Has a doctor ever told you that you should be careful about taking antibiotics because if you overuse them, one day, they may just not work when you really need them?
Spoiler: That’s true.
And after two failed courses of antibiotics during this sinus/ear infection extravaganza, I’m looking at round 3: IV antibiotics.
Last time I had a series of sinus infections it took a year to clear up–and once it did, it did so completely on its own after like five courses of failed antibiotics.
So anyways, I feel like I have a sunburn on all my internal organs and someone is gently knocking on the inside of my face with a hammer. I don’t star the IV stuff until tomorrow, but in the meantime, I’ve had a lovely weekend with my Let’s Feel Better IMMEDIATELY Kit–(which hey, actually includes more than narcotic painkillers.) Here are some things I’ve done and used to help me get through the past few days of headaches, metaphorically melting, and general snottiness:
- Fluids: Many forms of fluids. All kind of fluids. Water. Gatorade. Propel. Cranberry juice. Ensure. Ginger Ale. Vanilla Coke. Powerade. Saline.
- Ice Packs: Mud ice packs. Water ice packs. Aromatherapy bead ice packs. Bags of ice, ice packs. Bags of peas ice packs. Rice ice packs. Those crappy gel eye mask ice packs that stop being cold in two seconds.
- Complete facial hydration: eye drops, saline spray, prescription nose spray…
But let’s cut to the chase here and talk about what kind of stuff I put up my nose to real get the guys hot and bothered.
Dr. Neilmed’s Sinus Rinse. This simple plastic bottle is about 10,000 times simpler and less gross than your normal NettiPot and can be found at your local drugstore for around $10 with saline packets.
Tips on Using a Sinus Rinse:
- That Johnson & Johnson All Natural Baby Shampoo? An ENT once told me that by adding just a teaspoon of this stuff to your saline rinse, you’re protecting against biofilm that can wreck your sinuses. Good stuff.
- ALWAYS use distilled water. Jesus man, that’s how people get amoebas in their brain.
- Heat the water for like 15 seconds to make it feel less like you’ve just dived into a swimming pool, and more like you just looked up during a hot shower.
- Forget tissues. You’re going to basically be swimming in snot and water here, so your best bet for blowing is either a paper towel or a rag (which you immediately throw into the washer so as not to accidentally infect everyone else who uses your bathroom.)
- This video gives a pretty good tutorial on how to do the actual tilting and breathing (mouth open!)