I always have to clear my throat, my nose always seems stuffy, especially my right nostril. I feel like there is just always mucus building. Nasal congestion? I'm not quite sure. But it's effecting my throat and nose. I'm constantly blowing my nose, sniffling, coughing, or just clearing my throat only for it to act up again a minute later. This has been going on for 10+ years. I don't know what it is, or how to fix it, or what to do.
If there is thread with an answer to this already, I'd like to check it out. Sorry if this has already been posted before.
But seriously, I know how you feel. And unfortunately, for some people there's not a lot that can be done about it. But. . . first, do you know of any allergies you have? Your best bet would be to start by visiting an allergist to get tested for allergies and get the best treatment.
A few things to try:
1. A lot of people swear by nasal rinses or net pots. They actually make me worse, but it helps many people and even an ENT or allergist will recommend you try it.
2. Get a humidifier. Also, steam in general helps anytime your nose is clogged.
3. Take a very hot shower. This has two effects: 1) the steam will help alleviate your symptoms, and 2) heat brings histamines to your skin, causing your skin to take the brunt of an allergy attack rather than your sinuses
4. Carbonated beverages are natural antihistamines and they always help clear me up. Sounds strange, but it works for me!
5. If none of it helps, you can always visit an ENT (ear, nose & throat specialist) to see if you have any issues such as a deviated septum. Many times, however, if you have a severe issue that can't be controlled with allergy injections or medications, it's just something you have to learn to cope with.
But. . . first, do you know of any allergies you have?
I don't know. D: When I got a check up years ago, they never brought it up. If I remember correctly, they said one nostril was bigger than the other (I don't know if she meant my actual inside or my nose because the right is slightly bigger than the other...) and gave me some spray medication for my nose. It didn't help. They also told me not to drink milk. Which is unfortunate because I love milk! It was merely a check up, and not a specialist. I'm sure my best bet would have to visit an allergist or an ENT.
Thank you for the suggestions and the reply! I was getting a bit worried no one would! I'm a tad desperate to get this fixed, and worry about the money. Thankfully, I just recently got insurance and I'm ready to fix this problem.
No problem! I'm surprised they told you not to drink milk. I've not heard of that for this problem. It's true that milk can encourage mucous, but I'm not sure it makes enough of a difference to really bother with.
But one nostril being bigger than the other does sound a bit like a deviated septum. You should definitely see one or both of those specialists. If you have a deviated septum, I'm sorry to say that probably won't be cheap or easy to fix. Sinus surgery is usually how that is treated and I hear it's no fun. But if it makes you feel better in the long run, maybe it's worth it. I'm glad you have insurance to help you with it now.
Either way, I hope you can find some answers and feel better! I have such horrible allergies, that there's not much hope for me. I've been on injections for around 20 years. They've definitely helped a lot (went from pneumonia several times a year to "just" having sinus infections), but I don't think I will ever live without a clogged nose! Sounds like there's hope for you, though. I hope they get you fixed up!
There are two likely possibilities for what you're dealing with. The most obvious one is environmental allergies. You could be allergic to anything from molds (which are everywhere) to cats or pollen. You could try taking am antihistamine like Zyrtec every day for a couple of weeks to see if your symptoms improve, but seeing an allergist for testing would give you a more definitive answer.
The other possibility is a form of acid reflux called LPR or "silent reflux" which often has no noticeable reflux symptoms but causes inflammation of the mucus membranes in your esophagus and upper respiratory tract which causes post-nasal drip, chronic throat clearing, and can cause asthma-like wheezing.
You should probably start with an allergist, but it's worth exploring the LPR angle as well.
I'm also one for having a lot of mucus from post nasal drip especially in the a.m. Seems every year I would wind up with at least 2 sinus infections and sometimes the antibiotics would work, other times didn't.
My ENT also told me to do the sinus rinse to keep my nasal passages hydrated. Of course he told me to do it every night about an hr. before bed but I don't always do it. However, when I do start to feel plugged up and stuffy I quickly do the sinus rinse and it does help. Never realized so much mucus can build up in such a small nose....
It felt weird the first couple of times I did it, but once you get it down it is fairly simple. From all the dry and cold weather here this winter I have been doing it more frequently and yes, the nose feels much better. He gave me a plastic bottle that you fill with a saline solution, which you can buy cheap at WalMart and you just squeeze the stuff up each side of the nose. After doing one side, gently blow your nose and then do the other side.
If I run out of the solution I have actually used plain old warm water, but it does sting a little bit, yet it still makes me feel much better. It's almost like using a Neti Pot except it is a squeeze bottle you can purchase at any store cheap. A friend of mine rinsed out an old nasal spray bottle and uses that.
Hope this helps, as I know it has helped me....JJ....
The name of mine is NeilMed sinus rinse.
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