Stopped up nose - Mucinex or decongestant?

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WalkingbyFaith
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   Posted 12/25/2017 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a cold for 2.5 weeks now. Until 2 days ago, it was just a little drainage and a bad, productive cough. Mucinex was helping. Night before last, I started feeling it in my nose and sinuses. I'm trying to eat Christmas dinner and can't breathe. Should I take Mucinex, pseudoephedrine (decongestant), or take nothing and be miserable and not sleep until this is over with? If it ever gets over with. Two and a half weeks is a long time for "a cold."

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   Posted 12/25/2017 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Take extra vitamin C and I believe elderberry helps(google it to see)

Take Vicks vapo rub and rub it on from below your ears to the base of your neck, it helps me for some reason. Along where you would do lymph node drainage massage.

Mucinex is supposed to be very good my husband uses it.


Sorry you feel this way hope you get a good night's rest tonight, Take care, Jo

1000Daisies
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   Posted 12/25/2017 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
For stuffy nose, we use an essential oil blend. I put a few drops, diluted, on a cotton ball, and then I tape to the top of our shirts, under our nose. Whenever my kids have a stuffy nose, they all ask me to do this. They all say it helps a lot with sleeping. For me, it doesn't resolve it completely but does help enough to sleep.

I have been using essential oils for some years now, and I have very mixed results from using them. For stuffy now, I do believe it helps us! My kids think so too! They can't handle stuffy noses at all! smile
Kid#1: Extremely sick for several years, very difficult to treat, but doing great now!
Kid#2: Still sick now despite being treated for years but doing better (not well yet).
Kid#3: Generally good but relapsing off/on.
Me: Adv Labs positive 2016 (suspected I passed to my kids)-not as sick as others, mostly battling fatigue and yeast issues (heart/kidney issues resolved)
Treating with herbals now.

1000Daisies
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   Posted 12/25/2017 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, if a virus doesn't clear up or improve, I usually start to suspect a secondary bacterial infection. Just keep that in mind if not improving. smile
Kid#1: Extremely sick for several years, very difficult to treat, but doing great now!
Kid#2: Still sick now despite being treated for years but doing better (not well yet).
Kid#3: Generally good but relapsing off/on.
Me: Adv Labs positive 2016 (suspected I passed to my kids)-not as sick as others, mostly battling fatigue and yeast issues (heart/kidney issues resolved)
Treating with herbals now.

Purrrsiankitty
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   Posted 12/25/2017 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
try a nettipot with a saline solution
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WalkingbyFaith
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   Posted 12/25/2017 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Purrrsiankitty said...
try a nettipot with a saline solution


Thanks. I think I have one. I'll try it.

WalkingbyFaith
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   Posted 12/25/2017 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
goshawk said...
Take extra vitamin C and I believe elderberry helps(google it to see)

Take Vicks vapo rub and rub it on from below your ears to the base of your neck, it helps me for some reason. Along where you would do lymph node drainage massage.

Mucinex is supposed to be very good my husband uses it.


Sorry you feel this way hope you get a good night's rest tonight, Take care, Jo
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Thanks, Jo. I did take extra Vit C. I don't have the others but may look for some tomorrow.

WalkingbyFaith
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   Posted 12/25/2017 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
1000Daisies said...
For stuffy nose, we use an essential oil blend. I put a few drops, diluted, on a cotton ball, and then I tape to the top of our shirts, under our nose. Whenever my kids have a stuffy nose, they all ask me to do this. They all say it helps a lot with sleeping. For me, it doesn't resolve it completely but does help enough to sleep.

I have been using essential oils for some years now, and I have very mixed results from using them. For stuffy now, I do believe it helps us! My kids think so too! They can't handle stuffy noses at all! smile


What essential oils do you use for this?

WalkingbyFaith
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   Posted 12/25/2017 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
1000Daisies said...
Oh, if a virus doesn't clear up or improve, I usually start to suspect a secondary bacterial infection. Just keep that in mind if not improving. smile


Yeah I know. That's what's got me worried. I don't want to have to take antibiotics. The last abx I took was minocycline right after I found out I had Lyme. I only took it a week and suffered a debilitating 2 month worsening of Lyme symptoms. I had never herxed from an abx before and haven't taken one since. That was 11 months ago.

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   Posted 12/26/2017 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
WalkingbyFaith said...
Purrrsiankitty said...
try a nettipot with a saline solution


Thanks. I think I have one. I'll try it.


It is recommended that you don't use tap water, but use distilled water.

Eucalyptus oil is what I use for stuffiness.

/www.youngliving.com/blog/canada/7-natural-remedies-for-cough-or-cold/

Always a nice warm steamy drink is good. Tea or broth. The steam goes up you nose as you drink it.
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