Originally Posted by sande
An update - following a visit to local optometrist, my wife was referred to eye hospital yesterday where after examination she was diagnosed with shingles around eye, face and scalp. She has been given aciclovir tablets and fusidic acid eye drops and is to return in a week's time for monitoring.
Finding out what was really wrong has been great.
Many thanks for all your help in the interim.
Sande, if her nose feels blocked, has anyone yet suggested she try the salt nasal flushes? It only takes a few minutes, and works for me.
Have a read:
Sometimes, rinsing your nasal passages with a salt water solution can be helpful. This is known as nasal irrigation or nasal douching.
Rinsing your nasal passages helps wash away any excess mucus or irritants inside your nose, which can reduce inflammation and relieve your symptoms.
Nasal irrigation can be done using either a homemade salt water solution or a solution made with sachets of ingredients bought from a pharmacy. Small syringes or pots (which often look like small horns or teapots) are also available to help flush the solution around the inside of your nose.
To make the solution at home, mix a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda into a pint of boiled water that's been left to cool to around body temperature (do not attempt to rinse your nose while the water is still hot).
You will probably only use a small amount of the solution. Throw away whatever is left.
To rinse your nose:
standing over a sink, cup the palm of one hand and pour a small amount of the solution into it
sniff the water into one nostril at a time Ė an alternative is to use a syringe to insert the solution into the nose
repeat this until your nose feels comfortable (you may not need to use all of the solution)
While you do this, some solution may pass into your throat through the back of your nose. Although the solution is harmless if swallowed, try to spit out as much of it as possible.
You can carry out nasal irrigation several times a day. Make a fresh salt water solution each time.
I do this whenever I am starting a cold or feel a bit clogged and it always works for me.
I have the bought kit though, I don't sniff it from my hand like they suggested above, I think that's daft and nowhere near as efficient.
This is what I use, but you can get bigger packs if needed.
This one is only a starter kit.