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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-28-2009, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Best thing for sinus problems?

Ugh! Woke up this morning, and my head and sinuses are so plugged that I'm actually dizzy. I took a nice warm shower, thinking that would help, but it didn't. I know it's just the time of year, we've gone from weather in the 60's, to now down to freezing at night again.

What's the best thing to take for sinus problems? Any suggestions of something I can just pick up at the store?
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Re: Best thing for sinus problems?

This past winter I found that Aleve cold and sinus (24 hour) worked wonders for me. In the past I have also used Advil cold and sinus with great results. Make sure you get the good strong formula with pseudophedrine, since that's the stuff that actually makes you feel better. A lot of drug companies are making versions of their cold medicine without the pseudophedrine, since a number of states have passed laws requiring you to get these products at the pharmacy counter since they can be used to make meth. It's still an over-the-counter product, technically, but it's more of a hassle to get it. It's totally worth it though!

Hope you feel better soon! I know how awful those sinus infections are!

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Geri, another useful thing (for me at least) is anything containing diphenhydramine. That also is an antihistamine but it is what makes you sleepy. It is the main ingredient in Benadryl as well as PM type pain relievers such as Excedrin PM, Tylenol PM, and Advil PM. If you DO NOT need to be operating a car, riding, etc (in other words, you can stay at home and sleep if need be) then those types of pain relievers will work wonders for sinus headaches and the like. At least they did for me. Also, if memory serves me right, diphenhydramine was an ingredient in the older "drowsy style" sinus medicines from years past. Some sleep aids also use diphenhydramine as its sedative agent.
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Re: Best thing for sinus problems?

Oddly enough, those sleepy nighttime medicines have been known to backfire in some people, myself included. If I take any of those at night in the hopes of sleeping soundly, I find myself awake with a pounding heart until about four in the morning. Unfortunately there's really no way to know if you'll be affected this way until you try it..... I think it's a small portion of people who have this unfortunate side effect, so if you don't have to be up early on Sunday morning maybe tonight would be a good time to try it.

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Re: Best thing for sinus problems?

Mucinex (humibid) is now available over the counter. It is the medication the doctors always prescribed for me, and now that you can buy it without a prescription, they suggest that I buy it. It loosens your clogged sinuses (or throat--for bronchitis, pneumonia.)

For my everday sinus headache I use Alka Seltzer Plus, original flavor. It's less expensive.




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I've had allergies for my entire life - trees, grasses, weeds, pollen, mold and fungi. No pet allergies, thank heavens. Some foods share the same base as pollens, so I even have to be careful what I eat (too often or too much can cause an allergic reaction for me).

I use:
Sudafed (not the PE stuff)
Mucinex (I preferred the prescription that was a 12 hr pill)
Afrin nasal spray - Original, use for 72 hours max, then stop for 5 days or you can get a rebound headache
Saline nasal spray, as often as you want
Ibuprofen or Naprosin, which ever works best for you
I have a prescription nasal spray, but it isn't working well for me right now - and I've tried them all
Netti pot - like a shower for your nose
Steroids prescribed by the doctor - prednisone works for me, not medrol
I also like to lay face down on a heating pad as the heat feels great.

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) drys you up. The issue with this is that is increases the odds that you will get a sinus infection. You really want everything to drain out. I grew up taking this for my asthma, which is now known to be the worst thing you can do for an asthmatic.

If your face hurts when you bend over at the waist (so your face is parallel to the ground), you probably have a sinus infection and need to see a doctor.

Fun fact of the day: did you know the opening from your sinuses to your nose is smaller than the diameter of a strand of hair?

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Don't forget the Vick's Vapor Rub. I love that stuff.


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Alka-Seltzer cold medicine does the trick for me every time. Clears me right up. And it comes in Orange flavor.

I hope you feel better soon.

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Take a tube of pure ammonia, and take a big sniff.


*this is not a serious suggestion. A friend of mine did this in a Chemistry practical when I was at college, and he passed out.
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Fro itchy eyes, try Pataday. It is the over-the-counter version of Patonal. Works well.

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