1. Add Vicks or herbal aromatics like eucalyptus to a large bowl of boiling water, tent a towel over my head and breath in the steam as for as long as I can stand it.
2. Neti or other form of nasal irrigation. There are many methods and / or devices listed on the Web. I use good clean salted warm water in a bowl. I lower my nostrils into the water and gently make swallowing motions with my throat. This forms a vacuum that gently draws the water into the sinus cavity. Stop when you taste the salt on the back of your tongue. Blew your nose and repeat. Did I mention gently? DO NOT SNORT! It could be dangerous.
3. Get a small amount of cayenne into the air and gently breath it in. Think of spraying perfume and walking into the mist. Sneezing will occur. NEVER SNORT HOT PEPPER. It hurts like hell! True cayenne is an old herbal remedy for ulcers.
These are physical methods for cleaning, airing and generally making the sinus less friendly to infections. They can give almost instant but short term relief but will tend to promote long term health.
Comment by Freddie Sykes — December 22, 2012 @ 4:28 pm
You have my sympathy. I have a cold, too.
Aaaand a blood blister from clumsily slamming a mag into a short grip at the range this afternoon.
(What? Yeah, at least I don’t have a zit.)
Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — December 22, 2012 @ 5:36 pm
Take a whole vicodin and go to bed!
Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — December 22, 2012 @ 6:35 pm
Colonel Jerry me thinks you have given the best advice of any.
Comment by geezerette — December 22, 2012 @ 6:42 pm
Can’t sleep anyways and Vicodin makes it worse. And gives me horrible nightmares!
I THINK the swelling is starting to go down…I had a little pity party about an hour ago, cried, took my 3rd antibiotic and can actually smile almost without only one side going up and it hurt only alot!
Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — December 22, 2012 @ 7:16 pm
Me to with any meds. Dreams are crazy enough with out the drugs. Bad back– one muscle relaxer– slept and dreamed for 3 days. Prescription for 3 a day—— (##)–I don’t think so— back was better tho–my Guardian Angel watching out for me– I may have liked them tooo much. Or I’m flying all over the place. blah blah blah!! Glad you’re feeling — better?
Comment by geezerette — December 22, 2012 @ 7:45 pm
Zinc Lozenges will cut the length of a cold or flu. We use “Now” brand but there are a zillion other brands. Find the good ones in Health Food Stores. I just gave some to my friend who had the flu. She called them “Miracles”. She said she felt better in an hour. Let them disolve in your mouth. They stop the reproduction of the pathogens. Warning … they taste bad. She ordered 2 bottles.
You need “Probiotics” to replace the good bacteria being destroyed by the Antibiotics. If you don’t replace the “good guys”, you will be left with a bowel full of virus, fungus, and other “bad stuff”, which eventually takes a toll on your whole health.
Hope you feel better VERY SOON!!!!
Comment by Old Granny — December 23, 2012 @ 11:59 am
+1 on the sinus flush, I use a squeeze bottle with a straw that goes to the bottom. Distilled water and salt warmed a little bit. The first time I tried it I swear some old childhood toys came out of my head but life got a lot better after a couple flushes.
I’ll tell y’all about cleaning my ears later……
Comment by blindshooter — December 23, 2012 @ 12:22 pm
^ Yanno, I cleaned my ears once. Once. I had been doing a lot of studio work at the time with earphones and loud noises, and stuff, and I guess I just sniffed the worong way one day, and the one side got all stuffed-up. I can’t be having this.