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Any sinus pain relief remedies??

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
My sinuses are blocked and killing me. I took some Sudafed a while but they didn't do a lot, and being pregnant, I'm only going to take that sort of thing if they REALLY help, which they didn't.

I've done a sinus rinse, and put Vicks on my chest, and the sinus pain is still horrendous. I need sleep and can't sleep with this pain.

Anyone got any tips of what else could help?
post #2 of 21
http://www.sinuswars.com/newsletters...tNasalDrip.htm

Try sinus massage. I do it and it works. I also use massage and pressure points to get rid of my headaches.

You can also treat sinuses with reflexology. The pads of the fingers (not the thumbs), are the pressure areas for your sinuses. Here is a link:

http://www.healingway.org.uk/reflexology-hands.html
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post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
I'll give it a go, I'll try anything at this stage!!!!
post #4 of 21
The only thing that I was told I could use was Sudafed too.I know it doesn't work very well.
If it gets to bad, you may need to be checked for a sinus infection.Good luck and I hope you get some relief soon.
post #5 of 21
Cold compress, it will help relieve some of the pressure. Just make up a bag with some ice or use an one of those premade ice packs and wrap in it a wash cloth.
post #6 of 21
There was something on Oprah the other day for Sinus pain...That Dr. Oz was on and there is this little hing that almost looked like a Genie's lamp but anyway a woman came up on stage and demonstrated it and I think it was a warm salt water solution and anyway, she tilted her head and poured some water in one nostril and it came out the other...they said this thing is available at drug stores...that's really all I know but the Dr swore by it for Sinus troubles.

Here it is:This was from Oprah's website:
What is a neti pot? Can it help with allergies and sinus problems?

It may look like a watering can or a genie bottle, but a neti pot—or "nose bidet"—may actually be the answer to your sinus woes. For thousands of years, Dr. Oz says people have been using similar devices to wash out their noses.

By pouring warm water from the neti pot into your nose, you can stimulate your sinuses and help clear out mucus. If the fluid builds up in your sinuses and causes pressure, you will experience pain, Dr. Oz says. This condition is known as sinusitis—inflammation of the sinuses.

Watch Dr. Oz explain how the sinuses work.

"A lot of folks that have allergies, who have sinusitis, that have conditions that we treat with medications are equally well treated by actually washing the areas of your body," he says. "When you think about it … you wash your underarms. You have bidets. Why wouldn't you wash a pretty important part of your body, your sinuses, in the same fashion?"

If your sinuses are working normally, they will clean themselves. "That's why you blow your nose," he says.
post #7 of 21
Benedryl - it is the only safe sinus medication for pregnancy and breastfeeding according to Motherrisk. I use it and it works well.
post #8 of 21
Snort some cold water up your nose. Yes I know it sounds dingy, but I swear it works...especially if you're getting headaches from your sinuses.

Basically it causes you to do a hearty sneeze that really helps.
post #9 of 21
Try some Bio-Freeze. It is actually pain rub, but it has a nice scent that will go through anything in your sinuses like a drill. I have found it works much better that Vick's Vap-o-Rub. It is also really good and safe for all those pregnancy related aches and pains. It has no petroleum based products and is all natural. You can get it at some pharmacies and many salons and day spas tht offer massage.
Some kitties just love the scent!
post #10 of 21
I have always found that Dristan works the best for me. Something you might want to try that is not a medication approach is Apple Spice Herb Tea. As strange as it sounds, if I am stuffed up and have a cup of Hot Apple Spice Tea it helps to loosen up my plugged sinuses and provides some temporary relief.
Give it a try .
post #11 of 21
Advil cold & sinus is the only thing that works for me. I don't think you can take it though. Let me know if you can.
post #12 of 21
i have a neti pot. they do help. i also take claritin everyday. and if i have a headache i use ibuprofen. i tried a couple prescription nasal sprays but they caused nosebleeds & one of them actually burned. ouch!
post #13 of 21
Have you tried the saline nasal spray. It actually works really well. You can get it at your local pharmacy.
post #14 of 21
Eucalyptus - in a diffuser. I love it and it makes the room smell great too!!!
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
I've been doing saline nasal rinses - the commercial version of a neti pot In the clear sinus, it's fine, but in the blocked sinus, it keeps going in one nostril, and out into my mouth! So gross...

Thanks for the suggestions, I think I'll go to the doctor today since I think I now have a sinus infection.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Bella713 View Post
There was something on Oprah the other day for Sinus pain...That Dr. Oz was on and there is this little hing that almost looked like a Genie's lamp but anyway a woman came up on stage and demonstrated it and I think it was a warm salt water solution and anyway, she tilted her head and poured some water in one nostril and it came out the other...they said this thing is available at drug stores...that's really all I know but the Dr swore by it for Sinus troubles.

Here it is:This was from Oprah's website:
What is a neti pot? Can it help with allergies and sinus problems?

It may look like a watering can or a genie bottle, but a neti pot—or "nose bidet"—may actually be the answer to your sinus woes. For thousands of years, Dr. Oz says people have been using similar devices to wash out their noses.

By pouring warm water from the neti pot into your nose, you can stimulate your sinuses and help clear out mucus. If the fluid builds up in your sinuses and causes pressure, you will experience pain, Dr. Oz says. This condition is known as sinusitis—inflammation of the sinuses.

Watch Dr. Oz explain how the sinuses work.

"A lot of folks that have allergies, who have sinusitis, that have conditions that we treat with medications are equally well treated by actually washing the areas of your body," he says. "When you think about it … you wash your underarms. You have bidets. Why wouldn't you wash a pretty important part of your body, your sinuses, in the same fashion?"

If your sinuses are working normally, they will clean themselves. "That's why you blow your nose," he says.

I was going to say that. It is called a Neti
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
I've been doing saline nasal rinses - the commercial version of a neti pot In the clear sinus, it's fine, but in the blocked sinus, it keeps going in one nostril, and out into my mouth! So gross...

Thanks for the suggestions, I think I'll go to the doctor today since I think I now have a sinus infection.
in my experience, the sprays are worthless. the neti pot really cleaned out my sinuses though.

i hope you don't have an infection. they hurt so much.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by littleraven7726 View Post
in my experience, the sprays are worthless. the neti pot really cleaned out my sinuses though.

i hope you don't have an infection. they hurt so much.
Given I've been in agony since yesterday, and haven't slept more than a few hours the last 2 nights because of the pain, I'm pretty sure I do.

And now not only is my throat still really sore but I've started coughing as well
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
Given I've been in agony since yesterday, and haven't slept more than a few hours the last 2 nights because of the pain, I'm pretty sure I do.

And now not only is my throat still really sore but I've started coughing as well
How you feeling today Sarah? Did you get more sleep?
post #20 of 21
For sinus blockage, we use Afrin nasal spray, with the moisterizer stuff in it.

Using it too much will cause problems but once a day to clean up the marshmallow-head feeling works wonders.

Also another way to deal with sinus pressure is to have some VERY hot tea, with lots of honey & lemon, and about 3 shots of whiskey or rum in it. Called a "Hot Toddy". The honey is moisterizing, the lemon is full of vitamin C, the tea is ... well it's tea so it's healthy. And the liquor will help to make you forget about having that marshmallow-head feeling.

Zyrtek, a prescript med, also works miracles. Clears everything up. Dries you out though, makes yer tongue feel like a big piece of styrofoam. But it is THE best prescript stuff we've found!
post #21 of 21
The saline sprays are great if they can get through, but yes, it takes some clearing out first... and what works best for me is:

Fold a towel lengthwise and lay it along the front edge of your sink to serve as a pad for your elbows. Then drape a big bathtowel over your head and lean over the sink with your elbows on the other towel. Let the bathtowel hang down on the countertop all around to make a closed tent... and turn on the hot water!

The steam will rise into your face and build up a nice warm cloud of moisture inside the "tent." Breathe deeply and draw it all in for as long as you can without hurting your back. Then try the noseblowing and the saline spray again.

This is great for your skin, too!
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