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Jordan Cook
23 days ago • Atlanta

What decongestants have folks had success with?

This sinus pressure is killing me..
18 replies
19 days ago
I’ve used Allegra in the past but tend to switch around to different ones when they stop working.
Antihistamine
  • 23 days ago
I recommend a NetiPot with distilled water. It will rinse the nasal passages and ease the swelling. I use this along with Zyrtec at night and Flonase in the morning.
  • 23 days ago
I’ll have to look into that I’ve never tried a netipot! @cindysersig
  • 23 days ago
It's a little uncomfortable at first, but you will find great relief. you'll want to do it a couple of times a day, especially after being outside.
  • 23 days ago
Thank you Cindy, super helpful!
  • 23 days ago
Flonase is a lifesaver! I also switch every 6 months or so between Zyrtec and Allegra.
Decongestant
  • 22 days ago
For immediate relief, I use Sudafed. I can usually hear/feel everything open up within an hour. Long term, using an antihistamine daily will help. Lots of OTC choices - I use Flonase right now in addition to my regular asthma meds.
Decongestant
Decongestant
  • 22 days ago
For a true decongestant, there's no beating pseudoephedrine hydrochloride (Sudafed). It's one of the ingredients used to make meth so you might have to sign a piece of paper at the pharmacy when you buy a package.

For allergies, Flonase and/or NetiPot work well. Long term Flonase use is not advised for kids if I remember correctly. Something about stunted growth... Be sure to use distilled or boiled water with the NetiPot. Unfortunately, rinsing your nasal passages with plain tap water can be fatal. Not kidding.

You can also knock out most allergies with Benadryl. I only take it at night because it makes me sleepy.
Decongestant
Decongestant
  • 22 days ago
Very informative @adamsoppelt
  • 22 days ago
I am also a sudafed supporter.
Decongestant
  • 22 days ago
Don't use a netipot if you are already severely congested, it will trap the water and potentially give you a sinus infection. Decongest first (with something like sudafed, it's behind the counter at the pharmacy). I personally use mucinex-D. Once congestion has lessened a bit (and even drainage has occured) you can try rinsing with a netipot. The netipot is preventative care, so use it once daily, especially on days with high allergies. I also recommend an indoor air purifier if you don't have one.
Decongestant
  • 22 days ago
Adam Doppelt A pharmacist once recommended I either cut Benadryl tabs in half or buy the kid’s chewables - it’s just as effective but less of the drowsy effect!
  • 22 days ago
Jacob Hollenbeck thanks, that makes sense!!
  • 22 days ago
I like Zyrtec (generic) for allergies, and I keep the generic Sudafed on hand for the days where I need that decongestant. Ditto on the Netipot. And every allergist I've seen has recommended Flonase. I'm sure it works, but usually by the time I've resorted to nasal sprays, I'm so jacked up on the other pills, it's hard to tell what's working! But I take a Zyrtec almost every day of the year and it saves me!
Decongestant
  • 22 days ago
Thanks for mentioning that Adam Doppelt - after I heard someone had died from using a NetiPot, I threw mine out. Use with caution everyone!
  • 22 days ago
Sudafed
Decongestant
  • 22 days ago
I love Flonaze, Sudafed, and Theraflu
Decongestant
  • 22 days ago
Zyrtec is great for daily basic allergies, and Flonase has allowed me to visit family that has cats and not be in misery! And agree with Sudafed being the classic all around great decongestant!
Decongestant
  • 19 days ago

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