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Sinus problems and Tickle in throat

itself2012-05-22 13:32:45 +0000 #1
I need help! At least I am not getting pneumonia this time. Horrible post nasal drip keeping me up all night. The nettie pot is helping. I am taking NyQuil just to knock myself out for a couple of hours.

Thanks for your help. I want to ride again, I have been off the bike a month!!
westtexas2012-05-22 13:44:51 +0000 #2
Have you tried Afrin? You have to be careful with that stuff, and although it says you can use it twice a day, I save it for nighttime use only. Works wonders. You are instantly decongested and can breath again.

Also, if you're really congested have you tried going for an easy ride? I was really sick last week and this week I'm not too bad but coughing every now and then and some dripping through the day and night from the sinuses. I went on my first ride in a week - an easy 16 miles to downtown and back - and wow my sinuses drained like crazy. Snot rockets everywhere. But now I feel great and can breathe again. Might be worth a try...

HTH
indysteel2012-05-22 14:15:36 +0000 #3
Are you taking anything for seasonal allergies?
itself2012-05-22 14:50:50 +0000 #4
No not taking anything for allergies, just my sinus tea. The Nettie pot is working really well, better than I thought. I finally slept last night.
malkin2012-05-22 14:49:59 +0000 #5
Saline nasal spray might help. You can use it as often as you like because it is just a little bit of what we are made of. It will help keep things moist and help move the gunk too.

Think about Claritin or one of its class too.
indysteel2012-05-22 14:02:45 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by itself

No not taking anything for allergies, just my sinus tea. The Nettie pot is working really well, better than I thought. I finally slept last night.

I have to wonder whether you are suffering from allergies, seasonal or otherwise. I would talk to your doctor about it or simply try an OTC allergy med. I take Allegra myself. I can tolerate Claritin, but Zyrtec puts me sleep. I think each person reacts differently to each med though, so you generally have to experiment. I take Allegra each day whether I'm symptomatic or not. IME, if you wait until you're symptomatic, you've made it that much harder for the drug to work effectively. My chronic sinus issues did not go away unti I took this approach, but I haven't had a sinus infection since I did (knock on wood). A Neti pots helps but for me, it's no substitute for the meds.
zoom-zoom2012-05-22 15:34:07 +0000 #7
I second the recommendation for an antihistamine. Zyrtec is the one I've had the best luck with (I take it 365 days/year...I suspect I'm allergic to the same things that my mom has tested for--cats, dust mites, and mold...and we both live in old homes with cats). For the drainage stuff I find that Mucinex works well--not the cough suppressant, but the expectorant (guaifenesin, or something like that). It keeps stuff extra runny, instead of sticky and tickley.
indysteel2012-05-22 16:46:01 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by zoom-zoom

I second the recommendation for an antihistamine. Zyrtec is the one I've had the best luck with (I take it 365 days/year...I suspect I'm allergic to the same things that my mom has tested for--cats, dust mites, and mold...and we both live in old homes with cats). For the drainage stuff I find that Mucinex works well--not the cough suppressant, but the expectorant (guaifenesin, or something like that). It keeps stuff extra runny, instead of sticky and tickley.

+1 on the Mucinex.

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