Sunday, September 20, 2009

For about four weeks

I've been dealing with some kind of nasty bug. It has settled right in my sinuses and will not go away. I am going to break down and make time to go the doctor this week for an antibiotic because I'm really tired of suffering. I hope it kills whatever this is that won't let me be! My nose is so congested it's ridiculous. I've tried every natural approach including giving it time all to no avail. It's tricky when you suffer from allergies too because it's initially hard to distinguish between the two since they have similar symptoms. But I'm sure now that this is an infection that clearly I need help getting rid of. Luckily, so far, no one else in the family has gotten it. I hope I can keep it that way.

6 comments:

Sabrina @ my little slice of pie said...

Sometimes you do just have to break down and take a pill. It sucks but I hope you feel better real soon.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried drinking a green smoothie? Spinach, kale, apple and cinnamon usually works for me. I drink them until my conjestion subsides. You can also try boiling a pot of water with lavender and eucalyptus leaves and inhale the steam. You can also try taking an herbal bath or burning some eucalyptus oil or placing a few drops in the shower. The herbs I use for conjestion are. Echnecea (immunity), Mullien (brings muscus up and out) or wild cherry bark, dandelion (aids liver) green tea antioxidants. You can also try drinking lemon water. Sometimes as vegetarians we can get allergies from eating soy and wheat. I notice my son gets conjested when he eats alot of wheat. I get conjested from soy.

blackgirlinmaine said...

As someone who gets at least one sinus infection a year and has allergies, I will say that sometimes you do need antibiotics.

Last year I went over 6 weeks battling an infection using neti pots and everything natural I could get and it was horrible. I finally broke down and went to the doctor and in 3 days after taking antibiotics I found relief.

Hope you feel better soon.

Chi-Chi, The Original Wombman said...

Sabrina, it's so true. BGIM . . . thanks. I was wondering if my immune system is depressed or something because an infection for so long just seems really abnormal. I hope that in 3 days, I'll be over this.

Anonymous, thanks for the suggestions. I actually do green smoothies regularly and I gave up on the echinacea a few weeks ago. I do have to watch for the wheat and soy though--you're right about too much being mucous forming. Oh, and I love mullein tea for the boys' coughs.

Anonymous said...

I would use anti-biotics as a last resort. I won't use them If I don't have to. I notice if I am coming down with something, I feel sluggish. I can't get up in the morning. This is when I start to use my herbs and within a day or two I feel better. My son is the same way. He usually gets up earlier than I do, but when he sleeps later than usual, I begin his herbal healing as well. I say that to say, I think i get better results when I start the herbs as soon as I feel the slightest difference with my body. I hope you feel better soon.

blackgirlinmaine said...

I think if you use herbs and a neti pot as soon as you start feeling sluggish you can stop an infection before it starts. Yet my experience has been and for the past 7 years I have had at least one horrible infection a year is that once the infection sets in, nothing natural seems to work.

Like I posted earlier last year I was miserable with a sinus infection, I was doing a nasal wash 2x a day. Inhaling peppermint oil in steam, you name it I tried it and nothing was making it better. My head felt like it was about to pop off my head from the pressure.

I think sometimes there is a time and place for western medicine and sometimes a bad sinus infection is the time and place.

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