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04-11-2016, 02:56 PM
Anybody have some of grandma's remedies they can share about combating general illnesses?

I get regular sinus infections, they can range from sore throats to respiratory problems, coughing mucus, running nose, sneezing, etc. Some are more mild than others but it's like the SAME freaking illness/bug/whatever that hits me multiple times a year, every few months or so. It's like an old girlfriend that keeps coming back every 3 months and wants to hang out.

I've never been able to beat it once I feel it trying to latch on. I'll get this warm feeling in my sinus, or a scratch in my throat or a dry cough and I know I'm in for it.

I've tried drowning in vitamins, juicing concoctions, colloidal silver, various other sprays and mists, netti pot, herbs, teas, rinses and washes. No matter, once I feel it, there is no hope apparently. Buy the Kleenex, daddy's gunna need it!

I typically experience a day or two of watery, runny nose, which eventually leads to sore/dry throat, often to mucus in the lungs/coughing. Then comes dry/stuffy nose, throat, cough. Then the nose finally clears up, with another couple days mucus/coughing. Then finally I'll experience about a week or two of random cough attacks while otherwise feeling perfectly fine. Usually a cough attack will happen in the night, or if I've been talking a lot, etc.
In other words, this stupid infection can last up to 3 weeks. And when I get it many times a year, I've about had it! I think I've been dealing with this for at least 15 years.

I guess one could call it chronic sinusitis (sinitus?). But nothing I've tried prevents it.

I'm someone in the tribe has dealt with it.

Greg Nichols
04-11-2016, 02:59 PM
Green tea, lemon, honey, bourbon, drink it hot. 3-5 days and I kick what's ailing me.

Super steamy bath and sweat/steam it out.

04-11-2016, 03:01 PM
Rest (Sleep), Nutrition (Real food), and Hydration (Water).....That is all; carry on!!

Greg Nichols
04-11-2016, 03:03 PM
Rest (Sleep), Nutrition (Real food), and Hydration (Water).....That is all; carry on!!

Take a knee, drink water, 800m Motrin.

04-11-2016, 03:28 PM
Bout every 6 months I get hammered. Not a cold, it's...I don't even know. Sore throat, then 3-4 days of pouring more snot than the human body should even produce, then 1-2 days of coughing up play-doh. Tea with honey helps the sore throat, other than that there's nothing to do but cowboy on through it.

If there's somewhere I really need to be, drinking a crap ton of orange juice seems to delay it a few days.

04-11-2016, 03:35 PM
Have you been tested for allergies, checked your home for mold, etc?

04-11-2016, 03:57 PM
What does your doctor say about it? I would 2nd the allergies. The Ole Heifer has them and it ain't fun!

04-11-2016, 04:35 PM
Allergies can be treated if you can find a doc that's not stuck in the dark ages in their treatment!

In our mountainous area most (all?) are vitamin D3 deprived. I can safely take 5K units year around and the wife kicks it up to 10K during deep winter. If I start to feel something working on me I hit it with 50K units for three days to knock it out!

Support that with all the normal vitamin C, lots of water ect while you find out about your allergies.


04-11-2016, 10:59 PM
My wife swears that Bee Pollen capsules will keep the sinus issue at bay. :thinking:

CR Williams
04-12-2016, 05:14 AM
There's a product called D-Hist that I've had success dealing with twice-yearly problems like you describe. Depending on conditions I take the capsule once or twice a day. I get a bottle from Amazon when I need it.

04-12-2016, 08:40 AM
I have bad pollen allergies.... I pretty much expect not to be able to breathe and end up with sinus drama from the tail end of March until about the middle of May.... Pretty much dealing with the same problem right now.

As soon as you start getting congestion issues (before it becomes a major problem), get some Vick's Vapor Rub and get a light film or it on your finger and rub that around inside your nostril... get a bit more and do the other one. Is it healthy? Damned if I know... my grandpa got me started doing it as a kid and it tends to clear me up for a bit fairly quickly... but it does work for the short-term (usually 20-30 minutes for me).

An older fellow who is a regular at the bar I bounce at swears every time he starts to get a head cold of any kind he will get a glob of Vick's and swallow it and it clears him right out... I can't say if that works because I haven't tried it but several other older folks that come in there told me the same thing so it may work.

Another option is to bring a pot of water to a boil and inhale the steam vapors.... it moistens any bound up mucus in the sinuses and makes them drain easier... It won't work by itself but it will help some.

Run a tub of bath water and soak the back of your head in the hot water or use a hot rice bag around your forehead to kill the headaches.

I'm getting over the same ailment as I type and when I was bouncing over the weekend I was popping the Vick's QlearQuil Nighttime every 4 hours and it gave very good effects.

The old standard around these parts for congestion used to be to drink a quart of shine... if it didn't make you feel any better, you wouldn't know any different until the next morning.

04-12-2016, 08:44 AM

04-12-2016, 09:14 AM
We have a winner.

04-12-2016, 10:04 AM
The old Vick's containers had instructions to put a pea-sized lump on the back of your tongue and let it melt. It seemed to work pretty well.

I'll be damned... I had chocked that one up to an old wives' tale until now.

04-12-2016, 10:09 AM
The old Vick's containers had instructions to put a pea-sized lump on the back of your tongue and let it melt. It seemed to work pretty well. You might not want to try it with that stuff TyGuy recommended though.

I'm allergic to alder tree pollen (of course we're surrounded by alders) so I used to get the sinus stuff a lot. Flonase helps me (it's a nasal spray).
Im sure the old vicks used natural real stuff. They probably changed the label when they started adding the crap to it

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Greg Nichols
04-12-2016, 12:32 PM
Thank goodness they still make Bourbon flavored cough syrup.. it's called Bourbon

04-12-2016, 01:32 PM
Well I don't drink.

That must be it.

Inner Light
04-12-2016, 04:22 PM
Look into GAPS Diet or CIRS, sinus problems are highly linked to mold and allergies are highly linked to damaged gut biome and tissues.

04-12-2016, 04:40 PM
One tablet each of chelated zinc (50mg), esterized Vitamin C (500mg) and Lysine (500mg) every 4 to 6 hours will knock down the most vicious cold and flu symptoms within 24 to 36 hours, and put you on the road to recovery... IMHO

04-12-2016, 09:41 PM
I used to get sinus infections on a regular basis every six months in the fall and spring. I've had good luck with using the saline sinus rinse. The down side is it is much like waterboarding yourself. However it helps get the bad stuff out quicker so you start feeling better.

After I had to start using a CPAP to sleep I hardly ever get sinus infections anymore. If you get them on a regular basis you might try a humidifier as a preventative measure. The dry desert air here made me really prone to them. YMMV

Mike O'Leary
04-13-2016, 05:22 AM
Vigilante, Have you tried any garlic supplements?

I used to to have severe allergies that always seemed to turn into a sinus infection. I started using a garlic supplement, specifically Garlique, and it has helped me. It's not a quick fix but long term it has helped me by boosting my immunity enough that I rarely get allergies or get sick anymore.