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I have a bad cold and bad bad congestion. Is there anything I can do? I also have high anxiety which hadn't kicked in until now that I can't breathe at night. Any help?

It's been two nights in a row that I've woken up my husband because I can't breathe and I'm so miserable. My anxiety gets really bad because I can't breathe and I'm uncomfortable.

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Asked by CalfMommy at 1:23 PM on Mar. 28, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • You should do a saline rinse of your sinuses. You can go get a can of saline from the drugstore and spray it into your sinuses. It'll help clear up your congestion. And saline is completely safe when you're pregnant.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:26 PM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • Whenever I have a cold with bad congestion I use Vicks Vaporub. I rub it all over my chest and DH rubs it on my back. I put a little under my nose as well and it helps me sleep through the night because it opens up my sinuses.

    Answer by Merjo at 1:27 PM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • My doctor has always said benedryl was ok to use, I could only use it if it was bedtime because it puts me to sleep but, with doctor permission it's something to try.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:16 PM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • Avoid dairy while you are sick – it can increase the amount of mucus your body produces. Peppermint tea is great! Peppermint is a natural decongestant; just be sure that peppermint is the only ingredient. Honey (antibacterial) and cayenne pepper (anti-inflammatory) is the best cough syrup.throat soother. Emergen-C will help you stay hydrated and give you an energy boost; be sure to mix it with cold water. The lowest price is at Trader Joes, though it is sold just about everywhere (Target, Walgreens, etc.). I am a big believer in the power of foods. This healing foods pyramid from the University of Michigan is great:


    Answer by rkoloms at 6:40 AM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Get some Elderberry syrup. The FDA criticized the manufacturer of Tamiflu for "overstatement" of claims of efficacy, since blind studies comparing it to a placebo only resulted in a 1.3 day difference. A study on Sambucol (Elderberry) found a 3-4 day difference in duration of symptoms.
    Most important, stay well hydrated!
    I always make miso soup when someone is sick
    Morning miso
    2 cups veg. broth
    2 cups hot water
    4 Tbsp. miso
    1 tsp. fresh ginger root, grated
    1/2 cup diced firm tofu
    3 Tbsp. thinly sliced scallion greens
    1/2 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
    I have substituted onion for the scallions, and left out the mushrooms. I have also added some thinly sliced chinese cabbage, because I happened to have it.)


    Answer by rkoloms at 6:41 AM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Pour the veg. broth and 1 cup of water into medium saucepan. In separate bowl, dissolve the miso in the remaining 1 cup water. Mix well and add to saucepan. Add the ginger root and mushrooms and heat until simmering (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in
    the tofu and scallions. (If adding other veg. like onion or cabbage, you'll want to simmer until they are tender before adding tofu.)

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:41 AM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • I've heard mucinex is good, ask your doc first.

    Answer by tiger123 at 8:40 AM on Mar. 29, 2010

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