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Best relief for sinusitis

(17 Posts)
popperdoodles Tue 27-Dec-16 08:57:03

So Ds (17) has had a cold since mid December. It is running the normal course all be it slowly. Had temp and sore throat, then the runny nose and cough. Just as he began to think he was getting over it he now has painful face and headache again. He clearly has gunk still in his sinus.

Now, not only is he now thoroughly fed up with it all but he has mock a levels in January and needs to be able to do plenty of revision. So before I go and buy half of boots, what are the best medicinal or home remedies which will help clear it? Thanks

LordEmsworth Tue 27-Dec-16 09:01:25

I swear by steam, it is really effective if only temporary. Olbas oil isalso very soothing I find. Is there a gym nearby where he can go and sit in the steam room for a bit?

Neti pots - where you literally pour water in one nostril & out the other - are meant to be very effective, but I cannot bring myself to do it.

I had a sinus problem just before Christmas and ended up on Sudafed and Co-codamol - don't know if a 17 year old can take those, but one before bed meant I wasn't lying awake in pain...

DrSeuss Tue 27-Dec-16 09:02:35

Steam with Olbas oil combined with massage/ acupressure. There will be websites and YouTube videos showing you how but I just press or rub firmly, sometimes with finger tips or knuckles wherever crap collects eg round eyes. Cheap pills from Poundland or Aldi are just as good as from Boots but over use could give a rebound effect. Boots and Home Bargains sell mugs with a face piece on them to help get the steam in the right place. If none of this works, see a doctor as there may be an infection.

popperdoodles Tue 27-Dec-16 09:06:43

He is a gym member and it's only a 10 min walk, so will suggest steam room to him. Thank you.

Cheerybigbottom Tue 27-Dec-16 09:07:11

Otruvine sinusitis spray really helped me a few months ago. As well as Co-codamol and alternating hot and cool packs on my face under my eyes, and rubbing under my eyes in a circular motion with my fingertips. This is supposed to help drain fluid. I don't know if it did but I was in such pain I grasped onto any old quackery.

popperdoodles Tue 27-Dec-16 09:12:04

Thank you Drseuss, he has taken so many different cold and flu medicines. What is the rebound effect? Will get some olbus oil though. Have been using vicks and he hates the slimyness of it.

popperdoodles Tue 27-Dec-16 09:13:14

Thank you. Will suggest massaging too.

JulesJules Tue 27-Dec-16 09:19:20

I get sinusitis, it's miserable.

GP told me abs are ineffective and best treatment is Sterimar (or similar).

I take painkillers, use steam and Sterimar

YerTiz Tue 27-Dec-16 09:23:44

I've been prone to sinus problems in the past - make sure he drinks plenty of water and doesn't blow his nose too hard. I take ibuprofen for the pain. I also use those saline sprays that are for kids blush as that helps to flush things through. Those things help me.

I haven't tried sterimar - will look that up!

Stumbleine Tue 27-Dec-16 09:29:20

The only thing that worked for me when I was miserable with sinus pain during pregnancy, was using a nasal wash thing - the one I have is called 'Neilmed' and my GP recommended it.

PurpleWithRed Tue 27-Dec-16 09:34:05

I get sinus infections - dentist told me I had the biggest sinuses she'd ever seen in someone my size <preen>.

For me sinutabs are the only thing that shifts sinus pain, and hanging my head backwards so my nostrils point upwards.

MollyHuaCha Tue 27-Dec-16 10:07:58

flowers My sympathies. I had sinusitis for the first time a year ago. It was agony.

VivienneWestwoodsKnickers Tue 27-Dec-16 10:10:43

Yep, steam. My GP suggested I sit in the steam room for as long as I could stand it, go out, drink a bottle of water, blow nose and go back in. Repeat a couple of times a day where possible. Worked well, only took 2 days for me to be so much better (sinus infection).

popperdoodles Tue 27-Dec-16 10:26:41

Thank you everyone. Will search up some of the products mentioned. Gross question but when it all comes out will his body make more or is that the end of it?

Bubble2bubble Tue 27-Dec-16 10:27:31

Sinus rinsing is fantastic, if a bit gross. If he could do it it would definitely change things for him. Look up Neilmed Sinus rinse on Youtube.

DrSeuss Wed 28-Dec-16 10:44:38

If you persistently take decongestants for long periods, you can actually cause congestion, according to a pharmacist fried.

DrSeuss Wed 28-Dec-16 10:47:09

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