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Suggest treatment for severe sinusitis

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Posted on Thu, 21 May 2015
Question: my sinus' are totally blocked. Drainage down throat causes me to spit up the mucous. Temperature only minor raised, 98.9 . Hard cough that causes pain in my upper right quadrant of my lungs, Haven't slept in two days, tried sitting up but drainage interferes. Not sure if it is really bad pollen count reaction or something worse. Went to the VA clinic locally, but they were too busy to see me. I'm 71. I just want to breath! No idea what to take. Any ideas?
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (9 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Taking steam inhalation should be helpful.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

Sinusitis might be difficult to treat. Sinuses are air pockets deep inside our skull and since the blood supply is poor, medicines do not reach there properly. Steam inhalation is however helpful and may help you to breathe properly. Water in the form of vapor can reach deep inside the sinuses and may help in diluting the cough and should provide relief.

Sinusitis usually has an allergic cause and could be related to some sort of viral respiratory tract infections. Pollens may or may not be involved. Some antiallergic like Zyrtec taken for a few days can be helpful.

Hope that helps.

Regards
Dr. Kunal Saha
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (45 minutes later)
Are you talking about just water steam or is there some medication within the water I need to buy over-the counter?
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (12 hours later)
Brief Answer:
No medicines need to be added. Just plain water for steam

Detailed Answer:

Thanks for writing back. Sorry for not being able to respond earlier.
I am talking about steam using plain hot water and nothing else. No medicines need to be added.

Regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Neel Kudchadkar
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Suggest treatment for severe sinusitis

Brief Answer: Taking steam inhalation should be helpful. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. Sinusitis might be difficult to treat. Sinuses are air pockets deep inside our skull and since the blood supply is poor, medicines do not reach there properly. Steam inhalation is however helpful and may help you to breathe properly. Water in the form of vapor can reach deep inside the sinuses and may help in diluting the cough and should provide relief. Sinusitis usually has an allergic cause and could be related to some sort of viral respiratory tract infections. Pollens may or may not be involved. Some antiallergic like Zyrtec taken for a few days can be helpful. Hope that helps. Regards Dr. Kunal Saha