Long Lasting Nasal Congestion. Annoying. help!

schmidtty92March 8, 2012

So, about 3 weeks ago I had a pretty bad cold. All my symptoms cleared up EXCEPT my nasal congestion. I know I don't have a sinus infection as I went to urgent care about a week ago for it. Also no tenderness when I press on the sinuses. I've been taking 12 hr Pseudoephedrine twice daily, which helps for a few hours, but then seems to wear off. The congestion seems to switch nostrils randomly, though it is also frequents both. When I blow my nose it is normally clear, except in the morning when it's slightly brown/yellowish. I do have a deviated septum, but I've never had this problem in the past. I also take OTC Zytrec daily to try to help. I'm 19 years old. I was wondering if there were any other possibilities besides sinus infection, nasal polyps or my deviated septum.I've got a trip coming up soon and I'd like to be able to enjoy it. Thanks in advance for your help!

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If the "stuff" is clear, then it's a pretty good chance that you have an allergic reaction to something.

Your cold probablyed lowered your body's natural resistance to the substance and that allowed an allergic reaction to occur.

The pollen load this year is terrible! And it looks as if it will get worse.

Good luck on your trip!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2012 at 8:50PM
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Have you tried nasal cleansing, like the neti pot or sinucleanse?

I get great relief from any nasal problems by using the saline wash in the nasal cavity/sinus cavity. There might be an issue using something like this with a deviated septum, have you consulted with an ear/nose/throat specialist?

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 7:34PM
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Are you taking over the counter meds for it? Stop and see if it gets better. They were rebounding on my husband, when he quit it got a lot better. Aspirins also rebounded and caused headaches on him and his sister.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2012 at 10:16AM
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I feel like I'm the queen of sinus problems. I truly am not exaggerating when I sat I used to sneezed 100 times a day. After decades of dealing with almost completely blocked nasal passages almost 100% of the time I finally went to an allergist.

Got the tests, and I'm allergic to just about everything that grows outside, so this spring has been murder, along with cats, dogs, pollen, etc. the usual. I now have 2 nasal sprays, Allegra and allergy shots every month. The combination works.

I 100% agree with and recommend the nasal rinse. Make sure you buy the packets of salt specifically meant for it and use distilled water. It's amazing what salt water will do. I linked to the sinus rinse I use, I think it works better than a neti pot.

Good luck, hope you have a wonderful trip.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sinus Rinse I use

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 10:50AM
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