SEEKING MD Infectious disease/SINUS EXPERT, ASAP
I am a 66yo with several .potentially serious chronic medical conditions including chronic ethmoid sinusitis which, fortunately, has been stable for several years. A few minutes ago, I was cleaning up my kitchen sink area, and, although I have never used it since having it installed 4+ years ago, I decided to clean out my garbage disposal with some baking soda and vinegar (which combines to form a mild "explosion.")
Anyway, after doing that three times without covering the disposal opening or wearing any mask and watching from above, I then realized that the "chemical explosion" was apparently "aerosolizing" and possibly going up my nose and into my sinuses. And, since the disposal hadn't been cleaned out in a long time (since I have never used it), I'm now concerned that a bunch of bad bacteria went up into my nasal pasage and into my sinuses and will potentially cause my ethmoid sinusitis to become worse.
Or, hopefully, would that aerosol just be composed of the harmless baking soda/vinegar mix? Again, although I had not cleaned the disposal out in a long time, I have never put any food, etc in it.
Can you please let me know, ASAP what you think-- and, if there's anything that I should/could do-- such as a NeilMed sinus rinse. Or if nothing is necessary. Thank you for a very prompt expert response. Jon