COPD and a sinus infection...

By cajunrbuckeye Latest Activity March 4, 2011 at 7:53 am Views 8,507 Replies 31 Likes 4


I use oxygen 24/7 and for the last month i have been having trouble with my sinus's being clogged up. That makes it very hard to get a good breathe of my O2. I have used OTC sinus spray and OTC sinus pills with no comfort found. i have also gone back in time to when i was a child and putting Vicks vapro rub on my chest with a warm handtowel on top of it but that doesnt even help. I sure could use some other home remedies to try before i go spending over a hundred dollars at the doctors just to be told that its my sinus's and take something that ihave been taking. So please any suggestion or home remedies. thanks in advance for all suggestions and have a good weekend all.
Randy G.

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  • cajunrbuckeye
    cajunrbuckeye April 14, 2011 at 11:09 am   

    Never heard of a Nettie Pot? Where can you get one? Are they expensive? I was reading some of my meds side effects and they can cause problems with sinus, so i am fighting a problem while medicating another one of my problems. i guess the best thing for me would to get off all my meds that i can…thanks for the info in advance.

  • kellnlisa
    kellnlisa April 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm   

    The best thing for sinus problems is the Nettie Pot. My dad has had trouble for many years with sinus problems, i bought him one as soon as i heard about them. He loves it. I have copd due to years of smoking and it seems i have started having problems as well. I will be trying this. My dad said you have to get the hang of it, but once you do, you will continue using it everyday.

  • dardub
    dardub April 23, 2011 at 9:47 am   

    I just use plain old saline (like you use for eye contacts) and use it like a nettie pot.

  • best_sweet_curly
    best_sweet_curly April 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm   

    I find using a wet hot wash rag no the side of the sinus pain helps. Just heat it up in a heat pad then lay on your sinus pain.

  • cajunrbuckeye
    cajunrbuckeye April 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm   

    Thanks for all the replies to my question. A lot of good suggestions. Every one have a great week.

  • buckeyemel
    buckeyemel April 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm   

    Mel here I find good sucess with 4 Way saline moisturing mist You can use it as much as you want with no side affects Hope it works for you advise snookie5poo@yahoo.comEmail Small

  • todd551
    todd551 April 10, 2011 at 8:27 am   

    I get a couple of sinus infections a year (seems to coincide with allergy seasons) and run a course of antibiotics. My PCP prescribed Flo-nase steroid nasal spray to control the allergies, with Zyrtec daily. Still have the problem, so this year he told me to start using the Neti-pot. Sorry, no way, I have so much mucous that even saying the word makes me want to vomit. There is no way I could rinse it all out and potentially have it come out my mouth. So I use a saline spray with antiseptic called Ayr allergy and sinus hypertonic saline mist. I found it at I spritz 3 sprays in each nostril and hold a kleenex under my nose and let it run out. Haven't had a sinus infection since using this, but time will tell.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous April 10, 2011 at 12:00 am   

    I was told by my Dr to get a neti pot and use it daily,I was reluctant to do this since i do not like water in my face so assumed i would not be able to use this running through my nose,,amazing results,I buy the refills for the solution (packets) similar to asline spray but much more effective.give it a try !

  • squog master
    squog master April 8, 2011 at 11:47 pm   

    I had a sinus infection that wouldn't go away in feb. My PCP just had me use a saline spray every few hours. He said that the saline kills the bacteria as well as any or better than the other nasal sprays. It cleared up within 3 days.

  • wldflwr2221946
    wldflwr2221946 April 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm   

    Thanks for this very good eye-opening suggestions. I've been looking for answers to sinus congestion infections— hopefully something will work. Thanks for all the input.

  • franceym62
    franceym62 April 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm   

    You need to be checked for nasal polyps and the only solution for them is surgical removal.

  • tiredoldman56
    tiredoldman56 April 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm   
    Edited April 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm by tiredoldman56

    i use a product called SinuCleanse website is is a cleansing solution. the kit is over the counter and a neti pot and some packets come in it. you pour in the saline solution and mixed it with warm water.then you stick the spout in one side of your nose and turn your head down and to one side[the other side from where the spout is located]then gently pour the solution in. you can open your mouth but most of the solution comes out the other side if your the direction. if i can understand them anybody can.this profduct works for me when i have a stopped up condition and bad sinuses. hope this helps you. it is real cheap. i have COPD also and my doctor recommened this to me.i only have to use it once in a while.

  • Deb-dupa
    Deb-dupa April 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm   

    Thanks for sharing I've been suffering with my sinuses for a week now and nothing has worked. I've seen that neti pot @ wallmart and was wondering about it. I'm going to try it. getting desperate; meds aren't working.

  • tiredoldman56
    tiredoldman56 April 9, 2011 at 9:05 am   

    it helps clear out my sinus but we are not all the same. good luck

  • Lisabrownent
    Lisabrownent April 8, 2011 at 11:45 am   

    I have COPD and also on O2 24/7. Some days my sinuses are terrible. I was suggested by doctor that due to my meds and other health problems that the only thing I could take is chlor-trimeton. It works miracles for me. Used to be by prescripton, but now over the counter. Comes in 12 hour and 4 hour - I myself see a major difference in how it works. The 12 hour is best to me. Hope this helps someone!!

  • Sancov
    Sancov April 8, 2011 at 10:08 am   

    My Dad has COPD and is troubled with the same problem. He takes OTCs but they don't seem to work well. I went to the Health store and bought Euculyptus oil and he has been putting 2 drops in my facial steamer. It seems to work! He does this twice a day. It also seems to help him breath better and he doesn't wheeze as much. Hope this helps!! Good luck!

  • Joanq
    Joanq April 8, 2011 at 9:09 am   

    I also use oxygen 24/7 and had a problem with nose bleeds caused by dry nasal passage even though I use the bubble bottle on O2. My dr. told me to use Ponaris drops, available at pharmacy. They work wonders for me, a big bonus is they are great for opening ( clearing ) clogged sinus.

  • franceym62
    franceym62 April 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm   

    Do you need a prescription for the drops

  • Joanq
    Joanq April 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm   

    No, you don't need prescription. Should be able to buy in any pharmacy. Just ask for Ponaris drops. They are oily, so I only use 1/4 to 1/2 of the prescribed dose on bottle. They do help.

  • comfycat
    comfycat April 8, 2011 at 9:39 am   

    For dry nasal passages try AYR Saline Nasal Gel with aloe. It was recommended by my rehab instructor and works well, very cooling and soothing. Aloe also helps heal bleeding from rubbing of cannulla. I found it helpful to wash off the nose tips often to cut down on bacteria infection.

  • tcollins01
    tcollins01 April 8, 2011 at 8:54 am   

    I to am on O2 24/7. I suffer with reoccurring sinus infections. I feel as if I am allergic to everything. But recently my Dr. gave me once again another antibiotic and told me to use a sinus rinse. Which they gave me a sample at the office with the squeeze bottle and a recipe for the wash. Just started yesterday. Hopefully it will work. I will share with you all. Try it if you like, but u will have to have the bottle or the Neti Pot. 1. Bring a quart of water to a boil 2. Add 1 tablespoon of salt 3. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda 4.Let water come to room temperature, the irrigate both nostrils. 5. Plz do this over the sink and with your mouth open.

  • cajunrbuckeye
    cajunrbuckeye April 4, 2011 at 7:27 am   

    thanks for the replies to my call for help. I have recently tried Advil decongestant. It does help,but at 11 dollars a box kinda on the expensive side for a over the counter med…i have a appointment with my pulmonolgist coming up and will ask him about my sinuses and COPD…Have a great week all.

  • cajunrbuckeye
    cajunrbuckeye March 29, 2011 at 7:58 am   

    Thanks for all the replies to my question they all helped…have a great week…Advil dicongestant is real good over the counter med a bit pricey but it helped alot.

  • KentP
    KentP March 28, 2011 at 11:00 am   

    Sounds like it could be an infection or it could be an allergy. From what I've read, sinus infections are common with COPD. Here's a good article about sinus infections and COPD that I hope will help you.
    "Many people with COPD complain that they get frequent sinus infections that make their lives miserable. In fact, there is growing evidence to support that there is a direct link between COPD and chronic sinus infections, also known as sinusitis." Follow this link for more.

  • Phonse65
    Phonse65 March 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm   
    Edited April 8, 2011 at 10:17 am by Phonse65

    I have the same problem and Fluticasone Propionate was RX'd, and for me it worked wonders. I use it anytime I have nasal congestion, and 'problem solved'.

  • greenthumb101
    greenthumb101 March 29, 2011 at 11:17 am   
    Edited March 29, 2011 at 11:18 am by greenthumb101

    yes i use fluticasone an have to be carefull because sometimes it dries me up too much an i get headaches,does that happen to you

  • Phonse65
    Phonse65 April 8, 2011 at 10:17 am   

    TC I am on oxy 24/7 also, and like clockwork every evening I get sinus congestion my Dr Rx'd Fluticasone Propionate, and within 10 - 15 minutes- problem solved every time! It is the same as "greenthumb 101" uses. The doseage written are precise. Doc told me that too much will cause drying.

  • Jameesa
    Jameesa March 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm   

    Check the WebMD site and see if they have any home remedies that will work for you… Do you have allergies?? Personally when I'm clogged up, I boil some water in a small pot, add some vicks vapor rub, cover my head with a towel and inhale as much of this mixture as I can; it really helps me.

  • Jeannie Holmes
    Jeannie Holmes March 4, 2011 at 11:05 am   

    When I get infections like that the only way they will go away is if I go to the doctor and get a steroid. But that's just me. If you are going on a long time for this to go away, than you need to see a doctor.

  • Phonse65
    Phonse65 April 8, 2011 at 10:21 am   

    Jeannie, I am frustrated. All these steroids & still look like an old dude, no super bod, whappened?

  • Perplexed
    Perplexed April 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm   

    Wrong sterioids. *wicked grin*

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