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  • #1684
    Rossco
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    Since I started boating I have had problems with my nose getting stuffed up after a day of paddling. This was a minor inconvenience when I first started but it seems to be more of a problem the older I get. I do wear a noseplug while I am playboating but not when I am running a river.
    Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is there any remedy to my “paddler’s nose”?

    #18122
    Ryan
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    Hey – I know just what you mean. The solution is prescription flo-nase (not sure of the exact spelling). It’s a steroid nasal spray. You’re supposed to use it daily for allergies etc. But, for paddlers it works if you just take a blast up each nostril before you paddle. You can paddle without nose plugs and you don’t get that stuffed up feeling. YOu’ll have to visit your family doc for a script and explain how you want to use it. My doc was surprised at the use and effectiveness, but I still got the scrip and some refills. Now, I think that this is more for the stuffies. If you are actually getting and infection and not just stuffed up, I don’t think this is the cure. YOu should probably talk to your doc about a chronic infection. YOu should also be aware that a standard OTC spray may be addictive, I don’t believe that flo-nase is. Again, talk to your doc.

    #18123
    Tyler Durden
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    "Rossco":3skd3bt9 wrote:
    Since I started boating I have had problems with my nose getting stuffed up after a day of paddling. This was a minor inconvenience when I first started but it seems to be more of a problem the older I get. I do wear a noseplug while I am playboating but not when I am running a river.
    Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is there any remedy to my “paddler’s nose”?[/quote:3skd3bt9]

    I use to get chronic sinus infections. Not so much anymore but when I do, I use a natural product called Oil of Oregano and it works great (especially face steam/breathing in). Canadian company imports it and makes it http://www.joyofthemountains.com .

    I highly, highly recommend NOT using steroids sprays if possible (absolute last resort).

    #18124
    Phitty
    Participant

    I just put my plugs on tighter.
    If I get any water in my nose Im screwed for three days. It depends on the season. The only time I can get by is in the late fall – no pollen I guess.

    I tried the Dristan / Otrivin but use those as a last resort. They’re pretty addictive.

    Sorry Im not more help.
    P.

    #18125
    Ryan
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    [b:1onc39ef]I highly, highly recommend NOT using steroids sprays if possible (absolute last resort).[/b:1onc39ef] Quote from Tyler

    Hey Tyler – It sounds like you have more information on Steroid Sprays. A strong recommendation from a random boaterboard user holds little to no water (attempt at pun fully intended). Perhaps you have some info we could use. Let us know what info y ou have and where your info comes from. I’ve been told (by my doc) that this is completely acceptable to use for paddling purposes. Also, this type of spray does not have the addictive properties of otravin and the like. I think that this stuff is safe to use, but I’m open to more information if ya got it.

    Flonase is prescripbed for daily use (for seasonal allergies) and it has been in use for a long time. My doctor had no concerns about me using it before paddling sessions (musch less than daily), and I know some paddling physians who use it as well. YOu need a prescription for flonase so talk to your doctor about any concerns. It works like a charm though.

    #18126
    PaulyO
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    THis migth not have anything to do with it but i got two boughts of brochitis that turned into a sinus infection that i couldn’t shake off all winter but I think that its just the combo of swinging chairs on the weekend at the ski hill paddling in december then sleeping in snow caves once a week that did it to me. My suggestion is farmer blows on the skirt constantly you don’t even need to clean it off! thats the beaut! If you have nose plugs on just tilt’ er back and give it hell.
    Another side note would be to get completely dry after a long day of paddling and getting enough sleep that night

    peez homeez

    #18127
    Tyler Durden
    Participant
    "Ryan":1nhulgqj wrote:
    [b:1nhulgqj]I highly, highly recommend NOT using steroids sprays if possible (absolute last resort).[/b:1nhulgqj] Quote from Tyler

    Hey Tyler – It sounds like you have more information on Steroid Sprays. A strong recommendation from a random boaterboard user holds little to no water (attempt at pun fully intended). Perhaps you have some info we could use. Let us know what info y ou have and where your info comes from. I’ve been told (by my doc) that this is completely acceptable to use for paddling purposes. Also, this type of spray does not have the addictive properties of otravin and the like. I think that this stuff is safe to use, but I’m open to more information if ya got it.

    Flonase is prescripbed for daily use (for seasonal allergies) and it has been in use for a long time. My doctor had no concerns about me using it before paddling sessions (musch less than daily), and I know some paddling physians who use it as well. YOu need a prescription for flonase so talk to your doctor about any concerns. It works like a charm though.[/quote:1nhulgqj]

    Random boater board user? Oh, I guess since I don’t post 10 times a day that means my statements don’t hold any water, I’m really sorry about that Ryan. I’ll be sure to post more posts (with meaningless dribble) to boost my post count. Maybe if I post enough, I can be called “Captain Morgan”. Would I have your respect then? Because I’m really concerned about this.

    I think apologies are also in order for not entirely putting my trust into family physicians when it comes to healthcare (this does not mean I don’t respect the profession though, they certainly have there place as your primary health care provider). In this day and age of alternative/complimentary modalities, I guess you choose to rule out (or have not been exposed to) other potentialy less invasive and more natural remedies.

    I’m not going to waste my energy here and inform you of the potential side effects of long term steroid use for nasal spray….this is pretty mainstream information at this point, just google it. If you must know, my “information” regarding my sinus infection situation comes from a string of previous disappointing visits to my family doctor, my own research and positive visits to my Naturopath.

    #18128
    bryce
    Participant

    [quote:2eemakx9]…the potential side effects of long term steroid use for nasal spray….[/quote:2eemakx9]

    Your nose gets fat and your tonsils shrink right? :lol:

    Sorry. Just trying to lighten the mood of this thread.

    #18129
    Ryan
    Participant

    I’m not about to get into a Wizzing contest with you, and I’m not trying to poke any fun at you. I was just wondering if you had a medical or pharmaceutical background and could bring some useful insight into this thread as I’m sure that a lot of paddlers would be interested.

    It looks like you bias is naturopathic medicine and if that works for you that’s great. I still place my faith in evidence based medicine despit the downfalls, so we’ll have to agree to disagree.

    #18130
    Rossco
    Participant

    It turns out that my fiance had some Oil of Oregano in the medicine cabinet so she prepared a face steam for me. It worked quite well. Right after the steam the swelling of my sinuses significantly decreased. I went to bed, had a great sleep and felt 8.5 out of 10 in the mroning. The previous day I had to leave work half way through the day because my sinuses were so inflamed. Thank you Tyler for your suggestion.

    As or the Flonase, I do like the fact that it is a preventative measure. Of course, my fiance who keeps Oil of Oregano on hand, thinks it is a bad idea. From what I have found since reading your posts, flonase may be a good solution as it “it prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation” (http://www.drugs.com/flonase.html). It is definately something I am going to speak with my Dr. and Pharmacist about to get the full scoop on possible long term side effects.

    Thank you for your input and advice. Both suggestions (I do not include the farmer blows as a suggestion because I already do this… I think it does help a little) are good suggestions and after a little more research I am going to use the method that I feel most comfortable with.

    #18131
    wil
    Participant

    ..is that the people who dispense it are programed by the people who manufacture it and when you place your "… faith in evidence based medicine despit the downfalls" it pays to keep this in mind.

    #18132
    moves of the 80s
    Participant

    Dude,

    I can’t believe that anybody could recommend hauling on a steroidal sniffer regularly as a [i:2hqgb3ao]preventative[/i:2hqgb3ao] measure just because their doctor told them it’s the ticket – have you ever seen the shin digs the pharmaceutical companies used to throw for doctors to pitch stuff like this (before it was ruled unethical)!??!

    This is the same profession that used to want to throw cortisone into your joints repeatedly till there was no cartilage left…I’m all with Tyler, I’m not slagging MDs, but if you have a chronic issue, there are so many less harmful alternatives than doing lines of some rank pharmaceutical. Same goes for having your sinuses drilled. Some ENT specialists get all horny over this procedure, ‘cause they can already vision the next addition on the Fort Lauderdale condo, but try find someone who’s happy with the results after a couple years…

    If you aren’t into snorting chemicals, I’d give needles a try. Not smack, but acupuncture. A number of years ago, my sinuses were getting worse, until I had a sinus infection/poor drainage for almost half a year. I was on four separate courses of antibiotics, the last set of pills were the size of horse suppositories, and I still felt like someone had attached a vice to my head. Two weeks of acupuncture (yeah, needles right in the face, right up to the skull, feel the vibrations in the cranium…) I was 80% better, and within a month all gone, never to return, and I’ve paddled in some rank water…

    Broaden your horizons and go check a Chinese medicine practitioner (some chiropractors and Physios also do it).

    Peace,

    Dan

    #18133
    Tyler Durden
    Participant
    "Rossco":1ggfw9nr wrote:
    It turns out that my fiance had some Oil of Oregano in the medicine cabinet so she prepared a face steam for me. It worked quite well. Right after the steam the swelling of my sinuses significantly decreased. I went to bed, had a great sleep and felt 8.5 out of 10 in the mroning. The previous day I had to leave work half way through the day because my sinuses were so inflamed. Thank you Tyler for your suggestion.

    As or the Flonase, I do like the fact that it is a preventative measure. Of course, my fiance who keeps Oil of Oregano on hand, thinks it is a bad idea. From what I have found since reading your posts, flonase may be a good solution as it “it prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation” (http://www.drugs.com/flonase.html). It is definately something I am going to speak with my Dr. and Pharmacist about to get the full scoop on possible long term side effects.

    Thank you for your input and advice. Both suggestions (I do not include the farmer blows as a suggestion because I already do this… I think it does help a little) are good suggestions and after a little more research I am going to use the method that I feel most comfortable with.[/quote:1ggfw9nr]

    For maximum affect, right after the facial steam, I snort a couple drops if it directly into the nose/sinuses as well (it can burn a “wee” bit :lol: ) and lay on the couch for a few minutes (with a cup) with your head tilted back so it “seeps” deep into your sinuses. Then, holy crap wait for the diluge of kife that flows out of your sinuses….you will feel like a 9/10 after that.

    Also, you can do this 3-4 times/day. Hope this helps.

    #18134
    Hipnazi
    Participant

    I don’t see how you can differentiate between one type of foreign substance and another. If your snorting anything on a numerous times daily basis you are probably harming yourself.

    For what it’s worth I’m trying the Oil of Oregano method short term. I have had sinus issues for years due to my woodworking habits. Combined with paddling and some mild alergies, this is a constant, however intermitant problem.

    I have used Flo-nase to ease the pain of a very dry sinus, with success and no obvious side effects. That being said daily, ongoing use is not gonna happen.

    Same for the Oregano, short term use only, if it works I’ll be more pro-active about keeping water and sawdust out.

    Not a knock on holistic, homeopathic or other alternative medicines, just keep in mind you can poison yourself, or damage things just as quickly with so called “natural” treatments as with any of the modern, western world medicines.

    It’s interesting that at least one poster has used language and analogy to illicit / illegal drugs. Many if not most of these substances are natural in origin yet they wreck people in all kinds of outstanding ways.

    Moderation, common sense and prevention!!!!!!!!!!!

    #18135
    Bobbie
    Participant
    "Tyler Durden":3emsr5u6 wrote:
    For maximum affect, right after the facial steam, I snort a couple drops if it directly into the nose/sinuses as well (it can burn a “wee” bit :lol: ) and lay on the couch for a few minutes (with a cup) with your head tilted back so it “seeps” deep into your sinuses.[/quote:3emsr5u6]

    WOW!

    I got sinus congestion and a bit of a sore throat on Saturday. I gargled with salt water right away, and again at night, but the Sunday morning it was more of a sore throat, and my sinuses were on fire… I remembered this post, and went out to buy some Oil of Oregano (holy crap man, $40!!! I was like, this sh*t better work!)

    "Tyler Durden":3emsr5u6 wrote:
    it can burn a “wee” bit[/quote:3emsr5u6] AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!!! :shock: :evil:

    Today, slight soreness in the throat, sinuses are nearly 100%… Awesome!

    Thanks again,

    ~R

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