(Closed) sinus pain

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve heard that the neti-pot works wonders!

It rinses away allergens, allowing you to breathe easier..and clearning nasal passages causing sinus pain.

Post # 4
468 posts
Helper bee

try the neti pot. it feels weird at 1st but def. clears things up.

Post # 5
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t know if you’re looking for more of a home remedy, but the only OTC medication that works for me is Tylenol for Severe Sinus Pain.  It’s the only thing that will take the pain away.

Post # 6
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

hot steam shower, rest, emergen-c, echinacea tea

Post # 7
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I have bad sinus problems, the only thing that has really worked for me, is the OTC sinus medicine from CVS. Not the cold and flu, but the one that is specifically for sinus pressure. I have a really bad problem with my sinuses hurting from other medication because they get too dry, and this did not do it to me.

Also, a damp warm washcloth to the face is pretty much the best thing in the world when your sinuses are hurting.

Post # 8
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I second sinus cleanses.  It really has helped to make my sinus headaches and allergy problems a lot better.  I haven’t found a lot of pills that really help mine though, I try not to take them because I’m on too many pills already!

Post # 9
226 posts
Helper bee

About a year ago I was miserable because of sinus pain!  It was so bad I was constantly googling ways to fix it.  The #1 thing I saw recommended was the neti-pot, I don’t have one so I didn’t try it, but it might be worth a try.

Things I did use, a humidifier while I slept and I don’t know if you know what a bed buddy is, but I had one on my face whenever possible.  It’s like a sock filled with rice that you microwave and it gives a moist heat, it was wonderful.  I also boiled water with garlic in it and once it boils turn it off, put a towl over your head and the pot and just breath in deep.  This did help.  I also used mucinex (they have a specific one for sinus) and Ibuprofen.

*Unfortunately, everything I tried only gave me short-term relief.  After a week i saw a doctor and it turns out I had a sinus infection.  He gave me an antibiotic and told me to continue using mucinex/ibuprofen until the antibiotic made a differfence*

Post # 10
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am pretty much the queen of sinus headaches– I have one from October to May, almost constantly, without fail. I can’t bring myself to use the Neti Pot, though! It’s just too weird for me.

I do try to remember to do a plain saline spray (my doc recommended Ocean brand, but any non-medicated saline should help) to relieve congestion. I also just started using Advil Cold and Sinus, and it’s a miracle drug. It works by reducing the inflammation of the sinuses, which is another cause of the pain (other that the buildup of congestion).

Blow your nose right after getting out of the shower, too. The steam from the shower helps open your nasal passages and makes blowing your nose easier.

A good way to know if it’s a sinus infection or not (since I’ve had about a million) is if the mucus is thick or discolored. If it’s clear and/or runny, you’re probably ok. Also be aware of how your ears and throat feel– your ears, nose, and throat are all connected, so if two or more are sore, hie the to a medical professional!

Hope this helps!

Post # 11
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I use two things- decongestants and hot, spicy food. The first works way longer then the second, but together they are great! If you have this problem for too long, check with a doctor incase you have an infection or something worse!

Post # 12
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

If you believe it’s allergies, do Zyrtec.

If coughing included used Musinex

If you’re eyes are REALLY swollen, it’s probably allergies, so I’d also take some benadryl (liquid)…

Post # 13
41 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

Accupuncture!  I don’t know why/how it works, but after years of problems, recurring sinus infections, sinus surgery, etc… *This is the only thing that has given me long-term relief.*

I also steam my face for up to 10 minutes before bed–that really helps.  

Instead of neti-pot, my doc recommends getting a cheap turkey baster (weird, I know) and then using the neti-pot salts they sell at walgreens and making up the saline solution and then flushing 2 x day with the turkey baster.


Post # 14
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Neti pot or sinus rinse.

But also, see an ENT specialist.  I had sinus problems for YEARS and finally gave in and saw an ENT.  Turns out I had tons of scar tissue from years of back-to-back sinus infections and needed surgery.  Surgery took 1.5 hours and I’ve never felt better in my life. 

Post # 16
2465 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i second the saline nasal spray recommendation! i use it every morning because i’m allergic to dust, it just clears everything out. also, when i have sinus headaches i lay down with an ice pack over my eyes/face (http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=12117388)–it’s amazing how much it helps.

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