Re: Man I hate having sinus problems! Claritin isn't working well today... :(
Sinus problems are the worst. Until recently, I had 3-4 infections a year with each lasting 6-8 weeks.
I agree with the neti pot.
Are you using any saline nasal sprays? I like Xlear, Ponaris or Ayr. The first two have some other natural ingredients.
Are you on a decongestant? Sometimes, I found it was needed.
Are you using a humidifier?
I find that a hot or cold pack help provide temporary relief. I usually use the cold pack, but occassionally warm feels good.
I also wear a face mask when I go out in the cold.
Something interesting I found out was that in addition to the allergies making things worse, I also have "silent" reflux. I had acid actually coming up into my sinus area and making the irritation worse. Reflux treatments have helped me decrease the number of sinus infections I've had the last couple years.
Asthma, Allergies, severe LPR/GERD, Anemia, TMJD, Hearing Loss, Ulnar Impaction Syndrome, Shoulder Impingement--both shoulders, Benign Joint Hypermobility, possible Ehlers Danlos Syndrome