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post #31 of 42
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Originally Posted by Renovia View Post
All right - I can breathe about 80% perfectly right now. I finally got to sleep and I slept until 6:30 got up for a couple of hours then went back to bed until 11:00. I needed that - I was so sleep deprived. I took a hot shower and I've been able to blow my nose a lot more today. I think I have a sinus infection - could my allergies have caused that?

Thank you everyone for your advice - I had forgotten about spicy foods!~
if it's an infection, your mucus will usually be this poisonous green color.
with colds, it's usually more yellow, & with allergies, clear or white.
post #32 of 42
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
My husband, of Polish descent claims that horseradish is also known as Polish Dristan. Tabasco, salsa, horseradish, or anything with heat will make your sinuses drain.
So that's why my homemade salsa makes my nose run! The last batch I made was sooooo hot!

But I am glad you are feeling better and got some sleep!
post #33 of 42
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
i was going to the say, try the spray also.
or go stick your head in something with lots of steam. to loosen it up.


My Mum swears by Vicks Vaporub for almost everything. Put a teaspoon in a bowl of steaming water, stick a towel over your head and the bowl and breath it in. Works wonders.

If you don't have Vicks, a couple of drops of Peppermint Oil will do the same trick.

Good luck - it's rotten to have a stuffy nose!
post #34 of 42
Actually, most allergists no longer go by the color of the drainage to identify sinus infections. It used to be green, yellow or grayish drainage was considered to be a sign of infection. And both bacterial and viral drainage can be any of the colors. Clear drainge often occurs with a cold, which is viral. White drainage has a high leukocyte component, which is a sign that your body is fighting off something.

You can have a sinus infection with no visible draignage - IMO, the worst of the sinus infections and the one I have most often. I call it concrete head. It can also cause migraine type pain.

You have four pairs of sinuses - the pair in your forehead, the pair in you cheeks, a pair that is under the center part on the top of your head ( a lttle lower, but hard to describe) and another pair below that. It is possible, and quite common, for you to have infection in one or a pair of sinuses and not in the others.

The doctors are really trying to avoid overusing antibiotics like they used to do. It is possible to get over a mild sinus infection without antibiotics, but when you are resorting to extreme measures, you need to see the doctor.
post #35 of 42
Get a Netti Pot and use it twice a day! Ask your pharmacist about it or google it. Works for me!

Or use a plain saline nasal spray. No Afrin! That will cause a rebound effect.
post #36 of 42
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Originally Posted by Dusty's Mom View Post
Get a Netti Pot and use it twice a day! Ask your pharmacist about it or google it. Works for me!

Or use a plain saline nasal spray. No Afrin! That will cause a rebound effect.
according to the bottle, you can use it [or the generic oxymetazoline HCL spray] for 3 days w/o concerns w/rebound.
post #37 of 42
in our society, people seem to frown upon taking time to get better...and thats what you probaby need. I bet with alot of sleep you'll get better, I used to be on antibiotics all the time for sinus infections but then I got a doc who didn't want to use them and it broke the cycle. I know its hard to get over them, but you wil. This is the first year I got a flu shot, and I swear to you it has made all the diference, so has EmergenC! I take it several times a day every single day, and haven't been sick in almost a whole year...i used to be sick every other week it seems.
post #38 of 42
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Hi every one about my sinuses, when I get a really good blow it 'feels like it comes out of my brain and It's green. Gross I know. A couple of times yesterday I breathe normally
post #39 of 42
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Originally Posted by BuzbyJLC10 View Post
That's the same company that makes the sinus rinse kit I was talking about... the one I have is a clear bottle with a black lid just called "Niel Med Sinus Rinse" it works wonders!
Same!

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Originally Posted by Renovia View Post
I think I have a sinus infection - could my allergies have caused that?

Thank you everyone for your advice - I had forgotten about spicy foods!~
I find that if my allergies are really bad I seem more susceptible to what seems like a sinus infection. And I love a really spicy curry for a sinus infection.

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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva! View Post


My Mum swears by Vicks Vaporub for almost everything. Put a teaspoon in a bowl of steaming water, stick a towel over your head and the bowl and breath it in. Works wonders.
That's what I was going to say!!! Must be an Aussie thing
post #40 of 42
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Originally Posted by Renovia View Post
Hi every one about my sinuses, when I get a really good blow it 'feels like it comes out of my brain and It's green. Gross I know. A couple of times yesterday I breathe normally
sounds like an infection to me... that's what my sinus infections always feel like. i think a doctor visit is in order!
post #41 of 42
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Yup - I have to call them Tuesday anyway for wellbutrin and allergies and blood pressure.
post #42 of 42
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva! View Post


My Mum swears by Vicks Vaporub for almost everything. Put a teaspoon in a bowl of steaming water, stick a towel over your head and the bowl and breath it in. Works wonders.

If you don't have Vicks, a couple of drops of Peppermint Oil will do the same trick.

Good luck - it's rotten to have a stuffy nose!
Yes!!!! I did that once with Vicks and it totally worked. The reason I tried it was because I worked with a lady that was Native American. She said a natural remedy for sinus infection was to boil euclyptus and sage and inhale the steam. Well Vicks has euclyptus oil in it and I threw some sage powder in mine.
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