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1 1/2/13 12:29 P
Horseradish has helped me clear out my sinus when it's bad. A spoonful usually does it.
Also, I take the generic Claritin as well as generic Zyrtec (I have serious allergies) daily. Mentholated cough drops also help - but I hesitate to recommend since you are nursing. My doctor has told me that I can take up to 2 Claritin in a 24 hour period, because they are so mild, but no more than that. I also have a prescription (for emergencies) for prednisone and a rescue inhaler and epi pens..
But try the horseradish (it's sold just crushed at the grocery store) and I've also used Apple Cider Vinegar applied with a dropper for stuffed up ears (doesn't hurt you and helps dry up the fluid holistically)...
Ooog! Glad you went to the doc!!! Feel better and get as much rest as you can.
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1,246 12/18/12 1:21 P
Aw, yeah, BluBel, Emergen-C is so great, I should buy stock in it. (OJ gives me heartburn and oranges are just so tedious! Kumquats are good this time of year but it's hard to find really good ones.)
I gave in last night and went to the doctor (What? Open till 8? Woohoo!) and found out it's a full-blown sinus infection/upper respiratory infection, which is just beginning to move into my lungs. Apparently, antibiotics is the best way to go--antihistamines, like allergy meds usually are, dry up breast milk as quickly as they dry up other mucous membranes, and the doctor said that otc meds for cough and colds often tend to just exacerbate sinus infections. He gave me a prescription for something I can take while nursing my little one, but should be strong enough to clear everything out.
So now I have to make sure i get some yogurt and other sources of probiotics to keep the good guys working.
I've heard from so many people the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and have even bought some, but I've never sucked it up and actually TRIED it. And I do agree with the use of local honey--my father was a beekeeper, and there's nothing to me like fresh honey. I do kinda wish I'd learned the trade from him, but he got out of it when the Africanized bees started showing up in our area, and it's not something he wants to get back into. So now I have to buy it, but we have an excellent producer where Iive.
THANKS for the suggestions, everyone!
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144 12/18/12 8:48 A
I had a horrible bout with allergies this season (my sinuses were swollen. To quote my doctor, "this is incredible!"). Initially, I thought it was a cold but I was soooooo wrong. I guess the key is to know what it really is so you can treat it accordingly. My doctor prescribed a couple of things (some of which you can get over the counter w/o a prescription): generic claritin (1x a day for the allergies), a saline nose spray/rinse (every couple of hours), generic mucinex (to break up the mucus), and flonase (I believe this one requires a prescription. it's a steroid spray to reduce the swelling. Used 1x a day). After about 3-4 days, I was feeling much better.
I've heard hot compresses help-like a hot washcloth. If you can safely take sudafed or something like it, I recommend that, too. Loratadine or Cetrazine (generic names for Claratin and Zyrtec) are available at Walmart, Target, and other places. Top Care makes some for considerably less than the brand names...I mean $10-$15 less! I prefer the generic Zyrtec because it works better for me, but I have to take it at bed time because it knocks me out. Organic, locally harvested honey is supposed to help curb seasonal allergies, since it is made by bees harvesting local pollen. If you know any "crunchy mamas" ask them, because they could tell you better than I could what you can do homeopathically to help with your issues. I hope you feel better!
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1,246 12/17/12 1:14 P
If anyone has any suggestions, bearing in mind that I don't currently have health insurance, please help by replying:
I don't know if it's a series of colds, or allergies, or just reactions to the weather changes, but every time it gets warm again, or cold again, my sinuses swell up so much I cannot breathe through my nose. I cannot swallow because of it--there apparently has to be some air passage in order to offset vacuum caused by swallowing.
Walking around helps, for a minute or two. Even splashing cold water on my face helps, for a minute or two. Steam doesn't work, Vick's VapoRub does nothing, cold medicines don't help at all--but then, I'm limited on what I can take of those, too, because I'm breastfeeding my little one.
I've even tried using a NetiPot to rinse out my sinuses, and they are so blocked, the water can't run through even a little bit.
This is affecting my work, my sleep, my ability to eat/drink, and most importantly, to deal with my children.
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