Sick day

I’m off to the doctor and then likely back to bed in hopes that this throat infection, sinus infection and two ear infections will go away with a lot of rest.

If anyone has any at home remedies please share. I am always up for trying new thing that could make me feel better.

Thank you

71 thoughts on “Sick day

  1. I imagine the doctor will give you an antibiotic, and I hope that will help. I have also known people to use garlic drops in their children’s ears for ear infections (something you can find with other natural remedies). And I have heard that there are genuinely healing properties in the traditional remedy of chicken broth–which might also feel soothing on your poor throat. I hope you feel better soon!

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    1. I had broth for dinner last night! lol That was actually really good advice. It felt really good in my throat. And yeah, Doc gave me some antibiotics and lectured me about going to the doctor before I get so dang sick.

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  2. Well, I’m in a shit hole right along with you. I’m dealing with Chronic Epstein Barr Virus which most people know as mono. I’ve felt like I’ve had the flu for over a year and am finally getting some answers through a fibromyalgia clinic and a Dr. Kasia Kines (she’s online) Are you prone to frequent infections? If so I would consider finding a doctor who will test you for EBV. I’m learning so much about it, 98% of the population has it just hanging out in their bodies and some will never have any symptoms. For some lucky unicorns like myself it can come out of hiding and wreak havoc: Frequent infections, feeling sick all the time, chronic fatigue, autoimmune symptoms etc… It’s known as a stealth virus and it’s sad that the medical community brushes it off.
    Most importantly listen to your intuition and be your own advocate.

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    1. I am prone to frequent infections – always in my face (ears, nose, throat). I’ve never considered mono. I always just go to the doctor and he says ‘Don’t wait until you’re this sick to come and see me!’ How do you get tested for EBV?

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      1. There are 4 blood tests they can run that will show if you’ve had past infections, and if you are currently “activated” of if you are having a first time infection. They need to check VCA IgG, VCA IgM, EA-D IgG, and EBNA IgG.
        Mine showed past infections and that I’m currently activated. I got the run around by general doctors not doing in depth testing. I’m also deficient in many vitamins which is common for EBV. Kasia Kines has a website ebvhelp.com. I’m reading her book and taking matters into my own hands. EBV can attack so many systems in your body.

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  3. Nick recommends homemade ginger tea with fresh ginger. Boil the ginger over the stove and add some honey. It doesn’t taste that good but he swears by it. He also says to that Coca Cola helps for sore throats (I’m not so sure about this one).

    I don’t have a remedy for throat infections unfortunately, but you could try garlic or garlic supplements (they are unscented). For some quick relief, you could try Gatorade for the electrolytes. Vick’s Vaporub (?) is also very good, for sinuses that is. Wishing you a quick recovery V. Feel better soon! 😷

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    1. I have had lots of ginger the past few days. I don’t know if I’d be willing to try the coca-cola, I might need to leave that recommendation untested. lol

      Thank you for the recommendations ❤

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  4. Couple of weeks back when I had throat infection I only gargled my way through warm water and apple cider vinegar. Twice or thrice depending how the condition is.

    Second if the throat pains, try tea with a pinch of salt. It doesn’t change the complete taste of tea and you don’t have to avoid sugar. Just a normal cup of tea and add a pinch of salt.

    With flu I guess, lots of liquid, rest and vitamin B complex.

    I hope this helps. Get well soon.

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      1. I’m a big fan of showers that are so hot the room gets filled up with steam. Thank you for your suggestions ❤ I've never heard of trying salt before. I might try that tonight.

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  5. SLEEP as much as you can and rest. Keep yourself warm but not uncomfortable. In such a case I use sprays from the pharmacy: one for the throat, one for the nose. Drops in your ears. Hot tea with ginger or lemon. Steaming with a towel. Some light food, soup, toast things like that. Vicks VapoRub is also good for everything 🙂 If you have essential oils, mint and eucalyptus could be of help. Watch a movie between sleeps! I wish you feel better soon!!

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  6. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Some good advice from others who have responded.

    If you are using heat to warm your home, consider using something near the outlet or in the room(s) to moisturize the air. I have a moisturizer I use in the winter to keep the air moist in my home as the floor furnace tends to dry out the rooms.

    I used to get sinus infections constantly. I moved to a state with a significantly different humidity level (higher or lower) and they went away even when I later moved back several times to the other state. In a strange twist, my maternal grandfather moved from the state I live in now to the state I was having problems and his sinus infections cleared up. For ear infections, I would get them every 5 or 6 years. Thankfully, the last ear surgery to clean them out cleared them up as I haven’t had one since 2005.

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    1. I did notice that when I use my little space heater it makes my room really warm but it also makes it harder for me to breathe, so I’ve been trying to not use it the past few days. That’s crazy how you moved and got rid of your infections! I wish I could do that. I get frequent sinus infections and have never really been able to figure out what the cause is. I seem to be highly susceptible to them. Maybe one day I’ll get my chance to move away from it all too!

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      1. A couple of options. Humidifier in your room is probably the cheapest route.

        There is a sinus surgery option. My Dad had it done decades ago. My niece had it done recently.

        Moving can be expensive, but I did it on the cheap. I wasn’t moving to get rid of sinus infections, but it was a nice side benefit. If you go the move route, go to an area where the humidity is the opposite of what it is where you at.

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      2. Yeah, I’ve had doctors talking to me about a surgery because of my deviated septum. Unfotunately, they’re trying to get to the root of my persistent infections before they do the surgery. They say they can do the surgery but if they can’t figure out what causes these then I’ll still have them after the fact.

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      3. Had the deviated septum surgery. It may hurt once the pain killers wear off although it should be manageable within a few hours. My EENT doctor left out one major detail on the deviated septum surgery. He didn’t pack my nose full of gauze to speed healing. After I got home, I bled profusely to the point where I called his office and then the nurse told me about why. Been nice if they would have told me that up front. I was bleeding pretty good for 24 hours or so.

        The funny thing is he was surprised that I wasn’t smelling better after the surgery. That should have been a clue I had another issue. It took my ear surgeon to ask if I had allergies, not sure how he picked up when the EENT didn’t. I said they tested me for allergies back in 1978 and I didn’t have any. The ear surgeon scheduled an allergy test and turns out I’m now allergic to molds, trees, and something else.

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    1. I’ve heard of using ginger before but never garlic! You’re not the only one telling me this in the comments though so perhaps there is something to it. I am going to give it a try tonight. Thank you ❤

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    1. Lemon Water! I’ve never added salt to it but I’ve had lemon water the past few days. Stuff tastes awful but I hope it’s helping. Maybe I’ll have to add salt tonight.

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  7. Oh no! I’m prone to sinus infections and one of the most helpful pieces of advice I’ve ever been given is to sleep propped up (2 – 3 pillows under your head at minimum) so your sinuses can drain as you’re sleeping. It’s not comfortable and you’ll want to throat punch me for suggesting it while you’re trying to sleep almost upright BUT the alternative is compacted sinuses that hurt like a bitch and never clear up.

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    1. Sinus infections are what I find myself with most often. I’ve never heard of sleeping propped up like that. I’ll have to give it a try. I would never throat punch you – that my stop your sinuses from draining! hahahaa

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  8. Self lymphatic massage is absolutely amazing and offers immediate relief to your sinuses and ears. It’s quick and so easy. Let me find the link to my favorite one, that works best and I’ll share it. Hope it helps and you get some relief & rest xoxo

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  9. Crush ginger and mix in some honey and have it in the morning to help with your throat infection. It will soothe the irritation a little.
    Layer up, follow the doctor’s orders and take lots of rest. But don’t stay in bed all the time. Move around in between.
    Steam will help with your sinus issue. Boil some water, pour in a bowl. Keep you head over the steaming bowl and keep a towel over your head covering the bowl too. And breathe normally as much as you can. If feeling uncomfortable, take breaks by taking the towel off.

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    1. Laying in bed all the time has been my issue. I’ve been in bed for several days and have only been getting worse! Steam is a big help. Thank you for your suggestion. I had someone bring me some ginger today so I’m going to make some ginger tea tonight while waiting for trick-or-treaters.

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  10. I had several ear infections every year when I was growing up. My mom sometimes used peroxide — just enough to fill that teeny, tiny white cap from the bottle. Pour it in your ear and lay on your side for 10-15 minutes. The crackling noise/feeling is really weird but it really helps. Feel better!

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