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Mamas, I'm miserable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'm 21 weeks and have a raging sinus infection. My head feels like its going to explode. Of course, it is a holiday weekend and no one is answering at my OBs office. Any suggestions or advice on what I can do or take (herbal or OTC) to help relieve this pain and pressure??<br>
Or, in the bigger picture, what can I safely take to cure this infection, besides antibiotics? Or prevent a reoccurrence? This is my 3rd sinus infection since becoming pregnant, and I'm hate taking antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. But I'm getting desperate here!<br>
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Hey there, I am a nurse at a birth center.<br><br>
You probably need antibiotics, and there should be a paging service at your OBs office with which you can page the practitioner on call.<br><br>
That said, if you want, you can try taking 2000mg Vit C in divided doses (meaning take 1000 in the am, 1000 in the pm). You can take Robitussin, take as directed. You could also try some benadryl, to see if that would help dry some of it up. And Tylenol for the head pressure. Humidify the air around you. Take a hot shower every morning and evening to help loosen up the snot. Drink a TON of clear liquids--stay away from dairy if possible, in mnay people dairy triggers more mucus production. If I were you, I would take the robitussin around the clock, but only take the benadryl at night.<br><br>
And while this sounds weird, it is VERY HELPFUL.....saline nasal irrigation. If you have a health food store, go and buy a neti pot, read the instructions and do that at least once a day. If you have no health food store available, bring to boil two cups of water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Let cool until it is warm, but not burning hot. Take one of those blue blub syringes (the kind that is used to suck snot out of babies' noses, you can buy them in the baby section of most stores, they are also sometimes called ear irrigation syringes), suck up a bunch of the water, tilt your head over the sink sort of sideways, stick it up your nose, and slowly but steadily inject the water into your nose. If you have your head tilted to the right, stick it up your left nostril. Angle your head so that the saline water flows through your sinus cavities and out your other nostril, not down your throat (where the mucus and water will make you gag a bit). This helps in several ways....it helps break up the mucus, it feels good to shoot the very warm water up your nose (at least, it does for me when I get a sinus infection), and the bacteria that cause most sinus infections do not like a saline environment. The change in the saltiness of the environment causes them to implode and die.<br><br>
Once you get rid of this sinus infection, however you do, I think it would be a good idea for you to do some sort of saline nasal irrigation on a daily basis as a preventative measure. The hormonal changes in your body during pregnancy and lactation often cause your mucous membranes to be drier, and therefore more easily irritated and swollen. Even getting an over the counter saline nasal spray (not anything medicated, just saline nasal drops) and using those once or twice a day will help moisten your nasal passages and keep irritation and evil bacteria at bay. Depending upon your symptoms, you might also want to go on an allergy med and/or a allergy nasal spray during the pregnancy, especially if these sinus infections seem to be aggravated by allergies. No one wants to take meds....but it is also not good to be taking antibiotics all the time, either. Sometimes chronic, preventative meds are the lesser of two evils, know what I mean?<br><br>
Good luck, I hope this helps! I'm sorry you are so miserable! Let us know how it goes for you!<br><br>
Lori
 

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Thanks so much, Lori, for your help.<br>
I did finally get a doc to answer my page, and he phoned in a rx for antibiotics. I'm on my way to the drug store now, where I plan to pick up some of the OTC you mentioned. I just wasn't sure what was okay to take while preg and bf-ing. I do have pretty nasty allergies, esp with the cottonwoods blooming now, and I plan to discuss it w/ my OB on my appt on Fri. I will investigate the Neti Pot, or saline spray, as well. Thanks, again. I really appreciate it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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