What can I do about this constant sinus discomfort?
February 14, 2012 7:12 AM Subscribe
You are not my doctor, but I won't be able to see him for a few weeks and you might have some helpful sinus-related advice and tips that could really help me out. Long and slightly gross details inside.
posted by jbickers to health & fitness (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
So, for over a year now, I've had really bad sinus drainage. It's most days, most of the day. It feels like there's a little ball of filth at the top of my throat, four inches behind my nose, steadily releasing a drip-drip-drip of mucus or snot or bad-tasting gunk or whatever.
Sudafed used to work really well, but not so much anymore. I went to an allergist two months ago, who did the whole "pincushion on your back" thing. He said I'm allergic to the basic stuff that most people are - dust mites, cockroach droppings, etc. - and put me on Singulair and Cetirizine (basically a prescription, very strong version of Zyrtec). Neither one had any effect at all.
He wants me to do the "two years of shots" routine, but my insurance won't cover it so it is absolutely not an option.
The worst of it is the heartburn and stomach discomfort caused by all the drainage, so lately I've been treating those symptoms (pepto, etc.) rather than worrying about how to stop the cause.
Here's the thing: it's been like this for more than a year, with absolutely no regard for the change of seasons. So it's clearly not a "seasonal allergy," and I'm wondering if it's even allergies at all. Neti pot helps a little, as does a really hot bath and a glass of scotch. Any other OTC treatments that you've had look luck with?