Sinus Infection

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  1. sue35

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    I have a horrible sinus infection and the left side of my nose is totally blocked. I am on antibiotics but what else can I do, as those don't see to be doing anything? I am miserable:(

    I have a netti pot (?) but I am scared to use it. The last time I used something similar all the salt water got into my throat and I coughed for a half an hour. Has anyone else used it? Help!
     
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    I use a netti pot all the time. It works great. It does take some getting used to using.
     
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    Before I had my deviated septum surgery (that's the part that divides our nose-- it's supposed to be straight but if it's not, like mine was, can make it hard to breathe especially when plugged) I used something similar but it wasn't nettipot, it was a little plastic bottle to help clear my blockages that I was feeling. It temporarily helped but the surgery helped the most. They can do sinus surgery these days (it's not what I did though). See an Ear, Nose, Throat specialist if you're interested.
     
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    I like the Nielmed sinus rinse kit. You blast this saline solution up your nose and you'll be utterly amazed at what comes out. It's great for when your sinuses are so blocked that you can't blow your nose.

    I had a sinus infection so bad once it was like Satan himself was trying to birth his way through my nostrils. I was able to beat it without taking antibiotics by using the rinse kit and decongestants (my doctors idea, not mine).
     
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    I agree with the NielMed Sinus Rinse- I had a horrible sinus infection last year and my ENT recommended this. Yea, the sensation of shooting water up your nose isn't the best feeling, but the relief you feel after is worth it. Feel better!
     
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    Since I swim, water up my nose is something I'm used to.
     
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    When I get sinus infections (it happens A LOT) the only symptoms I have is that my teeth hurt really bad. The first time it happened, I went to the dentist because I thought my teeth were going to fall out of my head it hurt so bad. He figured out that my infection was so bad it was literally pushing my teeth down and that's why they hurt. Why I had no other symptoms, I have no idea!
     
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    Turns out I have the sinus rinse with the spray bottle, not the pot. I am going to try it. I feel like a baby to be scared by a little bottle full of water, but I am getting desperate. I feel like I want to cut my head off.

    That is so odd about the teeth. I have had mine hurt before because of my sinuses but not that bad!
     
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    I used the NeilMed too but make sure you're over a sink and have a towel handy...read the directions carefully and relax if you use it.
     
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    Make you warm the bottle up *a little*, again read the directions and use the TYPE of water it says ---NOt TAP or else that'll burn.
     
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    Four doctors reccommended the Neilmed bottle before I would use it. It is a heaven sent relief. I also had a bad sinus infection once that sent me to the dentist, who thought I was crazy.
     
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    OMG! I can't believe this thread is happening now...I could have been the author of every response. I have had a sinus infection for a couple of weeks now (along with the whooping cough, if you've read about my medical issues for the past several weeks). My doc recommended this sinus rinse thing, and I was so chicken. I made my dh do it first. He didn't think it was too bad, so I tried it. Not terrible, but not something I want to do for a long time. I s'pose I'd get used to it, but it was just kind of weird.

    My worst symptom was my teeth also. They hurt like crazy!
     
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    Oh, and if you're looking for an OTC med that helps clear your nose, I've had very good luck with Mucinex nasal spray. It clears me out VERY quickly and lasts quite a long time. You aren't supposed to use it for an extended period of time, but now and then, it's great. I use it at night, and I am still clear by morning and usually til lunch the next day.
     
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    I went to the dentist for a cleaning and told them that a few weeks prior my teeth were killing me. They mentioned the sinus infection and low and behold the week prior I had been diagnosed with one. I have another one now. I don't know why I am getting them now, I have never ever had one before.
     
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    Well I tried the rinse and it did nothing. I did the whole bottle and nothing came out. And I know I did it right because water came out the other nose. I have a feeling the mucus is too thick.

    I am going on two days with no sleep because of this. It is traveling to my lungs, which is bad.

    Maybe I will try the musinex stuff. I am even on Cipro three times a day.

    At least I made it through the rinse. It wasn't that bad at all:)
     
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    Have you gone to the doctor? I'm just getting over an upper respiratory infection - this is my last day of antibiotics. I've had it for 10 days. I'm exhausted.

    When I can't breathe, I use a nasal spray (medicated one). I know you aren't supposed to use them often, so I save it for the really bad stuffy nose. I take ZyrTek every day for allergies.
     
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    I use Vick's nasal spray. It burns like you wouldn't believe when you have an infection, but it really reduces the swelling. My left side is always my worst. When just one side is blocked up I hurt and get nauseous for some reason. (Of course everything makes me nauseous so . . . lol) Steam can help, too. My doctor keeps telling me I need to have the sinus surgery (deviated septum repaired and sinuses scraped. Hello, nothing up there needs to be scraped, thankyouverymuch!) I have had my chiropractor do massage on my face during an infection, and that helps. He would rub on either side of my nose, uner my eyes, and above my eyebrows. Sometimes it just helps with the pain, sometimes it opens a flood gate.
    For me, the best thing that ever happened was when I was swimming in the gulf. The wave knocked my feet out from under me and gallons (I'd say a few hundred, but maybe not that many!) of saltwater went up my nose. I swear my nose wasn't stopped up for months after that!
     
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    I'm using the squeeze bottle. I used the netti pot (it was very gentle) but me being impatient felt I need to blast that stuff out of me so I got the squeeze bottle. I've heard only good things about these rinses and I've also heard it will take a while to get used to and see results. I just started to use this again because I have a sinus infection that won't go away. It's discomforting and not cool when I get it down my throat. But I feel better afterwards (not so stuffy)
     
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    I use the sinus rinse that many others have mentioned. I saw an allergist b/c I was having recurring sinus infections - he put me on allergy meds and told me to do the sinus rinse twice a day until I was better - then keep doing it once a day as prevention. It does seem to help.
     
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    I had a sinus infection last fall. One thing I did was swim 1.2 miles in the San Francisco Bay.

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    It seemed to help.
     
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    Too bad I can't swim:)
     
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    I have had bronchitis for almost a month now, they put me on antibiotics last weekend. I woke up this morning with a horrible toothache and an incredibly stuffy nose. They have been telling me to use the nasal spray but I have procrastinated. You have got me convinced to try it.
     

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