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Ugh. I had a cold last week and am doing much better now, with some residual stuffiness. This morning, though, the left side of my face hurts. My upper teeth on that side, the side of my nose, my eye... Oh, and the snot is green, now. Sigh...<br><br>
I really don't want to go to the doctor and start antibiotics, nor do I want to take pseudoephedrine with delivery SO close. Any suggestions?<br><br>
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Can you express any breast milk, or, ah, do you know anybody whose breast milk you wouldn't mind putting up your nose? I'm serious. I used to use Afrin...and usually resort a week later to antibiotics. NOW, I put breastmilk up my nose. Yup, really. Hang your head over the side of the bed, and drip it in from a medicine dropper. Then stay there for a while until it has been up in your sinus cavities for a good long while (if you don't pass out from being on your back that is...). Since I started using breastmilk instead of Afrin I have not had ONE sinus infection last more than three days. And that's without antibiotics. Our bodies rock, they really do, that they can make this stuff that kills sinus infections, and pink eye, and OH so many more things...<br><br>
Too, it couldn't hurt to up your intake of garlic, vitamin C, zinc, berries (like elderberry and blueberry, even currants, if you can...If you know anybody who has Juice Plus handy, take four or six capsules a day for a couple of days), cod liver oil, and echinacia, if you can take that. Probiotics can't hurt, either. Good luck. For what it's worth, my midwife DID say it was safe to take Afrin Ultimate Sinus infection stuff so I could breathe through my hypnobirthing routines...didn't need to in the end...my cold was gone before the big day. Wow, was that a relief. Sorry to hear that you're not getting over the cold. Hope you can take advantage of the breastmilk secret!
 

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rinse your nose out with a neti pot or saline nasal spray (Ocean is a brand name) take vitamin C, and take some B vitamins- mint tea if you like it or just brew it up to inhale it- run a humidifier<br>
lay down in a bath with your face immersed to let the heat and pressure touch your face and change the swelling and circulation<br>
stay hydrated<br><br>
don't eat dairy<br><br>
eat some home made chicken soup- or veggie soup with garlic and
 

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I have suggested this to many clients and it has greatly helped quite a few...even cured some from chronic sinus infections. I read about it in a very old herbal remedy book.<br>
Take a clove of garlic and slice it.....crush one slice in about 2 tablespoons of water. Dip your fingers in the garlic water and snort it. It can't hurt you, but if the solution is too strong it will burn. The garlic has antibacterial properties and is absorbed into the sinus tissue. Do this a few times a day for a few days...but stop if your tissue is sore or raw. Drink a lot of water to keep the muscus membranes moist.<br>
Might help.....<br><br>
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I second the breastmilk and no dairy (also no sugar) ideas. But here is an immune boosting protocol that my midwife gave me for use in pregnancy:<br><br>
IMMUNE BOOSTING PROTOCOL<br><i>Use in the last 6 wks of pregnancy, 2 times a day at breakfast & dinner</i><br><br>
1. Acidophilus (or mixed probiotics), the kind that require refrigeration, 4 billion cells<br>
2. Echinacea tincture, one full dropper, 10 days on, 10 days off<br>
3. Garlic, deodorized capsules, 500-600 mgs per day<br>
4. Vitamin C, 500 mgs with Bioflavinoids, 200 mgs, can be purchased together or separate<br>
5. Propolis, a.k.a. bee pollen, 1 capsule/tablet<br>
6. Grapefruit seed extract, 15 drops, preferably with OJ because it is bitter by itself!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Can you express any breast milk, or, ah, do you know anybody whose breast milk you wouldn't mind putting up your nose? I'm serious. I used to use Afrin...and usually resort a week later to antibiotics. NOW, I put breastmilk up my nose. Yup, really. Hang your head over the side of the bed, and drip it in from a medicine dropper. Then stay there for a while until it has been up in your sinus cavities for a good long while (if you don't pass out from being on your back that is...). Since I started using breastmilk instead of Afrin I have not had ONE sinus infection last more than three days. And that's without antibiotics. Our bodies rock, they really do, that they can make this stuff that kills sinus infections, and pink eye, and OH so many more things...<br></div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> I've heard about using breastmilk for pink eye, but sinus infection! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> You painted the funniest picture describing how to go about using it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> I've heard about using breastmilk for pink eye, but sinus infection! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> You painted the funniest picture describing how to go about using it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Oh, yes. The first time my husband saw me doing it (I'd done it to the kids before...It's a MILLION times better than decongestants and/or saline!), and REALIZED what I was doing he said, "WHAT are you doing?" I said, "Don't ask" (with my head hanging over the side of the bed...) He said, "You're right, I really don't want to know!..." and hurried out of the room.<br><br>
Lemme tell ya, though. Now that he knows it saves us office co-pays and prescription co-pays, he'll say, "You have a cold? Using breastmilk?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's rather funny!
 

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FWIW, I learned that trick from a woman I used to work for, who is from Mexico, and her family still lives there. When her baby was about four months old and had been congested since just about birth, she was crying on the phone to her mom, because she'd done EVERYTHING the doctor had suggested, and the baby was still congested. She was at the end of her rope. Her mom sighed, and said, "Have you tried breastmilk?" She asked her mom to repeat herself. Her mom repeted herself. She tried it right then. Problem solved. Really. She was amazed. She shared it with me with such excitement...I was 19, and I remembered it for seven years until I had my own baby. And it worked just as well with my own. And apparently, it works just as well for grownups as it does for babies!
 

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If you do anything systemic, like taking suppliments or antibiotics, you'll need to pound down lots and lots of water. Like the vagina, the sinuses are not served by blood vessels directly. The only way stuff gets into that space is though the secretions of the cells that line the sinues. If you want those cells to secrete, you gotta supply water to them.<br>
Personally, I get a lot of relief with one of those salt water bottles - like cheater neti pot. You mix a packet of salts with warm water. I do it in the shower because otherwise it grosses me out.
 

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I really, really appreciate all the suggestions. I was all set to call my friend to beg for some BM, then I remembered I still have some of my own in my freezer! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> It's getting kind of old, but should be perfect for this!<br><br>
Will try some of the other suggestions as well. I did end up going to the doc, though, because it was worse this morning... Sigh. I have a script for Augmentin and will be taking acidophilus and eating lots of yogurt, too.<br><br>
Anyway, THANK YOU. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Just wanted to add its a worth a try to contact a massage therapist and see if they will do a home visit. I had a horrible sinus infection with terrible pains in my cheeks, fore head, and glands at the back of my head and had my cousin who is a MT rub them and it relieved 99% of the pressure and made me sleep very well. Hope you feel better soon.
 

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I'm feeling a lot better already! BM really seemed to help so much -- thanks for the suggestion!!!
 
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