Soliciting Help

So, if you follow me on twitter, or have had to interact with me at all in the last 24 hours, you’d know that I am having a horrifically rough time with allergies and subsequently, my sinuses.

The big problem is that when my sinuses get congested, the pressure in my head increases, which causes a special kind of double headache, where my face hurts (yes, I know, it’s killing you too) and the back of my head feels like it’s going to explode. Or maybe like if it exploded, it would feel SO much better. Either way, sinus congestion = whole new kinds of pain and unpleasantries.

So I’m soliciting advice right now.

I have taken a 24 hour Claritin D, 2 tylenol and will be doing the shower/steam thing soon and am still in sinus hell. What else do I do for myself besides wallow in self-pity? Not that wallowing in self-pity is something I’m going to stop when I find a better treatment, but more like a supplement to wallowing in self-pity. Yea, what can I do WITH wallowing in self-pity, that will fix this?

Help me, or hear me whine. I promise the former is easier.

20 Responses to “Soliciting Help”

  • Nutmeg:

    I used to get sinus infections all the time. My doctor recommended original Sudafed (the kind you HAVE to get from behind the pharmacy counter because of meth addicts) and 4 advil every 6 hours. She said advil is better than tylenol for this kind of pain.

    I also set a pot on the stove and heat water to create steam. I then throw a towel over my head and stand over the pot. The great thing is that you can do this without bending over! Even thinking about tilting my head down would hurt. I also would add a few drops of vanilla extract to the water to make standing there more pleasant. :)

    Hope you feel better soon!!

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  • Louise:

    Neti pot? My father-in-law swears by his, but I’ve never tried it.

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  • Overflowing Brain:

    Can’t do the neti pot. I have a hole in my septum and the water just rushes into the other side without making it into the sinuses. It’s disturbing to watch, I can assure you.

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  • Tabs:

    I have chronic sinusitis and the only allergy pill that’s EVER worked fpr me is Zyrtec D — and I have to take it everyday, twice a day, forever, for it to work proper. I also have Nasonex that I have to use, but it’d prescription.

    My doctor has also suggested a saline something-or-other called Ayr that you can get over the counter to use to help clear congestion. I haven’t tried it, but my mom said it’s pretty good.

    And I’ve never been above taking migraine medication for this kind of thing, either.

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  • Carleen:

    I’m a fellow Zipperhead and suffer from chronic sinusitis, so I understand your pain. I use Sudafed and prescription strength Ibuprofen as far as meds go, but I get the most relief from inhaling the steam generated from boiling 1/4 cup of vinegar and 5 or 6 chopped cloves of garlic. Wasabe, because of the horseradish (which goes straight to the sinuses), is also helpful.

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  • Carleen:

    Sorry, but I neglected to mention that the vinegar and garlic are boiled in about 3 cups of water.

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  • Anonymous:

    try saline nose drops and/or ask the pharmacist what he/she would recommend.

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  • Erin:

    I also have chronic sinusitis. I have started taking Allegra and that seems to help me a little more than Zyrtec or Claritin, however it is not an OTC med, so you would have to a get a script from your dr. I also use Flonase, a prescription steroid nasal spray. Sudafed and Advil also help me when I get breakthrough headaches. My doctor also recommended Mucinex. It has Guaifenesin in it, which is an expectorant so it helps to thin mucus. I never noticed a huge difference with it, but maybe it will help you. I hope you find some relief soon!!

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  • Patti:

    Afrin nasal spray was a God send when I had a sinus infection last week!! I swear by it.

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  • Sue G:

    Never had sinus infections, so I am about as useless as a nickel bag of pot at a Jehovah’s Witness convention (okay, where the heck did that come from…a throwback to the 60′s????).

    About all I can offer is prayer. It has worked wonders for me, so I will stand on your behalf and claim some relief for you soon.

    So sorry that you are feeling horrendous…and I know that’s loperbole in its truest form (if it had a form and if it were a word that I didn’t make up).

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  • Anonymous:

    Some sort of spicy food might help loosen things up. Asian Zing wings from Buffalo Wild Wings work for me… Or hot salsa… Pretty much anything that makes you cry to eat it.

    Actually, I think I remember that a girl I worked with in Baton Rouge used to sniff crab boil powder to clear her sinuses. But I’ve never been that desperate!

    Anna in IL

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  • melissa:

    I like those personal vaporizers, like Vick’s Vaposteam inhaler or the one by Breathe Right (can’t remember the name). I like Afrin, too, but you can only use that so much.

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  • CatMominPhilly:

    I take zyrtec and singulair both EVERY SINGLE DAY. If I start to get the tiniest bit congested (i.e. i feel like things will start to “stop up”) I start MUCINEX. (the regular kind).

    Even with this I had 1-2 sinus infections last year, but I swear I would have had 4 if not for the above protocol.

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  • carolyn:

    How about an OTC anti-inflammatory like Advil, or my personal favorite naproxen sodium (aleve)?

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  • Anonymous:

    Claritin does not work for my allergies. I am on prescription Allegra. Your DR should be willing to write an allergy script for you. But anyway, I was out of Allegra the other night and took a Claritin and it actually made my symptoms worse! Alos I can’t’ take Claritin=D, it will keep me up all night. But I can take Sudafed separately. Weird I know!

    Good luck!
    Claire in TX (HORRIBLE ALLERGIES HERE!)

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  • justlori2day:

    I have no advice. I will soon be suffering the same fate – our trees are JUST starting to bud.

    Hang tight lady! Hoping for relief!

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  • Lynn:

    Sorry…don’t have any advice, but hope everyone else did!
    Know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers!
    2 Samuel 22:2-3 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour…
    Prayer BearsMy email address

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  • Marin:

    Go to the doctor and get some serious allergy medicine. There was one time freshman year when I was in tears from the pressure; my roommate gave me her prescription and lo, the heavens opened up and I could breathe. It was like crack you could spray up your nose.

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  • Anne T.:

    My husband swears by Mucinex. Personally I find the best relief from a hot washcloth over my face.

    HOpe you are feeling better today.

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  • Anonymous:

    Try zicam allergy or zicam sinus available at your local drug store. It’s homeopathic, all natural. Works for my husband. No side effects.
    Liz

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