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Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?

 
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Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Hubby is sick with what sounds like a sinus infection. Anyone out there know of anything that will help bring relief from the congestion? I am giving him OTC pain medication, but wonder if there isn't something more I can do to help get the infection to break loose. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Try a glass of warm milk and half spoon good quality (organic if possible) turmeric and mix it well and drink at night before going to bed. Little ground pepper can be added, but optional. It wont taste good. But might help. Some old home remedy from India
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couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear, it feels funny, let it bubble away for a minute each side

all colds start in the ear canal
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Boil sliced ginger root (fresh or frozen) with regular coca-cola (not diet) for about 10 mins. Chinese remedy. Tastes pretty good, too. Amount of ginger slices to taste.
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Thanks! Coke with ginger sounds good!

Will peroxide in the ear get the sinus congestion to drain??? I have never heard of such a thing!
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
How much coke and ginger should you drink? A whole glass?
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Hubby is sick with what sounds like a sinus infection. Anyone out there know of anything that will help bring relief from the congestion? I am giving him OTC pain medication, but wonder if there isn't something more I can do to help get the infection to break loose. Thanks in advance!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 92956



Benadryl helps more than Sudafed. That stuff raises blood pressure which makes ears plug up.

One thing I swear by (and I have had chronic ear and nose infections my whole life. It's Nutribiotic and Sino Fresh. The first can be found at any Vitamin Shoppe, but Sino Fresh is hard to come by. Buy from their online site.

Get a 4 Way Nasal spray but don't use it more than a week.

When his nose is cleared from 4 Way, he can irrigate gently (hold breath, so none gets int he ears) OR btreathe heavily through mouth when pouring into nostrils. It is important not to blow, because it drives air into the ears and deep into sinus passages, spreading infection.

Also, take like B 50's three times a day, it works for some reason, and also take a bit of colloidal silver. One half dropper in a tall glass of water. Put drops of straight CS into ears, so it doesn't spread.

Eat raw garlic mixed in yoghurt with salt and pepper and herbs. On crackers.

Last but not least, gargle with salt water and brush teeth often.

Most important: Wash hands and purify hands frequently.
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12/06/2008 09:15 PM
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Meth works well if you cant get any cold meds.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
zicam lozenges. It costs less than $10 and can be found at any drug store.
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12/06/2008 09:18 PM
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
As much spicy type food as can handle, hot peppers have natural antihistamines.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Meth works well if you cant get any cold meds.
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Uhhh, no thanks to this rememdy. We are old folks and aren't into this.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
drink plenty of water, green tea, juices. plenty of rest , take a week off from work. Sudafed worked for me.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
How much coke and ginger should you drink? A whole glass?
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A cup if you drink it warm, as needed.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Take of couple of big chugs of organic natural apple cider vinegar. It tastes like hell but works miraculously I swear. I haven't been plagued with a sinus infection since I started using it. The clearing is almost immediate.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Thanks! Coke with ginger sounds good!

Will peroxide in the ear get the sinus congestion to drain??? I have never heard of such a thing!
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Second the peroxide.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
(neti pot) has no drugs, uses salt solution.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Zinc tablets (not on an empty stomach), echinacea-goldenseal and a neti pot with warm saline solution.

If it's really bad or chronic I'd say resort to antibiotics (Ceftin).
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it would also help to stop eating shitty food.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Don't forget to make chicken soup.

Cook a chicken.

Afterwards, put the carcass & bones & leftover meat in a big pot & cover with water.

Being it to a boil & then simmer on medium heat for about an hour or more.

Strain it through a colander to get the bones & unappetising bits out. Cut-up meat & put that back in the broth.

Add onions, carrots, celery. Noodles, rice, or dumplings, at the end if you like.

Add a lot of salt. Some pepper, and if you like some fresh lemon juice.

You can also add some garlic, goya seasoning, paprika,parsely or other herbs & spices.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear, it feels funny, let it bubble away for a minute each side

all colds start in the ear canal
 Quoting: malu


Good advice! For the ears, the hydrogen peroxide from the drug store works great at full strength. It feels cold at first but will warm quickly in your ear as is bubbles in your ear. DO NOT DO THIS ON INFANTS !! Do it lying down with a towel to catch the peroxide. If you can't tolerate this, gently place a saturated cue tip in you ears.

For sinus congestion, buy food grade hydrogen peroxide from a health food store. Caution! Don't get the full strength on your skin and don't use this in your ears!! It is highly caustic. Buy distilled water. Mix about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the highly concentrated peroxide in about 64 oz or about 2 liters of distilled water. Keep this mix refrigerated in a sealed jug, jar or container. Empty out a nasal spray bottle. If you don't have one, buy a bottle of "Ocean" -- its a saline nasal spray. Empty out the nasal spray bottle and fill it with your special solution. Spray this in each nostril and then recline for 10-15 minutes until the nasal passages start to open. Repeat as often as needed. Never use decongestant drugs again!!

AGAIN, DO NOT DO THE ABOVE WITH INFANTS !!

Drink about 4 oz of the above mix about twice a day.

Also, buy some chicken broth at Trader Joe's or get a case of it at Costco. Heat some up on the stove, full strength and then pour into mug and sip on like tea. I like to add a little cayenne but some people may prefer it plain. Some may add garlic. Or boil yourself a whole chicken and drink the broth. Add rosemary, thyme and garlic and maybe a little pepper. Remove the chicken when cooked and use a skimmer to ladle out the fat or put the broth in the refrigerator over night and you'll be able to easily scoop out the fat that will be at the very top of container.

There's something about chicken broth that helps clear the sinuses--best from a whole (bones, skin and giblets included) boiled chicken--or the cartons of broth purchased are real quick for instant warmth and sustenance when you're sick.

Tip -- stay away from all dairy and eggs when you have a cold or sinus probs but because these things are mucousy themselves and will just add to your problem.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
if the mucus is colored its
an infection and
antibiotics will hit that quickly...

versus spending the same amount
or more on a string of alternative
remedies which may not clear
the infection at all.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Thanks a bunch, guys and gals. I'll have to go to the store tomorrow. Think I have everything on hand to make some chicken soup. Boy, that recipe sounds good on a cold evening! Hope at least one of these will provide some relief for him.
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
if the mucus is colored its
an infection and
antibiotics will hit that quickly...

versus spending the same amount
or more on a string of alternative
remedies which may not clear
the infection at all.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 193856


Is an antibiotic the only way to cure an infection?
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
I use a neti pot religiously. It's an aladdin shaped pot with a small snout. You put warm water in the pot and special salt, not table salt (too much iodine). Nasal salt is easily found at pharmacies. Put snout in one nostril and tip your ear parallel to the floor and like magic the water runs out the other nostril. Do this over a sink.

Quickly repeat with other nostril, then blow both nostrils directly into the sink. IT ALL COMES OUT. The blow nose as regular with tissue. And sterilize the sink lol.

It is inexpensive, and no side effects, can do it as often as needed. I suffer from sinus infections regularly and this is much better than over the counter drugs and doctor meds
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
(neti pot) has no drugs, uses salt solution.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 266713

this was going to be my suggestion as well.
since our family started using one regularly almost all our sinus issues have cleared up- and we hardly ever catch "head colds" anymore.
we live in Florida and i used have a LOT of sinus problems from all the pollen and dust... it really has helped me tremendously.
i think neti pots are wonderful!
i hope he feels better soon :-)
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
I use a neti pot religiously. It's an aladdin shaped pot with a small snout. You put warm water in the pot and special salt, not table salt (too much iodine). Nasal salt is easily found at pharmacies. Put snout in one nostril and tip your ear parallel to the floor and like magic the water runs out the other nostril. Do this over a sink.

Quickly repeat with other nostril, then blow both nostrils directly into the sink. IT ALL COMES OUT. The blow nose as regular with tissue. And sterilize the sink lol.

It is inexpensive, and no side effects, can do it as often as needed. I suffer from sinus infections regularly and this is much better than over the counter drugs and doctor meds
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I have never heard of this. Do you buy them at the health food store?
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Does the saline solution from the neti pot burn? His nose is pretty irritated from blowing it for the past two weeks!
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Re: Anyone know of a good home remedy for sinus congestion/infection?
Homemade colloidal silver used in a spray bottle like nasal spray will clear up and prevent sinus infections. It really works wonders.

The colloidal silver found in health food stores is expensive and of questionable quality. Homemade costs only pennies once you have the equipment set up to make it.
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they do have them here at our local whole foods store- but i think more pharmacies are carrying them now too- i know our local CVS has them .Mine was about $15 and it came with the saline solution.

you dilute the salts in water its not as strong to me as the seawater here locally - it doesn't burn to me, or my hubby- but it might to another person... hard to say how sensitive he could be?
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