Friday, September 17, 2010
Stuffy Head? Ears? Nose? Try this!
What else do I keep in my medicine cabinet? Well, we've covered pain medicines (aspirin, tylenol and ibuprofen), anti-histmine for an allergic reaction, cough syrup, and the two basic creams- steroid and antibiotic. What about something for stuffy head/nose/ears?
While I certainly stock the plain old little red pills "sudafed" (generic pseudoephedrine), we also rely on the old-fashioned remedy of Vaporub. A dab of that on your neck & chest goes a long way towards clearing your head. A new product I really like is Sudacare Shower Soothers (we call them the "hockey pucks" in our house)- large tablets that you pop onto the floor of your shower, then as the water hits it, you are enveloped in a steam shower of menthol that works wonders on clearing your head!
Cool mist humidifiers- with or without any menthol product added- can make a huge difference during the winter when your house is dried out from using the heater. Don't underestimate the relief these old-fashioned remedies can provide!
BOTTOM LINE: Basic decongestants like pseudoephedrin (sudafed) or home remedies such as menthol products can provide relief from stopped up ears, nose or sinuses.