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"Nasal flush" or "My teeth hurt!!!"

Had anyone tried a saline flush to clear out their sinuses?

There's so much pressure in my head my TEETH hurt!


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Jun. 21st, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
I have a neti pot that I use all the freakin' time. It's the weirdest sensation ever, but it really helps with sinus pressure and sinus crud in general.
Jun. 21st, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
I've used a netipot when my allergies get really bad. It really does supply a significant amount of temporary relief, and you get used to the sensation soon enough.
Jun. 21st, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
I could be wrong, but I believe pheonix-jade and fallenpegasus both have.
Jun. 21st, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Poor head, poor teeth!! I do believe the flush could help. Illa makes a light solution of salt water and splashes it towards her nose and claims that helps her.
Jun. 21st, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Use "Simply Saline" brand.

Everything else has preservatives, stablilzers, "medicines" and other additiaves that will just irritate you more, needing to do it more.
Jun. 21st, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Ditto! What he said.

Another thing I learned as a child, from my grandfather, was to simply rinse my sinuses every day when I showered. Direct water toward nose with hands, inhale, spit & cough out what hits the back of your throat. I don't inhale just water, rather I inhale air with a lot of water in it.

Feels terrible when you begin, but quickly becomes second nature. *Very* helpful.
Jun. 21st, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
I've heard nasal saline flushes work wonders.
Jun. 21st, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
It might increase your pressure if done wrongly... and anyway, your sinuses aren't a looped system. Pressure goes in, and it might not come back out. That's the problem in the first place... the pressured crap can't get out. And anyway, flushing your sinuses sounds awfully gross. But then, I know how desperate one can get to do *anything* when it gets to the headache/toothache stage. I got that on an airplane once.

Pressure is a big problem for divers who have colds or sinus issues... technically, they're not supposed to dive in that condition. I nearly popped a sinus the day I went to qualify diving. (Which would have left me in the horrific state of bleeding from my sinuses, drowning in my own blood despite the air regulator I had in my mouth, while struggling towards the surface and trying to NOT get the bends)

My suggestion? Drink LOTS of fluids, to liquify things. It's not immediate, but it DOES make a difference. Take a decongestant. Maybe take something for the pain. Warm and cold compresses (alternated every fifteen minutes) or even putting your forehead and face under a running shower can do wonders.

And maybe see your doctor. Sinus infections suck.
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