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Whoo, any ideas?

I'm taking cold and flu tablets which are decongestants too, and I've tried menthol inhalers and sore throat pastilles. I even did the towel-on-the-head-over-a-bowl-of-hot-water thing to no avail. I've only got one nostril corked, which is why it's so infuriating, and it seems every time I blow my nose there's nothing to blow out (sorry, I know that's gross).

What is weird, though, is that I can breathe okay if I'm stood up, but as soon as I sit or lie down, wham, plugged up again. This is all setting my asthma off as I'm finding it difficult to breathe through one nostril (and breathing through my mouth doesn't help much). It's going to stink trying to sleep tonight, and working tomorrow.

Anyone got any other remedies that might work to unplug me, even a little bit?

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Trust me, I totally know where you're coming from. Sudafed did nothing for me last time, even the maximum strength stuff.

The only thing that has worked for me is nasal irrigation. It's based off the ancient Indian practice of jali neti, which is proported to benefit all over health and prevent colds.

To try it, use 1/4 of a teaspoon of salt in one cup (8 ounces) of warm water, and stir well. Using an ear syringe/bulb, medicine dropper, or similar container, suck some of it up. Lean forward over the sink almost face down, and tilt your head so that your left nostril is slightly above your mouth.

Now, breathing steadily and even humming if you wish, insert the container into your right nostril and gently squeeze. You should remain breathing/humming to keep the solution from going down your throat. If the solution burns, add a dash more salt; solution should taste mildly salty to the mouth.

If done correctly, the solution will travel up your right nostril, through your sinuses, and out the left. Blow your nose and repeat if desired. You can even switch sides, if you're comfortable. You'll be amazed how much gunk comes out of there, and I speak from my experience alone that I've avoided use of antibiotics many times with this practice.

Not everyone feels good about trying it, but I thought I'd put it out there. If you have any questions, ask away!

[ 03-12-2007, 06:17 PM: Message edited by: Miss Lauren ]

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Thanks for the suggestion, Miss Lauren. Unfortunately things have taken a slightly sinister turn, in that the milk at work RATTLED when I picked the bottle up to put some in a brew, so it may not be a cold, but an allergic reaction. I have a doctor's appointment later to see if it is anything more serious than a cold, so here's hoping.

My nose today is on a cycle of bunged and unbunged. >.<

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I like Vicks Vapo-Rub. You are technically not supposed to put it in your nostrils, but a little on the rims of each one, as well as on the bridge of you nose has worked wonders for me during allergy season.

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When I get gunked up, allergic reactions aside, I find it helps to stay away from the dairy. It just makes my nose block more, and if I have asthma seems to make me cough more.

Probably not relevant to your case, but this (the blockage in one nostril) used to ALWAYS happen to me, until I got my parents (one of whom is a doctor) to believe me that the cartilage of my septum was actually blocking one nostril.

[ 03-15-2007, 02:39 AM: Message edited by: rosegeranium ]

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sorry if this sounds like advertisement...
Vaporub has worked wonders for me, it's something you spread on your chest and its aroma triggers something that uncloggs your nose. I used it when I was out for a week with a REALLY bad case of the flu, with both noses really gunked up.. in ~30 mins-1 hour, it was all gone, and I could sleep.. needless to say, I hibernated for the better part of the week =)

Active ingrediants; Camphor 4.8%, Eucalyptus oil 1.2%, menthol 2.6%.

EDIT: Just read the post above me, seems like someone agrees with me ^.^
Really, tryit on your chest during allery season next year, and do it safely. If that fails, by all means, don't let me keep you from unclogging your nose.

[ 03-15-2007, 05:55 PM: Message edited by: Selkie ]

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Nasal irrigation how-to video!

disconnect and let me drift/until my upside down is right side *in*

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