using the entire bottle at each rinse. DO NOT STORE OR REUSE UNUSED SINUS RINSE