Does Anybody Know how to get rid of bad odor/ taste due to sinus infection?

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  1. CBM1987 profile image61
    CBM1987posted 12 years ago

    Does Anybody Know how to get rid of bad odor/ taste due to sinus infection?

    I have a sinus infection. odor/ taste.. its driving me insane. Ive looked everywhere, im normally not that prone to getting sick, neither do I have allergies so to go from no sinus problems to a infection its really doing a number on me.. I can take the pain it does hurt really bad, but I cannot take the taste or smell, its like im living in a crypt with a corpse its putrid and nasty

    1. PAPA-BEAR profile image60
      PAPA-BEARposted 12 years ago

      Try taking Tumeric in capsule form, it acts as a natural anti-biotic, if it reaches the sinus infection, then the problem will be dealt a blow. In the meantime chew some fresh parsley.

      1. Susan Guinn profile image63
        Susan Guinnposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        CBM 1987I am sorry to hear you are going thru this. From past experience the headaches are very brutal. I believe I wrote a Hub about irrigating your sinuses (nasal passages), as you cannot get rid of this without first getting rid of the infection.

    2. weholdthesetruths profile image62
      weholdthesetruthsposted 12 years ago

      You have to cure the infection...  Seriously, how you gonna get rid of the symptom without fixing the problem?

    3. 4elements profile image67
      4elementsposted 12 years ago

      First I would definatly go to a doctor to get it looked at properly and get a perscription for an anti biotic, that is the quickest and best way. Secondly you can try and up your dose for vitimin c  to build your amune system up, as well as drink green tea, hot or cold and there are so many flavors that Im sure you would be able to find one that you can drink every day.

    4. CBM1987 profile image61
      CBM1987posted 12 years ago

      im going to try each of these, i will be going to the docs, but unless they can bill me later i have to wait for my taxes to come in. Getting rid of the taste and odor is so i can function normally without being distracted. Thank each of you for your answers i appreciate it. I'll let you know how it goes! Willing to do just about anything right now ! already gargled salt water... boiled vix with water and breathed in the steam... hot towel over the sinus areas... looking for a free clinic that maybe could help until i get some cash!

      1. profile image0
        Deborah Sextonposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        A walk-in clinic costs about $75.00-$120.00 for a visit. I am sure they will work with you about your payments

    5. stefancando profile image69
      stefancandoposted 12 years ago

      Hey i'm really sorry you're experiencing this.

      Unfortunately, just like weholdthesetruths said, the odor won't go away completely until you get rid of the infection. You should go see your family doctor and he'll prescribe a short course of antibiotics (3-5 days). If it's not something complicated this will proably fix the problem.

      Gargling salt water could help if you have tonsillitis but won't do much for the sinuses because they are cavities opening inside your nose, therefore cannot be washed.

      As for masking the odor, try the tips 4elements mentioned and I would add mint, chamomile or thyme tea. (Thyme and Chamomile are scientifically proven to be antimicrobial). You can also find licorice-anise syrup, it has a strong odor but not everybody likes it.

      Good luck and do try to cure the infection, the bacteria in your sinuses is causing the odor.

    6. artist101 profile image60
      artist101posted 11 years ago

      I have written a hub on this subject http://is-it-a-cold-or-allergy I used to be plaqued with sinus infections, due to allergies, they can also be caused by a cold. If it is green, or yellow, it is an infection. Many antidotes listed in my hub. Most effective has been olive leaf extract, and oil of oregano, 3 times a day. The sinuses can be irrigated with warm salt water, what you are smelling and tasting is the infection. Warm salt water works very well, as does the sinus cleanse i mention in my article. Add a pinch of salt to your palm, add enough warm water to fill the cup of your hand. Hold one nostril shut, sniff the warm water into open nostril, then blow. Repeat with the other nostril, until the sinuses are cleansed. Disgusting I know but it works. To increase immunity, to fight off the infection, Suck one zinc lozenge, every 4-6 hours, do not exceed 100mg per day, as this will actually decrease immunity. D3 also increases immunity, should be in your daily multivitamin. Beta glucan, may also be taken, as it has been shown to increase immunity, derived from oatmeal. I hope this helps.

      1. artist101 profile image60
        artist101posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        another helpful supplement is grapefruit seed extract nasal cleanse, can be mixed at home or purchased already mixed the product link is … qid=134262

    7. Jewels profile image83
      Jewelsposted 10 years ago

      I'm sure by now you have fixed your problem.  But for maintenance and future sinus problems this may help you.

    8. delaneyworld profile image71
      delaneyworldposted 10 years ago

      I am so sorry you are having this problem.  When I have a sinus infection, I rely heavily on my Neti Pot or saline rinse for my sinuses.  If you've not tried it, it's a little strange feeling at first, but it really helps to clear out your nose, sinuses and the like.

      There are many different brands of the sinus cleanse.  Here is an article on Web MD that talks about them: … ots?page=1

      I also find that gargling with salt water, brushing my teeth at least three times a day and gargling with Listerine helps as well.

      Of course, just as others have said, if you have a bacterial infection, it is important to be evaluated by a doctor and to be treated with the appropriate antibiotics.

      Best wishes to you.  Sinus issues can be very uncomfortable.  Hang in there.

    9. bethperry profile image84
      bethperryposted 10 years ago

      So sorry you're sick! I have found that rinsing my mouth and back of my tongue with a preparation of half-water, half-full strength lemon juice helps the taste and odor of sinus infections. Swish with it good, then spit it out. Just remember that the drainage from the infection (and which brings the foul odor to your mouth and throat) will continue until you are healed. So if you try the preparation, know you will need to do so every few hours.

      Good luck on whatever you try, and hope you're better soon.

    10. Don Fairchild profile image71
      Don Fairchildposted 10 years ago

      Go to your doctor (if you can afford it) and ask them for a treatment of antibiotics to kill the infection.  I should go away in a couple of weeks.
      Then use a netty pot device to keep your sinuses clear later on.
      A netty pot looks like a tiny tea pot and you put pure water in it with a solution of natural salts and minerals, you pour it through your nose to clean the sinus cavities.

      1. JLauren Angel profile image60
        JLauren Angelposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Don't do the netty pot, it causes your infection to get worse not better. It's better to use Ocean nose spray.

    11. dorothy0328 profile image76
      dorothy0328posted 10 years ago

      Oh I was just in that position myself it is horrible. I hope you feel better soon mine lasted a while without a doctor bad smell and all but I did buy over the counter sinus meds and also a nasel spray call Neo Synephrine after a week or so it seemed to help also tylonol if a fever occured which I had happen a few times. Best of luck I hope this helps but in all honesty a doctor is probably a better idea in your case.

    12. Health Reports profile image85
      Health Reportsposted 10 years ago

      Try using the Saline solution nasal inhalers. They will help clear out the infected mucus and cleanse the sinus cavity.

    13. Sunshine625 profile image87
      Sunshine625posted 9 years ago

      Antibiotics will take care of the infection, a neti pot will help alleviate the side effects of the odor/taste which is caused by the blocked sinuses not being able to drain properly. Been there and done that, many times.

    14. Ann810 profile image53
      Ann810posted 9 years ago

      Drinking 100% orange juice gets rid of the sinus odor and taste in the mouth. Also gargling salt water helps to get rid or common cold odor and taste, just add 1 teaspoon to 4 ounces of water, gargle and then spit it out.

    15. Kerry Tunui profile image61
      Kerry Tunuiposted 9 years ago

      Look, I can't cover the infection side of things, but I'm good at recovering naturally, with home remedies.  I used to be a heavy smoker and have recovered from the sinus issues I once had.

      My trick?  Gargling Warm~Hot water (you know what is, and what is not, comfortable for you to gargle with), whilst doing this, you'll feel the heat of the water lift all the..  for lack of a better word, shit from the back of the throat.  Expel the water, gargle more.  Eventually you'll recognise that 'clean' feeling around your teeth and tongue.  Just keep going until it's all good, takes me about 3-4 gargles myself.  Also, "IF" you can, try aid the sinus clearing by breathing in through the nose in light-paused bursts in between gargling. 

      Again, this probably won't get rid of the infection, but the moment you feel self-confidence return because you can see that crap, is no longer in your body, that will help trigger mind-over-matter to naturally fight the infection.  People didn't always need Pharmaceuticals to fix their problems, so why now eh?  Good luck and I hope this helps!

    16. lostohanababy profile image57
      lostohanababyposted 9 years ago

      You may have  a imbalance of body fluids that maybe causing a problem of out of control sweating and perspiration and ultimate bad brath, that seem to worsen, no matter how many times of the day, you may try to control it with baths, and mouth wash.  I had a friend a long time ago, that had that problem.  She went to a specialist, and was subscribed for a special soap and given a unsual diet to help her.  Do some searching maybe you can find some help!

    17. Oztinato profile image77
      Oztinatoposted 9 years ago

      This is caused by allergy to sulphites. I had this problem. If you eat canned dried or frozen products that contain sulphites it goes to the sinus. There is no allergy test for sulphites just this
      hideous sinus problem. Bright orange dried apricots are the worst as real unpolluted dried apricots are brown in colour. You need to eat only fresh products and it will clear up in a week.

    18. profile image0
      Deborah Sextonposted 9 years ago

      Go to the doctor and get antibiotics. The infection will not clear up by itself and could travel through the bloodstream to the brain since it is so close.
      Get help.

      1. Juliet Christie profile image67
        Juliet Christieposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I know you will not do this but if you get the guts to, try try using your urine. Use the  first one after 3 Am in the morning .Let it runs a little then catch it  mid stream and use it to irrigate the nostrils. You will be mildly surprise.

    19. Penny G profile image60
      Penny Gposted 9 years ago

      I owned an Herb shop for several years and the recommended product was Chlorophyll. It comes in liquid or capsules. It was recommended for humans and pets. It is used to stop body odor . It many other uses as well. It is an alfalfa extract.It cleanses the body . Look it up.

    20. Susan Guinn profile image63
      Susan Guinnposted 9 years ago

      I am so sorry you are having sinus issues.  First  you need to focus on getting rid of the infection.  I take a small glass bowl.  Add water and warm it up. Then add a teaspoon of sea salt.  If you do not have any on hand, use regular table salt.  Stir to dissolve.  Pinch one nostril, lean over the warm solution, and suck up the water in the open nostril to get it up inside the nasal canal.  Blow it out.  Do the same with the other nostril.  Make sure you do each nostril separately, with one side pinched closed.  This will help flush out the infection/impurities, and get you back to normal. You can also add a pinch of baking soda or a bit of peroxide to this solution, just make sure to dissolve it first.  If you learn to do this on a daily basis, you will rarely suffer sinus headaches again.  You can also increase your Vitamin C, and take Zinc supplements.

    21. profile image0
      MrDanielAbramposted 9 years ago

      Get a lot of rest and carry tissues with you at all times.

    22. Insightful Tiger profile image75
      Insightful Tigerposted 9 years ago

      There is a nasal medicine called "sinus buster" it will drain you nose but it is very strong but it works! You may have mold growing in your nose from a/c ventilation. You need to get out in the fresh air and get some sun. check out this article about the importance of the sun and fresh air. … ernatives/

    23. therenegadehippie profile image68
      therenegadehippieposted 8 years ago

      I agree with a lot of the other answers regarding sinuses.  You have to really identify if you have a sinus infection but saline rinses can help.  My spouse gets really bad sinus infections and he wouldn't try this for years because it was "gross" but the Neti Pot or NeilMed Sinus Rinse is amazing for people with sinus problems.  He has been using a Sinus Rinse for about five years now.  He used to sometimes get bad breathe because of sinus infections.  He continues to use this and he hasn't had problems with sinus infections and bad breathe. 

      It works by running saline water through your nose and sinus cavities.  It helps by killing bacteria and removing excess mucus in your nose and sinuses. Sounds gross but it helps.  I even had a co-worker with really bad sinus problems that I suggested this to and she said she can smell now for the first time in years. 

      Bad breathe from sinuses is usually caused by infection.  If you have chronic sinus infections this can really help reduce the problem. Good luck, I know how awful sinus problems can be!

    24. Omeva profile image59
      Omevaposted 8 years ago

      Hi CBM1987,

      Thats a great question. I for one and very focused towards natural remdies, and I have come to realie from experience that any kind of sickness, infection, or plenty of other ailments area buildup of mucus in our body from what we eat on a daily basis. The way we cut through that mucus is with acidic fruits i.e. oranges, green apples, etc. If you just ate those for a while and dont eat so much so your body has time to address the infection, I'm sure would see some results quickly.'

      Good luck and get better soon

      Disclaimer: This is not medical advice intended to treat or cure any illness or disease.

    25. erorantes profile image45
      erorantesposted 8 years ago

      I take venadril to clear my sinus problem. Then, I used a nasal cleaner spray. It comes in a bottle. I cleaned after reading the instructions. You can find both the venadril and nasal cleaner in a pharmacy or any store like Walmart or Kaymart. Good luck to you.

    26. amit160031985 profile image58
      amit160031985posted 8 years ago

      Hello dear,
      I had also sinus infection. Then, I committed my self to get rid of this problem at any cost. I ate fish at least twice a week and walked in the morning with taking long breathe. Within 2 to 3 months, sinus problem has gone automatically as a magic done.
      If you are non-vegetarian, eat fish at least twice a week and walk with taking long breathe in the morning. Sinus will definitely be gone. Good day!

    27. Gaurav Oberoi profile image69
      Gaurav Oberoiposted 8 years ago

      The best way to get rid of this condition within two days is by using a steam vaporizer before you go to bed at night. You must take care to keep your head covered for at least half an hour after that.

    28. profile image51
      LNJCalhounposted 8 years ago

      I have had a sinus infection with the bad odor from January 2015 through October 2015. I read many of the blogs regarding a bad smell from a sinus infection and tried just about everything out there to cure my terrible smell. I went to 2 different Doctors with 3 rounds of antibiotics, tried salt water flushes, coconut oil flush, chlorine water flushes, etc. What worked for me is a PURE SILVER DIME on chain around my neck. The SAME day I put the silver dime on, the smell was gone!!! I have not had any bad smell since wearing this dime and still wear it today. Silver Dimes and Quarters were made prior to 1964.

    29. meenakshibhati profile image69
      meenakshibhatiposted 8 years ago

      Hi, i am sorry you are facing such health issues. I belong to India and you must be aware that Ayurveda is very much popular here. We ourselves have an ayurvedic medical store and number of medicines we develop on our own using numerous number of herbs and domestic patterns. Sinus is a problem for which we recommend Indian cow ghee (butter we call in english but its not the actual word). Two drops of ghee are dropped in nasal passage before sleeping at night. It is highly effective and endless patients are getting treated in India using this. There are various treatments in Ayurveda that can treat sinus completely and effectively.

    30. Mike Belk profile image61
      Mike Belkposted 8 years ago

      I hate to hear about your sickness, but I have chronic sinus problems.  I have had polypectomy (removal of nasal polyps). 

      I lost my sense of smell due to my chronic sinus problems.  My sinus problems cause me to get a mild case of asthma.

      One day I decided to try a nasal spray prescribed by a doctor, however my sense of smell still was not there.

      I think I was not following the prescription correctly, but I started using the nasal spray two puffs in each nostril and for the first time in years my sense of smell started returning.

      I say all this to say my nasal polyps prevented proper nasal drainage.  Your odor is probably due to to improper drainage, so maybe you should try a nasal spray (steroid).  Prescribed by doctor.

      I hope this helps.

    31. profile image0
      JG Hemlockposted 7 years ago

      Okay...this is going to sound really weird but it works! I had a sinus infection and my hubby told me to take onions, cut them into small pieces heat them up and wrap them in cheese cloth and hold them to my ears. (not scorching hot but enough to have steam) I held them to my ears for 5-6 minutes. I did it again by reheating them....and then one more time before I went to bed. It worked! No sinus problems in the morning and just a small smell of onion that went away in less than twelve hours.

    32. roselinsojan profile image60
      roselinsojanposted 7 years ago

      You must cure the infection.gargle with salt water added with one teaspoon lemon juice, after brushing your it daily.

    33. WinterRea profile image60
      WinterReaposted 7 years ago

      Drinking lots of water will help the infection drain. I suffer from allergies all the time you might need to see your doctor maybe they can help.

    34. savithasuri profile image60
      savithasuriposted 7 years ago

      Ayurveda and Yoga Explain lot of remedies for sinus problem.

      1. Try pranayama or deep breathing exercises. This clears the sinus pathways.

      2. Drink atleast six to sesven glasses of warm water daily.

      3. Take a brisk walk for 45 minutes.

      4 . Instill three drops of "Cephagraine" drops to both nostrils for 1 week. It removes the clog.
      5. Do not use any cold or refrigearated items

    35. Aelbarsha profile image81
      Aelbarshaposted 7 years ago

      Treating infection with proper antibiotics or drainage, is the best way.

    36. howlermunkey profile image74
      howlermunkeyposted 7 years ago

      do 10 lines of blow and call me in the morning....Right as Rain

    37. profile image54
      stephaniesamplesposted 7 years ago

      I have allergies which lead to a sinus infection often times. Many years ago I purchased a Neti Pot, little blue plastic teapot. Comes with saline packages. First time I did just distilled water to get the hang of it, then use 3 packets for a hyper cleanse. It worked GREAT! I never use nose sprays, but the Neti pot will remain in my home always. You can do it daily, numerous times a day. Just make sure you don't do it and blow your nose hard afterwards, it will hurt your ears. Gentle nose blowing through both nostrils afterwards. Hope this helps!

    38. Gustavo Woltmann1 profile image59
      Gustavo Woltmann1posted 7 years ago

      The best thing you need to do right now consults your situation to the expert. Because they know how to do it properly because once the infection grows that would be a big problem.

    39. docashp profile image76
      docashpposted 6 years ago

      You can try "Jal Neti " using the "Neti Pot" or chlorhexidine gargles and mouth wash.
      Antibiotics may be used if the above measures fail to relieve your problem.
      If it does not work out for you with these conservative measures you might have to undergo an opertion known as Caldwell- luc  operation.

    40. profile image59
      Cyber Sammyposted 6 years ago

      I would suggest keep chewing on a clove every one or two hours. … Transplant

    41. profile image53
      Wellow194posted 6 years ago

      I was actually searching for answers as i have had sinus and i have the same problem at the moment, and this is so disturbing... i can accept the fact that it's awful for me, but besides this this is also disturbing for other people, so please help us, and thank you for your answers!

    42. MysDe Moon profile image61
      MysDe Moonposted 6 years ago

      I certainly hope you have cleared this up by now.

      However for future reference -

      Make an infusion of thyme tea
      Add a generous amount of salt and lemon (optional)
      Swish and gargle.
      Do not swallow.

      However, you can drink the thyme tea throughout the day say about 3-4 small tea-cups.

      Thyme is very good for helping to clear the sinus cavities as well.

    43. ankit kharola profile image32
      ankit kharolaposted 6 years ago

      I have been experiencing similar problems, be careful of too many antibiotics as this can cause digestive issues such as Gerd or acid reflux, as you good bacteria is also destroyed. Make sure you use probiotics while taking antibiotics. Buy the kind at health food stores in the fridge section and store them in the fridge to keep. I have found that oregano oil capsules work better for some infections than antibiotics. I recently had a tooth removed that had an abcess behind it that was inside my nasal cavity. I experienced a foul ordor and ended up with Gerd after taking antibiotics 4-5 times in one year and not replacing my good bacteria with probiotics. Candida overgrowth can become an issue for you as well, which can lead to other problems if not careful. It's all a balancing act! Hope you feel better soon! Jenn

    44. profile image54
      Rianne777posted 4 years ago

      For the terrible taste and smell make a salt solution (salt and water, preferable sea salt or pink salt). Swish the salt solution around in your mouth, sniff it up your nose or use a syringe to do the same.
      Do this twice a day for a week. If you have high blood pressure issues than don't use this remedy.


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