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How can I treat my (possible) sinus infection?

Asked by sevenfourteen (2419points) February 13th, 2010

I say possible because I have set up the doctor’s appointment for Monday morning. In the mean time I have a super runny nose (clear discharge), a slightly scratchy throat, my ears are popping, I can’t stop sneezing, and my eyes get watery at times. Some of these symptoms I can deal with, but sleeping the past few nights is hell. I have a humidifier running because the air is pretty dry lately, but I can’t breathe/have a runny nose constantly!! I know whatever is irritating me is in my room because my dorm is under construction so there is tons of stuff floating around. I just need some type of home-remedy that I can try until I go to the doctors. I’ll try anything right now to get some (even if temporary) relief. Oh and I have killer backpain (I have been working all day but normally my back doesn’t bother me) I’m not sure if I just notice it now because of all these other things or if it’s another symptom.

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sevenfourteen's avatar

@marinelife AHHHH!! I can barely put eye drops in, never mind salt water up my nose :( Although at this point I might try anything

Rarebear's avatar

@sevenfourteen Actually, @marinelife is correct. The best treatment is hypertonic saline irrigation. I have chronic sinus infections, and have two sinus surgeries. I use saline irrigation every day, sometimes twice a day. Two teaspoons of kosher salt (no iodine), and a teaspoon of baking soda in a liter of water. Irrigate with a rubber bulb syringe so that the saline solution comes out the other nostril. Put your head way forward.

But even better than that is a pulsatile irrigation system.

janbb's avatar

If you want to sleep, I would take NyQuil. It will dry you up and knock you out.

knitfroggy's avatar

I have chronic sinus problems. I use a thing like the Neti Pot, only it’s a squirt bottle thing. It’s made by the same people that make the Neti Pot. I didn’t think I could do it at first, but it is really soothing and helps so much. Sounds to me like you have allergies, especially if the nasal discharge is clear. With all the stuff floating around from construction it very well could be allergies and not a sinus infection.

Rarebear's avatar

@knitfroggy is correct. The first couple of times I did it it was horrible. Now it’s just a part of showering like washing my hair.

sevenfourteen's avatar

@knitfroggy yeah I thought I had allergies too but the allergy medicatioin I use hasn’t helped and the last time I was like this it was the same except I went 3 weeks thinking it would just go away. When I finally went to the doctor he said it was a sinus infection.

knitfroggy's avatar

@sevenfourteen Well, that’s no good then. I’d still try the Neti pot.

CalamityJane's avatar

Another vote for neti. Gotta start w/ the more natural ‘work w/ your body not against it’ approach, IMHO.
It is also worth noting that there are other approaches to consider if your sinusitis becomes chronic, that are less disruptive than surgery. Look into things like balloon sinuplasty if what you need is improved air flow.
Be well everyone.

sandalman's avatar

I don’t know why, but for some reason, I saw your question on one of the main pages. The next time you get a runny nose, go to your pharmacist and ask for Chlorpheniramine. I SWEAR by this stuff. It can make you drowsy, but it’s potent, and should relieve your nose of its troubles.

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BrentFoust's avatar

If you have symptoms such as sore throat, headache, nasal congestion, you might be suffering from a sinus infection. I would recommend you to take rest, drink plenty of water and purchase an over the counter anti-allergy medicine. However, it is always better to ask your physician before taking any medicine.

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