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Well, with the lovely weather we've had, Harper got a cold that progressed to a sinus infection in her right sinus. She's nonreactive to basically chinese water torture on her left sinus, but her right she jerks away. She's got nasal discharge andsome post nasal drip, as when she coughs it's good and loose. Occasionally she'll sling gobs of stuff from her nose. At the moment, she's on 12 SMZs 2x day with her feed, but it's not clearing up as fast as I'd like. Any ideas on good herbal supplements to help clear sinuses? Usually for me I'll use Echinacea or something with that in it in a tea, but that's obviously not going to be the easiest thing to give :) Eucalyptus will sometimes help me in a steam bath, to help clear it out and make it drain to GET it out, but I can't see Harper standing there with a towel over her head, nose buried in a bucket ;) (Don't tempt me, as I might attempt something like that if it gets bad enough. :D)She's got no fever, no noticeable temperament change, no nothing, just semi-heavy drainage from her right nostril. Doesn't smell, it's yellow with occasional super thin moments where it runs like water from her nose. Doc wants to use SMZs for now, which I'm cool with, and if it doesn't clear up more by Tuesday, either up the SMZs or stronger antibiotics, and if THAT doesn't work, then radiographs of her head. Clearly I'd like to avoid THAT cost. So, thoughts and opinions!Gracias!
I'm sure you're already aware of this, but just wanted to mention that often sinus infections in horses are related to tooth infections. Hopefully Harper's really is just a cold that got worse.I think I've heard of my barn manager (who is an herbalist) using horse radish for a sinus infection in a horse, but I'm not sure...OK...don't know how good a source of info this is but thought it may be a starting point...Equine Sinus infection.Here's the interesting part...The herbs used in this mix are Buchu, Fenugreek, Echinacaea, Horseradish, Garlic, Golden Seal, and Comfrey as well as the Bach Flower Remedy Olive. Chronic sinus infections are not a difficult problem to treat successfully with herbs but you need to follow a program for 6 months or more to heal such a case permanently.
My vet checked her teeth (visually) and she was fine - no problems riding and all that, nothing wrong eating, so I'm not worried about that. I'm keeping an eye on it, yes, but it's not at the forefront of my concerns just yet.I checked out that website, too, he had enough to say that convinced me he knew what he was doing, it's just too bad he's in Oz and it takes so long to get here.
Also, I don't know if you saw the post re: moldy hay I made in equestrian, but the other reason I'm not worrying about teeth yet is because my vet and I aren't ruling out that she caught the little cold Ty brought back from Congress, and then with the mold in the hay getting in her airways, it just compounded into a sinus infection since she was already vulnerable.
Jake can get congested and heavey in the winter when we're riding in the indoor a lot and he's already drippy w/ the cold so I use red clover, fenugreek and ginger and it seems to work really well. i know if i get the ginger dust on me it clears my sinuses VERY fast.
How do you administer that to him? Just mix it in his feed?
yup! he never fusses with it. It has a lot of the same ingredients as cough free which is also all herbal but I buy the herbs individually in bulk and it ends up being cheaper, but if you need it in a hurry Cough Free should help.
how much of each ingredient do you use? My boy suffers with thick nasal discharge every winter. I bed him on eucalyptus which really helps, he has herbal respiratory horslyx to encourage him to keep his head down so his sinus chambers can drain and I have him on secreta but not sure how effective that is. It is only a winter problem and I am still looking for new solutions