Dr. Sharma,. I am a 71 year old woman who, until this week, has never had a headache.
My left sinus has been bothering me since acquiring a cold from a flight last December.
I have lived with it and knew it was a problem because I could easily compare it with my right sinus, which was fine.
Now I am getting headaches which last for more than a morning. My post nasal drip is slight and runny.
Occasionally I have a HORRIBLE smell in that sinus area. I have used a neti pot a few times without success. Just watery liquid comes out. I would be very appreciative of your advice. Cheerio.
Though they each try to get your symptoms under control, they do it by different mechanisms which when taken altogether, can work even better than by itself.
So, using the table below, a patient can generally take one medication from each column at the same time (but not more than one medication contained within a column unless directed by your doctor). For example (highlighted in BOLD ), a patient can choose to take allegra, nasonex, singulair, patanase, nasalcrom, and saline flushes all at the same time.
Steroid Nasal Spray
Anti-Histamine Nasal Spray
Cromolyn Nasal Spray
Cortisone injections are extremely safe, but they do still have potential problems. If you are concerned about having a cortisone shot, talk with your doctor. While cortisone is a powerful treatment for many orthopedic conditions, there are usually other options that can also be tried. Many doctors will offer an injection as they are quick, easy, and most often effective. However, your doctor should also be able to offer other treatments for inflammation that may also be effective for those that cannot have, or don't want, a cortisone injection.