Sinuses - NEED HELP! Please!

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Sinuses - NEED HELP! Please!

My OB closed on Tuesday for inclement weather (oh joy!) and that was my appointment day. I had been coming down with something and felt awful by Wednesday. Wednesday is the surgery day and none of the OB/WHNP are in office that day. I went to MD and he did a swab to rule out strep and the flu. They came back negative - thank god! He said that I had a pretty severe sinus infection but he didn't want to treat it with anything.

What do you guys do to help your sinuses that is safe during pregnancy? I'm not a huge fan of taking a whole bunch of Tylenol and I'm allergic to Ibuprofen.

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My OB said to take Sudafed PE (or the equivalent generic). it has a different active ingredient that's considered OK in pregnancy.

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I like saline spray for the nose. Or use a netti pot. Works fast and well. The first time you use it is a bit like water up your nose in a swimming pool, but the relief is instant. Make sure you have tissues around afterwards. I use it at the very first sign of a cold and it clears things up in a day.

I often get advice from the pharmacist too. Works faster (and often better) than waiting around for the doctor. Besides, I end up with germs from the waiting room crowd.

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Avoid dairy, use a netti pot or saline spray, increase (by a lot) your vitamin c veggie and fruit intake (broccoli, strawberries, blueberries, etc), lots and lots of sleep and water. I just had a sinus infection but with this regimen I can almost always avoid the worst of it. I used to get sinus infections so bad that it would take antibiotics to get rid of it. I haven't had one that required even Tylenol (I avoid taking medicine at almost all cost) for years. Good luck!

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I am at the very tail end of a sinus cold, and I was able to take Sudafed per my OBs office. However, you are very close to the first tri/second tri boundary, and they do recommend avoiding any cold medicines in the first trimester... so it has to be a kind of judgement call on your part.

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I am no stranger to sinus infections myself, I've even had surgery to help prevent them. But for me once I get them there is no amount of saline rinses or Sudafed that will clear then and I have to get antibiotics.

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Another thing to do is avoid sugar along with dairy.

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Netti pot does help immensely. If you have never heard of it, google it. You can get them at almost any health store.

I had a sinus infection a short while ago that was getting worse with the netti pot. Leaving it alone for a day or so solved that problem. I guess that although it does help immensely (you can do it any number of times day). that there are a couple places that it can aggravate if the infection gets in there. Not very common, though.

Incidentally, if you are prone to hay-fever allergies and colds, a netti pot has been scientifically and statistically shown to provide better reliefe than allergy and cold drugs 80% of the time. You do need to use it regularly, though, like brushing your teeth.

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I am so going to have to research this netti pot and try it out. I have never heard of it! Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm kinda like you Tiffany - though I haven't had surgery - usually any infection I get with my sinuses if I don't have antibiotics they get so bad my face swells and stuff. Thanks again ladies Smile

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"siandra" wrote:

I am so going to have to research this netti pot and try it out. I have never heard of it! Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm kinda like you Tiffany - though I haven't had surgery - usually any infection I get with my sinuses if I don't have antibiotics they get so bad my face swells and stuff. Thanks again ladies Smile

If you use a netti pot make sure to use it with distilled or boiled water.

Been there with the face swelling due to a sinus infection, it sucks!!!

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"momW" wrote:

If you use a netti pot make sure to use it with distilled or boiled water.

Been there with the face swelling due to a sinus infection, it sucks!!!

Some people have issues due to the chlorine in the water... You can also use a brita water filter instead of boiling it. I use tap water, personally. So does my doctor.