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What do you use for your sinuses?

I started having issues with my Sinuses at around 10 years of age. At first Sudafed worked but by the time I was 12 it seemed to have lost it’s effect.

Over the years I have tried many products and have learnt a lot from my two children who also have sinus issues. I prefer to stay with more natural approaches where possible.

To help reduce sinus headaches in the morning you can try 2 – 3 drops of Thyme oil and 2 – 3 drops of Peppermint oil on a tissue/Kleenex next to your bed. This can also be used during the day by placing on the computer whilst working. Within a few days of trying this I noticed I was waking in the morning and I could breathe through my nose.

For nasal congestion there are a couple of options. The first is the standard nasal spray/mist that you can buy at a Pharmacy or Drug Store. Another option is a neti pot or nasal rinse. This involves pouring approximately 4 ounces of luke warm saline water into each nostril and letting it flow out. It is a little messy but is great for cleaning things out and for reducing post nasal drip.

When Sinus makes me feel really tired or the pain is too much I take Claratin D 24 hour. This is a behind the counter product as it contains pseudoephadrine. It also contains an antihistamine so whether your sinus pain is caused by allergies, congestion or swelling you should get some relief. I have recently dropped my dose to the 12 hour tablet and I have to say I have noticed a difference.

To those of you that have been taking Claratin or Sudafed that you pick up off the shelf, this contains phenylepherine and in my opinion does very little to alleviate sinus pain and congestion.

If you have any questions or other suggestions on how to relieve sinus pressure, congestion or pain, please feel free to leave a comment.

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