• 4 months ago

    Severe sinus congestion

    I have had a severe case of sinus congestion going on for over three months now. I have tried multiple OTC Antihistamines and decongestants , and nothing even improves my ability to breath through my nose, let alone cure it all together. Sprays don't work as my nose is so congested the spray goes no where, same thing with a Neti Pot. Any suggestions on something that might work.

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  • RE: Severe sinus congestion

    I am so sorry that you have been struggling to breathe clearly for so many weeks! Though I don’t know all of the details of your story, I hope that this information may be of some use to you as you work with your doctor to treat your sinus congestion.

    There are several causes of long-term (more than 12 weeks) nasal congestion. Allergies to house dust, pollen, mold or something else in your environment are a common reason. Other cause can be deviated nasal septum (the wall in between your nostrils), nasal polyps (growths in your nasal passages), or infections. When symptoms last this long, we recommend following up with a doctor who can help understand the reason for your symptoms, so that you can get the right treatment.

    Though over-the-counter medicines like antihistamines and short-term use of decongestants can sometimes help, the best option to decrease the congestion is usually a nasal corticosteroid. Flushing out your nasal passages, as you are doing, is also important. Nasal corticosteroid sprays help prevent and treat the inflammation. If the sprays are not effective, your doctor might recommend rinsing with a saline solution mixed with drops of a corticosteroid.

    The problem with long-term use of decongestant nasal sprays is that your body will need more and more spray to improve the congestion (and after using the spray too many days in a row, you might actually have more trouble breathing clearly after you stop using it – this is called “rebound congestion”).

    Along with seeing a doctor and talking about diagnosis and treatment options, try these remedies: make sure you get plenty of rest, sleep with your head elevated, drink plenty of fluids, avoid cigarette smoke, breathe in humidified air (turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom to breathe in the steam), and try warm compresses on your nose and cheeks.

    I hope you can breathe clearly soon!
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Severe sinus congestion

    Try fenugreek! I recently looked to the Internet for info for a persistent cough & cold type symptoms that lasted for months. I came across some info for fenugreek which is an herbal supplement that I found at the local drugstore. I take 2 pills per day & saw a marked improvement within about 3 days. It's been about 5 weeks now & my symptoms are almost completely gone! I would highly recommend! Good luck!