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#1 caroldiem

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

Hi Ladies,

I have a really bad sinus infection i had it just before i conceived this little one and i took antibiotics and that did the trick but ofcourse it has returned with a vengeance. I don't know what to do the headaches are so bad, the pain behind my eyes, and my neck is very sore.......

Panadol doesn't seem to be working at all and i can feel all my sinuses really blocked up sad.gif

I am so miserable sad.gif

Please HELP!!!

#2 tweedle-dee

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:01 PM

Hi caroldiem, firstly as you are posting in preg questions section, I'm guessing you are pregnant again...after your heartache of earlier this year, a huge congratulations to you...such wonderful news.

I recently had sinus infection while in first trimester and Gp put me on antibiotics (which I resisted until she convinced me it was most important I get myself better and that ABs were perfectly safe for me and bub. When seeing my ob in the follwing week, she suggested continuing ABs and also holding my head over bowl of steaming water with vicks for 10mins at time to help relief pressure and loosen congestion.

I feel your misery of blocked sinuses...good luck and hope u feeling better soon original.gif

#3 caroldiem

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:05 PM

Thanks tweedle-dee looks like i need another trip to the doctors then. sad.gif

And yes i am pregnant again, although i say this with a mixed bag full of emotions it hasn't been easy.

And the big shocker it was announced yesterday that my SIL is also pregnant and she is due 5 days before me but noone in the family knows about me except my MIL my hubby accidentally let it slip but she is good at keeping secrets so i really hope she says nothing

#4 Koobie83

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:56 AM

Hey OP - my sinus has been a pain in the butt right from the beginning. No infections so far though. Do you use Fess? Fess works great for me. Make sure you tip your head over (almost upside down) when spraying for maximum entry into your sinus. It's a saline spray too so perfectly safe.

#5 BJBubbles

Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:04 AM

Sinus infections suck at the best of times, but are just horrible when pregnant!

Honestly, if it's actually infected, you need antibiotics. It's the only thing that will really help.

I tried to get rid of a cold for a week before I gave in and got AB's - by that time I wanted to pull my eyes out, and my teeth were aching because of the pressure!

My GP put me on a course of Amoxicycillin (Sp?) (penicillin - category A for pregnancy, so entirely safe!) plus gave me 2 different nose sprays (prescription Rhinocourt and OTC Otrivin).  I was also using the Fess sinus cleanse twice a day (not just the spray - the cleanse is gross but really moves the gunk. I recommend doing it in the shower...).  

She also said I could take any of the panadol's depending on the pain - so Panadol, Panadeine, or Panadol Extra as Paracetamol and Codeine are both Cat A drugs too.  

All that being said, I was 29ish weeks when I got sick, so you really do need to speak to your GP as different drugs can be safe at different times I believe.

I hope you can get some relief soon!

#6 meljb

Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:12 AM

Try a nasal rinse or neti pot, it's a saline rinse that you squeeze up and it rinses everything out. It's a bit gross but more effective than fess. I was able to knock a sinus infection on its head when I was pg by using that. I was developing another one just before Christmas this year and there was no way I could get to a doctor but I was able to fight it off with the nasal rinse. I got my rinse from the chemist, Neil Med brand I think it is.

#7 caroldiem

Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:42 AM

Thankyou for all your help ladies.........

I have just started using the Netti Pot it has relieved some of the pressure.

How do you know if you have an actual sinus infection vs one that is starting???

#8 BJBubbles

Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:45 PM

The neti pot seems similar to the sinus cleanse I was using.  I agree with PP that the normal fess nose spray does nothing!

Regarding the infection - for me it was the pain/aching.
When it's just a cold, my nose is blocked and I feel yuck etc, but once it got infected there was a lot more pressure and discomfort in my sinuses - behind my eyes, on my brow, and like I said, my teeth started to ache.  

Other "normal" signs of infection are temperature etc.

My OB basically said if you've had symptoms for 3 or so days without improvement to get checked by the GP just in case...

#9 caroldiem

Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

Thanks BJBubbles then i definitely have a infection oh well my GP is on holidays and she won't be back until next Friday i have to wait a whole week i am hoping the Netti Pot can get me through until then teh pain is pretty excruciating. I am hoping my chinese doctor can help me to next wednesday

#10 *Lena*

Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:15 PM

Congrats on the pregnancy!

Sinus is the worse I have suffered all my life. During my first pregnancy I was really bad but for some strange reason each child I have it is improving.

Boil some water and put it in a bowl. Put a towel over the bowl and your head and breath in the steam. It will loosen the gunk so blow as much out as you can. Do this regularly. Try to keep the mucus moving as much as possible.

#11 BJBubbles

Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:35 PM

Honestly, you shouldn't put up with an infection. If it were me, I would be seeing any GP to get a script for some antibiotics... I don't imagine trying to fight through an infection would do you any good given when pregnant your immune system is dramatically weakened to start with.

Just my 2 cents though - hope you start feeling better soon

#12 caroldiem

Posted 28 December 2012 - 05:48 AM

Good idea might head off to the docs today original.gif

#13 hoohoobump

Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:21 AM

I have a Neilmed (sp?) nasal rinse thing. Similar to a nettipot I think. Way better than Fess and helps things like the medicated sprays work better it seems.

When the infection really took hold I thought my teeth were going to pushd out of my head. Only antibiotics seemed to help with that.

Good luck!

#14 Kay1

Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:28 AM

I suffered with bad sinus issues in all my pregnancies. In my last one the OB suggested I snort warm water with some rock salt dissolved in it every morning in the shower. It worked a treat. I only had a very mild infection but was very stuffy but within a few days it was all clear and I could breathe through my nose at night again.

I would keep a jug in the shower, fill it with warm water and put some rock salt in it, then block one nostril and snort the water up the other. Makes you cough and splutter horribly but gets the gunk out.  If the infection is really bad I'd definitely see a doctor but in the meantime try this.

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