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sinusitis - please help me.

(42 Posts)
Julezboo Fri 13-Sep-13 20:50:54

pain is so bad! sad sad I've taken naproxen. what else can I take or do? I have a heated wheat thing and Vick's. I feel like crying. it's the 4th day now. sad

BigPawsBrown Fri 13-Sep-13 20:51:31

Steam your head over a bowl and have a good blow/snort (!). I feel for you, it's horrible

Hassled Fri 13-Sep-13 20:57:42

The only thing that really helps me is the salt water nasal spray things like this - Boots do it.

Sympathies - it's bloody awful.

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 13-Sep-13 21:02:37

Steam
Steam and Steam again
Sympathies it is HIDEOUS

Julezboo Fri 13-Sep-13 21:03:24

have tried steam. nose has been blown dry too. I just took paracetamol as well n had a cry seems to have helped a bit blush last time I had it was 2009. took weeks to go away"

gymboywalton Fri 13-Sep-13 21:04:24

Antibiotics were the / only thing that worked for me

Julezboo Fri 13-Sep-13 21:06:43

<<<wails>>> it's worse than toothache.

Facebaffle Fri 13-Sep-13 21:11:31

Have you tried flushing with salt water? Use a syringe and squirt salt water up each nostril, inhaling as you do so. Not very nice but it does help.

Hope you feel better soon.

I feel your pain! As well as the steam, I find cutting out dairy helps me feel better more quickly, as does having lots of vitamin C. Olbas oil helps clear my nose, and echinacea in a small glass of orange juice makes me feel almost human again.

honeybunny14 Fri 13-Sep-13 21:21:25

Worst thing ive ever had i took pain killers for 3 days till i couldnt take the pain any more i didnt realise what was wrong till i went to docs i got antibiotics codamol and a nose spray i was better after a few days and plenty steamy baths

TheDuckSaysMoo Fri 13-Sep-13 21:21:46

There is a sudafed nasal spray that really helped me.

Badvoc Fri 13-Sep-13 21:24:19

Soluble co codamol.
Steam...do you have a humidifier you can leave in in your bedroom overnight?

Julezboo Fri 13-Sep-13 21:24:46

I'm on 4th day. I have to be in work on Sunday too so I think I may need a trip to out of hours docs tomorrow.

excitedmamma Fri 13-Sep-13 21:24:59

sudafed... seriously... go and buy some.. it works...

Badvoc Fri 13-Sep-13 21:25:41

You may well need antibiotics tbh.
Can you get to ooh gp tonight?

honeybunny14 Fri 13-Sep-13 21:26:59

Doctors is a gd idea u will need the antibiotics hope u feel better soon x

itsonlysubterfuge Fri 13-Sep-13 21:27:27

I use to get sinus infections all the time. A couple a year, usually accompanied with both my ears infected too. The only thing that I have found that helps the pain is this. I know the product is American, but perhaps you could compare the ingredients and find something similar? Apparently hot water with honey and lemon is suppose to help as well. Also, a hot water bottle right on your face, can help wit the pressure.

I hope you are feeling better soon.

Julezboo Fri 13-Sep-13 21:28:10

I was using veg steamer last weekend for baby who had croup but it's now at mils house who has baby (he's mostly better but I need sleep!) don't have humidifier

vallinnapod Fri 13-Sep-13 21:28:13

Otrivine (sp?) is great.

Acupuncture really helps too but only for the length of the treatment and the following few hours (having acupuncture for IVF and as an aside mentioned I was literally dying from sinusitis). The relief was instantaneous. I could have kissed my acupuncturist. Obviously not really worth it on it's own. >>pretty useless suggestion....<<

Lizzabadger Fri 13-Sep-13 21:31:43

I am so sorry. It's horrible.

1. Pain killers
2. Salt water nasal spray or nasal rinse
3. Steam
4. Steroid spray which you will need to get from GP
5. Poss antibiotics ditto.

My GP says that decongestants like sudafed make it worse longer term as they cause a sort of rebound effect.

Get well soon.

Julezboo Fri 13-Sep-13 21:32:25

pain relief is starting to work. smile thank you for suggestions. will send dh to chemist tomorrow!

Googlella Fri 13-Sep-13 21:38:40

My sympathies - it is HORRIBLE. Sleep propped up on several pillows to help sinuses drain.

Googlella Fri 13-Sep-13 21:41:56

And drink loads of water, juices etc.

Use Otrivine but very sparingly as it starts to create its own problem of inflamed nostrils very quickly. But for me it was the only thing that would allow me to drop off to sleep.
Sympathies, I have had it twice and it's horrid. My GP suggested preventative measures for this winter as apparently once you've had it a couple of times you are very likely to getting regularly sad

Greenandcabbagelooking Fri 13-Sep-13 21:50:41

Beconase nasal spray. I get sinusitis every time I get a cold, and this stuff really helps. Hope it clears up soon OP.

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