If you landed on this page you probably have heard about using baby shampoo for a sinus infection. If you landed on this page I am also guessing you may also be desperate to rid yourself of a stubborn sinus infection. I have been in that desperate state and there is almost nothing you could name that I have not tried to rid myself of a sinus infection that lasted over 25 years!
Do you have a chronic sinus infection and every antibiotic you have tried hasn’t worked? Or maybe it did work for a short time only to return weeks after you finished your antibiotics? Maybe you had even put your hopes in a sinus surgery, or two, or four, and you still can’t get rid of your infection (I am raising my hand here.) I myself had four sinus surgeries and was still sick! You can read my health story here.
Bacteria are very sneaky and they will do whatever they can to stay alive. Did you know they create something called bio films? Bio films are a protective film around the bacteria which makes it more difficult for them to be killed by the antibiotic. Now the bacteria are safe inside their little protective shield. Because of this increased tolerance to antibiotics, bacterial biofilms end up becoming chronic infections. This is where the baby shampoo comes in. Studies from the University of Pennsylvania found irrigating with 1% baby shampoo in saline rinses helps dissolve the biofilms.
Unfortunately, if you have the stubborn bacteria called Pseudomonas or staphylococcus(these are two I struggled with, as well as fungus) life is a different story. Both staphylococcus and Pseudomonas are notorious for forming biofilms, and in the study the shampoo had no effect on PREFORMED biofilms. However, baby shampoo was very effective in regards to inhibition of Pseudomonas biofilm formation. In the past when I go sick this bacteria was lying in wait because it colonized in my sinuses. They are ready for any opportunity to rear its ugly head. This is why it’s even more important that I am vigilant in the way I eat and proactively keep my body healthy.
Pseudomonas is also the common bacteria amongst people with cystic fibrosis, and found in most people with chronic sinus infections. For people with pseudomonas, the combination of lactoferrin and xylitol has proven to break through biofilms according to the NCBI. Xylitol is a safe sugar alcohol that has anti-fungal properties as well as helps our bodies defend against bacterial pathogens. Xlear sinus nasal spray is now on the market as well as Nutribiotic nasal spray and I have personally used it on and off for years. Lactoferrin is a strong anti-bacterial and can also destroy biofilms. I have not tried the lactoferrin and xylitol combination nor would I know how to mix it and you would need to discuss this with your Ear Nose and Throat doctor. Argentyn 23 silver is still my go to when I feel an infection coming on.
I am not suggesting everyone with a sinus infection run out and purchase baby shampoo, but knowledge is key. If I had been armed with this information, I would have given this method a try when I first learned my culture proved “pseudomonas.” I would have tried it in the hopes that the biofilms hadn’t yet had a chance to form. A necessary step is to get a culture and find out what bacteria you are dealing with so you can know your plan of attack.
Don’t make the same mistake I made which was letting doctors “guess” at what type of infection I had. By doing so I needlessly took antibiotics that I shouldn’t have, which only makes the bacteria more resilient, while making my body’s defenses weaker. Not to mention the fact that antibiotics not only cause, but fuel fungal infections which are inevitable when your only course of treatment are antibiotics. In 1999 the Mayo Clinic released a study that indicated nearly ALL sinus infections are fungal in nature. With that being said, talk to your doctor and ask if anti-fungals would be helpful. See my recipe section for anti-fungal recipes. Some wonderful supplements to to heal your gut, which can also be beneficial to your sinuses include colostrum (sovereign laboratories is the brand I use), bone broth, and natural anti-fungals such as oil of oregano, caprylic acid, garlic etc.
If you have MARCONS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci) there is a compound nasal spray called BEG. BEG spray was very successful in treating my marcons infection as well as many others I have heard from. If you have a Coagulase negative staph, speak to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor. Choosing one who is familiar with toxic mold exposure is important. What is in BEG spray? BEG nasal spray is a combination of two antibiotics (Bactroban, Gentamicin) and the calcium chelator EDTA. The EDTA dissolves the biofilm coating, clearing the way for a direct attack by the topical antibiotics.
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I would suggest going to this site and evaluating your mold risk. They have a free evaluation you can take. Also see my article titled how to recover from mold exposure.
See links below to learn more about baby shampoo and biofilms. This article was written with the help of NCBI and ATS journals research below.
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