Following my turbinate reduction surgery, I had acinetobacter infection in my sinuses. This is an antibiotic-resistant hospital-acquired infection. Various antibiotics were tried and they failed. I cleared the infection with natural remedies.
I developed eye infections when I went on the first antibiotic. This is called an “opportunistic infection.” It is a bug that takes over when the good bacteria that normally hold it in check are destroyed, for example, by an antibiotic. I eventually began using antibiotics for the eye infections. Thus began a vicious cycle where as soon as one infection cleared up, another took hold. That’s the problem with antibiotics. They suppress the immune system. They damage other body systems as well.
On this page, I discuss interventions that helped me clear up the infections. Each is something individuals are free to make decisions about. Nothing requires a prescription.
I am not a doctor. Neither do these products have the potential to harm you as much as a turbinate reduction.
Angstrom Silver: “Antibacterial silver has been found effective against most disease causing fungi, bacteria, blood parasites and many viruses. One known method by which it does this is by penetrating the cell wall of germs and interfering with its production of an enzyme needed for oxygen assimilation in anaerobic bacteria, with the result that the bacteria suffocates. (Most friendly bacteria are aerobic, and are not harmed by the presence of silver.)” http://www.kornax.com/Merchant2/Liquid_Silver_Water.htm
Colloidal Silver is controversial. Few Internet sites speak well of it, yet colloidal silver was used extensively as a germicide before the advent of antibiotics: http://www.steadyhealth.com/articles/Colloidal_Silver___Benefits__Risks___Side_Effects_a971.html. I used colloidal silver on my acinetobacter sinus infection. I put two sprays up each nostril four times a day. The infection cleared in about two weeks. I’d had it four months and I believed I was going to die of it.
We’ve all heard the horror stories of people being turned purple (argyria) from use of colloidal silver. It is wise to use colloidal silver judiciously. Those people who suffer that condition generally used it quite liberally and made their own at home.
The smaller the silver particle in suspension, the less the likelihood of developing argyria. With Angstrom Silver, there is virtually no risk of developing it as long as it is used judiciously. It can be purchased here: http://www.kornax.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?
You should educate yourself about any silver product and use it with care.
Black Tea—My Integrative Medicine doctor suggested I use black tea bags (steeped and cooled) for my eye infections. She suggested I wipe the inside corners where the infection appeared with the bags. This did lessen the amount of exudate, and probably would work on a light infection. But mine was too strong for the tea.
Echinacea: “Several laboratory and animal studies suggest that echinacea contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects.”
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/echinacea-000239.htm. Echinacea can be purchased and used in many forms. It can be purchased at Puritan’s Pride, IHerb or at Mountain Rose Herbs
Goldenseal: “The active constituents in goldenseal include berberine, which has proven to be an effective broad spectrum antibiotic when extracted from the roots and leaves of the goldenseal plant.” http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/goldenseal_leaf.php The herb is good for eye problems. “Use as a compress or wash.” http://www.organicnutrition.co.uk/articles/eyes.htm. It can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs.
Manuka Honey: “Manuka Honey has been researched by Dr. Peter Molan
Senior Lecturer, Biochemistry Department, Waikato University, New Zealand for over 20+ years. Dr. Molan found that manuka honey seems to naturally destroy staph aureus, streptococcus, h. pylori (helicobacter pylori) as well as MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staph Auereus and VRE (Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci).” It is used for wound healing in European hospitals. It also provides the best nasal moisturizer I have found. This site provides a wealth of information about Manuka Honey, and sells an excellent product: http://www.manukahoneyusa.com/.
I used Manuka Honey for the acinetobacter infection where it was on my throat. I coated my throat with it. I ate it on toast to get into my system. It is delicious, but too expensive to eat for pleasure. It was Manuka Honey that finally cleared two years of chronic eye infections. I put it in the inside corners of my eyes each morning. It burned, but stopped quickly. http://www.manukahoneyusa.com/. This seemed risky, but as I described above, nothing else was working. The infections were a known risk to my eyes. Even the infectious disease specialist whom I saw agreed I should use the honey. I was nearly a Typhoid Mary, at that point, getting one antibiotic-resistant infection after another. It took nearly two months of daily use, but the infections finally stopped coming.