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in need of home remedies!

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by yooperdave, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. yooperdave

    yooperdave Minister of Fire

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    i thlnk i have the creeping crud.
    major congestion with sinus pressure (go figure)
    chills
    body aches (all over)
    no fever
    itchy/burning eyes
    headaches-at first bad ones, now, not they are minor
    a new, even deeper, voice
    any suggestions?
    took the day off work (no pay) and spent it in front of the nc-13 at the cottage-a very relaxing 85f.
    sauna tonight

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  2. GAMMA RAY

    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    maybe allergies....or sinus infection....everyone is suffering in this area right now with that...
    neti pot or sinucleanse squeeze.....(the squeeze one is easier)
    If I don't use this everyday...I am sick sick sick....
    Drug free...
    just a suggestion....I am not a doc, but all the ENT docs suggest it here....I would see a doc....JIC

    http://www.sinucleanse.com/
  3. eba1225

    eba1225 Feeling the Heat

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    Yooperdave,

    Not sure if this will help but have a home recipe for a sinus irrigation solution. We use this heavily when we have a sinus headache or the making of a sinus infection. There are no restrictions as to how much you use it but we don't exceed more than once every 30 mins.

    Items needed:
    Ear Bulb (about 1 oz)
    1 Qt warm water (Don't want to scald your sinuses)
    2 - 3 Tsp Kosher Salt
    1 Tsp Baking Soda

    Mix the Water, Salt an Baking Soda.

    Fill the Bulb with the solution by sucking it up into the bulb. (Want to get the bulb pretty full.)
    Leaning over a sink, tilt you head a little forward.
    Stick the tip of the bulb to JUST into one nostril. (I point straight up the nostril but there are different schools as to a little forward or a little back.)
    Stop breathing and deliberately squeeze the entire bulb of solution up the nostril. (You will feel it go up into the sinus cavities.)
    Breath out through nose to clear solution. Repeat process in other nostril.

    You know you have done it well when you have a taste of salt water. (Provided your sinuses are not too clogged - may take many applications to get the clog cleaned.)

    When done blow nose as normal.

    Full effect is usually felt after 5 mins.

    Hope this helps.

    P.S. When I make it up I use 1/2 the water initially. When I am ready to irrigate, I make a mini-batch in a separate container, like a plastic 6 oz cup, I add about 2.5 oz of solution and 2.5 oz of hot spigot water to make the desired concentration. This thereby creates the warn solution at the desired concentration.

    Regards,
    Erik
  4. John the Painter

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    Hot Totty.Good for what ails ya ;-)
  5. btuser

    btuser Minister of Fire

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    Another 3 days off would do it for me.
  6. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Bad cold. Stay warm, hydrate, complain. If you take drugs it will last a couple weeks. If you don't- then it may take up to 14 days.
  7. mayhem

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    Almost sounds like bad seasonal allergies. I've never had fall allergies in my life before and I got hammered by them for about 2 weeks beginning around the second week of September. Take a claritin and if you have a dramatic improvement there you go, if not, then its a cold, take some Motrin Cold and tough it out.

    Hot peppermint tea works shockingly wll against cold related congestion, runny nose and headache. Non drug and usually caffeine free. I keep a box at work and at home just in case I get stuck.
  8. kettensäge

    kettensäge Feeling the Heat

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    My doctor says:
    clear mucus = allergy
    yellow or green= infection

    I would bet with the rest of your symptoms you have a sinus infection.

    I try not to visit doctors but if you get any worse you may want to get checked. Pneumonia can develop pretty quickly.
  9. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    I'll take guaifenesin for a week or so any time my sinuses are under pressure or it seems like they will be. Usually once in the Fall and once in the Spring.

    If I don't they don't seem to clear out on their own, I get worse infection, pneumonia, then I'm taking antibiotics.
    The guaifenesin seems to stop the progression as long as I take it soon enough.

    Dunno why the pills have to be so darned big, though.
  10. Later

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    I use a sinus irrigation squeeze bottle each evening for the past 3 years. 1 liter bottle of boiled well water (cooled) 1.5 tsp salt and 1.5 tsp baking soda. After I fill the irrigation bottle I warm it in the microwave for a few seconds.
  11. Bubbavh

    Bubbavh Feeling the Heat

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    I take a Nyquil shot the liquid one with alcohol and chase it with a 12 hour pseudoephedrine.
    I sleep great!
    Consult your doctor first!
  12. jimbom

    jimbom Combustion Analyzer

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    Very important that the water be boiled or distilled in order to kill amoeba. Passage to the brain is easiest through the nasal passages. For more on what happens to the brain:

    http://news.discovery.com/human/brain-eating-amoeba-110818.html

    There is a section on how to do the nasal flush after the gross parts of the article.
  13. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    A 1.75 bottle of jack daniels to be consumed in less that 48 hours. It does nothing for the cold, but it will help your attitude.
  14. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Or a short jail term!
  15. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    no Moxie in the U.P. eh? take drive to New England, stop at convenience store, buy 1 liter Moxie, consume over 24 hr period...all better.
  16. GAMMA RAY

    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    The first thing I am getting upon arrival in NH is the Moxie...
    I am intrigued by it's multi sense of purpose... :cheese:
  17. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Moxie is best used as a purgative.
  18. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    or paint thinner, topical hair treatment, aardvark repellant, milk curdling agent, anit-zombification balm, and a few other really obscure things.
  19. GAMMA RAY

    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    I think I will bring it home JIC... :shut:
    to enjoy in the comfort of my home.. :ahhh:
  20. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    I think I smell fear.
  21. GAMMA RAY

    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    Pfft....
    I fear nothing but snakes..... :-S
    I just don't wanna chit my pants at the Hearth.com shindig.... :red: :lol:
    pen is gonna have his camera....and that would not make a pretty picture..... :shut:
  22. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Thats not fear...
  23. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Not every place here has it. You may have to call ahead before your trip. Go to 7 Barrel brewery right in town after the tour. Pissa.
  24. GAMMA RAY

    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    I never heard of that term, "pissa"....
    had to google it....
    so I learned something new today...
    and if I use that term here people will look at me like I have three heads instead of the usual 2 heads ..... :-S :cheese:

    Oh btw....Dave the OP, pm'd me, he took my advice about the neti pot and was feeling better within a day.....although I have not heard from him lately.... :roll:
  25. Delta-T

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    wicked pissa!

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