... going on 3 weeks now. I've tried rinsing the sinuses with the teapot thingy, used nasal spray, used zyrtec, Loratadine (it's crap!), humidifier, but nothing is giving me relief, well... I will get small waves of relief but nothing is kicking this sinus infection. The doc will not give me antibotics cause she said this will pass on it's own. Does anyone have any tired and true methods that work for them?
Steam works well to clear the sinuses. Boil a pot of water on the stove, take it off the stove and place it on a heat proof pad on a table surface, cover your head with a large bath towel and lean over the steaming pot of water using the towel to help hold in the steam. Breathe deeply until the water cools. (This helps your skin too.) I find it works best to clear out sinuses. You can do this several times a day as needed. Keep using the Neti pot, but dont use nasal decongestant spray for more than 1-2 days because you will get a rebound effect worse than the original infection! You can try using some Sudafed (or pseudoephedrine), it is a decongestant. The Zyrtec and loratadine are antihistamines which will help a runny nose due to allergies but it is not as effective against congestion. That is assuming you have no underlying heart problems which wounld contraindicate the decongestant.
You can use a decongestant along with the antihistamines as long as they are plain antihistamines and not a combo product, with a decongestant combined with an antihistamine, like Claritin-D. Keep after your doctor. Once it is gone on this long, it may have developed into a secondary bacterial infection, in which you would need an antibiotic for.
Your probably going to think this is crazy but here goes: pour some salt in a bowl with some warm water and snort it up each side of your nose. Too much salt and it will burn, too little salt and it will hurt. it has to be just right mixture, it will go up your sinus cavity and back down your throat. Repeat this 2-3times a day and it will open up your sinuses better than Afrin nasal spray, which has rebound if used too much. Also, go to a different doctor, because if you are having green mucus, you need an antibiotic to get rid of the infection. NIK
You can buy the salt water product called "Ocean Spray". (and there are generics)That way you will get the correct amounts of salt to water mixture. I tried doing it myself & it burned really bad. I have allergies that cause me to have sinus infections all the times & either a running nose or stuffed up. A now retired allergy doc told me years ago about a little trick for the sinuses. Said to use a small amount of vasoline on a Q-tip in each nostril before bedtime. Use a different one for each nostril as you can have infection on one side & spread it to the other side. Put it as high as comfortable, & rub it in. Takes a coule of nights, but really helps. I have suggested this to several others & it has helped them too. Good luck with all of this. Sinus infections are very hard & stubborn to get rid of. Best not to keep using so many antibiotics if at all possible. Good luck & hope this helps...
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