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Old 04-30-2014, 05:45 AM
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Any pointers on getting rid of a cold? I get sick SO often with sinus infections. I have been to the doctor SO often in the past few months. I have been on 3 different antibiotics just in the past 2 months or so, and it finally knocked out my infection and here I am again with a sore throat, stopped up nose, coughing constantly, tons of drainage and coughing up stuff, headache from all the congestion, etc. now this just started Monday night, so is there hope to catch this before it becomes a sinus infection? I'm trying hard. I have been taking vitamin c (1000mg), Claritin(I always take that), using the neti pot once or twice a day, taking alkaseltzer plus daytime and nighttime, using nasocort/nasacort (nasal spray), and drinking tons of fluids (had probably 150-200oz of water yesterday). What else can I do? I'm so sick of doctors offices and antibiotics!
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:15 AM
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I think you're doing everything you can do. I'm in TN and having the same thing happen ever since these bad storms came through. If I don't have the window open at night for some fresh air, I at least put the humidifier on to help.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:54 AM
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Spicy food for the sinuses.

I'm a fan of a strong hot toddy before bed. Tea, a shot of lemon juice, spoonful of honey and a double shot of whiskey. Some say it's "homeopathic" I say I sleep better. Be careful not to take meds with the toddy though, because alcohol.

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Old 04-30-2014, 08:35 AM
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And totally not a natural remedy, but you're sure the illnesses don't have an underlying cause? My sister was SUPER prone to colds, sinus infections and ear infections when she was younger. Like, it was bad. She was had them and could never shake them, even with meds. Turns out she needed her adenoids removed and once that was more issues.

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Old 04-30-2014, 09:23 AM
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Okay take this with a grain of salt because I just bought this yesterday at the recommendation of my professor who is big into Chinese medicine ( he's an acupuncturist , but he uses herbs occasionally). He recommended olive leaf tincture to get rid of colds. Apparently it has anti viral properties. Look up olive leaf glycerite on amazon and you'll see reviews... Thats what I bought. I used two dropper fulls as recommended on the bottle and this morning I still have phlegm but it was not in my throat or nostrils, just behind my soft palate. Took two more this morning so we'll see! I'm crossing my fingers I found a miracle herb! Apparently it's best used at the very onset of a cold, but I'm hoping that it can help me rid myself of one too.

I bought it at the local natural foods store. They also sold capsules but I decided I may as well do what my professor had recommended.

It tastes like hay. I've been mixing it with a bit of water and I don't mind it, but it definitely isn't something you'd drink just because you like it!

I had previously tried gargling salt water ( and even snorting salt water... Yuck!), eating vitamin c/echinacea gummies, and using zicam dissolve in mouth tablets with zinc.

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Old 04-30-2014, 09:43 AM
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This might sound crazy and it could be totally unrelated but... before I stopped eating gluten, I got sinus infections a LOT. About twice a year, and every time, it was guaranteed to turn into bronchitis. It would knock me out for a minimum of a full month. Since I stopped eating gluten (almost three years ago now I think?), I have only been that sick one time. Otherwise I will have like a day, maybe two, where I am not feeling 100%, I've got a sore throat or my head feels really foggy... and then bam, the next day I'm fine.

It seems weird to be related but I feel like it is, because that's the only thing that changed between when I was sick a lot and not being sick a lot. My co-workers here get sick ALL THE TIME and I never catch anything from them. The whole no-more-gluten-because-your-body-hates-gluten thing seems to have my immune system where it should be and it steamrollers over most illnesses.

I also think my immune system improved somewhat when I was working out regularly, but definitely not with the night and day change from when I stopped eating gluten. I know you mentioned trying a gluten free diet before, how did that go? Do you think it might be worth trying again?

Otherwise I agree with checking to see if there's anything else going on. I had an MRI done on my brain a few years ago for something unrelated and the doctor said I have chronic inflammation of the sinuses, which is probably what caused my problems. If my sinuses were already inflamed just as a normal state of being, any minor irritation was quick to cause major issues. (I'm not normally one of those who's on board the whole GLUTEN CAUSES INFLAMMATION bus, and I haven't had another MRI since to see if it has changed since I'm no mo' gluten, but that is another possibility.) It didn't really give me any answers to STOP from getting sick, but it at least shed some light on what was going on. He mentioned that if it continued, I might be a candidate for surgery one day, I don't even know what that meant because as soon as I hear surgery I'm practically running for the door, but it sounded like there was something they could do to reduce the inflammation.

For the immediate, the only thing I could take that would help even slightly when I was sick was Sudafed, the real stuff you have to get from the pharmacy, not the stuff you can pick up in the aisle. It wasn't very easy on my stomach but it was the only thing that could make me feel human again. Sinus infections are a serious PITA, I'm sorry!

ETA: I forgot - I use this for when the sore throats are killer, too. It doesn't resolve the issue but it did make it stop hurting for a few hours at least so I could get at least a bit of sleep (my sore throats would be so bad it would keep me awake at night.)

It tastes like ass, no joke. SO disgusting. But it works.

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Old 04-30-2014, 10:01 AM
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I used to be the same way, had sinus infections and problems constantly. Doing nasal flushes 3-4 times a day and warm washcloth compresses in between a few times a day at the first sign of symptoms is what really turned things around for me.

I haven't had a sinus infection in years (knock wood). Although I haven't had a lot of problems I used to get a lot when I was younger in years so I suspect with age comes a better-trained immune system.

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Old 04-30-2014, 10:11 AM
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I used to get sinus infections a lot when I consumed a lot of dairy. Now i've cut it out almost completely and i've had like one cold in a couple years.

Gluten and Dairy seem to be pretty big culprits in chronic sinus congestion from what i've read.


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Old 04-30-2014, 10:22 AM
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It's not exactly a natural remedy, but have you been tested for allergies and considered shots? I have mild seasonal allergies (less than many people I know), but getting allergy shots significantly reduces the number of sinus infections I get and I'm able to recover much faster from colds. Without shots I get 3-5 sinus infections per year, all with antibiotics and some with steroids to treat. On allergy shots, I get 1 sinus infection every 2-3 years. For me, it's related to my immune system response I guess and the shots seem to tame that. I'm also allergic to things that aren't particularly seasonal (molds, dust, etc).

I've also seen benefits from flushing my sinuses a couple times a day. The netipot didn't work for me, but the one that is a squeeze bottle works better. The netipot just flows and doesn't put pressure behind the water, so when my nose is really stuffed up it doesn't do anything. The squeeze bottle type puts some pressure behind the water and actually gets things out.

I would also recommend Mucinex since it loosens mucus and gets it out. During a sinus infection, Claritin can actually make things thicker and then it's harder to get out. I've had doctors recommend that I stop taking allergy medicine when I have a sinus infection.

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Old 04-30-2014, 10:33 AM
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I don't use a neti pot, either. I just get 30 or 60 cc syringes from work and stick a tip on them that is meant for nasal bordetella vaccines but works great for nasal flushes. It's astonishing the crap that flushes out with just a little bit of pressure. Gross.

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