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Sinusitis pain

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Pagetta Sat 09-Jan-16 04:36:01

Have had stinking cold for three days which now appears to have turned into sinusitis - I've never had it before but reading round looks like fairly common in pregnancy due to hormones.
My face and all round my eyes is throbbing I never knew a blimmin 'cold' could be so painful!
Paracetamol not touched it - anyone know any other remedies in the absence of ibuprofen?! Can I use olbas oil?
Not sure I'm poorly enough to warrant emergency weekend trip to docs but could do with some pain relief!

iamEarthymama Sat 09-Jan-16 06:36:28

You have my sympathy; I have regular bouts of sinusitis and it is pure hell.

I saw a consultant and he advises washing out the sinuses regularly with lukewarm salt water

I use a neti pot and Himalayan salt

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I also inhale steam under a towel, and I use Olbas and Vicks (check as you are pregnant)

Another tip is to massage the sinuses.


I hope you feel better soon

BiscuitBeast Sat 09-Jan-16 06:58:31

You have my sympathies too. I suffered an incredibly painful sinus infection in my first trimester that not even codamol touched. I needed antibiotics to clear it in the end as salt water and such like were useless.

Hope it clears up for you soon.

princessbea Sat 09-Jan-16 07:14:22

I used to get it so badly during pregnancy, felt like all my teeth were going to fall out. I used to use steam, so I'd fill a bowl with boiling water and some dried thyme, though I guess olbas oil would work too, then I'd stick my head over the bowl cover with a towel and inhale the steam for about 10 mins. Sounds a bit strange but I found it really helped. Hope you feel better soon!smile

Hipotle Sat 09-Jan-16 07:22:08

I was you about a week ago, so miserable. Agree about doing inhalations, and I also found that Boots cooling headache strips really helped. Hope you feel better soon!

MelanieWiggles Sat 09-Jan-16 07:28:20

Try the Neal's Yard Sinus Rinse. You can get it in most chemists. I found it really helped.

LumpySpaceCow Sat 09-Jan-16 07:38:21

I've been suffering this week with a bad cough/cold and bad sinus pain. I have used paracetamol and this

madsaz76 Sat 09-Jan-16 14:31:38

Bowl with very hot water (on a safe surface) with 3 or 4 drops of olbas oil in it.

Cover head and bowl with towel and inhale.

Works pretty well. If no joy after several days or bloody discharge etc. See GP who may offer additional stuff but should clear up with inhalation

Pagetta Sat 09-Jan-16 21:30:47

Thnx all - have got olbas oil will hunt out nasal spray tomorrow!

As well as sore nose and pounding head, my pelvic floor is not fantastic after DS1 and all this nose blowing / sneezing / coughing is not fun in soooo many ways - tiredness always makes it worse too so I'm just leaking out of everywhere bleurgh sad

KeyboardMum Sat 09-Jan-16 22:02:02

Oh, I'm really sorry to hear that. Sinusitis is miserable, I've only had it once and the pressure was horrible. It felt like someone was sticking a knife into my eardrum.

All of the above advice is good. Inhalation of steam, hacking up your extra mucus when you can so it doesn't stick around and add to the infection helps. Oil of olbus is really good, I found that a bit on my pillow at bedtime helped me to breathe whilst sleeping.

Your doctor can prescribe you antibiotics if it's really bad, but I don't know how well they would go down during pregnancy.

Hope it clears up soon.

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