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Sinuses #2962726
06/03/19 06:21 PM
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I surfed last week even though I thought enough time had passed after the rain I couldn't remember because of all those weird patchy downpours we had. However later that night I felt like my throat was irritated, and then several days of a sore throat only with some post nasal drip. But I was never congested, it was all just running down the back. Also had a persistent headache.

A week later I thought I was feeling better (no symptoms, throat better, etc) went out for a couple beers and now the post nasal drip is worse and I have completely lost my voice. Still have that fooking headache (and I rarely get headaches).

Doc says it takes weeks for sinus infections to develop, but is this true for surfers? How quickly can you develop a sinus infection from dirty water?

I'm prone to these darn things, I think my sinuses seem to harbor bacteria more than average. Constantly got sick from surfing Cardiff so I quit surfing there and stopped getting sick. And every time I get a round of antibiotics they clear up immediately, leading me to think these aren't false alarms. Hate taking antibiotics but also hate having to wait weeks with awful symptoms to prove I need em.


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Re: Sinuses [Re: hgsouth] #2962876
06/03/19 09:08 PM
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i've been pretty immune most of my life, I feel the last 2 years I've been getting nasty sinus infections that just keep coming back to haunt me, and the beer makes it worse, thats what hurts second most to not surfing. age related? IDK shrug

Re: Sinuses [Re: hgsouth] #2962921
06/03/19 10:37 PM
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What did the doc say about your turbinates when he looked?

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Re: Sinuses [Re: hgsouth] #2962934
06/03/19 11:19 PM
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oh man that was pretty disgusting when they put the camera up there with the screen in view.

we didnt talk turbinates but I have a badly deviated septum, which I've always had.

I went in to get my nose cauterized, all he told me was it always doesnt work the first try. he didn't tell me the extreme pain id be in later with my two front teeth. nosebleeds...

Re: Sinuses [Re: hgsouth] #2963062
06/04/19 05:52 AM
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The doc I went to didn’t even look in my nose. I’m annoyed I’m going to have to make another appt. 😡

Got thick yellow mucus coming out of my nose now. And no sign of my voice coming back

Re: Sinuses [Re: hgsouth] #2963577
06/05/19 02:09 AM
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Could be the water. Could be a failure on your part to properly drain your sinsuses after a session. Or you could have caught something viral in the same time frame. These are difficult and complex sets of symptoms and etiologies.


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