The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 26
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May. 10, 2009
    Location
    NC piedmont
    Posts
    2,159

    Default Any miracle cures for congestion?

    Anyone have anything? I can't stand this; my nose is so congested that I can't breathe at all. I can't even blow it, and even when I can, nothing comes out. Not being able to breathe through my nose makes me terribly claustrophobic; I literally want to scream, run, something. I'm sure that makes it worse because I breathe harder and then its harder to breathe...but I'm on the verge of a panic attack.

    I have tried EVERYTHING. Sudafed (the real thing), Mucinex, three different sprays (one of those clears it out, but it lasts about 15 minutes and I'm right back at square one. I'm trying not to overuse it because I know that can make it worse, but it's the only thing that helps even a little...), a sinus rinse (can't even get it in, and it comes out my throat and makes me choke), hot compresses, steam, steam with Vick's vapor rub dissolved in it, I've drunk like 10 glasses of water, ate a bunch of jalapenos. I can't lie down at all (got maybe 3 hours of sleep last night), can't sit for very long, and standing up offers hardly any relief at all, but at least I can breath better through my mouth standing. I'm exhausted. I don't know if I have anything to take that will knock me out enough to let me sleep.

    Any ideas?



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar. 22, 2005
    Location
    Where it is perpetually winter
    Posts
    5,210

    Default

    I got to that point a few weeks ago and finally used one of the Afrin sprays. It worked really well when I used it - it didn't solve the problem for me b/c I had a sinus infection, but it did clear me up for 12 hours or so.



  3. #3
    Join Date
    May. 10, 2009
    Location
    NC piedmont
    Posts
    2,159

    Default

    I tried Afrin; no luck, unfortunately. It usually works, but this time, no dice. 4-Way provides maybe 15 minutes of relief, if I can even get it in my nose. It's so blocked that the spray just runs right back out.



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr. 15, 2008
    Posts
    2,943

    Default

    How timely; i just took a bendryl d: diphenhydramine and phenalayenine (sp?). Usually helps a little.



  5. #5
    Join Date
    May. 10, 2009
    Location
    NC piedmont
    Posts
    2,159

    Default

    Debating between Benadryl and Nyquil for tonight. I need something to knock me the hell out. It's so bad, the only I can keep from panicking is to stand up and walk around.

    I don't want to be the asshat who goes to the ER for a cold, and I don't know what they could do anyway. Honestly, I wish I could be unconscious, it's that bad.



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct. 21, 1999
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    Posts
    12,424

    Default

    I'll be reading this eagerly because I'm feeling the same way. Benadryl helps a little, but I'm so tired of this. It's been going on for weeks, off and on. I finally broke down and made an appointment with the doctor for next week. I have to talk to her about whether this is allergies or a sinus infection. Meanwhile, any temporary relief would be a welcome one.

    In the meantime, maybe it would help, henry, if when you used the nasal spray, you then lie down with your head tilted back so that the liquid could run up your nose, instead of out.
    Originally Posted by Alagirl
    We just love to shame poor people...when in reality, we are all just peasants.



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov. 2, 2001
    Location
    Packing my bags
    Posts
    32,552

    Default

    well, the sinus rinse going down the back way isn't bad...that's part of the system, too.

    Can't tell you about the difference between niquil and benadril, since both really do knock me out.

    try the steam with peppermint tea/peppermint & camomille

    Sage is also really good.

    anything else I can think of is more for the other kind of crud.

    (oh, yeah, chicken soup, lots of chicken soup)

    also: hot tea, rum or whiskey and honey, lemon optional.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mozart View Post
    Personally, I think the moderate use of shock collars in training humans should be allowed.



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug. 25, 2012
    Posts
    641

    Default

    Try a hot toddy! Also, lots of steamy hot peppermint tea, and to knock you out take NyQuil!



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec. 28, 2012
    Posts
    111

    Default

    Careful with over using nasal sprays. You can get rebound congestion from over use. It can make things much worse, not better. Best to see a doctor.



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec. 29, 2012
    Location
    La La Land
    Posts
    553

    Default

    I suggest seeing a doctor, just in case you have a sinus infection. Sounds like you may have one. If that was the case you could have inflamation in your sinus area, thus making everything all the more stuffed up. Plus you may need a good ol round of antibiotics to get to the root of things to clear things up. I certainly would not feel like an a$$ about going to a doctor for this , because you are miserable, not getting sleep, and experiencing panic.

    I hope you get to feeling better real soon that sounds awful.


    1 members found this post helpful.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Sep. 7, 2009
    Location
    Lexington, KY
    Posts
    18,567

    Default

    Have you tried the real Sudafed, the stuff behind the counter because druggies use it to make meth and when you ask for it, you get the once over like you might be a druggie stuff?

    The Sudafed PE on the shelves is NOT the same stuff. Try the real deal and take at least 3 (I've taken 4 at a time). You might not sleep,but you should be able to breathe, even if it's a sinus infection.

    Don't take Sudafed if you have a heart problem or high blood pressure though.
    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanuel Kant



  12. #12
    Join Date
    Oct. 28, 2007
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    4,284

    Default

    Have you tried cutting out dairy and wheat for a while? I find going "Asian" (Chinese food mostly, but no dumplings) helps cut down the stuffed nose.
    A pizza for example stuffs my nose up, there are foods I can tell make me more clogged up. Sometimes the same foods don't seem to effect me, but when I'm sick/clogged up they do. Alcohol can do it too, a small glass of sherry = clogged for me.


    1 members found this post helpful.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jan. 27, 2002
    Posts
    4,737

    Default

    a good healthy snort of fresh horseradish has helped me on occaion. hth and feel better everyone.


    1 members found this post helpful.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Nov. 2, 2001
    Location
    Packing my bags
    Posts
    32,552

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by suz View Post
    a good healthy snort of fresh horseradish has helped me on occaion. hth and feel better everyone.
    wasabi
    Quote Originally Posted by Mozart View Post
    Personally, I think the moderate use of shock collars in training humans should be allowed.



  15. #15
    Join Date
    May. 10, 2009
    Location
    NC piedmont
    Posts
    2,159

    Default

    I went to the CVS minute-clinic this AM (which, BTW, was great for a minor illness on a weekend; cheaper than the ER or urgent care and didn't clog up those places for more serious stuff). Verdict: allergic sinusitis.. Got a round of doxy for the sinus infection and a steroid spray for the allergies. Unfortunately, it'll take a couple days for both to kick in.

    In the meantime, she told me to take Sudafed (the real thing, which I always get instead of the replacement product anyway), Advil, and Mucinex, and drink lots of water. None of which are really working. One spray does help a little at least, and Ill take more Nyquil tonight. That knocked me out enough that I could sleep for a couple hours at a time before waking up because I couldn't breathe.

    I tried a vinegar and water steam and that doesn't do anything for the congestion but it does sooth my throat which is sore from mouth breathing.

    If anyone has any other home remedies to try, let's hear them. I'd try anything at this point.



  16. #16
    Join Date
    Dec. 13, 1999
    Location
    land of enchantment and chile
    Posts
    1,421

    Default

    As I am suffering from a whopper of a head cold complete with stuffed nose and all, I am enjoying a bowl of posole that is made with some really hot(spicy) red chile. The chicken soup and horseradish should also help but here in the New Mexican landscape we eat the chiles as hot as possible to cure a cold or whatever ails you.



  17. #17
    Join Date
    Apr. 14, 2001
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    16,861

    Default

    So you've got a whole lot of inflammation in your nasal and sinus passages rather than a whole bunch of snot?

    Flushing with a double dose of the salt stuff can help pull fluid out of the tissues in there. It's not terribly pleasant, but I have found it helpful.

    I'd also try an anti-inflammatory + pseudoephedrine. I really like Aleve Cold and Sinus (behind the counter in the pharmacy.)



  18. #18
    Join Date
    Aug. 25, 2012
    Posts
    641

    Default

    How much water are you drinking out of curiosity?

    Try steamy peppermint tea and lots of warm damp compresses.

    Do you have a cough at all?



  19. #19
    Join Date
    Aug. 1, 2007
    Location
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Posts
    4,122

    Default

    Neti pot. So gross. Soooo amazingly gross.
    Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.



  20. #20
    Join Date
    Aug. 5, 2006
    Posts
    5,045

    Default

    Heat water on the stove put a dollop of Vicks Vapo Rub in the water, put a towel over your head and breath in the vapors and see if that helps (that was my poor college girl's answer to a vaporizer..and it works really well when you are really stuffed. If you've been doing a lot of nasal spray..that may have made things worse.



Similar Threads

  1. cures for leash pullers?
    By HalfArabian in forum The Menagerie
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: Dec. 21, 2011, 10:29 PM
  2. Damn Congestion!!!
    By dalpal in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: Oct. 9, 2011, 09:31 PM
  3. Horse with congestion in lungs
    By cllane1 in forum Horse Care
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: Oct. 21, 2009, 09:18 PM
  4. Dog with bladder cancer.... Anyone know any miracle cures?
    By mlranchtx in forum Around The Farm
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: Sep. 28, 2009, 06:06 AM
  5. Bad Back Cures -- Back2life?
    By Horsepower in forum Off Course
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Aug. 10, 2009, 06:35 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness