Need help - dark orange mucus coming out of my nose! thread.
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I read all 12 pages from the original post and there is a trend leaning toward discharge after sinus infections related to cold and flu symptoms. Prolly nothing to worry about unless it doesn't go away after a few days.
The week of christmas, I had a very bad cold, verging on flu, but mainly just having to blow my nose constantly (and clearly blocked sinuses as every time I did this, I felt/heard a crackling in my inner ear). Since new year, my old chronic sinusitis flared up and I had the typical acute symptoms: intense sinus pressure (causing what felt like tender cheeks, jaw ache, stuffy nose, earache, toothache) and a very nasal voice. Yesterday I started taking the general decongestant Otrivine
My assumption would be that this discharge is the body ridding itself of the blockage (and hopefully the problem!) and is draining fluid from deep in the sinuses.
Even after years of sinusitis, I still said: eurgh!
Usually the recourse was to go to the doctor and get antibiotics. To answer people's questions, YES it does clear up eventually, but it may take a long time, especially if I wait too long before getting the prescription or if I get a doctor that doesn't believe in giving out antibiotics. By long time, some of my worst infections took over a month before I was free of needing to pack tons of tissues with me. This happened a lot during my school years and as a result I was often the brunt of brutal teasing for being constantly sick and blowing my nose/sneezing.
Fortunately I've outgrown a number of my allergies and being prescribed fluticasone, severe sinus infections have been much rarer. I haven't gotten to the point of blowing out f blood and snot. That was until these last two weeks... I got a cold, went to the doctor (saw someone not my regular doctor because of the time). The doctor dismissed my case, sent me home... I started getting better, then bam.... This is what happens nearly every time I get a cold that lasts longer than a few days. So yes, I'm reading this thread and posting because right now my nose and I are not happy campers...
TL;dr Short answer: Yes I get this c**p too, but it does heal. Takes a darn long time, but it subsides. I think the reason many don't come back to post a follow-up is because it does take a long time to heal, but it can reoccur any time the sinuses get upset.
- Orange fluid from nose (usually in the morning) (Feels like I have to sneeze when it's there)
- Yellow/Greenish thick mucus from the back of my throat
- Copious amounts of clear fluid from my nose throughout the day
- Completely stuffed up most of the time
- Can't smell or taste most of the time (even when my nose is clear)
Symptoms I don't have:
- Sore throat
The doctors have treated me for:
- Sinus infection (Three times)
- I was told it was a problem with my anatomy (MAYBE), but I can't see that being true because nasal sprays clear it up completely for a few hours
I have tried:
- Antibiotics (3 different kinds)
- Neti pot (As often as possible)
- Hot showers, steam and hot tea (loosen things up a bit but never clears it)
- Eucalyptus oil
- Gargling with salt water
- Nasal decongestants (Spray works, Pills don't)
- Spicy foods
Possible contributing factors:
- Living in a dry climate (although the problem started just last year, and it continues to be an issue regardless of season, or if I visit a more moist climate)
- It started after visiting with family (Who are chain smokers, and it was winter so the doors and windows were sealed. Although the doctor told me this would not have caused it) (I'd also like to make a note here that I do not smoke)
If I were you, I would go to a ENT who does plastic surgery... have him/her look at your nose and see if there is any curvature causing blockage. I went to one a few months ago and he told me that I need surgery to fix my problem. BUT, since it's "elective" surgery, my insurance won't cover the costs. So, I have to save up an extra $6k to cure my problem. Such a bummer!
staph. aureus can produce many kinds of toxins, many of them dissolving tissue (hyaluronase, etc.) or causing the mucus to thicken to hardness (coagulase). Coagulase will cause any proteins polymerise, so when dried it will be hard as a rock and insoluble.
Remember, main danger of staph. aureus is the toxins and enzymes it produces and secretes. They are dangerous without the bacteria too! (one clear, watery drop from my nose on my hand, quickly swiped caused the piece of skin crumble away after two days).
Fun point is staph. aureus can produce beta-toxin, which is inactive at normal body temperature, but most active at 10°C, so my theory is when enough of beta-toxin is on the membranes is exposed to cold air, in a matter of seconds the nasal membranes will leak blood plasma with some red blood cells too. I understand it that staph. aureus keeps nourished by seeping the blood plasma from you, various excretes serve that purpose.
I understand it that way that you need to keep out staph. aureus away from taking control. Lots of tea (black) with citric acid (2L or half a gallon) a day helps. Antibiotics shopw very little to no activity on staph. aureus.
So while orange runny discharge from nose can be caused by variety of conditions, chemical or biological causing the nasal membranes to leak blood water, plasma and red blood cells (even cocaine could do that as somebody mentioned), many people can connect it with intense pain, confusion, ilness, weakness and such - many of which can be caused by toxins excreted by staphylococcus aureus.
As some antibiotics help the symptoms, but users report they have no effect on the stuffed nose and/or nose infection, it is likely that the secondary infection is cured by that.
Can anybody confirm this line of investigation?
Do your symptoms worsen after having a warm shower and then being exposed to cold?
Do you happen to have fungal infection?
Is/was your nose broken (bad air passage)?