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Old 09-12-2011, 09:12 AM
 
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Seems I have chronic morning sinus headaches. I wake up with a low-grade pressure around my face, and a lot of sinus congestion.

I find the only thing that works is pseudaphed, 2 cups hot coffee, and flonase (an RX nasal spray). I've been to doctors, they prescribe antibiotics, which help for ahwile, then it comes right back. I don't want to be on antibiotics long-term. I have a friend who was on LT antibiotics for sinus problems, she ended up with severe GI problems, nearly died from diarrhea and related complications.

So, any other solutions? Wonder if there's any LT side effects to pseudaphed?
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Use the Flonase at night to keep your nasal passages open. Don't know about the other question.
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:30 PM
 
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Seems I have chronic morning sinus headaches. I wake up with a low-grade pressure around my face, and a lot of sinus congestion.

I find the only thing that works is pseudaphed, 2 cups hot coffee, and flonase (an RX nasal spray). I've been to doctors, they prescribe antibiotics, which help for ahwile, then it comes right back. I don't want to be on antibiotics long-term. I have a friend who was on LT antibiotics for sinus problems, she ended up with severe GI problems, nearly died from diarrhea and related complications.

So, any other solutions? Wonder if there's any LT side effects to pseudaphed?
Seems like you might have a chronic irritant/deviation. Are there any times where you wake up fine? Are you getting enough sleep or too much sleep? Have you tried any of these things:

How to get phlegm out of your nose and throat in the morning
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Durham UK
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Seems I have chronic morning sinus headaches. I wake up with a low-grade pressure around my face, and a lot of sinus congestion.

I find the only thing that works is pseudaphed, 2 cups hot coffee, and flonase (an RX nasal spray). I've been to doctors, they prescribe antibiotics, which help for ahwile, then it comes right back. I don't want to be on antibiotics long-term. I have a friend who was on LT antibiotics for sinus problems, she ended up with severe GI problems, nearly died from diarrhea and related complications.

So, any other solutions? Wonder if there's any LT side effects to pseudaphed?
Drink plenty of water to prevent secretions getting too thick (sorry!)
Also- if you can find eucalyptus oil, or you can use vicks chest rub, stick 3 drops or a dollop into some VERY HOT water in the handbasin. Put your head over the basin with a towel over the top and down the sides of the basin so the steam doesn't escape.

I used to have a special pot that you filled with hot water and something like above, and then the top of it was shaped to fit around your nose and mouth.
Was a lot like this
Vicks Steam Therapy Portable Size: V1300

Pseudafed is not good to take longterm as it dries up secretions in your nose. Normal secretions are essential to allow your nasal cilia and hairs to trap dust and bacteria and stop them going further into the respiratory tract.
If the gunk is infected then you want it to come out, not dry up and stay up there.

If you have a real bacterial sinus infection then you would be generally unwell eg shivery, maybe a temperature, feeling achy etc.If not , then antibiotics are not usually required.

Oh- and try and cut back on dairy produce if you can.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Wallis and Futuna
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1. Get a new pillow.
2. Use a different detergent to wash your pillowcases, and wash them often.
3. Make sure the headboard is dusted, a few hours before bedtime, so whatever dust is there, is settled when you lay down.
4. Use breathe-right strips.

Morning headaches are often caused by old pillows. Even if you have one of those hypoallergenic synthetic jobs, just having a lump in the wrong place is enough to add pressure to a sinus when you turn your head while sleeping.
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