I have had lifelong nasal problems due to a deviated septum and a long-lasting infection called nasal vestibulitis. Antibiotics and “flushing” have not been successful. The infection appears to be in one sinus and I have crusts at the top of my nostril, making it difficult to murmur and causing discomfort. What do you suggest? I don’t want to have surgery.
A deviated septum where the bony division between the nostrils deviates slightly to one side is common and shouldn’t cause a major problem unless there is also an infection. I believe that its prevalence is due to the fact that a newborn baby sleeps on the side that the mother tends to favor when she finishes breastfeeding. If you look at a baby sleeping in bed with his mother, his face is often buried in the mattress, and I suspect that the problem of a deviated septum begins then, while the bones and cartilage are still soft and malleable. Therefore, it is better to lay the baby on his back from the beginning so that the septum bone can grow straight.
However, your problem is more related to your vetibulitis, an infection of the area (the vestibule) within the opening of each nostril. There are several reasons why the nasal tract, vestibules, and / or sinus lining can become swollen, inflamed, and discharge mucus. One is in fact a bacterial or viral infection that settles in the lining of the lining of the nose and causes inflammation and other symptoms. The constant discharge and thickened lining of the nasal tract (caused by inflammation and overactivity) narrow the passage, and the situation can be aggravated by a deviated septum (which tends to push to one side, making it narrower), so that a nostril can be totally blocked.
Nasal inflammation can also be a reaction to airborne allergens, such as dust particles, house dust mites, pollen, aerosol vapors, and chemicals such as pesticides. Also, the body can use the nose to expel toxins that cannot pass through the kidney’s filtering system. The culprits here can be intestinal toxins, foods the body is intolerant to, including milky mold or fungal types of foods, and constipation, which causes excessive mucus secretion.
My treatment begins by cleaning the intestine so that we can be sure this is not contributing to the problem, then it focuses on clearing the nasal ‘tract’ allowing you to breathe through the nostrils of the body all at once, an important feature in Ayurvedic medicine.
* Avoid dairy products, also citrus fruits, spicy foods, excess carbohydrates (sugar, bread, pasta, etc.), ice cream, cold drinks and bananas, which produce excess mucus.
* Avoid all yeast products, fungi, mold related foods such as cheese, alcoholic beverages and vinegar, and also long cycles of birth control pills and HRT as they tend to trigger yeast (candida overgrowth), which is a cause of leaky gut syndrome, where toxins enter the bloodstream.
* Make sure you are not constipated. Take two Herbolax tablets or one Qurs Mullayan tablet at bedtime for a month.
* Clean your nose with two drops of sinus oil in each nostril before going to bed for a month.
* Take Unani Lauq Sepistan supplement: half a teaspoon twice a day for a month, to help dry the nose.
* Try the yogic method of nasal showers and fill a neti pot with 250 ml of warm water. Add half a teaspoon of table salt and stir. Tilt your mouth to the side and, breathing gently through your mouth only, insert the mouthpiece into your upper nostril and gently pour the water out. This will drip and then flow steadily if it comes out of the lower nostril bringing mucus with it. Repeat with your head tilted to the other side. Then blow your nose thoroughly. Expel residual water by performing the breath cleanse routine.
* To combat allergies, try a homeopathic desensitization program.
* Try acupuncture.