Sinus Infections...YUCK!

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  1. MarkHastings

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    I get sinus infections all the time and nothing seems to relieve the pressure. I've been using Claritin D, Tylenol Sinus, Benadryl, etc. even my prescription nose spray isn't doing a damn thing.

    Last night, my nose was running SO badly that I actually shoved a Kleenex up there and left it. (Maybe I should try a Silica Pack [​IMG])

    My sinuses are so swollen it feels like my head wants to explode!!!

    How do you deal with sinus infections?
     
  2. Dave Gorman

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    Ever tried over-the-counter Drixoral? I've used it when my sinuses get desperately bad and it works wonders for me. Of course, I need to plan for at least a 12-hour period where I can do nothing but lie on the sofa and float around the room! (I don't need illegal drugs, I have Drixoral!!)
     
  3. LDfan

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    The key to curing a sinus infection is to promote drainage. Sudafed and about a gallon of water a day. Any kind of anti-histamine such as benadryl, claritin, allegra, etc... will prevent drainage and thus prolong your agony. Anything with caffeine will also cause your body to lose water and thus thicken your mucus making it harder to drain.


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  4. MarkHastings

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    Sinus problems suck. I would only get serious stuffed up noses if I did a lot of cocaine, the next day my nose would run and run and run, I have stuck a kleenex up there before to. The times my nose would be plugged I would just have to ride it out, Benedryl worked great for the runny nose but not for congestion(nothing did actually).
     
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    I use to suffer from Sinus infections all the time. Whenever I got the common cold, which was about every 3 to 4 months, I'd get a sinus infection. I normally went to my doctor who prescribed antibiotics, decongestants (claritin-D or Zrytec D), and a 5 or 6 day supply of prescription steroids (helps inflammation). This cleared me up pretty quickly, but I was concerned about him freely giving me these prescriptions (I have since changed doctors).

    But now, I have not had a cold and sinus infection for about a year now. My cure? I quit smoking last September. [​IMG]

    Mike D.
     
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  9. Elliott Willschick

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    If you're sinus infection drains then you're in luck! I have suffered from recurrent sinus infections since I was 13. Then three years ago I got one that never quite went away. My nose just stopped draining. I was on antibiotics every other month, sometimes for a month at a time. Steroids helped keep it away for two months.

    I had functional endoscopic sinus surgery this past September and have been much better. I still need to drink a lot and get plenty of rest. There is still room for improvement but sinus infections are awful. The worst part is when you tell someone about them they think you're whining because you have a cold.

    My surgeon suggested that when you get a cold you should try something like dristan for a couple of days as well as decongestants. Irrigating with salt water is actually the best thing you can do to promote drainage. I hope some of this helped.
     
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    Be careful with OTC meds, especially nasal spray, they elevate your blood pressure tremendously and can actually irritate the problem.

    Sinus infections are VERY painful, you have my sympathy. Until you experience one in its full glory you have no idea. For those yet to go there; imagine shattering one of your teeth, except it is behind your eyes where it hurts. Nothing makes it stop. You try and try. I would end up on the floor of the shower in fetal position with a hot cloth to my eye/nose. That brought some minor relief...

    The next day I went to the doctor who gave me antibodies. He says that people who've had nose trauma (broke mine at the age of 10 on a bike) are susceptible. If it is recurrent they will try surgery.

    See your doctor. Tell him your history. Good luck.
     
  12. Scott Strang

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    What about your eustashan tubes clogging up. I'd rather have a sore through with drainage than no drainage and not being able to hear.
     
  13. MarkHastings

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    There are a lot of causes of sinus pain. My advice would be to get it checked by a specialist. It could be an allergy (in which case anti-histamine might a wise thing) or an infection (in which case perhaps not), or a host of things.

    I do sympathise. I get frequent sinus problems which are a combination of a congenital problem with my sinuses, eustachian tube et al (which fairly hefty surgery when I was a kid partly but not completely solved), combined with probable congenital Arnold-Chiari syndrome (thanks mom and dad!). The best relief I find is Sudafed, lots to drink, hot showers (the steam helps) and paracetamol (just about the only pain killer that doesn't leave me feeling dumb). Also, avoiding sudden head movements (especially bending down) certainly helps.
     
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    Elliott,

    was the FESS done to remove Nasyl Polyps? Im having this procedure done in two weeks and am interested in your experience. How long did it take for you to recover? I'm currently being treated for a sinus infection with antibiotics and steroids. Slow going and ive been on the meds for about 2 weeks. The Nasal Polyps seem to be the root cause but im hoping this Sinusitus goes away as i have headaches, head stuffiness and a bit of nausea almost everday. ugh!
     
  17. Elliott Willschick

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    My FESS was done because I had very narrow passages. It actually took me much longer than normal to recover. I didn't feel all that great until December, I had the surgery in September. I didn't do that well in the first semester at school either because I couldn't be bothered studying much since I felt badly. The doctor attributed it to the fact that I basically had a sinus infection for 2 years and the inflammation just took longer to come down. He did not give me steroids because he felt it better that it come down naturally.

    I must warn you of something about the surgery. When you wake up you may have a feeling that you cannot breath properly through your chest. The doctor never told me this in advance but when I woke up my muscles in my chest were somewhat paralyzed. The anesthetic they use during the operation can drip down your throat. Just stay calm and it goes away in a couple of hours. It's shocking if you don't expect it but hopefully you won't have it at all. Make sure you have some popsicles at home because you may have a sore throat for a few days.

    Make sure that you use irrigate your nose all of the time. I do not know if you can get it in the U.S. but there is a salt water called Hydrasense. If you can get the weakest spray. It's more expensive than the smaller bottles but it shoots up higher and makes your nose feel a little better.

    Please feel free to ask any additional questions.
     
  18. MarkHastings

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    That sounds about right, Mark. I've had reoccurring sinus problems for about 20 years now. I'm not sure if it's hereditary or not, but both my parents have acute sinus problems as well.

    What brought my attention to it was chronic nosebleeds. I had broken my nose in a fight in junior high the year earlier and come that next winter, my nose would suddenly start bleeding with no provocation. I'd be walking down the hall, at my desk writing or talking to someone and it would just start flowing. I was told that it was the pressure in my sinus cavities exerting pressure on my now-thinner skin next to my capillaries in my nose. After about a year or so, it only happened once in awhile. (Don't get me wrong, it didn't happen every 5 minutes beforehand) However, every once in awhile now, I'll catch my nose starting to bleed due to my consistent sinus problem/pressure. It's just something I've gotten used to. I've also heard that living in this section of the country (southeast US) is terrible for this condition - maybe I'll move out west. [​IMG]

    It is good to get drainage - however you might want to pick up something for a sore throat. The drainage will seep out and reside in the back of your throat when you sleep at night. Disgusting yes...
     
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