Chronic Sinusitis..any suggestions...

  1. I have chronic sinusitis which normally I can keep under decent control. The last 2 weeks have been difficult. Went to the allergist last week and started on Biaxin XL for the infection. (Which I don't think it will help since this seems to be a chronic thing). My head is pounding, especially in the evenings. Also with movement it thumps...... I currently take Zyrtec-D and Nasonex for my sinus problems. I also take ibuprofen and tylenol to help with discomfort. When it gets really bad, I break out the Vicodin...which I have had to do a couple of times the past 2 weeks...anyone have any suggestions that could help me? Thanks...
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   LilgirlRN
    Heat on your face help any?
  4. by   dianah
    I PM'd you. -- D
  5. by   deespoohbear
    I have this neat little gel pack thing that you can heat in the microwave....that helps some. And rubbing my temples and forehead helps.

    I have heard that some people use a Water Pik to irrigate their sinuses....sounds kind of uncomfortable to me.....

    I had surgery on my sinuses in 95. The surgeon did nasal anterior windows 95 (in other words, more holes in my head... ) and irrigated the sinuses....maybe I will have to look at that route again....
  6. by   darla80
    I am sorry to hear about your sinus problems
    You have my empathy..I too have sinus problems and allergy woes.

    here are few tricks that work for me

    do you use nasal sprays daily?
    It helps to spray normal saline nasal spray up your nose prior to using your nasal spray.

    As far as nasal sprays go..Astelin nasal is great..tastes horrid but really does the trick

    I also find good relief with the oral products containing guafenisin.. .. phenylphrine.. such as Entex

    How long do they keep you on ABX?
    MY ENT told me I should take them for an entire month to clear up chronic sinius infection

    have you had a CT?
    It is good to CT prior to ABX and then after finishing ABX to see if in fact you have cleared the infection

    I wish you good luck.. hope some of this helps

    Joy and Smiles Darla**
  7. by   emily_mom
    I had to have my sinuses scraped......

    If the stuff is really thick in your sinuses, the nasal sprays won't work...they will actually make it worse.

    I also had to stop taking my allergy pills, as they were drying it out even worse.

  8. by   nursedawn67
    I take Zyrtec, sudafed and singular to help my sinuses. I tried the Astelin, but I couldn't take the taste, and it didn't seem to help alot. (But everyone has to find what works for them ) I did have a Doc tell me to get a CT myself. Maybe that would help you. Good Luck!
  9. by   RainbowSkye
    One thing you may want to look into is a neti pot. It's a little ceramic pot that kind of looks like Florence's lamp which you fill with warm water and sea salt and use it to irrigate your nose (sinuses) everyday. It was a little hard to get used to, but it works great for me.
    Also, during an acute infection sometimes cold works better than heat to your face. An ER doc told me it can help to shrink the swelling in your sinuses which in turn allows the guck to drain out a little more effectively. I usually just used a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a dish towel.
    I'm sure there are other natural remedies I don't know about. I sure would try these before going "under the knife", but that's me.
    Good luck.
  10. by   nurs4kids
    I had the same problem last year..
    the solution..

    I left all the drugs off..
    i agree with the above..the spray was only irritating worse and the decongestants were keeping me dry as a desert..

    I took enough abx to kill a horse and used nasonex or flonase, claritin and one form of pseudophed or another for several months..
    i quit taking all but the claritin and it cleared up..
    now, if i feel it coming on, i can take (as suggested above) one of the guafenisin/pseudo combo's (entex, sudal, etc) and it clears it up. My heart goes out to you.. last year, it not only was sinusitis, but otitis media..
    i thought i was dying.

    good luck
  11. by   JonRN
    I use a neti pot too, works great. I never tried cold during a nasty bout but I will. Thanks Rainbow. I too am avoiding the surgery, simply because I have never seen anyone who had good results with it. I just mix up N/S for my little pot and it works great. Don't use iodized salt though. Weird coincedence, Rainbow was my nickname in the army. How I got it: I was down at Ft. Leonard Wood at the old hospital that was strung out all over the place with ramps between, Korean War vintage.

    We had a code way down at the other end of the hosp., and by the time I got there, the man had RHC'ed. Col. Peacock, who was a little old lady with the skinniest legs I ever saw, said "here comes ol' Rainbow, he shows up when it's all over". All the guys laughed, and the nickname stuck the whole time I was in the Army.
  12. by   cactus wren
    Has your Doc checked to see if you have a fungal infection going on...? a study found many of us desert dwellers had one...don`t know if it stands true for other parts of the country....A course of antifungals cleared mine right up...
  13. by   cindyln
    I have chronic sinusitis also. I use zyrtec and flonase daily. That keeps it pretty well in control unless we have a change of weather coming. I can feel it hours before the change in weather