Today is all about What To Do For Sinus Problems. We are still a month away from pollen season, but my sinuses have been acting up. I am not the only one. Between the spring cleaning, decluttering, and rainy weather, It is a wonder my sinuses have lastest this long.
What To Do For Sinus Problems
I really try to stay on top of my sinus issues. Most of my issues are actually in the fall with seasonal allergies. Even with a daily dose of Claritin while I was cleaning out my mom’s and grandmother’s houses, I still got the sneezes and drips. Now, I have not been sleeping or eating well, and stress can really do a number on our bodies. I have tried taking Airborne, with extra Vitamin C and it usually keeps me from getting the gunk. But too many forces at work.
Is It A Cold, Flu, Or Just Allergies
This chart is a great guide to help you decide. The biggest difference in cold or flu is that onset and severity. Fever and body aches are not common with cold or allergies. Now, between cold and allergies the symptoms are common so you may not really know. And, of course, once your body is weak, you can pick up other stuff.
***As with all medical conditions, when in doubt, consult your doctor. Especially with OTC medications and other medications you may be taking.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the lining of the nose and sinuses. It is a very common infection. There are 3 kinds- Viral Sinusitis, Allergic Sinusitis, and Bacterial Sinusitis. Although uncomfortable, most will clear up on their own in a week to 10 days. Some can last as long as 4 weeks. If you run a fever you may have Bacterial Sinusitis and antibiotics can be prescribed to speed recovery. The best course of action is to treat the symptoms.
What To Do For Sinus Problems- Guide To OTC Medicines And Home Remedies
Which Over The Counter Meds To Take?
Here is where it gets tricky. You might be lead to just take everything in hopes that something will work. Not really effective. Let’s do a symptom check-
- Sneezing, Runny Nose & Watery Eyes- sounds like allergies or beginnings of a cold. I swear by Claritin (loratadine) but my sister says it doesn’t work for her so she takes Zyrtec (cetirizine). Both are Antihistamines. When our bodies encounter mold, allergens, dust mite, and other foreign bodies, they produce histamines. Many times they produce way too many. Antihistamines help calm this response.
- Sinus Pressure & Headaches– When antihistamines don’t seem to work well enough, we need another solution. Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine) is the OTC drug of choice. Sudafed is a decongestant that shrinks the blood vessels, relieving pressure allowing you to breathe easier. Another choice is nasal sprays such as Afrin (Oxymetazoline) or Flonase (Fluticasone). Flonase is a nasal steroid spray and should be used sparingly.
- Cough– Mucinex (Guaifenesin) is an expectorant that loosens congestion in your chest, making it easier to cough through your mouth. It is important to drink a full glass of water when taking Mucinex. Also, Mucinex comes in Mucinex Sinus which has a nasal decongestant and cough suppressant (dextromethorphan) and Mucinex DM which is expectorant + cough suppressant.
The Power Of A Hot Shower
I have found that one of the best solutions to sinus pressure is a good old fashion hot shower. A hot shower great to help open the nasal passages and get moving. I add a Vicks VapoShower Tablets to my shower blend of Menthol, Eucalyptus and Camphor helps me breathe easier.
Feeling too tired to get into the shower? Try microwaving a wet washcloth for 30 seconds and putting it over your sinus areas. Add some eucalyptus essential oils for added benefit.
Healing Power Of Chicken Noodle Soup
There is something to the healing power of chicken noodle soup. Studies have shown that a hearty bowl of chicken soup may help you to clear nasal congestion and have a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease cold symptoms. The noodles help give you something in your stomach so you don’t get so nauseated taking all those OTC medicines.
Medicine Ball Tea- Starbucks Secret Menu Item You Can Make At Home
Hot tea is primo for helping to open your sinus passages. One of my new favorites is the Medicine Ball Tea. This is the official recipe from Starbucks. At home, I put my lemonade in the microwave for 45 seconds. You can use sugar-free lemonade or just lemon juice if you are watching your sugar. I try to use local honey whenever possible. The recipe also calls for an optional pump of Peppermint Syrup.
Don’t have access to these teas? Try a simple mixture of hot water, honey, and lemon juice. The key is to drink something hot.
What To Do For Sinus Problems-Try Lymph Drainage Massage
As crazy as this sounds, it works wonders for me! After doing her techniques, I can feel the drainage moving along especially behind my ears and in my head.
Healing Benefits Of A Good Night’s Sleep
Your body needs rest to help fight infections. But a good night’s sleep can be really hard with sinus drainage. I ended up stacking pillows and sleeping almost sitting up to prevent coughing during the night. Hot tea before bedtime and eucalyptus on my pillows helped. I also like to put some Vicks Vapor Rub on my chest. Some people swear by putting it on their feet. I didn’t like the feel. Last night I got a great night’s sleep and I do feel much better today.
Fresh Air And Sunshine
I actually feel better standing up then sitting or laying down. Trying to get outside for some fresh air. Inside our homes, we have many irritants that cause allergies. Hoping for some sunshine and fresh air to help me breathe easier and get on the road to recovery.
All this gray weather is getting to me. Check out Dealing With Seasonal Depression to know the signs and symptoms