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Bug Tussell
February 21, 2012, 15:50
I've got severe sinus blockage. I can sleep at night if I shoot Anefrin nasal spray up my nostrils which amazingly clears up the congestion so I can sleep. However, apparently, this is extremely addictive - the body becomes dependent upon the spray so the dosage time is three days max.

So, my question to the great collective is - what do you use for severe sinus congestion?

Thanks in advance.

Tuscan Raider
February 21, 2012, 16:01
You can do a saline flush, or try hydrogen peroxide. Put some on a q-tip
and swirl around inside your nose. Try this in your ears too. Works wonders.

dwarmbrodt
February 21, 2012, 16:02
I have been known to take a teaspoon of good horseradish to help get things draining...

W.E.G.
February 21, 2012, 16:15
See an allergy specialist.

The fast-acting nasal sprays should never be used except in the worst emergencies.

flopshot
February 21, 2012, 16:30
nasal irrigation attachment for the Water Pik machine. It takes some practice.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/339700-how-to-use-a-water-pik-to-irrigate-your-sinuses/

http://www.amazon.com/WaterPik-NA-2-Gentle-Sinus-Attachment/sim/B000077VXR/2

http://www.waterpik.com/sinus-health/sinus-wash-faq.html

kfranz
February 21, 2012, 16:48
Adreniline cleans the sinuses right out. Not very conducive to sleep though. I'm with WEG, find out why it's happening and fix it.

L Haney
February 21, 2012, 17:15
Get a 'Grossan' sinus irrigation machine. It will fix this. It will also lessen instances of colds and other URI's. I was a skeptic until I had one on the advise of a member here. I've had sinus issues since I was 13. They are hugely lessened today. I can sleep and breath through my nose.

hkshooter
February 21, 2012, 18:14
Horseradish.

abbynormal
February 21, 2012, 18:53
Sounds like you might have mold hidden in the walls of your house.

I have severe allergy reactions to mold. An apartment I used to live at had it (unknown to me) and I was taking Walgreens Walact decongestant daily.

garyd1961
February 21, 2012, 19:12
Go to the doctor! My brother nearly died from a sinus infection. They cut a hole in his skull and he was in a coma for two weeks. It took over a year for him to recover but he never has gotten back to where he was before. He has had several operations and is unable to work.

Mebsuta
February 21, 2012, 19:14
Mix up some warm water and table salt in a paper cup, then pour some into your palm and snort it up. Hold your nose, tip your head back, let it get everywhere. I was shocked by the stuff that loosened up and came out.

I killed off what I think was a nagging sinus infection this way. It was making me tired and giving me a snotty nose and I couldn't get rid of it.

longhair51
February 21, 2012, 19:54
Try a Netti pot or squeeze bottle. I use one and it helps. Make sure that you use distilled or boiled water. Using water straight from the tap can make you sick, and some have died from this use.

prosecond
February 21, 2012, 20:16
Try a Netti pot or squeeze bottle. I use one and it helps. Make sure that you use distilled or boiled water. Using water straight from the tap can make you sick, and some have died from this use.

This works for me.

randy762ak
February 21, 2012, 20:25
Louisiana's state health department has issued a warning about the dangers of improperly using nasal-irrigation devices called neti pots, responding to two recent deaths in the state that are thought to have resulted from "brain-eating amoebas" entering people's brains through their sinuses while they were using the devices.

Both victims are believed to have filled their neti pots with tap water instead of manufacturer-recommended distilled or sterilized water. When they used these pots to force the water up their noses and flush out their sinus cavities a treatment for colds and hay fever a deadly amoeba living in the tap water, called Naegleria fowleri, worked its way from their sinuses into their brains. The parasitic organism infected the victims' brains with a neurological disease called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAME), which rapidly destroys neural tissue and typically kills sufferers in a matter of days.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/12/19/brain-eating-amoeba-fatalities-linked-to-common-cold-remedy/#ixzz1n4NgSOoO

tdb59
February 21, 2012, 20:40
Having lived with chronic sinusitus when I was younger, the best remedy I found was to eat spicy foods, which tends to stimulate capillary blood flow, and to finally get some sleep, 1 alka seltzer Plus [ for a 160 # guy] would relieve the sinuses in about 15 minutes, and last a few hours.

LAFAL
February 21, 2012, 22:53
Sinuses have swollen tissue up there. So I looked through the medicine cabinet to see if I could find something that would help. Hey, this tube of stuff says relief from swollen tissue. Tube says preparations H. So I squeezed out some into each nostril and guess what. It helps with the swollen tissue but now when I blow my nose I leave scut marks in my Kleenex.:eek:

W.E.G.
February 21, 2012, 23:00
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gobbler
February 21, 2012, 23:23
cortisone shot in the butt or a dose pac.....knock it out in a few days. Odds are it won't clear up on it's own if you have had it for a week or so.

gobbler

ALBPM
February 21, 2012, 23:24
Get a 'Grossan' sinus irrigation machine. It will fix this. It will also lessen instances of colds and other URI's. I was a skeptic until I had one on the advise of a member here. I've had sinus issues since I was 13. They are hugely lessened today. I can sleep and breath through my nose.

I've been using this for years and it has cut down on the trips to the Doctor and being on antibiotics 6-8 times a year.

http://www.amazon.com/Hydro-Pulse-Super-Saver-Package/dp/B004CQJRE8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1329884479&sr=8-6

You will be amazed at all the green shit it blows out of your nose. Just bend over the sink so it doesn't run down your throat.

brunop
February 21, 2012, 23:29
I'm with Mebs - do the clean (distilled) water + salt thing, and snort it up your nose. Keep it up there as long as you can. You're gonna get a buncha stuff out, and you're going to kill the stuff that's living up there.

Win-win.

Andy the Aussie
February 22, 2012, 01:14
CS Gas.....:eek::eek::devil::devil:

raexcct2
February 22, 2012, 02:32
I'm with Mebs - do the clean (distilled) water + salt thing, and snort it up your nose. Keep it up there as long as you can. You're gonna get a buncha stuff out, and you're going to kill the stuff that's living up there.

Win-win.

Been there, done that but it's not going to clear your problem if you have a cyst in your sinus cavity that is preventing proper drainage.

I've had two sinus surgeries to correct the cysts that were preventing proper drainage. I also have to take Zyrtec and Singulair daily for my allergies. No more sinus infections or surgeries since 1998.

evan price
February 22, 2012, 04:34
Since I went on CPAP with a humidifier my sinus problems have gotten tremendously better.

yovinny
February 22, 2012, 08:24
FWIW;
Old Indian remedy is to use a strip of cedar wood, get it burning good, blow it out and inhale the smoke through your nose.
I've heard more than one person say they swear by it, supost to fix you up for a whole season.
Personally, I've never had sinus trouble that bad that I tried it myself.

Jaxxas
February 22, 2012, 08:36
I've got severe sinus blockage. I can sleep at night if I shoot Anefrin nasal spray up my nostrils which amazingly clears up the congestion so I can sleep. However, apparently, this is extremely addictive - the body becomes dependent upon the spray so the dosage time is three days max.

So, my question to the great collective is - what do you use for severe sinus congestion?

Thanks in advance.


I've had this problem repeatedly in the past, and tried almost all the remedies listed. Not burning wood though! Afrin is great but as you noted only works for a limited time. Strangely enough a couple years back I tried a foam wedge to elevate my head at night and I haven't had the problem since. YMMV


http://www.amazon.com/Mabis-Healthcare-Foam-Wedge-Blue/dp/B0015KICLI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1329917250&sr=8-2

Randall
February 22, 2012, 13:57
I don't have congestion, but I do have hayfever and a small nasal cavity which makes it difficult to breath through my nose most of the time. I use Flonase (prescribed) once a day combined with a daily over-the-counter Claritan (not Claritan-D). Claritan-D has something in it that raises your blood pressure (just in case that is an issue for you). For bedtime, I clean out my nose real well with a tissue, and put on a large Breath-Right Strip (wash your face real well prior to applying strip to help it stay on all night). My wife says it has really cut down on the snoring. She's right too...I haven't heard her snore once since I started using them things.

JohnnyMac
February 22, 2012, 14:26
Saline sinus lavage using a "netti-pot", small squeeze bottle, or 10-20 cc irrigation syringe. I use an oral syringe designed for giving liquid meds to infants/toddlers. My method is:

Put 1 cup (8 fl oz.) of distilled water into a clean microwavable mug.
Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds (experiment with time so that the water is about as warm as bath-water).
Mix-in 1/4 Teaspoon of non-iodized salt (I use coarse Kosher salt, which dissolves easily.)
Fill the clean syringe with the solution
Lean your head over the sink or tub, tilting your head down, and to one side
Gently pour all the solution in the syringe through the "uphill" nostril. (Don't try to BLAST it up your sinuses, as it'll do more harm than good.
Let the solution run out the "downhill" nostril.
Repeat the procedure, alternating sides, until all the solution has been run through.
Try not to be completely grossed-out by the bio-sludge that drips out of your head. :p


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The Remedy (aka Dirty Sock Water)

My family uses the following recipe for a hot drink to help ease cold/flu symptoms, and open sinuses:

1. Combine the following in a large coffee mug:
-One Tablespoon Honey
-One Tablespoon Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed)
-One Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (the reason it smells like a dirty sock)
2. Add boiling water to fill the mug.
3. Drink it as hot as you can stand it.

Bug Tussell
February 22, 2012, 14:58
I've been snorting saline solution, pounding down whatever the wive gives me including bee pollen caps, vitamin C, D, E, and so forth. I tried tomato tea yesterday and am right now sipping mormon tea with honey (from my hive) ...
My sinuses are opening up.
Now, if they will just stay open.....

Powderfinger
February 22, 2012, 15:25
In addition to the 1/4 teas. non-iodized salt to 1 cup distilled water for use in a neti-pot, I also add 1/8 teas. baking soda.

19&41
February 22, 2012, 20:43
When you first experience congestion, use heat to relieve it. I keep one of these in my house and it is like sitting by a window with the sun shining in. I used to take decongestants that would stop the sinus drainage. You want the sinuses to drain and heat will do it. This heater is low wattage and you can work with it directed toward you.

http://www.bing.com/shopping/soleus-air-halogen-heater-with-flat-design-and-2-heat-settings/p/EDC37CCC30DDC5575006?q=halogen+heaters&lpq=halogen%20heaters&FORM=HURE

Outlaw Patriot
February 22, 2012, 23:50
Skiing in a snowstorm if it isnt super cold.

Sauna.

Saline flush in a hot shower.

Over hydrate, but not to a ridiculous level, thats unsafe.

And to quote ol' dirty bastard, "I like da cocaine, it cleans out my sinuses" although I have no first hand information on that.