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Re: Experiences with Psych Meds and Sinus problems

Posted by missliz on August 22, 2002, at 0:48:23

In reply to Re: Experiences with Psych Meds and Sinus problems missliz, posted by Rick on August 21, 2002, at 13:04:47

Hey- I just keep the house and dogs reasonably clean and take Valium. And wash out my head when it gets icky. The GERD theory seems sound, but there are other things that can drive chronic sinusitis. Plain old air pollution is a big irritant to sinuses. We weren't built for dirty smoggy air.
I haven't been near an antihistamine in years- all but benedryl are contraindicated with so many psych drugs. It's easier to go a low tech route. I find anti inflammatory drugs like NSAIDs really help more than antihistamines or decongestants. I'm on them anyway for arthritis, and found my sinus trouble really dropped off. Apparently they get inflamed, swell, and quit draining. Then you get infected.
Anyway, you put warm, not hot!, water in the water pic, just use the stuff out of the tap, and toss in some salt, maybe a pinch of baking soda to fix the ph (optional). You can tell if there isn't enough salt, it will sting. Too much salt makes you gag. The Grossmans Irrigator comes with instructions, and a nice teaspoon oriented recipe. When you're infected and twitchy, I'm told that adding some Karo syrup has a nice soothing and moisturizing effect, though I haven't tried it.
You need to bend over a towel on the floor after and make sure all the water is out, move your head around while it's upside down. Water suddenly pouring out of your head at Starbucks or in a sales meeting is pretty distressing.
The biggest thing to do though, is try to be serene. Stressedness sends your immune system haywire and really does aggravate sinus trouble (and GERD).

Miss Liz

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