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Today we are going to talk about some of my favorite solutions for sinus problems. Sinus problems are the PITS! And I get more than my share of them.
- Allergies – check!
- Deviated septum – check!
- Frequent sinus infections – check! (In fact, I have one coming on now – ugh!)
- Sleep apnea – check!
Makes me wish sometimes that there was such a thing as a NOSE TRANSPLANT. I was even scheduled for sinus surgery at one point, but I chickened out. Thankfully, I have some other options that I can use to lessen the misery of all these sinus issues.
As far as medication, my go-to remedy is Zyrtec. Especially in the Spring, this keeps my off-the-chart allergies somewhat under control. I had the scratch testing when I was a teenager and they gave me like 3 pages of plants, trees, and grasses that I was allergic to – ugh. I think everyone has to experiment around and find out which type of medication works for you.
Salt water is definitely a big help in reducing the congestion. It’s fairly benign and non-addicting, unlike chemical sprays like Afrin (which I LOVE, but use as sparingly as I can manage). However, getting it up there can be a real challenge. Many people swear by these Neti pots like this one. I do have one, but I mostly swear AT it. I hate that thing!
If you haven’t used one before, you fill it with a mild salt water solution, tip your head to the side and insert it in one nostril. The water runs up through the sinus cavity and out the other nostril. It’s kind of a nasty feeling, but it does let you breathe again, which is marvelous.
However, instead of the Neti pot, I love this little squeezy bottle instead. For one thing, it’s faster than the Neti pot and it’s less likely to make you feel like you’re drowning. I use it a couple of times per week and it seems to reduce the frequency of my sinus problems.
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