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Nasal Passage Advice?

Posted by Shane (Cunningham, KY) on 10/04/2006

I have not tried inhaling the peroxide yet. I was reading about it and wondered about this. I have sleep apnea and have to sleep with a CPAP machine with a heated humidifier. My machine has a small container that I fill with distilled water. The heated water moisturizes the air through the hose on the CPAP machine so that my nose and throat don't get dry. I was wondering about the use of peroxide in the humidifier of my CPAP machine. Possibly mix it half and half with distilled water? I also am "hooked" on nasal sprays (ie Afrin). My nasal passages have to be opened in order to breath through the nose piece on the CPAP machine. I am trying to wean myself off of the spray by diluting it with salt water. I plan on starting to inhale the peroxide to see if it will help in that area. Any feedback on this would be appreciated.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Dear Shane: You seem to have an obstructed nasal passage more likely. Using the peroxide distilled water might cause a drying effect of the nasal passages. The point of the peroxide inhalation is to kill the offending fungus/bacteria that lines the lungs and nasal passages. So if the nature of the obstruction is due to this, it will help.

But under conditions of excess drying of nasal passages, there might be some other cause other than the nasal passages.

Usually when a nasal passages is too dry, it is often a combination of acidic body, vitamin A deficiency (which controls mucus), possibly sodium ascorbate (alkaline vitamin C), vitamin B3, B5, and B8 inositol. I once had a dry nasal passage in unusually dry and cold weather and was greatly relieved after taking plenty of vitamin A and cod liver oil.

Your nasal problems should be helped also if you just try taking 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water twice a day for about two weeks. The alkalinity will cause the body to expand capillaries allowing for greater moisture and therefore less obstruction of the nasal passages. The dosage is somewhat conservative, so it will take a while longer. You may increase or decrease the dose depending on your conditions.

In my opinion if I want a clearer nasal passage obstruction, I would prefer putting eucalyptus oil instead to the humidifier. This usually clears the nasal passages. Of course, wetting a towel with eucalyptus and putting around the neck would be a much simpler way. For me I prefer the fumigate my room using a house plant spray filled with eucalyptus whenever I have an obstructed nasal issues. Of course, there are many ways you can do it. I also spray eucalyptus on my dog to clear its breathing problems as well.

Should your conditions improve, if your body catch colds easily this could also mean a possible zinc deficiency to zinc acetate will help, as well as selenium, and manganese.