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rotten smell in sinuses
« on: August 24, 2008, 12:25:52 AM »
I hate to bring this up, but have any of you ever had a prolonged smell in your sinuses? I felt pretty good there for a few weeks and it came to a screeching halt in July. I ended up have the sweats which I blamed on the heat. Then I got a cold/sinus infection with purulent discharge and was on Biaxin for 2 weeks.

The past 3 weeks or so I have had almost unbearable sweating that is above and beyond what I would have thought weather would do. I also figured I was in a flare as I had the tendonitis, swollen salivary glands etc, low grade fevers. I just changed over about 1 week ago from the syringe nasal irrigations to the Neti pot(which I just love) and I wondered if the neti pot and powder could have stirred up things down deep in the tissues of the nasal pasages and sinuses.

I also had infection in my salivary glands etc. This was pretty bad and I finally took in a sputum culture and am awaiting the results of it. However, the smell and taste in my sinuses comes and goes and I would describe it as the odor of "road kill". I know that sounds grossa but it is more than the purulent smell. Any suggestions on how to get rid of it.

I have also used Alkalol with my neti pot and that tames things down a lot. The other thought I have had it that my IVIG may be working and bringing all these infections up and out of the sinuses---which would be a good thing if it is true. I am not having much colored mucus at all so it is rather interesting to say the least.

Also, I have the sludge that drains out of my maxillary salivary gland and I was wondering how bad infection has to be before they remove that gland. This has been going on for several years but never shows up when I am in the docs office. Any info would be appreciated. Sorry about the graphic topic. Irish ;D

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2008, 02:05:02 AM »
I would say that what you were smelling was the infection that you had.  Depending on the location of the infection in the sinuses, diffrent effects can happen.  The decision to remove the gland is something you and your doctor need to discuss extensively.  What are the Pro's and Con's in having the procedure done.  Getting a second opinion is always a good idea. 

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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2008, 05:04:46 AM »
DOn't you love the smell and the taste!!!!!!!

Wot is a neti pot?


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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2008, 10:25:40 AM »
Hello
     I was just sitten here reading and you asked what is a nettie pot. well Its a great little pot sorta looks like addians lamp. and you put some warm water in it and a little package of salt and stick it up one of your nostiles and lean your head and the water comes out the ofter nostril after it goes into your sinus and cleans it out. I first saw it on the Oprah show Dr. Oz showed us how to use it. You should use it at least once a day. I love mine. I brought it at Walmart. its around $15.00.or less. Don't use cool water cuz it makes you feel like pool water in your nose and you feel like you are drowning. Get one and try it.
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Re: rotten smell in sinuses
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2008, 11:25:03 AM »
Hi Irish  :)

Sheeesh! I wish things would 'let up' for you for a bit. You are going through so much.

I don't get a rotten smell but I get a really rotten taste right at the back of my throat when I wake up. The nasal spray I was given hasn't really alleviated it.

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Re: rotten smell in sinuses
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2008, 02:40:04 PM »
The neti pot should be used with boiled water that is cooled down. I use the water at room temperature, but I have irrigated for so many years that I think I could stick anything up my nose---although I don't. HeHe!

I have been on so many antibiotics and had 4 months of Gentamycin nasal irrigations at one time. I have always wondered if the original mycobacterium infection site was in my sinuses following my septoplasty. Time will tell. Will see what the culture shows. My pulmonologist ordered this C&S and she also wanted it checked for fungus and acid fast bacillus which is the mycobacterium infection. The acid fast bacillus is really hard to isolate and my last culture for this in March or so was negative. Will see what this one shows. It takes 2 months though. I see lungs specialist on Sept 2 and have my infusion on the 3rd so maybe something will be decided.Irish ;D

P.S. I don't think I mentioned it but I can now blow my nose all day everyday. It was 2000 when I was last able to do this. I would be able to blow a couple of times a year but the rest of the time everything was to swollen and thick that nothing would come out. I am thinking that the new infusion product I am on is making something return to normal and this could be why I now smell the odor. Time will tell. It has been the pits though. Never knew my nose would cause me so many problems. Irish

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Re: rotten smell in sinuses
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2008, 04:11:03 PM »
Hi Guys
usaorders@neilmed.com

I got a free Nettipot and some sample sachets through this link . I just had to pay postage, which was around £3. If you ggogle NeilMed, you should get their website.

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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2008, 04:13:13 PM »
great info thanx Kathy

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Re: rotten smell in sinuses
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2008, 09:34:59 PM »
Irish,

My ENT told me that if we can keep my submaxillary gland infections down to three or four a year, he would recommend not removing it.  He felt that the removal will cause more dryness problems and if an other gland starts to get infected, what do you do remove another one?

He also said with Auto immune disorder, you never know what is going to happen next, isn't that the truth!

As far as rotten smelling sinuses, I can't say that I have experience a rotten smell, but definitely something funky.  I use the nettie pot for times like that or when I just can't breath.
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2008, 12:41:55 AM »
Irish, off and on I have had what I consider to be a horrible taste in my throat that I feel is drainage from my sinuses.  It's so horrible that I have brushed my teeth constantly, get up and use mouthwash repeatedly, eat something to take the taste away, etc.  Nothing works and it simply makes me sick.  After I was put on Imuran in 2006 lots of things subsided and I got some relief from this symptom. 

Over the past 4 to 6 months symptoms have been returning for me and this horrible taste has been coming back  What I have noticed is when I completely eliminate sugar I get relief.  I have actually read about fructose intolerance and feel this might be a possibility, but I also notice that the drainage from my sinus has this nasty taste when this occurs.  I have complained to doctor's, but they seem baffled.  I simply try to avoid sugar on my own.  Hard to do when I love my sweets.  I also cannot have milk products, which gives me more serious reactions.

Another possibility that I have considered is that sugary foods cause flare ups of my symptoms and my sinuses are usually impacted, thus a nasty infection.

Anyway, I hope you get some relief soon.

Blessing, Nettie

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Re: rotten smell in sinuses
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2008, 10:40:15 PM »
Nettie, I can relate to your thinking regarding sugar intake and yeast/odor, etc. Also, I had seen a very good ENT on referral about 8 years ago and he gave hubby and I the high priced lecture and explaination on sinus mucus membranes and cilia, etc. It was very interesting.

I still remember him telling that the "brush cilia" or tiny, tiny filaments of tissue/hair whatever it was that cover the sinus membrane and protect it. It waves and moves the mucus and cleanses the debris out of the tissue. I keep thinking that all the debris from many years of infection has been lying dormant in my sinuses and now that things are starting to loosen up I feel like it is sloughing out in my mucus. Like I said, who would have ever thought I would give so much thought to my sinuses. Can't imagine in my other life giving it a thought!!!!

Hope all is going well with you and that you are enduring in whatever state of sjogrens you are at present. My remarks are one way to acknowledge that what ever state we are in we are always a sjoggie!!!! Irish ;D

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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2008, 06:48:34 PM »
Hi Irish, I hope your sinus' finally start to settle down. I haven't been as active on the boards as in the past as I had so much going on that I decided I needed to focus what little energy I had on things that made me happy.

I'm going through another round of testing.  I am B12 deficient and getting shots and I have a disc in my neck that is compressing onto the spinal cord.  I'm currently awaiting an appt. with a Neurosurgeon to see what needs to be done to treat this. 

I do know that the pain in my back, neck, etc. did also contribute to my not being on the boards much because I would get significantly worse if I sat at the computer for any length of time. 

I never however forget about my Sjogren's friends.  I read the boards whenever I can and I keep all of you in my prayers. 

If you are lucky enough to figure out what is going on with your sinus' and think it might be helpful to me, let me know.  I'm always looking for a solution to this recurring nasty symptom. 

Take care, Nettie

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Re: rotten smell in sinuses
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2008, 11:03:14 PM »
Nettie, Sorry to hear about your neck issues. That is really a bummer. Hope they can do something to alleviate the pain with out doing surgery. I can relate to the pain in the neck when on the computer. I had just terrible neck pain when I was working and then afater I quit when I sat at the computer. Thought it was a disc etc. I got new glasses and found out that it was my glasses. It was the place they put my bifocals(level where it started) plus the strength of my script. Such a silly thing that I never thought of it.

My sinuses don't have such a terrible odor, but it is still there. I irrigated 5 times yesterday and 3 times today. Decided to increase the amount of times I do this every day. I used to have to do it many, many times just to move the mucus out of my nose. Now, I am thinking that if I don't do it enough my sinuses dry up inbetween and I don't debride or clean off the tissues very well. The more often I irrigate the softer and more moist the tissues remain and get cleaned out better.

I wish I had gone to the neti pot earlier as it really works well. I also bought the irrigating squeeze bottle by the same company. It has made irrigating much simpler and easier to do. Hope you get some relief from the Vit B12 shots. Enjoy the work and the things you enjoy while you can!!!!Irish ;D

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Re: rotten smell in sinuses
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2008, 08:26:52 PM »
Irish-

Sorry to hear, after being away for awhile, that you're still having problems with your sinuses.  I have had a number of sinus infections and allergy messes over the years, and now have the smell of wood smoke in my nose.  It bothers me more in some rooms of my home than others, but no room of the house has ever burned or had a fire place.  I drive my husband nuts asking him all the time, "Can you smell that?"  No one has been able to answer why it's there or how to solve it.

Good luck to you, Tracy
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2008, 05:30:40 AM »
Ok folks its been confirmed. i have entered the chronically infected sinuses club. After septoplasty and a sinus cleanse in 2001, i thought things may have been fine, but no the dr says the sinuses are unchanged from 7 years ago. Chronically infected. Oh joy!!!!!

can i be accepted into this club with you Irish. We can compare foul tastes and odours..............lol

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